We’ve all been there– Sitting on the couch scrolling rapidly through our Instagram newsfeed at the same dull pictures when suddenly one captures every ounce of our attention. Typically for me, these are photos are of vibrant streets and with pops of colorful architecture. I don’t know about you, but there’s just something about color that instantly puts a smile on my face. If you’re in need of some travel inspiration (or just want to daydream a little), here are just a few of the most colorful places in Europe to add to your must-see list:
1. Burano, Italy
Step aside Venice. This island town in the Venetian lagoon is famous for its intricate lace and vibrant homes, which were painted years ago so families could distinguish them from one another during fog season. It doesn’t get much more photogenic than this.
2. Paris, France
Aside from colorful macaroons and flower stands, I really wasn’t convinced that colorful spots could be found in the posh city of Paris until I stumbled upon a photo of Rue Crémieux. The quaint street is pedestrian only and full of charming homes to stroll by. Talk about a hidden gem!
3. Águeda, Portugal
The locals probably don’t have an issue with rain or too much sun. Just kidding– but you have to admit, the umbrella covered streets of Águeda are pretty epic.
4. Cinque Terre, Italy
Maybe I’m a little biased since this is one of my favorite spots in Italy, but the pastel colored towns of Cinque Terre are some of the most captivating I’ve ever seen. Each of the five islands have their own unique flair, and the hiking views are incredible.
5. Copenhagen, Denmark
Come for the vibrantly colored architecture that lines the water, and stay for the rich history and famous bicycle culture (the city has more bicycles than people!). This cheerful city is too photogenic not to visit.
6. Santorini, Greece
The white architecture doesn’t exactly resemble a rainbow, but I have to argue that this popular little island off Greece’s southeastern coast is just as colorful as the rest of the spots on this list. The pops of color in the blue roofs, pristine waters, and cotton candy sunsets look even more radiant against the stark contrast of the simplistic, white-colored city.
7. Barcelona, Spain
From the beautifully colored tiling throughout Park Güell to the bright produce, sweets, and smoothies at the La Boqueria market, Barcelona is truly a treat for the eyes.
8. Colmar, France
Colmar resembles a real-life storybook setting with its colorful half-timbered houses, charming canals, and cobblestone streets. The medieval town (also known as “Little Venice”) is famous for its pastries and wine– so let your taste-buds do just as much indulging as your eyes!
9. Positano, Italy
I know, I know. Yet another Italian city on the list. But trust me, there’s a reason why the Almafi Coast is one of the most visited destinations in Europe. I mean, just look at the photo!
10. Wroclaw, Poland
This lively town is known for its jaw-dropping architecture (with more than 100 bridges!) and up-for-anything culture. I’m sold.
Which one of these colorful European towns are you dying to visit?