Have you ever thought about travelling to the bluest places on Earth? The colour of the sky and the sea, blue is known to have a positive effect on the mind and body, producing a feeling of calmness. If what you have in mind is a relaxing holiday, head to these places that will soothe your frayed nerves with their varying hues of blue. So, for true-blue travellers out there, we present a list of the 8 bluest places that will prove why Earth is called as the ‘Blue Planet’.
Chefchaouen, a city located in northwest Morocco, is chock-a-block with buildings in more than 50 shades of blue – Cobalt, Cerulean, Prussian, Turquoise, Indigo, you name it and there are houses painted in varying hues of the colour! The blue-washed alleys, innocent smiles of the locals and the warm hospitality are bound to enrapture your senses. In the blue walled décor, relish some Couscous, Lham Bel Barkouk and Mint tea. Wondering why is this city blue in colour? Jewish refugees coloured the city blue, the colour that symbolises heaven.
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul
Istanbul’s Sultan Ahmed Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque, is a dazzling monument created from 1609 to 1616 during the reign of Ahmed I, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The interior walls of the mosque are decorated with hand-painted blue tiles. The blue colour of the monument gets prominent at night caused by the lights that fall on the five primary domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.
Great Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole, covering an area of 984 feet and with a depth of 410 feet, is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize, Central America. This world-class destination is a hotspot for recreational scuba divers longing to observe a diverse marine life. You can spot giant groupers, nurse sharks and other creatures in this waterbody.
Icelandic Ice Caves
Visit the Iceland ice caves to enjoy an unparalleled glassy-blue sight. Accessible from November to February and potentially dangerous, the ice caves should only be explored with a guide. Many ice cave tours take you to the glacier caves discoverable inside the Vatnajökull glacier by Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
A traditional town in Spain, Juzcar was partially painted Smurf-blue by the American entertainment company Sony Pictures to celebrate the premiere of the Smurfs movie. Later, Sony planned to re-paint Juzcar back to white, but based on the votes of locals, it was left unaltered. To this day, the city stands blue in colour!
Bluebells Woods in England
In springtime, the woodlands of England transform into a blue carpet due to the growth of bluebells, mushrooming under tree canopies. As per a legend, the field of bluebells are woven by fairies. You can stroll in these woodlands with your partner and admire the lovely surroundings. Some of the best bluebell woods in England are Shaptor Woods (Devon), Ashbenbank Wood (Kent) and Bovey Valley Woods (Devon).
Crater Lake, USA
Situated in Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park, the Crater Lake is a magnificent blue lake with a depth of 1,949 foot. Formed centuries ago from a volcano, this water body is enveloped in heavy snow during the winter, spring and fall seasons. Only in summers, you can check out and explore its nearby areas. Take part in a boat tour to appreciate the exquisiteness of the Crater Lake.
Jodhpur, a charming city located in the north-western Indian state of Rajasthan, is called as the ‘Blue City’. The old area of Jodhpur has blue-painted houses along with magnificent and differently-coloured forts, temples and palaces. Jodhpur is renowned for its textile industry, bustling bazaars and lip-smacking cuisine. Travel Tip: Observe the blueness of the city from the top of the ancient Mehrangarh Fort.