There are some places around the world that make us dream and imagine ourselves being part of a fairytale. Undoubtedly, the towns below can offer this kind of experience.
- Procida, Italy
It is one of the Flegrean Islands in Southern Italy, near Cape Miseno and the island of Ischia. The island’s name comes from the Latin word “prochyta”, which means “poured out” in ancient Greek. Other people say that Prochyta comes from the Ancient Greek verb “prokeitai”, meaning “it lies forth”, because of the appearance of the island seen from the sea. The houses on the island are painted in different colours. Also, the fishing boats there, are painted red, blue, yellow, etc. Procida has been chosen from among several Italian candidate cities to be the Italian Capital of Culture 2022.
- Kampung Pelangi, Indonesia
The redevelopment of the place made it a real attraction to visitors. When you visit this town, you feel like you are a part of a rainbow. It is not accidental that people called this town as “Rainbow Village”. The beautiful Indonesian Village is located in Randusari in the south of Semarang. Τhe roofs of the houses are as colorful as a rainbow. Also, the walls and the fences are painted with the same colours.
- Juzcar, Spain
It is located in the province of Málaga. This town could be the ideal place for the smurfs. In 2011 all the houses and the buildings in the region were painted smurf-blue by Sony España to celebrate the premiere of the Smurfs movie. After that, the residents decided the village to remain blue-coloured and not to return to white. Mainly, for tourism purposes the town is commonly known as the “Smurf Village”.
- Colmar, France
It is the third-largest commune in Alsace after Strasbourg and Mulhouse. Colmar is situated on the Alsatian Wine Route and is considered as the “Capital of Alsatian wine”. The city is renowned for its well-preserved old town, its numerous architectural landmarks and its museums. The part of the old- town attracts many tourists. It is crossed by canals of the river Lauch and is now called “little Venice”. It is worth mentioning that Colmar’s architectural landmarks date eight centuries back.
- Ilulissat, Greenland
It is located in western Greenland, 350 km north of the Arctic Circle. The town was established as a trading post by Jacob Severin’s company in 1741 and was named in his honor. The nearby Ilulissat Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has made Ilulissat the most popular tourist destination in Greenland. There are enormous icebergs from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. The houses are wooden and are painted in blue, red and yellow colours. The properties date back to 1700s.
- Tenby, Wales
It is located on the western side of Carmarthen Bay. Except from the sandy beaches, Tenby has many worth visiting spots such as the 13th century medieval town walls, including the Five Arches barbican gatehouse, a Museum and Art Gallery, the 15th century St. Mary’s Church, and the National Trust’s Tudor Merchant’s House. The Victorian buildings are painted in pastel colours while it is said that fishermen used to paint their houses with a specific colour of their preference in order to distinguish it when returning after a long trip.
- Tobermory, Scotland
It is located near the northern entrance of the Sound of Mull. The village was founded as a fishing port in 1788. Many of the buildings on Main Street are painted in bright colours, making it a popular location for television programmes, such as the children’s show Balamory. The burgh hosts the Mull Museum, the Tobermory whisky distillery as well as the Mull Aquarium. Visitors will immediately make out the clock tower on the harbour wall.
- Longyearbyen, Norway
Although it is the world’s nothernmost settlement, it has 1000 permanent residents. The town was established in the early 1900s, by the American John Munro Longyear, whose Arctic Coal Company started coal-mining there in 1906. Longyear gave his name to the town. Between snow and ice, visitors will recognize colourful houses. The town is a touristic destination.
- Positano, Italy
It is located on the Amalfi Coast. The history of this place dates back to prehistoric years. The myth of the Sirens is linked with the town but there is no evidence regarding a Greek presence on the coast of Positano. Positano has been featured in several films, including Only You (1994), and Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), as well as more recently in Kath & Kimderella (2012). The buildings painted with pastel colours make a unique surrounding as tumbling down the cliffside.
- Portmeirion, Wales
It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village. Light blue, yellow, pink and red colours at the buildings give an artistic hint to the place. Not accidentally many poets and writers choose it for an escape from the crowded cities.