THE WORLD BY COLOUR: TOP 5 COLOURFUL TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
Our planet is just waiting to be explored and with a world of colour to immerse yourself into, there are so many beautiful destinations to consider for your next holiday. Perhaps the lush green forests of Thailand are calling your name? Or maybe you’re destined to discover the scenic blue and white landscape of Santorini? No matter where you choose, there’s a rainbow of picture-perfect places to explore.
Often referred to as ‘The Red City’, Morocco’s Marrakech is famous the world-over for it’s magical medina, enticing souks and enchanting squares filled with storytellers, snake charmers and street food. Brimming with places to indulge in a spot of shopping or somewhere delicious to dine, a trip to this city really does leave you fascinated by its unique charm.
With an inviting year-round climate, the best time of year to visit Marrakech is in the spring or autumn when the temperature is more suited to days discovering its winding streets. With towering minarets and majestic mosques around every corner, there’s so much to see and you’ll find it hard not to stop and take a snap of your surroundings. Whether you choose to soak up the atmosphere, or head on a daring desert safari, Marrakech is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
For even more things to see and do plus some of our favourite hotel stays, browse our guide to Marrakech.
Famous for it’s contrasting landscape of whitewashed buildings and the bright blue waters of the alluring Aegean, this idyllic Greek island is bursting with beauty. Holidays to Santorini are perfect for both couples and families alike with a laid-back atmosphere typical of the Mediterranean. Visit during April to September when the climate is at its warmest and make sure you spend an evening experiencing the island’s spectacular sunsets.
Santorini is a must-visit for a little rest and relaxation; sitting in the heart of the Aegean Sea, the island blends stunning scenery with beautiful beaches and captivating cliff top eateries, serving fresh food and local wines. Wander the mesmerizing villages, indulge in a cocktail or two at one of Santorini’s waterfront bars or, for the more adventurous types, visit Kamari Beach and try out wakeboarding or soar the waters in style on a speedboat.
If you're visiting one island, you'll find it difficult to resist exploring a few more while you're there - and since they're all so easy to access, why wouldn't you? Find all the beach-hopping inspo you need with our guide to the most spectacular islands to visit in Greece.
Cuba well and truly boasts a kaleidoscope of colour. From ivory sands and blissful blue waters, to lush green forests rich in nature, Cuba is every bit as enticing as you might imagine. A feast for the eyes in every direction, spend your days relaxing along the unspoiled coastline or venture into the city to explore the bright buildings and vibrant culture of Havana.
Cuba certainly has something special to offer every type of traveller and you’ll enjoy plenty of sunshine filled days if you choose to visit between December and May. History lovers should stop by the Museo de la Revolucion to uncover the story of the Cuban revolution before spending time wandering the intriguing colonial cobbled streets. For an authentic Cuban experience, head into the city at night to see salsa dancers and taste traditional dishes at one of the many restaurants in Plaxa Vieja – an open-air marketplace ready and waiting to welcome both locals and tourists.
Thailand is an exotic paradise. Featuring some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and tropical forests abundant with wildlife and hidden waterfalls, holidaying here is an eye-catching experience from start to finish. Thailand’s island of Phuket is not only a great base for island hopping, it also has the most breath-taking natural backdrop you could imagine.
High season is from November to January when the weather is warm and dry with temperatures from 23 – 30 degrees. Sail around the bay, hike through the forest or visit an elephant sanctuary and spend time caring for these incredible animals. A trip to Thailand wouldn’t be complete without indulging your taste buds in the true culinary delights the country has to offer, so be sure to try the local dishes and experience the authentic flavours Thailand is famed for.
NEW YORK, USA
The big apple; New York may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of a colourful destination, but famed for its iconic yellow taxis, the seasonal change of leaves in Central Park and expressive street art all over the city, New York is colourful in every sense of the word. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, every single borough has something unique and magical to entice tourists. Whether you’re visiting for a romantic city break, or taking the whole family, there’s a reason people fall for New York.
The city really does have it all. If it’s your first trip to NYC, view the iconic skyline by helicopter or boat, stroll around Central Park and catch a Broadway show. For shopping-lovers, head down to Soho where boutiques line the streets (or follow our guide to shopping in NYC) and if you’re a foodie, discover the delicious delights of Chelsea Market. If you’re visiting in December, the city really does embrace the spirit of the season, with ice rinks, decadent Christmas displays and most likely snow too. Whenever you choose to visit New York, one thing is guaranteed, you’ll definitely leave wanting more.
A scenic treat consisting of vast golden sandy stretches and burnt orange cliffs, this charming part of Portugal is perfect for summer holidays that blend beach days with charming towns to explore in the evening. The sun drenched southern coast of Portugal is a popular holiday destination amongst couples and families, with long hot summer seasons to enjoy from April to November.
Full of character and natural beauty, Algarve is brimming with beautiful bays, alfresco restaurants and lively marinas. Popular spots include Albufeira, Vilamoura and Alvor, however this area of Portugal really doesn’t disappoint no matter which part you visit. Home to world-class golf resorts and spas too, the area isn’t short on activities with snorkelling, kayak tours, and boat trips also readily available. For more inspiration, we've highlighted the top things to do in the Algarve so you can start planning your itinerary today.