Top 25 most beautiful cities in the world. Part 2

Top 25: The world’s most colorful cities to brighten your day

It is scientifically proven that colors have a huge impact on our mood and well-being. Bright colors are stimulants that can even make our heart beat faster. Red is a good example: the origin of its stimulating properties goes back to caveman times, when it was associated with fire, danger or anxiety.

Pastel colors have a positive effect on our state of mind and mood: many people paint walls, ceilings and furniture in these colors. But color mania should not be limited to interiors. Entire streets, neighborhoods and even cities are painted in bright colors to keep their residents in good spirits.

Not surprisingly, many of the cities on this list are in northern countries, where overcast skies and lack of sunlight can easily cause depression. However, some of the most colorful cities in the world are in places where it is warm and sunny all year round, such as the Caribbean, South America, and the Mediterranean.

If you’re one of those people who loves bright, saturated colors everywhere, you might want to move to one of these most colorful cities in the world! And even if you don’t, this post is sure to make your day brighter!

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

25. Wroclaw, Poland The city of about 635,000 people is Poland’s fourth-largest city and the historic capital of the region known as Silesia. As the main cultural and financial center of Western Poland, Wroclaw is also famous for several historical monuments and stunning architecture.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

24. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The host of the 2016 Summer Olympics is famous for its iconic tourist attractions, including, of course, the Brazilian Carnival, the Christ the Redeemer statue and Copacabana Beach, but this Brazilian metropolis also boasts remarkably colorful neighborhoods.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

23. Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden’s capital and the most populous city in the Scandinavian countries, Stockholm is known for its beautiful architecture painted in bright colors. The local subway, well known for its station interiors, has even been called the longest art gallery in the world.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

22. Cinque Terre, Italy Located in Northern Italy, Cinque Terre is technically speaking not a city at all, but rather part of the popular Italian Riviera. It consists of five villages whose residents have built their colorful homes right on the cliffs, with stunning views of the sea.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

21. Barcelona, Spain The proud capital of Catalonia is literally drowned in unique and colorful architectural masterpieces designed by Antoni Gaudi, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

20. Lima, Peru The capital and largest city in Peru features a mix of architectural styles, from modern glass skyscrapers and monumental Spanish Baroque buildings to picturesque colorful houses built on hillsides.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

19. Auld San Juan, Puerto Rico Located on a small island along the northern coast, nearly 56 kilometers from the mainland of Puerto Rico, Auld San Juan is the oldest settlement in the country. The town is a marvelous mosaic of light pastel colors.

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Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

18. Jodhpur, India What at first glance may seem like an artful imitation of a smurf village is actually the main city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Seeing the colorful blue houses all around makes you understand why Jodhpur topped Lonely Planet’s list of most unusual places to stay in 2013.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

17. Reykjavik, Iceland As the world’s northernmost national capital with less than 55 days of sunshine, Reykjavik makes up for the cold and overcast weather with cheerful, colorful houses seen in many parts of the city.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

16. Valparaiso, Chile Becoming home to nearly 300,000 people, Valparaiso grew rapidly in the second half of the 19th century, when it was still known as “Little San Francisco” or “The Pearl of the Pacific. Famous for its colorful houses scattered throughout the city, Valparaiso also boasts impressive work by street artists.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

15. Willemstad, Curaçao The capital of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean, is rich in Dutch-style colonial architecture. The city center, with its unique colorful architecture and harbor, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

14. St. John’s, Canada The capital and largest city of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s is famous for its unique architecture, especially its brightly colored, low buildings that house gift shops, clothing stores and restaurants.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

13. Buenos Aires, Argentina The capital of Argentina is rich in strikingly colorful neighborhoods. The most famous of them is La Boca, which retains a European flavor thanks to immigrants from Genoa, Italy, who moved here in the late 19th century.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

12. Cartagena, Colombia Cartagena, with a population of nearly 900,000, is the fifth largest city in Colombia. Located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, it has a varied architecture dominated by the colonial style, conspicuous by the bright, colorful facades of the houses.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

11. Copenhagen, Denmark Nyhavn (New Harbor), Copenhagen’s historic waterfront, canal and entertainment district, boasts some of the most colorful houses in the city. Colorful seventeenth- and eighteenth-century single-story houses, cafes and restaurants line the canal.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

10. Guanajuato, Mexico Guanajuato is a city and municipality in central Mexico and the capital of the state of the same name. The historic center has several small plazas and colonial-style mansions, as well as civic structures and churches built of multicolored (mostly pink and green) sandstone.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

9. Istanbul, Turkey Located in the European part of Istanbul, the traditional Jewish quarter of Balat is the most vibrant part of Turkey’s largest city. Located on the western shore of the Golden Horn Bay, the neighborhood is known for its remarkably colorful rows of houses.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

8. Venice, Italy Situated on 118 small islands separated by canals and connected by bridges, Venice is considered one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. Venice is known for the beauty of its buildings, unique colorful architecture and works of art.

