There are some places that are so brilliantly colourful that they can sometimes look like they’ve been photoshopped. Rest assured, these incredible places, both natural and manmade, have such vibrant colours you’ll be itching to take out your cameras. Cone explore 22 of the most colourful places around the world.

22Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, traditional Italian architecture

The five scenic waterfront villages that make up Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera look like they’re straight out of a postcard. Don’t miss the bright pastels at Vernazza

21Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, USA

An aerial view of the incredible Grand Prismatic Spring in Wyoming, USA's Yellowstone National Park

The bright rainbow colours of the Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone’s largest hot spring, are the result of microbes interacting with high temperatures. The also make the water as acidic as the liquid in a car battery.

20Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

Colorful Bo-Kaap also known as Malay Quarter, Cape Town, South Africa

One of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Cape Town, Bo-Kaap is filled with history and bright colours. It is also home to trendy restaurants and wine bars.

19Rainbow Mountain, Peru

Vinicunca, Montana de Siete Colores, or Rainbow Mountain, Pitumarca Peru

The spectacular and vibrant Rainbow Mountain in Peru, or Vinicunca, is conveniently located near another of the country’s top attractions, Machu Picchu. Its colours are the result of layers of mineral deposits.

18Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

Beachhouses at Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town in South Africa

The colourful beach huts at Cape Town’s Muizenberg Beach are a throwback to the “bathing machine” of the 1800’s. Today these vibrant and photogenic huts are an Instagrammer’s delight.

17Fly Geyser, Washoe County, Nevada, USA

fly geyser nevada

This small but colourful geothermal geyser is located on private land in Washoe County. The rainbow-coloured geologic wonder is actually man-made.

16Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

Nyhavn pier, Copenhagen, Denmark

Originally a busy commercial port, the 17th-century harbour at Nyhavn is filled with striking yellow, orange, green, and blue houses. Many have since been renovated and are now high-end shops or restaurants.

15Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

Inside the explosion crater of Dallol volcano, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

One of the most extreme climates found on Earth, the Danakil Depression in the Northern Afar Region of Ethiopia is the result of the divergence of three tectonic plates.

14Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia

Brighton Beach Bathing Huts, Melbourne, Australia

The 82 brightly coloured bathing boxes on Brighton Beach in Melbourne were also built during Victorian times. The row of instantly recognisable wooden huts is now a popular tourist attraction.

13The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Though the corals of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia may be dying, look past the bleached sections to the multicoloured array or corals and fish. Make sure to visit responsibly.

12Burano, Venice, Italy

Burano, an island in the Venetian Lagoon

This Venetian island is known for its brightly coloured and photogenic buildings. According to local legend, they were painted to distinguish between houses during fog season.

11Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens

One of the most famous locations to see Dutch Tulips, Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest and most colourful flower gardens. Over seven million tulip bulbs are planted here each year.

10Poznań, Poland

Colorful renaissance facades on the central market square in Poznan, Poland

Located on the Warta River in western Poland, the Old Market Square of Poznań is famous for is beautiful and brightly coloured Renaissance-style buildings.

9Caño Cristales River, Colombia

Caño Cristales River Colombia

The “Crystal Channel” river in the Serrania de la Macarena National Park is also known as the river of five colours. Between the months of June and November, the river comes alive with yellow, blue, green, red and black. This is due to the presence of Macarenia clavigera, a river weed.

8La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Caminito in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A working-class area of Buenos Aires, La Boca is full of narrow alleyways and brightly painted zinc shacks. It is said that they were built with scrap materials from nearby shipyards.

7Farm Tomita, Furano, Japan


Located in the northern Hokkaido Prefecture, the dazzling rainbow of flowers can be seen growing in wide streaks at Farm Tomita. Along with lavender, there are fields of baby’s breath, red poppies, pink garden catchflies, and orange poppies

6Colmar, France

Colmar, France, Alsace

If the Colmar region of France looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale, that’s because it inspired the creators of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

5Zhangye Danxia, China

Colorful Danxia Rainbow Mountain

The colourful hills of the Zhangye National Geopark in Gansu, China, are created by layers of different coloured sandstone and minerals

4Notting Hill, London, UK

Colourful houses at Portobello in London, England, UK.

The colourful streets of London’s Notting Hill are an Instagram mainstay. Portobello Road and Lancaster Road have to be the most colourful. However, Chalcot Square in Primrose Hill gives it a run for its money.

3Little India, Singapore

Colorful facade of famous building in Little India, Singapore City, Singapore.

Little India is one of the most colourful neighbourhoods in Singapore. Shades of every colour can be found on the intricately patterned buildings and the tiny colourful statues of the area’s buildings and temples.   

2Five Flower Lake, Jiuzhaigou Valley, China


Located in the Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in the Sichuan Province, the Five Flower Lake is the result of glacial runoff. The blue, green, and turquoise waters get their colour from differing concentrations of calcium carbonate at varying depths.

1Kampung Pelangi, Indonesia

Rainbow Village in Semarang, indonesia

Indonesia’s latest must-visit attraction, the village of Kampung Pelangi was recently given a colourful makeover, leading to it being dubbed “Rainbow Village”.

Are there any other colourful places around the world that we’ve missed? Share them in the comments, or check out these other breathtaking places you can also visit.


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