Ryan Murphy from Budget Travel has recently included Willemstad, Curaçao in his list of top 12 most colorful towns in the world alongside: Manarola (Italy), Jodhpur (India), La Boca. Buenos Aires (Argentina), Ittoqqortoormiit (Greenland), San Francisco, Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway), Bo-Kaap, Cape Town (South Africa), Berlin (Germany), Tenby (Wales), Gdańsk (Poland), Quiapo, Manila (Philippines).
Murphy writes: “From a distance, Willemstad’s waterfront looks positively unreal, like a doll city plunked down into the Caribbean. The oldest section of Curaçao’s capital dates back to 1634, and the commingling of Dutch architecture and a Caribbean palette has resulted in a riotous cityscape rivaling the town’s own Carnival for vibrancy. One island legend claims that the painting began in earnest when a Dutch governor proscribed white houses, believing the tropical sun’s powerful glare a medical risk…“
Willemstad dates back to 1634 and the commingling of Dutch architecture and Caribbean palette has resulted in a festive and crazy colorful cityscape cityscape… Awesome!