The world’s most colourful places

05/11/2015 16:52

Written by Bradt Travel Guides

Masjed-e Nasir al-Molk, Iran

Masjed-e Nasir al-Molk Mosque Shiraz Iran by JPRichard Shutterstock© JPRichard, Shutterstock 

This charming mosque in Shiraz feels like a personal and secret discovery when chanced upon, with vividly coloured glass windows and painted tiles adorning the walls.  Morning is the best time for photography.

Lac Rose, Senegal

Lac Rose, Senegal © Arnault, Wikimedia Commons© Arnault, Wikimedia Commons

Named after its striking pink hue, the lake and its dunescape surrounds are an unlikely scene pulled straight out of an acid trip.

Nova Scotia in autumn

Nova Scotia Canada by Vadim.Petrov Shutterstock© Vadim.Petrov, Shutterstock

Trees cover close to 80% of Nova Scotia, but aren’t just evergreen conifers, something that becomes even more apparent if you visit in the autumn. At this time, hardwoods such as maple, birch, oak, aspen and mountain ash burst into an explosion of brilliant colour. 

Sighişoara, Transylvania

Sighisoara Transylvania Romania by Gaspar Janos Shutterstpcl© Gaspar Janos, Shutterstock  

This is the archetypal Transylvanian town, just how we imagine it, complete with fairytale clock tower, a Gothic church on the hill and ancient (but extremely colourful) medieval houses lurching into narrow cobble-stoned streets.

Harare, Zimbabwe

Jacaranda trees Harare Zimbabwe by Jez Bennett Shutterstock© Jez Bennett, Shutterstock

Zimbabwe's capital is colourful both aesthetically and culturallyits wide streets lined with jacaranda and flamboyant trees are home to upmarket shops, craft markets and trendy art galleries. 

Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Longyearbyen Svalbard by Tyler Olson, Shutterstock© Tyler Olson, Shutterstock

The colourful huts in Svalbard’s main settlement provide fresh relief from the bleak, barren landscape of the archipelago’s wilderness. 

Tulip Garden, Kashmir

Tulip Garden Srinagar Kashmir India by J&K Toursim© J&K Tourism

Srinagar's Tulip Garden built in memory of assassinated prime minister Indira Gandhi, is a riot of colour in the springtime, with different coloured tulips carefully planted in stripes across the hillside to maximise their visual impact. The blooms don’t last very long, however, so get there while you can.

Areguá, Paraguay

Aregua Paraguay by Marco Muscara

One of the key towns to visit in a Circuito de Oro tour, Areguá is bursting with little art galleries, ceramic shops and gorgeous architecture.

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