Turquoise Blog’s Top Colourful Villages Worldwide

Because this is also a travel blog, I figured I’d fit some type of travel blog post in the middle of all these restaurant reviews, even though I’m not presently traveling. And, since I love colorful villages, here are my favorite ones!

Turquoise Blog’s Top Colourful Villages Worldwide:

13. Lisbon, Portugal

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Views over Alfama from Miradouro Das Portas Do Sol (Lisbon, 2015)
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Colorful buildings in Lisbon (2015)
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Mosaic covered building (Lisbon, 2015)
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Beautiful mosaics on the buildings (Lisbon, 2015)

Ok, this one is a bit of a stretch, but there are definitely some beautiful colourful buildings in Lisbon 🙂 For starters, if you make your way from the “downtown/central area” up towards the Alfama viewpoints (Miradoura), there are numerous colorful apartment buildings, some which even have beautiful ceramics in the walls. Once you get to the Alfama viewpoints and get an amazing view over Alfama, you can see some of the colorful buildings in the landscape: baby blue, light pink and yellow, along with the orange roofs. For my Portugal travel blog post, click here!

12. Novi Sad, Serbia

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Novi Sad’s main square (2014)
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Novi Sad (2014)
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Novi Sad (2014)
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Novi Sad (2014)
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Novi Sad (2014)
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Novi Sad (2014)
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Novi Sad (2014)

This one is also a bit of a stretch, but if you’ve been to Novi Sad, you know as well as I do that the old part of town is full of different coloured buildings: reds, light pinks, baby blues, yellows, greens and more. For my Serbia travel blog post, click here!

11. Valladolid, Mexico

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Colorful streets of Valladolid (2016)
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Colorful streets of Valladolid (2016)
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Colorful streets of Valladolid (2016)
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Colorful streets of Valladolid (2016)

Alright, no more stretches as of now. Valladolid is a super cute village in Mexico, in the Quintana Roo province, close to Chichen Itza and Tulum (Riviera Maya). The village is very small and can probably be walked from one side to another in about 15 minutes or so. However, because it was raining, we didn’t walk around much and instead went around by car (I only stepped out into the rain a couple of times to take some photos). The pastel buildings which make up the colourful part of this town are mostly home to shops, local artisans and restaurants. For my Mexico (Riviera Maya) travel blog post, click here!

10. Castelsardo, Sardinia, Italy

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Castelsardo (2017)
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Me in Castelsardo (2017)
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Me in Castelsardo (2017)

Castelsardo is just another one of those beautiful little cliffside Italian villages that’s full of colours. As a fun bonus, many of the the villages in Sardinia seem to also have an old castle at the top of the village, which makes for even cooler photos. We didn’t actually venture up and walk amongst the colorful houses, as it seemed very residential. I think Castelsardo is best admired from afar, while enjoying a cappuccino at a terrasse. For my Sardinia travel blog post, click here!

9. Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy

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Corniglia (Cinque Terre, 2014)
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Corniglia (Cinque Terre, 2014)

I think Corniglia is the least visited of the five Cinque Terre villages, but if you have the time, you should check them all out. Get in with the local train and walk alllll the way up the stair to reach Corniglia. This is probably the smaller of the five villages, so it won’t take you long to walk around, but you’ll definitely get different pictures and angles of these colorful houses, in comparison to the other villages. On the plus side, since its the least popular, that also means you’ll be virtually left alone to walk around and explore. For my Northern Italy travel blog post, click here!

8. Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

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Vernazza (Cinque Terre, 2014)
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Vernazza (Cinque Terre, 2014)
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Vernazza (Cinque Terre, 2014)

Vernazza is definitely one of the more popular Cinque Terre villages. When I visited in late August, it was super packed full of tourists in the tiny little streets. Make sure to head up towards the trails (towards Monterosso al mare) to the point where you have to pay to keep going. If the guard is nice, s/he will let you pass just a bit further to take some beautiful panoramic photos of the village and then come back for free. For my Northern Italy travel blog post, click here!

