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There truly are some wonderful places to visit in the world. When we think to go abroad, what we want is to be walking down the streets with a feeling of inner Zen, isn’t it? If stunning views are your thing, here’s a list of some of the most colourful places to visit around the globe – you’ll be amazed at what a lick of paint can do.

1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The favelas of Rio got a facelift back in 2010 when the government commissioned two Dutch artists to make the slums appear a bit more vibrant. Since that commission, graffiti artists have been getting creative on every surface available, this has been helped by the fact that street art is actually legal in Rio. Not a bad way to get your residents to spruce up the place is it?

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen has a pulsating energy about it. Listed as the happiest place in the world (no really, there’s a study into it), you could do a lot worse than taking up residence somewhere like here.

3. Burano, Italy

One of the four islands in the Venetian province, it is famed for its lacemaking, although you’ll find most of the tourism it takes in is because of its picturesque setting. There are no cars either, so it’s perfect place for a wander.

4. Jodhpur, India

Known as the Blue City (10/10 for creativity) this city in India was founded in 1459. The blue houses traditionally signified the home of a Brahmin, but now everyone has pretty much got in on the act and the city has a real identity of its own.

5. Cape Town, South Africa

The Bo-Kaap region of Cape Town is awash with colour. Known by any names, it is commonly referred to as the Malay Quarter as most of its residents are of Malaysian descent, although when translated from Afrikaans, Bo-Kaap literally means ‘above the cape’.

6. Kulusuk, Greenland

The most remote place in this list, Kulusuk is a settlement with a population of 312. Despite this tiny populace, the village’s houses are all beautifully painted and contrast wonderfully with the gorgeous nature they’re surrounded by.

7. Valparaiso, Chile

Cited as Chile’s cultural capital, it’s not difficult to see why. Adorned with plenty of museums, cathedrals and colonial buildings, the city has plenty of character and the homes serve as artistic outlets for the creative population.

8. Pattaya, Thailand

Famed for its gorgeous beaches and sparkling blue waters, Pattaya also has some of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Whether you’re looking for peace and tranquility, or a side a bit more wild, this popular tourist spot has a bit of something for everyone.

9. Guanajuato, Mexico

A major mining city, Guanajuato is the richest silver mining areas in the whole of Mexico. This influx of money in the 16th century led to serious investment in the city, and it shows, with plenty of beautiful vistas to admire. It is also home to ‘kiss alley’, a place where couples are supposed to kiss in order to bring them good luck for the next seven years.

10. Izamal, Mexico

If you like yellow, look no further. The whole of the city of Izamal emits a sunny radiance with every building awash in a yellowish hue, so it feels like summer all year long – great way to trick yourself into thinking it’s warm in the winter!

With this kind of inspiration, it kind of makes you want to get involved in some external house painting yourself, right?

You can also read my top 5 lists of the best beaches and luxury hotels around the world.

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