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Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

7. Havana, Cuba The largest city in the country and the entire Caribbean, Cuba boasts a mix of the world’s most diverse architectural styles, from castles dating back to the 16th century to modern high-rise buildings. Although many of the buildings have significant similarities, they are incredibly colorful!

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

6. Lisbon, Portugal One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon is famous for its extraordinarily diverse architecture with many different styles, but the colorful houses with red roofs make the Portuguese capital easily recognizable.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

5. Bergen, Norway The second largest city in Norway, Bergen is one of the cities with almost year-round cloudy weather. Nevertheless, its pastel-colored neighborhood, known as Bruggen, makes up for the lack of sunlight with an incredibly joyful variety of colors.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

4. Menton, France Located on the famous French Riviera, the popular resort town and commune is famous for its beautiful beaches, blooming botanical gardens and picturesque colorful architecture.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

3. Nuuk (or Gothob), Greenland In Greenland’s capital and largest city, residents lift their spirits by building strikingly colorful wooden houses.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

2. Sighisoara, Romania Located in the historical region of Transylvania, this small Romanian town is famous for its traditional civil architecture. Most of the houses in Sighisoara were built at least 300 years ago and are now considered historic monuments.

Top 25: The world's most colorful cities to brighten your day

1. San Francisco, USA San Francisco is known for an eclectic mix of architectural styles, among them “Painted Ladies,” a term used for Victorian dwellings that are painted in 3 or more colors to embellish or highlight architectural details.

Top 25 most beautiful cities in the world. Part 2

The capital of Slovenia is a real fairy tale, whether it’s sunshine or snowfall. Visit it in December to see baroque architecture surrounded by Christmas lights; or book a trip after the holidays when you can stroll through the pedestrian-only Old Town and have a coffee in a seaside café. You can also add Lake Bled and the Julian Alps to your itinerary, as Ljubljana is an ideal starting point for day trips around Slovenia.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

London, United Kingdom

London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world with history (Westminster Abbey) and modern buildings (London Eye, Cornicheon) on the banks of the Thames. Art and literature seem to seep out of the city walls – and in recent years, London has become even more charming, with contemporary art galleries and boutiques adding a bit of light to previously run-down neighborhoods.

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London, United Kingdom

Luang Prabang, Laos

It might not have the temples of Siem Reap or the ancient ruins of Bagan, but Luang Prabang might just be the perfect little Southeast Asian city. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why this is so, but you can write it off to the daily morning processions of 200 saffron-clad monks or the bright explosions of orchids sprouting from behind the trees. Is it just us, or is the sky a little bluer here?

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Muscat, Oman

Oman has some of the most spectacular scenery, from beaches to fantastically rocky mountain ranges. Meanwhile, Muscat, the port capital of Oman, is surrounded by mountains and deserts in the Gulf of Oman, where 21st-century shopping centers share space with 16th-century Portuguese forts and glittering mosques.

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Muscat, Oman

New York

The beauty of New York is multisensory : it’s historic architecture, from the Flatiron Building to the World Trade Center. It’s the feel of the grass beneath your feet and the smell of roasted nuts in Central Park. It’s the art of the Met, MoMa and Frick. But above all, it’s the diverse fashionable people who easily walk the streets of the city with their heads held high.

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New York

Paris, France.

It goes without saying, doesn’t it? Paris is a place where romance and history are juxtaposed. Cafes line the cobblestone streets, beautiful people stroll along the River Seine at all hours of the day, and every neighborhood seems to have its own iconic landmark, whether it be Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur or the Eiffel Tower.

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Paris, France.

Porto, Portugal

If you’re upset that Lisbon didn’t make our list, it might be time to consider Porto . Portugal’s second city is having a serious moment. Oenophiles have known the secret for years, but lately creative people have been flocking to Porto , thanks to the city’s stunning architecture and public art. Don’t miss the ornate Lello bookstore, which reportedly inspired Rowling’s Harry Potter series , a concrete swimming complex next to Porto’s famous beaches and granite coastline.

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Porto, Portugal

Prague, Czech Republic

The Czech capital has enough striking architecture , hilltop views, and charming markets to fill a dozen travel itineraries. Pro tip: Go to the Old Town between 6 and 7 a.m. (before the other tourists wake up), then the city has a magical atmosphere and a sense of anticipation is in the air.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Quebec, Canada

For a real taste of Canada’s European past, check out Quebec . The city has an enviable position on a bluff hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River, which makes its ancient architecture all the more impressive. For such a unique shot, head to the opposite end of the river and watch the sunset color the Old Town in shades of pink and purple.

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Quebec, Canada

Queenstown, New Zealand

The adrenaline capital of the world is a stone’s throw from some of the country’s most incredible natural wonders, from milky blue Lake Wakatipu to the so-called “Big Three” mountains (Remarcables, Cecil Peak and Walter Peak). If you don’t want to take in the views from bungee jumping, cozy up in the Matakauri Lodge courtyard or in the large landscape pool – these are great viewing platforms.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Quito, Ecuador.

