From major cities to sleepy villages, Europe is full of colourful destinations waiting to be explored. Prepare to spice up your Instagram feed with these gorgeous places we’ve pulled together so you can start planning your multi-coloured Euro-trip!

21. Berlin, Germany

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Berlin may be a massive metropolis, but it isn’t covered with tall grey skyscrapers, on the contrary really. Venture into alternative neighbourhoods such as Kreuzberg and Neukölln to discover artistically designed buildings which truly adds to Berlin’s quirky personality.

20. Sighisoara, Romania

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Sighisoara is a hidden treasure. Tucked away in the historical region of Transylvania is this kooky town where you embrace all the colours of the rainbow as you skip from street to street.

19. Bristol, England

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Bristol is well known for its vibrant feel, hipsters and claims Banksy-the world’s most prominent street artist. Each of these features is collectively portrayed across the city. Making Bristol a hub for the UK’s younger generation.

18. Colmar, France

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Colmar is a town straight out of an animated Disney film, how could one disagree? With its’ bunched up buildings, each painted colourfully and decorated with flowers. Taking a wander through this French-Alpine town offers you a truly magical experience.

17. Wroclaw, Poland

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Wroclaw has become an up-and-coming destination for weekend breaks and Euro-trip stops. But why you might wonder? A friendly atmosphere and cheap fares certainly help attract visitors, but, without a doubt, it is the beautiful architecture which first catches travellers eyes.

16. Reykjavik, Iceland

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With long periods of darkness in the winter months, the citizens of Reykjavik have come up with an ingenious plan to counter-acted the times of darkness Iceland receives. They paint the capital a wonderful array of colours making it a more visually appealing place to be!

15. Copenhagen, Denmark

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Chic, trendy and fashion-central; three things that sum up the personality of this Scandinavian city. This is widely reflected from neighbourhood to neighbourhood making it an ideal destination for anyone searching for a technicolour getaway.

14. Porto, Portugal

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The holistic combination of vibrant rustic buildings and eccentric locals is what qualified Porto into our list. Home to Port wine, Porto has become a must-visit destination for any wine lover and/or colour-fanatic.

13. Naples, Italy

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Naples may be known for its’ delicious cuisine and the grand Mt. Vesuvius. But the one thing that visitors are always pleasantly surprised by is the colour scheme of the city.

12. Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague is the Czech Republic’s pride and joy, with its UNESCO sites, cobbled streets and century’s old architecture. A winning combination for any traveller’s bucketlist.

11. Poznan, Poland

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Weaving through Poznan’s stone-laid streets you’ll find yourself taken by the sheer beauty of the city. There’s something quite pure about Poznan’s colourful streets, although we believe this is helped by its’ friendly locals and uplifting spirit.

10. Longyearbyen, Norway

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Tucked away in the arctic circle is the tiny town of Longyearbyen. Although the town is pretty isolated, it’s a common spot for the Northern Lights to come out at night. But more importantly, it’s supposedly the home of Sir Nicholas Claus, with the world’s largest post box in the centre of town, which only receives letters to Santa Claus.

9. Lisbon, Portugal

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Long rolling hills, rickety yet charming yellow trams and a coastline straight out of a dream, makes Lisbon one of the most charismatic cities in Europe.

8. Galway, Ireland

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Located on Ireland’s west coast, Galway is a town which truly captures the Irish spirit with its quirky cobbled streets, cosy buildings and lively nightlife. It is the ideal place for an authentic experience of Ireland.

7. Ljubliana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana is one of those destinations which sticks with you forever. The combination of whimsical buildings aligning the river which gently flows through the city centre is over-looked with a medieval castle located on the hill above the town. Spending an evening sitting by the riverside, sipping on a cool spritzer on a calm summer’s evening is one’s idea of heaven.

6. Santorini, Greece

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Oh, Santorini. Even the name of the island can send you into a daydream. Dusty hills covered in white-painted houses, with roofs as blue as the crystal clear ancient Aegean sea, the thought can make any travel-lover weak at the knees. So beautiful we had to stick it on our list!

5. Burano, Italy

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The rainbow-coloured island of Burano is located in the Venetian lagoon and is a huge favourite among tourists. The opportunity to take a trip to Burano while visiting Venice is a must! Imagine meandering through endless colourful alleyways with a refreshing gelato in hand, the thought of it is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face.

4. Juzcar, Spain

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Located in the province of Malaga, the town of Juzcar has a peculiar tale behind it. Its blue appearance is actually down to promotion for ‘The Smurfs’ movie in 2011 when a bunch of Sony executives showed up. After the hype, the town decided that they liked the blue buildings and it hasn’t changed since!

3.  Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

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The glory of Karlovy Vary’s mineral springs has made this wee Czech town famous around the world. With 12 healing springs reaching temperatures of 40° C, a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by pastel buildings, this town offers a truly zen experience.

 

2. Notting Hill (London), England

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Located in London‘s borough of Kensington and Chelsea this high-end neighbourhood boasts a stunning array of buildings. However, Notting Hill also plays hosts to the UK’s largest carnival festival which takes place over two days in August when the streets come to life with live music, vibrant parades to create an international vibe celebrating the diversity of London’s contemporary culture.

1. Cinque Terre, Italy

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The Cinque Terre region consists of five colourfully-rustic towns located on the cliff edges of the Amalfi coast. This dream destination has caught the eyes of travellers all over the Globe and has since become a top holiday spot for those looking for a scenic experience.

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Catherine Munnelly

Catherine Munnelly

Born and bred in Dublin, Catherine left the Emerald Isle in pursuit of exploration. Her hobbies include spending countless hours planning her next trip, travel blogging and Google deep diving.
Catherine Munnelly