Blue Monday is here again but why not swap blue moods with blue skies this January? The gloomy title is due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid bills. There’s no denying that a Monday in cold January ushers in the winter blues, which is why our travel experts put together a list of some of the most beautiful blue places in the world to escape to.
2020 is the best year to explore some of these exciting destinations because it’s the year of blue! Pantone, the industry colour specialists, has named this year’s colour and it’s ‘True Blue’. Speaking about the shade Pantone said, “a timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity.”
The many shades of blue are calming and serene, so it’s no surprise to see the colour’s presence in cityscapes around the world. From Morocco New Zealand, we’ve found 10 extraordinary places which glow blue to evoke that state of ultimate zen. Let’s dive into the bluest places in the world to ward off that Blue Monday gloom!
1. Júzcar, Spain
Like offbeat destinations? Nicknamed 'Smurf Village' Júzcar is a small village in Andalusia. The village's traditional white houses were painted blue to coincide with the release of The Smurfs movie back in 2011. The plan was to revert to its original colour scheme but the residents liked it so much, they voted to keep it.
2. Blue Cave, Croatia
Accessible only by diving until 1884, the Blue Cave is now a must-see landmark of Croatia. The wait can be long to enter the cave but it’s worth it! Visit between 11am and 2pm when the sun hits the cave for the perfect angle and enjoy the spectacle.
3. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Discover the “Blue Pearl of Morocco” in 2020! Chefchaouen is one of Morocco’s most picturesque destinations and with good reason. Its sapphire blue houses and alleyways let you journey into a blue haven.
4. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Indulge yourself in one of the most iconic natural spas in Europe. Enjoy the lagoon’s hot waters - you’ll feel the benefits for your skin for days after. The Blue Lagoon also has a spa centre and restaurant for the perfect relaxing day!
5. Santorini, Greece
Santinori is Greece’s most iconic island. But, there's a reason why the blue and white gem is at the top of everyone's holiday list. Picture-perfect sunsets and shimmering seas await in this mythical island setting.
6. Cathedral Cave, Chile
Nestled in gorgeous Patagonia sits Chile's most famous natural wonder, the Cathedral Cave. December to March is the best time to marvel at the magical shades of blue which deck the walls of this ancient wonder. Grab a speedboat ride or kayak solo for an unforgettable experience.
7. Turquoise Lake, New Zealand
One of many natural wonders of New Zealand, the Tekapo Lake displays a stunning turquoise hue because of the mountain above it. Its beauty is best admired from the south Depending on the season, it’s also worth seeking out the beautiful purple wildflowers that surround the lake, adding to the serene atmosphere of this unique place.
8. Jodhpur, India
Jodhpur is called the “Blue City” as many houses and buildings in the old quarters of the city carry this traditional colour. There are many urban myths on the reasoning behind all of these buildings being blue. The exact reason remains a mystery but one thing is clear: the city is absolutely mesmerizing.
9. Blue Chapel Porto, Portugal
In Porto you will find a stunning church, named the Igreja de Santo Ildefonso, that is covered in miles of stunning azulejos tiles. Each of the 11,000 blue-coloured tiles has been painted by one artist called Jorge Colaco back in 1932. They blend in perfectly with the blue skies.
10. Blue Eye, Albania
The Blue Eye in Albania is one of Southern Europe’s best-kept secrets. This hypnotic natural spring in the south of Albania contains the bluest and clearest water imaginable. A dark blue sapphire patch is located in the centre of the light turquoise waters, reminiscent of the pupil in the centre of the iris.