15 Best Colorful Towns in Europe
If it comes to beautiful colored towns and cities Europe has a lot to offer, and it is not only Italy that has amazing towns with houses as colorful as a painting book.
Who does not enjoy looking at colorful pictures which pop up in their Instagram feed? Most of us Instagrammers have a theme: my theme is very vivid and colorful – so these places make perfect locations for my Instagram pictures (check out my Instagram account here).
Pretty colorful places can be found throughout Europe and here are my favorite cities and towns which spread joy and happiness. If you were wondering about great places to have your next Instagram shoot check out my top 15 list of great Instagram locations (but I truly believe these places should be on the bucket list of every travel addict).
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15. Sighisoara, Romania
Gone are the days I thought about Dracula and darkness when hearing “Transylvania” – Sighisoara is quite the opposite and proves that Transylvania is quite colorful.
14. Positano, Italy
Though I mentioned in the beginning of my post that there are many colorful places in Europe I should have mentioned that Italian places are, however, dominating the list of the best colorful towns in Europe. Positano is actually still on my bucket list and I hope I can visit this colorful place soon.
13. Menton, France
The beautiful town Menton, close to Monaco, seems like a perfect colorful place at the Mediterranean Sea and has made it on my list “places I want to visit in the near future”.
12. Costa Nova, Portugal
Though each destination on this list in unique – this town in Portugal however, is pretty amazing with its striped houses.
11. Ascona, Switzerland
Ascona in Ticino, Switzerland is so close to Italy that the influence is clearly visible – the promenade is lovely and you´ll find lots of painted houses everywhere in Ascona. Find out what else to do in 48 hours in Ascona and Ticino.
10. Colmar, France
The second French destination, Colmar, that has made it in my list of the cutest colorful places in Europe. It seems that Paris is not the only place that is worth a visit (I still need to visit myself).
9. Lisbon, Portugal
Oh, pretty Lisbon. Though the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about Lisbon are the great viewpoints, I also adored the colorful houses in all of Lisbon. To read more about Lisbon read my Lisbon travel tips.
8. Longyearbyen in Norway
When I think about Norway, these things come to my mind first: gorgeous sceneries and the northern lights. But it seems Norway also has some colorful spots to offer. Longyearbyen seems pretty colorful to me.
7. Copenhagen, Denmark
Probably one of the most, or actually the most, popular Instagram location of Copenhagen – the colorful waterfront.
6. Wroclaw, Poland
I visited Wroclaw about 9 years ago – little did I appreciate the colorful houses back then, though I remember how pretty Wroclaw was – my subconscious must have noticed these colorful houses. Also, it reminds me pretty much of my home town Bremen (read my local Bremen travel guide here).
5. Schaffhausen, Switzerland
It seems that half of my posts on my blog are about Switzerland (I am a huuuge fan, and you can check them out here) but while I normally praise its scenery (especially the lakes and mountains) I would like to emphasise and send out a reminder: Switzerland has hands down some gorgeous colorful towns which you should visit (spoiler alert: there is another Swiss town still to come). Find a 24 hours itinerary for Schaffhausen here.
4. Cinque Terre, Italy
3. Appenzell, Switzerland
I cannot believe that I hardly (or never?) see any Swiss towns in such lists- these places are indeed very colorful and can easily compete with other colorful destinations in Europe. There might be more colorful cities but this town is the most underrated place in Switzerland. Okay, I admit Appenzell town is really tiny – but also incredibly colorful. Beautiful old Swiss houses shape the small town – amidst beautiful scenery.
2. Procida, Italy
Colorful houses often make a place worth to visit – vivid houses in such an amazing scenery are definitely reasons to visit. Procida – you are on my list.
1. Burano, Italy
How could it be any different: Burano is probably the best colorful town in Europe. If you visit Venice, do not make the same mistake like me and skip Burano. A few years ago, Burano was not that well known and now I have a reason to visit pretty (and also very colorful) Venice again :/ Read about my Venice trip here and add Burano on your Venice itinerary.
If you have posts on Instagram in one of the location feel free to share the link below so we can all see those pretty pictures and if you think, I have missed a colorful place in Europe leave a comment and let us know about your top recommendations.
More travel inspiration needed? Check out 7 must-see cities to visit worldwide.
Safe travels, Arzo!
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