We round up the world’s most colourful destinations…
It’s not all golden beaches and blue seas out there. Look closely, and you’ve got holiday spots in every colour of the rainbow…
Black – Lanzarote
Lanzarote, the easternmost Canary Island, emerged from the Atlantic Ocean nearly 15 million years ago thanks to a series of volcanic eruptions. As a result of its fiery origins it’s a landscape of striking black rock formations and dark-sand beaches. The best place to appreciate it? Timanfaya Park, in the heart of the island. This protected national park is home to more than 100 semi-dormant volcanoes. You can stop for a bite to eat in the restaurant here, El Diablo. The chefs use the area’s geothermal activity to cook cutting-edge Mediterranean dishes.
Thomson Celebration calls at Arrecife, Lanzarote on the Colourful Coasts itinerary.
Green – Azores Islands
You might not have heard of the Azores, a cluster of volcanic islands off the west coast of Portugal. There are 9 of them, rising from the Atlantic Ocean in a series of emerald peaks. They’re totally blanketed in greenery. Picture forests and mountains laced by rivers and brooks. It’s worth mentioning that sitting still isn’t really an option here. Days are best spent in the great outdoors, hiking, canoeing and golfing.
Thomson Spirit calls at Ponta Delgada and Praia Da Vitoria in the Azores on the Azorean Enchantments itinerary.
White – Mykonos
If you’re approaching Mykonos from the sea, you’ll spot the bright white cottages of this Greek island from miles out. The biggest concentration of them are in the capital city, Mykonos Town. It’s an A-list hangout – the Kardashian clan recently holidayed here – full of boutiques selling Dior and D&G, and stylish cliff-top restaurants. Splashing out? Head for Nobu restaurant, Matsuhisa, to try Japanese dishes like tartar with caviar and black cod miso.
Mykonos Town is a port of call on the following itineraries: Ancient Wonders and Crimean Discovery (on Thomson Celebration), Aegean Delights and Greek Retreats (on Thomson Majesty), and Aegean Discovery and Mediterranean Explorer (on Thomson Spirit).
Multi-coloured – Oranjestad, Aruba
Oranjestad looks less like a Caribbean city, and more like the insides of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Aruba’s bite-sized capital is like a giant cartoon village, with buildings painted in candy colours. The white gabled rooftops add to the sweetie-town effect, but they’re also tell-tale signs of the island’s Dutch heritage. Aruba is part of a trio of islands known as the ABCs – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao – and, together with Holland, they make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands.