Traveling the world exposes us to a diverse range of exciting destinations, but some cities are more vibrant than others. While some have facades in every color of the rainbow, others are distinguished by a single color. Consider the color blue.
Here are five of the most well-known blue towns in the world, as well as some of the reasons why the color is so popular.
5. Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Bright blue adorn doors, window shutters, chairs, and more in the beach suburb of Sidi Bou Said in Tunis, providing the ideal accent to the town’s whitewashed residences. The village, which is situated atop a hill overlooking the coast, offers quiet relief from the city below. French artist Rodolph d’Erlanger introduced the blue and white theme.
4. Júzcar, Spain
The love of blue in this Spanish community has nothing to do with the weather, religious connotation, or architecture. Instead, the Smurfs’ beloved cartoon figure inspired the Spanish city of Júzcar. The community had a deal with Sony in 2011. To promote the Smurfs film franchise, they would paint the town blue. Originally, Sony agreed to repaint the town when the promotional time ended. However, the residents of the municipality opted to preserve the blue.
3. Jodhpur, India
Jodhpur, the former capital of the Marwar kingdom, is the second-largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is also known as the “Blue City of India” around the world. In India, blue is associated with the Hindu god Lord Shiva. Many people believe that reflecting the sun’s rays helps to keep the house cool. Others claim that it deters termites. The color could simply be a result of the building materials available during the period.
2. Oia, Greece
The village of Oia in Greek is extremely picturesque, and it is one of the region’s most photographed locations. Colorful roofs and blue highlights contrast with the dazzling whitewashed structures. Patriotism is one clear explanation for the color choice. After all, the Greek flag’s colors are blue and white. They’re also attractive to the eye in this Mediterranean setting, and the white reflects the sun’s rays, keeping the heat away.
1. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen is a city in northwest Morocco. The city is becoming a popular tourist attraction for Europeans, who visit each summer to shop and enjoy the city’s blue architecture. The city’s magnificent azure architecture has earned it the moniker “Blue Pearl.” Some speculate that the color is a nod to the sea or other nearby bodies of water. Others claim it began with Jewish refugees who painted the town blue to symbolize God and the sky. Others say it helps to beat the oppressive summer heat.