Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2019 has been revealed as Living Coral, a comforting yet energizing hue embodying optimism, joyful pursuits and playful expression. From coffee mugs, to lip colours and home décor, there are numerous ways to add a splash of this fun vibrant colour to your everyday life. But why not experience Living Coral IRL? Our friends at The Travel Corporation Canada (TTC), share their top 7 destinations to celebrate Living Coral around the globe.


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The Pink City – Jaipur, India

Jaipur, the capital of India’s Rajasthan state, is widely referred to as the “Pink City,” due to the inherently dominant pink colour of the city’s structures. Almost all of the buildings were built using sandstone, naturally pink in colour, reflecting the vibrancy of the city. This practice began in the 1800’s when then-King Sawai Ram Singh had the entire city painted pink, as the colour symbolizes hospitality and was to portray a welcoming atmosphere for Queen Victoria and the Prince of Whales’ visit. How did they know this colour would be so popular centuries later?

Hawa Mahal palace India Pink Palace
Hawa Mahal palace (Photo Credit/Insight Vacations)

Burano, Italy

Venice, Italy is full of beautiful canals, hidden laneways and stunning architecture around every corner, but its lesser known neighbouring island of Burano is where you’re guaranteed to find Living Coral IRL. Even if you miss the glowing sunset over the Venetian Lagoon, the delightfully colourful fishing houses lining the streets and canals of Burano are sure to provide a perfectly picturesque Living Coral background to fill your Insta feed. Explore the island during an island cruise including dinner on Burano on Contiki’s 12-day Simply Italy adventure.

Tuz Gölü – Pink Salt Lake, Turkey

The Central Anatolia Region of Turkey is home to Lake Tuz, Turkey’s second largest lake and one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world. Each summer, the lake turns a curious shade of pink before evaporating to reveal the thick rosy salt layer that coats the lake’s floor. Get up close and personal with this natural phenomenon which creates over 900 square kilometres of naturally Living Coral-coloured salt flats.

Tuz Gölü – Pink Salt Lake, Turkey

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador    

Let’s be honest, what better place is there to see Living Coral IRL than visiting actual coral reefs? One of the world’s more mysterious appearances of the colour, the coral reefs on the ocean floor off the Galapagos Islands are truly captivating and are vital to the planet’s ecosystem. Pantone’s Living Coral emanates the revitalizing, comforting features of colours found in nature, and this is no more evident than by its representation under the sea, where coral reefs protect a wide array of colour.

Bangkok, Thailand

There are many incredible things to do in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, including eating and shopping at one of the city’s many vibrant and busy night markets! From vintage clothes, handbags and second-hand clothing, as well as live music, the illuminating multi-coloured tents and markets should be on everyone’s bucket lists. Discover Pantone’s Colour of the Year in all its glory during a breathtaking sunset while you explore a bustling night market in Bangkok on Trafalgar’s 15-day Treasures of Thailand With Cambodia’s Angkor adventure.

Train Night Market Ratchada in Bangkok city
Train Night Market Ratchada in Bangkok city, (Photo Credit/Trafalgar)

Cinque Terre, Italy

A romantic coastal region full of history, Cinque Terre is comprised of five villages along the coast of the Italian Riviera. While each of the towns are enchanting in their own rights, the fishing village of Manarola is exceptionally eye-catching. On Busabout’s 11-day La Dolce Vita adventure, a day spent train-hopping through Cinque Terre National Park and the Cinque Terre hiking pass ensures plenty of time to explore. The coastal cliffs, lined with vibrantly painted century-old homes, put splashes of Living Coral on display and are perfectly contrasted by the scintillating Ligurian sea. Yes, please!

Santorini, Greece

Living Coral is soothing and warm, while at the same time engaging and full of energy, encouraging comfort, connection and cheerfulness – much like a picture-perfect Santorini sunset. Delight in the view of the remarkable caldera, perched high above the Aegean sea as the sun sets on Insight Vacations 7-day Athens and Santorini journey. The golden undertones reflecting off the surrounding landscape watching the sunset over the horizon is a truly breathtaking sight.

Oia Santorini Greece at Sunset
Oia Santorini Greece (Photo Credit/Insight Vacations)

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