As most travellers would agree, each city or town across the world bears a soul. It’s a reflection of its social and cultural heritage. In some instances this is made tangible by the look of the place. Even more specifically, it’s colour. Colour has come to be a core binding characteristic in the magical places featured below. Be it pink to reflect hospitality or yellow pointing to a rich spiritual past, the colours are a reflection to these lands. Here are five destinations across the world, defined by their individual binding colour.
White – Santorini, Greece
From being a reflection of the national flag, to traditional architecture designed to prevent heat entering the homes, reasons for the dominance of white across this Greek Island are many
With nearly 2 million visitors annually, Santorini has come to be a prime tourism hotspot for travelers across the world. Picturesque views, beaches with an array of water based activities and an abundance of sunshine have made this one of Greece’s most popular islands (use One Planet Rating to also discover more off the beaten path gems).
However, the island today also bears the brunt of over-tourism . A surge in migration of the Greek population from the cities as result of Greek’s economic woes, unabated construction and risk to the social cohesion do pose a threat to the white island.
Pink – Jaipur, India
In a mark to welcome and display the city’s hospitality, the king of Jaipur, Maharaj Ram Singh had the city painted pink to welcome the prince of Wales and Queen Victoria on their tour of India
Located in the eastern India in the state of Rajasthan, the city of Jaipur is well known for its 18th century town planning and Rajput Mughal architectural landmarks such as the City Palace, Hawa Mahal and the World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar.
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Blue – Chefchaouen, Mococco
From being a reminder to lead a spiritual life (blue reflecting the sky and the heaven) to the color believed to keeping mosquitoes away, the city has retained its color since the 15th century
Perched under the prime peaks of the Rif (which make a popular hiking destination), Chefchaouen (click to see how our users have rated and reviewed this town) is a small mountain town in northeastern Morocco. With a population of 40,000 inhabitants, it is full of charm and authenticity and away from the major and mainstream tourist destinations in Morocco. The old Medina in the city is a rich reflection of Moroccan and Andalusian influence. The town is also popular for its traditional market and local cuisine. It is also said to be best explored on foot.
Yellow – Izamal, Mexico
Considered be the abode of Kinichkakmo, a manifestation of the sun god, the monastery and colonial buildings across this city are painted yellow in tribute
This small city is considered as one of the oldest cities of the Mayans. Izamal was named as one of Mexico’s ‘Pueblos Magicos’ in 2002, which is a designation awarded by the Mexico Tourism Board to cities and towns displaying a combination of natural beauty, cultural richness and historical significance.
Besides being the only city in the world with six Mayan pyramids within city limits, it also boasts of some of Mexico’s best crafts made by local artisans.
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Red – Marrakesh, Morocco
The city got the title of the Red City or Rose city because of its buildings and walls built of beaten clay, during the residence of the Almohads in the 12th century
The third largest country in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat, Marrakesh is located in the west of the country at the foot of the High Atlas, the high mountainous barrier in North Africa. The city hails tourists from across the world owing to its cosmopolitan nature. A rich culture and heritage with a blend of the modern make this a popular city to experience in Morocco.