7. Las Peñas, Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Las Peñas, Guayaquil (2016)
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Las Peñas, Guayaquil (2016)
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2. Las Peñas, Guayaquil (2016)
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Me in Las Peñas, Guayaquil (2016)

I really enjoyed walking in the streets of Las Peñas, it felt as though I was in a different time period. There are technically two colorful sides, which are separated by a highway; we only went through the one closest to the water. Make your way through the streets and up the many staircases, all the way to the top, where there is a church, a lighthouse and views of the other side of colorful Las Peñas. For my Ecuador travel blog post, click here!

6. Bastia, Corsica, France

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Port of Bastia (2017)
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Port of Bastia (2017)
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Port of Bastia (2017)

I really enjoyed Bastia, it was my favorite town in Corsica. I really liked the port area, full of colourful houses, restaurants and boats. Bastia’s Citadel was also really cool, quite tranquil in comparison to other Citadels and offered great views over the port area. I also enjoyed walking around in the narrow streets of the Citadel, checking out the little shops and bars along the way. Obviously though, my favorite part was the port area with all of its colorful houses. Every night, I tried to pick a restaurant which would give us nice views of these said houses, while we ate some delicious foods and drank some white wine. For my Corsica travel blog post, click here!

5. Manarolla, Cinque Terre, Italy

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Manarola (Cinque Terre, 2014)
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Manarola (Cinque Terre, 2014)

I caught Manarola on a bit of a stormy day, but that just made my photos even cooler with the crashing waves and darker skies. I didn’t actually walk around in the village, as I was trying to visit a few of the villages in one day, but this is one of my favorite travel photos. For my Northern Italy travel blog post, click here!

4. Bosa, Sardinia, Italy

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View of Bosa from the Arts Museum (2017)
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Bosa (2017)
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Bosa (2017)
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Views over Bosa from the Old Castle (2017)
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Me in Bosa (2017)
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Bosa (2017)
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Bosa (2017)
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The other, less colorful side of Bosa (2017)
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View of Bosa from the road above, access by car (2017)

Bosa ranks so highly, mainly because it was my base city in Sardinia for two days, so I got to spend a good amount of time here and get to know the place. I really enjoyed walking through the colorful houses all the way up to the old castle and then back down, as well as walking by the river and seeing both sides of this colorful town. For my Sardinia travel blog post, click here!

3. Sintra (Lisbon), Portugal

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Palacio Da Pena (Sintra, 2015)
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Palacio Da Pena (Sintra, 2015)
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Palacio Da Pena (Sintra, 2015)
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Palacio Da Pena (Sintra, 2015)
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Palacio Da Pena (Sintra, 2015)
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Palacio Da Pena (Sintra, 2015)
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Palacio Da Pena (Sintra, 2015)
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Villa in Sintra (2015)

Alright, technically this one is also a bit of a stretch, because Sintra is not a colorful village. However, Palacio da Pena, located in Sintra, is one of the most colorful and unique palaces I have ever seen (especially in Europe – Asia has some pretty colorful palaces too). I loved walking around and exploring this palace, every turn brought about new architectural styles, new colors and new materials. It was one of my highlights in Portugal and I definitely recommend it to all. For my Portugal travel blog post, click here!

2. Burano (Venice), Italy

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Burano (2013)
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Burano (2013)
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Burano (2013)
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Burano (2013)
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Burano (2013)
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Burano (2013)

I absolutely loved Burano. I got to spend a few hours on this island just outside of Venice a few years back and loved walking around and seeing all of the colorful houses. Burano is a very clean place; the houses were all freshly painted and there was no trash on the streets. I especially liked that the locals hung their clothing to dry right outside of their colorful homes, adding even more color to this island. For my Northern Italy travel blog post, click here!

1. Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

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Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre, 2014)

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Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre, 2014)

Riomaggiore is my favorite colorful village for several reasons: the colorful houses, the food and it was my base city in Cinque Terre for 4 days. Choosing a city/village/town as a base city means you’re based there, so every night that’s where you come back to sleep. In my case, it also means that I eat most of my meals there. Therefore, this allows me to get to know a specific place pretty well, as I spend a good amount of time there. This was the case with Riomaggiore. I saw some beautiful sunsets, ate some of the best seafood pastas and even got to check out a secret beach. For my Northern Italy travel blog post, click here!

UP NEXT: Ma critique de restaurant en tant qu’invité chez Gaston (bistro français apportez votre vin à Rosemont)

*All opinions and photos are my own (or taken by someone with my device, or of me)

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