We all know it, life is more beautiful when it’s full of colors. And this is true for holidays too: there is nothing better than a long weekend in a beautiful town full of colors. So, today we take you with us to discover the European most colored cities, in a fantastic tour from Bristol to Merano, through a tour to Cinque Terre. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Let’s start our trip from the Italian most colored corner: Cinque Terre. Five small towns on the Liguria coast (Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso and Manarola), five villages where the walls painted in red, pink, yellow and green are reflected by the blue sea water. You can visit them all in a single weekend: from a village to the other it is just 7 minutes by train. And, from a village to the other, you will have time to try some local food: maybe a dish of typical trofie al pesto. So, what are you waiting for? Book now a train from La Spezia to Riomaggiore.
The city of street art and graffiti: this is enough to convince you to visit Bristol. This tiny English town has so much to offer to its visitors: festivals, cultural events, and concerts all over the year. Visit the medieval center, take a walk in Cabot Circus (the shopping area), and last but not least, enjoy all the graffiti and street art paintings on the city walls. It’s not a coincidence if the most famous street artist Banksy has started his career here in Bristol: you could even see some of his most famous artworks! The best way to get here is flying to the English capital and then take a bus from London to Bristol.
Let’s now move to France to visit an amazing town made of colors and wooden houses: Colmar. Enjoy a boat tour along the city canals, called “Petite Venise” (Little Venice), where you could enjoy all the beauty of its typical old colored buildings. Move then to visit Plàce de la Cathèdral, full of XVI century palaces and houses, and walk across the flea markets on the old pedestrian area. Get ready for a really relaxing journey into the tradition of this beautiful area on the border between France and Germany: book now a bus to Colmar.
Think about colors: you can’t avoid thinking about Burano: this marvelous Italian town, established on an island close to Venice, is truly worth a visit. Once you are here you will love the many colors of its buildings: Visit the “Tre Ponti”, connecting the three Burano most colored streets (via Giudecca, via San Mauro and via San Martino Sinistro), full of small shops, suggestive tiny restaurants and many houses with colored walls. Back in the days Burano sailors decided to paint their houses in many different colors: this way, it’s said, they could recognize their houses by the sea, when they were coming back home from fishing in foggy mornings. The best way to get to Burano is going by train to Venice, and then take a ship to there: start searching now among trains from Rome to Venice!
Breslavia, a Polish colored city, has not been nominated 2016 European culture capital by coincidence. This city has a dynamic cultural life: shows, music festivals, art exhibitions, readings. Once you will be here we suggest to begin your tour from Rynek, the majestic central square overlooked by the huge gothic style city hall; afterward, you can visit the surrounding old town. Do not miss the nightlife here: Breslavia is a young university city, and there are plenty of chances to have fun. You can have a beer tour in św. Antoniego street, that hosts pubs, clubs, and bars. You can get here by flight (there are many low-cost companies flying here), or go from Milan to Breslavia by bus.
A livable and clean metropolis that you can easily visit by bike. But Copenhagen is much more: it is also a colored and happy city: the Danish capital (and maybe the most bike-friendly city in the world) has got a beating colored heart, Christiania, a city into the city, a “hippie oasis” full of colors and curious, fascinating buildings. And if you love colors you can’t skip a visit to Nyhavn, the Copenhagen harbor, where the orange, yellow and red facades of the houses give a touch of color to the city cold atmosphere. Book now a flight to Copenhagen!
A city made of sea and tradition. We are talking about Porto, the North Portuguese pearl: established on the shores of Douro, Porto is famous for its many colored houses built along the river, reflecting on its water. After crossing the majestic Dom Luis I iron bridge and visiting the historical center, enjoy a wine tasting in one of the many Porto wineries. Then we suggest having a typical dinner with some bacalhau grelhado. You can get to Porto with a direct flight, or just take a train from Lisbon.
Let’s move now to Ireland, more precisely to Galway, a small and beautiful university town close to the sea. Here your eyes will be immediately caught by hundreds and hundreds of colors. Start your tour from the central Eyre square, packed with small shops, and then move to Claddagh, on the river mouth, where you will enjoy all the magic of the colored walls of the houses and the facades of the boats. Buy now a ticket for a bus from Dublin to Galway.
A colored metropolis on the border between Europe and Middle-East, between Islam and Christianity, Istanbul is ready to welcome you with all its hidden beautiful treasures. Lose yourself in its many wonderful religious buildings, above all the great Blue Mosque and the Saint Sophia Church, and then enjoy a suggestive walk in the maze of the big city bazaar, among colored spices, pieces of antiques and multicolored carpets. And finally immerse in the dying light of the sunset: the Bosphorus bridge is the best place to truly enjoy it. What are you waiting for? Fly to Istanbul!
Let’s close our tour getting back to Italy, to the Amalfi coast, one of the most beautiful areas of Southern Italy. We get now to Positano, a marvelous seaside town: the best way to enjoy its beauty is by walking in its alleys and staircases; after visiting the city center, have a tour in its fancy fashion boutiques, or relax with an ice-cream on the Positano city beaches, “Spiaggia grande” and Fornillo beach. The best way to get here is to take a train from Naples to Sorrento, and then a bus from Sorrento to Positano.
So, no excuses: start packing now and leave for one of this beautiful and colored cities!