Monday, 26 September 2016

EUROPE: The Colourful Continent.

Like a bee is drawn to flowers, I’m instantly attracted to anything brightly coloured. There is something so uplifting and captivating about colour.  Europe is ablaze with picturesque, kaleidoscopic destinations.  I’ve put together a list of my six favourite colourful places that any traveler should not miss whilst following the rainbow through the continent.

Camogli, Italy

Let’s face it, it’s no surprise that Italy has made this list!  Italy and bright colours go hand in hand – the pastel-coloured towns, the plush flowers and the turquoise shades of the Med compliment the vibrancy of Italian culture.  Whilst several Italian towns deserve a place on this list, my favourite will always be Camogli.  This Ligurian fishing village is absolutely beautiful and drastically cheaper than its overpriced neighbour Portofino.

Nyhavn, Denmark

Don’t ask me to pronounce this one!  Nyhavn is Copenhagen’s historic harbour, lined with quirky café bars and restaurants.  The Scandinavian weather was typically cold and grey during my visit, but not even the dark clouds could dull the mood of this cheerful, lively waterfront.  Come to the Danish capital for the liberal, laid-back atmosphere, the fascinating Viking history and extravagant royal palaces.

Tenby, Wales

Few people outside of the UK will have heard of this charming Welsh seaside town.  One of the last remaining walled towns in the British Isles, Tenby’s historic buildings are decorated with an array of soft pastel shades.  Come here to observe the traditional British seaside experience; fish and chips, sand castles and well-kept golden beaches.

Wrocław, Poland

Wrocław is one of the biggest surprises I’d had on my travels.  The endless array of grey communist era blocks on the bus ride from the airport give way to one of the most spectacular city squares I’ve ever seen.  Central Wrocław is a kaleidoscopic splash of every colour imaginable - it is quite a magical place.  Most foreign tourists don’t venture far outside of Kraków, but Wrocław should be a part of any Polish itinerary.

Salzburg, Austria

The colours of Salzburg are more subtle than most other places on this list, but this gorgeous Austrian city is most certainly worthy of a mention.  This city is uniformly beautiful with delicate, classy shades of peach, light greens and soft yellows.  Come here for history, classical music and an outstanding natural setting at the foot of the Alps.

Menton, France

 The self-proclaimed 'Pearl of France' is certainly one of the colour-capitals of the Cote d'Azur.  The pretty ochre-tinted buildings of Menton's old town are stacked precariously up a steep hillside at the spectacular junction of the Alps and the sea.  The place oozes elegance and sophistication.  Stroll through the historic cobbled alleys, or soak up the sunshine at the beach.

This list is by no means finished; the European continent has so many multi coloured gems for ‘bumble bee’ travelers to revel over.  Thank you so much for reading and be sure to follow this page for more similar posts. 

Elis Griffiths. x