The Top 8 Most Colorful Countries in the WorldTuesday 7 June 2016
Whether natural or artificial, these vivid colors make for some spectacular landscapes. From natural blends to rainbow effects, here are the most incredible colorful views around the world.
Zhangye Danxia, China
These mountains, aptly called the "pink clouds," are multi-colored landmarks that stretch over 1700km in the sub-tropical region of southeast China. They've been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Color origin: Completely natural. The Zhangye Danzia Mountains get their color from build-up of layered rock combined with lifting tectonic plates and erosion.
Cape Town, South Africa
Bo-Kaap (meaning "Above the Cape" in Afrikaans), is a neighborhood in the north of the city, which draws most of its visitors because of the colorful houses and paved passages, resembling south east Asian architecture.
Color origin: Here, each owner has painted their house a unique bright color, celebrating Muslim identity in the community.
Vibrant shades of blue are spread across every wall in this north-eastern Moroccan village. From pastel blue to azure to electric blue, Chefchaouen's blues are an homage to the sea and sky. And for an exceptional panoramic view, hike up 200 meters where you can appreciate the blue hues amid the Rif Mountains.
Color origin: It's said that the special blue touch was introduced by Jewish refugees in 1930, symbolizing, for them, the sky and paradise. Since then, the locals of Chefchaouen keep painting the walls blue as it keeps the mosquitoes away.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Colorful houses, charming fishing ports, and turquoise water; Liguria is the epitome of the Dolce Vita. The 5 villages of the Cinque Terre prove the resourcefulness of the locals and offer a multi-colored landscape.
Color origin: Each house has had a distinctive color for hundreds of years, so that the fisherman can recognize their own home after long jaunts of sea-faring.
Brighton Beach, Australia
These small sheds, or "bathing houses," are no doubt a popular tourist attraction in Melbourne. Lined up along the beach, they date from the Victorian era, when any well-off family was sure to own a cabin on the sand.
Color origin: Each owner wanted to make his or her cabin unique. So, while respecting the rules of the Brighton Bathing Box Association, and without putting any ads on the facades, they added their own colorful touch. As soon as the summer season starts, the owners spruce up the cabins again to for some extra zing.
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
The Laguna Colorada, a salted lake in Bolivia's south-western province of Sud Lipez, is surrounded by bright red volcanoes. The most ideal time to visit is in the day, particularly because the nights are freezing (-30 C in winter), and nearby accommodation is fairly basic.
Color origin: Microscopic algae, which flamingos of the area feed on, show off their hues as a reaction to the light.
Daily markets and laundry hanging on the lines is the ultimate cliché of a typical laid-back town in the south of France. Yet, Menton just happens to be the most colorful village in the country. There's nothing like these gorgeous shades to complement the blue Mediterranean Sea.
Color origin: Just like Burano and the Cinque Terre, Menton gets its colors from the fishermen. The lemon and mandarin trees planted throughout the town only add to the palette of many colors, typical of the south of France.
Just north of Venice, Italy, this island is famous for its quaint, vibrant houses. Because so many tourists flock to see them, the owners have to repaint their buildings once a year to keep the colors up to par.
Color origin: To find their way back home in the fog, the village fisherman decided to paint their house a unique color to be sure they came back to the right place after a day of fishing!