Mexico is a very lively, vibrant and spirited country, which, sometimes, shows in its color palette. Other than endless beaches, notable archaeological sites, astounding architecture and the best food, Mexico has some of the most colorful towns and cities in the world. Although some of them are designated UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, most remain under the radar for foreign visitors. Here are nine examples!
Number Nine: Guanajuato
Guanajuato, located in the center of the country, pulses with color and energy. Its houses, dispersed down the hills of the historic colonial city, are painted in all shades of the chromatic spectrum. The bright red and yellow Basílica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato sets the tone for what the rest of the town will look like. Guanajuato has been named the most beautiful city in Mexico for a reason!
Number Eight: San José del Cabo
Other than the turquoise shades of the Pacific Ocean, which washes the shores of the city, San José del Cabo features an impressive color palette in its streets and buildings. Known as the main art and culture spot in Baja California, San José del Cabo is a city of many graffiti, and many colors.
Number Seven: Costa Careyes
Costa Careyes isn’t really a town, but a large beach resort located in Costa Alegre, Jalisco. Every beachfront villa, apartment and bungalow is painted either pink, blue or orange—all of them among the dark green of the surrounding vegetation. Costa Careyes is a popular holiday destination due to its stunning scenery and relaxed atmosphere.
Number Six: Tlacotalpan
Tlacotalpan, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1998, is a coastal city in the Gulf of Mexico. The mixed architecture of the city, famous for its Andalusian courtyards and Caribbean arches, is topped with layers of vibrant pinks, purples, blues and yellows. No filter is needed to make the colors of Tlacotalpan pop out.
Number Five: Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres is a prime Caribbean island off the Yucatán Peninsula coast, very close to Cancún. Every house is more colorful than the last in this little municipality. The borough is further outlined by the turquoise, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. In fact, even tombstones are colorful in Isla Mujeres!
Number Four: Campeche
The pastel colors of Campeche highlight the city’s beautiful baroque churches, cathedrals and bastions. Its harmonious architectural design, along with the meticulous preservation of its colonial structures, earned Campeche a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site recognition in 1999. This city is, easily, one of the most beautiful and unique places in Mexico, although still virtually unknown outside of the country.
Number Three: San Cristobal de las Casas
Also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jove, San Cristobal de las Casas is a multicolored city located on lush mountainous terrain in Chiapas, and surrounded by hills. It still maintains its colonial layout, narrow cobblestone streets and red tile rooftops. A must-see for Pantone lovers.
Number Two: Mexico – Izamal
Izamal, nicknamed “The Yellow City,” is one of Mexico’s 35 certified “magical” cities. What makes it stand out from all the other towns in the country is that almost every building here is painted mustard yellow and white. The monochromatic city comes to life under the bright Mexican sun. Don’t forget your sunglasses.
Number One: Palmitas
Palmitas, one of the neighborhoods in the city of Pachuca, wasn’t a colorful district until the Mexican Government decided to turn it into a kaleidoscopic macro canvas in 2015. A group Mexican artists worked for over 14 months to paint a swirling rainbow over the streets of Palmitas (nearly 200 houses,) as means to condemn violence, promote a more optimistic outlook on life, and draw more visitors into the area. The result is more than impressive. Thanks for reading!