Quito’s old city could almost be mistaken for Florence, with its magnificently gilded churches and cobblestone streets. But Ecuador’s capital city has a geological advantage here, namely its location under two snow-capped volcanoes (both active) in the Andes. Climb the dizzyingly high central tower of the Baslica del Voto Nacional to see the city’s buildings and mountains in one stunning location.

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Quito, Ecuador.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio has some of the most beautiful sandy strips in the world, from Copacabana to Ipanema, and its cobblestone city streets are filled with the sound of samba by day and night. The statue of Christ the Redeemer oversees it all-even the rainforest that lies within the city limits.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rome, Italy

Rome mesmerizes any traveler – chalky world-class architecture, incredibly narrow cobblestone Vicoli streets and museums filled with masterpieces. Call us sentimental, but we still stop there at the first sight of the Pantheon.

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Rome, Italy

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg was immortalized by Dostoevsky and Tolstoy , but this city is worth exploring beyond the pages of books. Palace Square provides views of both the General Staff building and the Winter Palace, the latter of which may be the finest example of Baroque architecture in Russia. The five-domed Church of the Savior on Blood is also worth a visit, as well as many of the city’s impressive Orthodox churches.

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St. Petersburg, Russia

San Francisco, California.

The Golden Gate Bridge is only the beginning . San Francisco’s world-class museums and cultural institutions rival any other on the planet. And that’s remarkable for a city of less than a million people. The adventurous spirit that made San Francisco what it is today thrives in the new restaurants, cafes, stores and galleries scattered throughout what is arguably the most beautiful city in the United States.

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San Francisco, California.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Many consider colonial-era San Miguel de Allende one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, and it’s no wonder. Here you’ll find green courtyards, narrow cobblestone streets, and a historic city center from which the Gothic towers of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcngel rise above the main square .

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Seoul, South Korea

Combine the video game glow of Tokyo, the culinary scene of Singapore and the English-speaking streets of Hong Kong, stretch that over a multitude of skyscrapers and rustic neighborhoods, and then squeeze in an array of fantastic stores, and you have Seoul. There are quiet palaces and temples in the modern city that remind you of the important 700-year history of the Korean peninsula. And you certainly can’t complain about the impeccably clean subway system .

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Seoul, South Korea

Seville, Spain

From the Old City (the third largest in Europe) to the world-famous tapas scene, Seville combines modernity and history as effortlessly as its famous flamenco dancers stomp their feet. Game of Thrones made the Andalusian capital a central location for filming seasons five and following, making places like Seville’s lavish Alcázar a pop culture destination on the map.

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Seville, Spain

Singapore

Singapore is a superb city with intricate temples, extraordinary gardens, and world-class architecture. The beauty here is both natural and man-made: travelers look for the city’s tropical jungle in the Botanic Gardens and the wild, colorful gardens by the bay. As an added bonus, you can get to everything on some of the cleanest streets and subways we’ve ever seen.

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Singapore

Sydney, Australia.

It’s almost unfair how good Sydney is. Australia’s largest city benefits from coastal culture : locals board ferries to get home or play on Bondi, Manly and Coogee beaches, and the impressive Sydney Opera House stands guard in the harbor.

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Sydney, Australia.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is literally brimming with storybook charm thanks to its colorful buildings, towering castles and beautiful location on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The city has one of Europe’s best-preserved historic centers, and many of its medieval churches and merchant houses are protected by UNESCO. The view from Toompea Castle over the city center is beautiful no matter what time of year it is.

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Tallinn, Estonia

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, recognized by the European Union as the “Capital of Culture”, has a lot to offer especially in its Baroque architecture. Hotel Phoenicia, opposite the city gate in Valletta, offers stunning views of the city and harbors, and one of the best breakfasts in the hotel. Take a tour of the private rooms of Casa Rocca Piccola, a 400-year-old Baroque palace, to see how Valletta’s noble families once lived.

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Valletta, Malta

Venice, Italy.

There’s nowhere on earth like Venice: its canals, maze of cobblestone streets without cars, and hidden passageways are perfect for walking. Take a water cab or gondola for a ride around the city and, if you have time, get away from the historic center and head for the outlying islands.

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Venice, Italy.

Vienna, Austria

Artistic and sophisticated, it’s no wonder Vienna was voted one of the best cities in the world at the Readers’ Choice Awards. Between visiting the opera and tasting Zachertorte, be sure to visit Schoenbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs and Vienna’s most popular tourist attraction. The palace’s Baroque architecture and picturesque gardens deserve your attention.

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Vienna, Austria

Zurich, Switzerland

You might think of Zurich as a cold, skiing city but we suggest visiting in summer to see the city in all its glory. The transformation of Zurich from a vibrant, cold German city into a carefree Italian one occurs in early June when gray hues turn to pastel and restaurants line the zig-zag streets. The city isn’t overrun by tourists like Venice, Barcelona or neighboring Switzerland’s Lucerne.

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Zurich, Switzerland

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