One of the most amazing aspects of travel is its ability to stimulate and reinvigorate our senses. It allows us to see the world around us through different eyes, leaving us feeling refreshed when we eventually have to head back to our everyday reality. As our March collection is all about color, we got the lowdown on 5 abundantly colorful, must-visit destinations—from our VIP travel experience partner Fit & Fly Girl—that will allow you to fully embrace the magic of seeing new sights on your next trip.
Marrakech is all about sensory overload and the sense that this Moroccan city appeals to the most is sight. Referred to as the “Red City” or the “Rose City” for its rose-tinted buildings, Marrakech offers an array of colors while shopping in its souk. Clothing, spices, rugs, scarves and brightly colored yarns create a breathtaking color display. In addition to the souk, another can’t-miss spot for color is fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent’s personal gardens, Jardin Majorelle, with their stunning (majorelle) blue buildings. After all, Saint Laurent himself perhaps described it best, “A visit to Marrakech was a great shock to me. This city taught me color.”
Willemstad is the capital of Curaçao, a Dutch island located in the Southern Caribbean. Best known for its colorful buildings lining the waterfront in all shades of the rainbow, Willemstad has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to its architecture, some of the most vibrant hues of Curaçao can be found under the water with a multitude of reefs accessible from shore. One of the best features of Curaçao besides its colors? Unlike many Caribbean destinations, it’s (generally) located outside the hurricane zone, so you can travel there virtually anytime of year.
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Boca is a small neighborhood in Buenos Aires that makes a big statement in terms of color. The brightly-hued buildings along La Boca’s street, Caminito, are an iconic image in the city. Tango dancers and musicians perform for visitors to Caminito, adding to the colorful atmosphere. The street was originally the work of artist Benito Quinquela Martin who, in 1960, painted the walls and erected a stage, creating a haven for artists. While it’s best to look to Palermo or Recoleta for the best hotel options, including a visit to Caminito in your daily itinerary is a must!
Cinque Terre, Italy
Who can think of the Italian coast without picturing the colorful homes of Cinque Terre perched on picturesque cliffs? Cinque Terre, which translates to “Five Lands,” is comprised of five charming fishing villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Each village is unique and offers its own color themes, such as the distinctly striped umbrellas on the beaches of Monterosso or the harbor of Manarola filled with brightly colored boats. Travel between the villages by ferry to experience the colorful view of each village as viewed from the water.
Close your eyes and imagine the Greek Isles. Even if you’ve never visited, you’re likely picturing whitewashed buildings and bright blue domed roofs on beautiful islands like Santorini and Mykonos. Despite what you might think, the white and blue color palette wasn’t originally designed for aesthetics (or representative of the Greek flag). Rather, Greek buildings were originally painted white as a means of cooling off their dark, volcanic stone. And blue roofs? Blue paint was cheap and readily available, so, in 1967, the Greek government mandated that all buildings must be repainted in white and blue!
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