When it comes to deciding what to wear in the morning, black, grey, white, and other neutral colours are a typical go-to. These shades match with everything, and it just makes the morning routine so much easier! But when it comes to visiting a new city, I seem to instinctively embark on a search for colour. Vibrant buildings, vivid landscapes, radiant scenery. I’m sure we can all agree that everything looks better with a little pop of colour – especially an Instagram newsfeed!
To brighten your day, I’ve put together a list of some colourful places in Europe that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. On a grey day like today, this post felt especially necessary!
1. Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nyhavn is Copenhagen’s main harbour and entertainment district, which you will surely recognize due to its famously colourful appearance. The waterfront is lined with rows of vividly coloured houses, shops and restaurants. From Nyhavn, you can catch a boat tour that will take you all around the city. Nyhavn is beautiful all year round, but it’s an especially great spot to spend a sunny summer’s day.
2. Primrose Hill, London, UK
Primrose Hill is, as the name suggests, a hill in London and its surrounding neighbourhood. From the top of the hill, you can get a nice view of the affluent Primrose Hill area. There are many colourful houses in Primrose hill, making it a beautiful place for a stroll. I hope the owners didn’t mind me taking a picture of their house. It was just too pretty not to!
3. Lisbon, Portugal
With its remarkable attractions, delicious food, and beautiful weather, Lisbon is definitely a must-visit city. On top of all this, the streets are filled with brightly coloured houses and apartments. You could honestly spend an entire day just wandering the narrow streets and taking in Lisbon’s beauty. Ok, now I’m daydreaming about going back to Lisbon. *Sigh*.
4. Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden
Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm. Its old cobblestone streets are lined with very colourful medieval architecture. Stockholm is definitely one of the most beautiful cities I have visited in Europe. Plus, I’m a sucker for an ~artsy~ bicycle picture.
5. Brighton, UK
Brighton is a must-visit seaside town in Southern England. During a stroll along the beach, it is hard to miss the brightly coloured beach huts that are laid out along the shore. Be sure to get some fish and chips while you’re there!
6. Cinque Terre, Italy
I was truly blown away by the colourful beauty of Cinque Terre when I was there. Its five villages are overflowing with multicoloured buildings, making it one of the most photogenic spots in Europe. There are trails that allow you to hike from village to village. Be sure to charge your camera because Cinque Terre is extremely picturesque!
7. Neal’s Yard, London, UK
Neal’s Yard is a true a London gem. It is a small alleyway tucked away in Covent Garden known for its healthy cafes and food stores. Neal’s Yard is easily overlooked by passers by because of its buried location, but it is one of the most colourful parts of London. Definitely one of my favourite spots!
8. John Lennon Wall, Prague, Czech Republic
A trip to Prague is not complete without a visit to the remarkably colourful John Lennon Wall. The wall is covered in vibrant graffiti messages inspired by John Lennon and the Beatles. Visitors come and go, adding new layers of paint to the wall, so the appearance of the wall is always changing (just like the Beatles’ haircuts).
9. Oia, Santorini, Greece
Oia is a small town on the Island of Santorini in Greece. It is known for its white and blue painted houses, which, when set against the beautiful Oia sunsets, makes for a breathtaking site. Quite a romantic destination if you ask me!
10. Burano, Italy
I have not had the chance to visit Burano, but I have heard wonderful things. Burano is a small island close to Venice that is only accessible by boat. The island is known for its brilliantly colourful buildings. It is a great place to go on a day trip from Venice.
11. Bruges, Belgium
With its cobbled streets and medieval architecture, Bruges looks like it is straight out of a fairytale. Bruges’ historic centre has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the winter, Bruges’ lovely main square host one of Europe’s most renowned Christmas markets. Make sure to eat ALL the waffles while you’re there!
12. Villefranche-Sur-Mer, Cote D’Azur, France
Villefranche-Sur-Mer is a small village in the South of France, only a short train ride from Nice. Located right by the sea, the village is extremely quaint and picturesque. There are many restaurants and bars by the waterfront that make for a beautiful evening setting. Fun fact: this was where I tried Escargot for the first time! It was actually pretty tasty (probably because it was smothered in garlic).
And there you have it – you’re own multicolour tour of Europe. Which colourful European destination is next on your list? Let me know in the comments below!