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Vibrant and vivid, these postcard-pretty towns will quickly uplift your mood and turn your holiday into an endless photo shoot bursting with colour. While aesthetically, it’s clear that these cities are cheerful and inspiring, there’s definitely something more than colour about them.
Painted for the purpose of tradition, history, or aesthetic beauty, these locales also stand out through their rich culture and beautiful architecture.
To conquer the Monday blues, Quotient brings you a palette of azure destinations that will inspire you to start painting your journey around the world.
Jodphur is named the “Blue City” for good reasons. The buildings scattered around the impressive Mehrangarh Fort are awash with cool shades of blue, making the city a photographer’s paradise. Legend has it that in the past, upper class Brahmins used to paint their houses to distinguish themselves from other castes. Ever since, Jodhpur has fully embraced this tradition, becoming one of the most vibrant cities in the world — and a splash of colour in the barren yet mysterious Thar Desert.
Oia, Santorini, Greece
The small village of Oia, perched on the northern tip of the island, bursts with contrasting blue and white-washed houses, which are nestled into the volcanic rock. The vistas here couldn’t be more breathtaking with the indigo-blue Aegean Sea surrounding the cube-shaped houses and the magical sunsets beautifully lighting up the caldera.
Located high up in the Rif mountains and a few hours from Tangier, the town of Chefchaouen is as serene as its cerulean-hued buildings. Wandering around the ancient medina (old quarter), travellers will be mesmerised by the infinite camera opportunities; quiet and easy to explore, the maze-like alleyways here boast everything from local craftsmen selling handmade items to beautiful buildings home to restaurants and riads (traditional Moroccan houses with interior gardens). On top of the visual magic, the air in Chefchaouen seems to be a heady mix of aromatic spices such as clove, turmeric and cardamom.
Júzcar, Andalusia, Spain
The tiny Andalusian village of Júzcar, located in the province of Málaga, was originally white, but in 2011, it became all-blue to celebrate The Smurfs movie premiere. After the event, Júzcar’s inhabitants voted to keep the buildings painted blue, as they felt it added plenty charm to the once-sleepy village. Today, travellers can take in the calming aquamarine colour of the buildings as well as visit its historic monuments including a 16th-century church and the Cave of the Moors.