For those who see color and want to see it in a way they have never seen it before, Black Tomato has found the world’s most colorful places and curated them down to the most intense handful of hues on the planet. The following is a hand-picked collection of vivid destinations where travelers can behold sites of vibrant architecture and find nary a splash of concrete in sight.
One of Morocco’s lesser known cities, Chefchaouen, features distinct blue hues standing out in striking contrast from the surrounding arid landscape. A fusion of iconic Andalusian architecture and Moroccan charm, Chefchaouen is one of the best places in the country for a real sense of authenticity. It’s rich in history, having been founded in 1471, and the views over the tranquil Rif Mountains are sure to rival many a city view. Head to Plaza Uta el-Hammam to browse for trinkets – its unmistakable kasbah forms the heart of the city.
Burano, Venice, Italy
An island situated in the Venice Lagoon, Burano is famed for its artistic creations from the iconic Venetian masks to the stunning Burano glass and intricate lace. It’s not just the creative exports that drew Black Tomato to its streets, it’s the perfectly decorated houses that line the streets bringing the island to life; the town’s aesthetic is of such high importance that if a residents wants to paint their home a different color, they have to send a request to the government who will send a list of the colors allowed for that specific house.
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
A “Barrio” (neighborhood) of the capital city Buenos Aires, La Boca is famed for its brightly colored walls and puppets that hang from many of the windows. It’s also one of the best places to go to watch local dancers perform the Tango against the colorful backdrop.
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
There are a few stories around to explain the iconic blue walls of Rajasthan’s second largest city. One theory is that Brahmin families painted the homes with a deep blue wash (a color that denotes royalty) to stand out from the masses, whereas another suggests that these blue homes got their color from a copper-sulfate wash slathered on the walls to repel termites and mosquitoes.
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
An area of Cape Town formerly known as the Malay Quarter, Bo-Kaap is situated on the slopes of Signall Hill above the city centre and is lined with brightly (almost fluorescent) colored houses built in the 17th and 19th centuries along the cobbled streets. It’s a particularly sought after district of Cape Town due to its unique beauty, but it’s also home to an array of rich history, including the Bo-Kaap Museum and some of the most beautiful mosques in Africa, including the first established Muslim Mosque in South Africa.