1Blue Street in Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen was painted blue by the Jewish refugees who lived there during the 1930s. The beauty of Chefchaouen's mountainous surroundings is enhanced by the contrast of the brightly painted medina. It is this beauty and the relaxed atmosphere of the town that makes Chefchaouen very attractive to visitors.
2Knockoff Street in Wuxi, China
3Vila de Gracia in Barcelona, Spain
The main streets of Gran de Gràcia, Torrent de l'Olla, and Travessera de Gràcia are always a hive of activity, but it is the squares that give Gràcia its unique atmosphere.
The way Gràcia is laid out makes it ideal for street parties, and the Festa Major in August is the most important in Barcelona after La Mercè. The competition for the Best Decorated Street is always hard fought and big stages are set up in the major squares offering some of the best bands around.
4Floating Umbrella Street in Águeda, Portugal
Due to the fact that the same idea was used the year before this is the second time the streets of this town have been covered with loads of vivid umbrellas, providing shade as well as a wonderful sight. The people loved it so much that the repetitive nature of the installation does not carry the risk of becoming boring, but rather turning into a wonderful tradition.
5Cracked Stones Street in Enschede, The Netherlands
6The Magic Carpet Streets in La Orotava, Canary Islands
The streets of its old town remain perfectly preserved; beautiful 17th and 18th century town houses with exquisitely carved wooden balconies border narrow cobbled streets. It's a feast for the eyes at the best of times, but during Corpus Christi, when the cobbles are covered with evocative images created from rose and geranium petals, the town literally blooms.
Technically, this isn't a flower carpet at all; it's entirely made from volcanic sand taken from Las Cañadas del Teide in the Mount Teide crater, which makes the subtle skin tones and lifelike expressions on the faces of the people depicted in the tapestry all the more astounding. In 2007, the sand tapestry deservedly achieved worldwide recognition when it was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest sand painting in the world.
7Geometric Streets in Vercorin, Switzerland
In 2010, Lang/Baumann was asked to take on this challenge. "Most of the houses and their facades are very old, historical wood surfaced and it seemed interesting to us to contrast them with bright colors on the street," Sabina Lang of Lang/Baumann explained.
Using only maps, they first measured everything out. Then, "we started at the point of the geometry of the street directions leading to this central village square," Lang says. "This was the base for a grid out of which we developed our drawing."
What resulted was a stunning street painting that ran through the entire village and got the whole town buzzing. "Many of the village inhabitants passed by and followed the process of painting," says Lang. "They used it in a very playful way later, especially the children used it to cycle or skate or walk on the lines."
8The Pink Street in Lisbon, Portugal
In the project created by José Adrião in collaboration with Lisbon's City Council and Cais do Sodré Association, the architect decided to have the pedestrian street painted in a vibrant pink. In addition, panels have been place along the sidewalk as an outdoor art gallery.
9The Only Right-Hand-Drive Street in London, England