Havana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba Photo by Spencer Everett on Unsplash

While it’s possible to discover the odd brightly painted house or graffiti-covered wall in almost any location, some cities around the world take the use of color much more seriously. Vibrant homes and buildings are woven into the local identity, telling stories and creating a fantastic backdrop for photography. If you’re a traveler with a penchant for unique destinations, visiting a colorful city is sure to captivate your senses and leave you with lasting memories. Here are a few that especially stand out.

Havana, Cuba

The pastel-hued buildings in Havana’s historic district are a photographer’s dream come true. Colors range from shades of yellow, orange, turquoise, and pink, creating opportunities for Instagram-worthy shots at every turn. Take a stroll along the Malecon, Havana’s iconic seafront boulevard, or check out local festivals such as the Havana Carnaval.

Burano, Italy

This tiny island in the Venetian Lagoon is famous for the colorful houses that line its canals. The houses are painted in a rainbow of colors, which, legend has it, started as a tradition for fishermen to easily find their way home on foggy days.

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

Bo-Kaap is a neighborhood located in the heart of Cape Town known for its brightly colored houses, a practice that began as an expression of freedom when the Malay people were freed from slavery. Colors include neon orange, red, pink, and more, and create a striking contrast against the backdrop of Table Mountain.