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Colorful Destinations Around the World

Posted by Mary Nadal on Sep 3, 2021 3:32:07 PM

Every year, the Pantone Color Institute chooses a "Color of the Year" to reflect the trends and feeling of the year ahead. We look at some of the most recent colors of the year and where you can find them around the globe.

Sintra, Portugal


2021 Color of the Year: Illuminating and Ultimate Gray

Find it: Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

Perched atop a hill in Sintra, near Lisbon, Pena Palace was originally a monastery in the Middle Ages, but destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. Years later, in the 19th century, King Ferdinand was enchanted by a visit to the ruins and had it reconstructed in flamboyant Romantic style, including the vibrantly colored facade visible today. 

We suggest Enchanting Portugal

Santorini, Greece


2020 Color of the Year: Classic Blue

Find it: Santorini, Greece

For heavenly blues, there's no better place than Santorini, Greece. Here you'll find whitewashed villages set against deep ultramarine waters that fade to crystal-clear turquoise closer to shore.  

We suggest Luxury Athens and Santorini

San Juan, Puerto Rico


2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral

Find it: Old City, San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Old City of San Juan, Puerto Rico, known as Viejo San Juan, is full of colorful Spanish colonial buildings that reflect the vibrant spirit and Caribbean flavor of the city. 

We suggest Puerto Rico Luxury Vacation



2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Find it: Iceland

Though Iceland is known for its wintry weather, summertime in Iceland means a profusion of blooms in the countryside as the flora soaks up the long hours of summer sunlight. Lupines are Iceland's most famous and abundant flowers, spreading their violet blossoms across meadows and fields and along roadsides. 

We suggest Iceland Ring Road Discovery Drive



2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

Find it: Ireland

They don't call it the Emerald Isle for nothing: Ireland does indeed boast endless vista of rolling green hills. The frequent rainfall and temperate climate make Ireland's fertile soils lush with greenery nearly year round.  

We suggest Castles of Ireland Private Journey


Charleston, South Carolina


2016 Color of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

Find it: Rainbow Row, Charleston, South Carolina

One of Charleston's most iconic sights, Rainbow Row is a collection of candy-colored houses, the oldest of which date back to the 1740s. However, it wasn't until the 1930s that the historic homes were renovated and painted their famous pastel hues, helping to revitalize the entire surrounding area. 

We suggest Southern Charm

Bologna, Italy


2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Find it: Bologna, Italy

This stately Italian city is known by three nicknames: "La Dotta" - "The Learned" for its famous university, the oldest in the Western world) -  "La Grassa" - "The Fat", a reference to its status as Italy's gastronomic capital - and "La Rossa" meaning "The Red" which refers both to its left-leaning political history and the rich red and orange hues of its buildings and rooftops. 

We suggest Taste of Bologna


Topics: italy, portugal, iceland, ireland travel, greece, usa, europe, puerto rico, south carolina

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