You know these houses? These are the famous colored houses of Curacao. The story behind them is very interesting.
Before these houses were colored they were all white. One day the mayor said that the white color together with the bright sun were causing him a headache, so he ordered the houses to be colored. Later it was discovered that the mayor was also the owner of the paint shop in Curacao, so he made the whole thing up just so he could make some money.
Willemstad is the capital of the Caribbean island of Curacao, a constituent country of the Netherlands. The city has an estimated population of 150,000, and is one of the largest oil handling ports in the Caribbean. Colourful townhouses line the waterfront, and you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Netherlands, if not for hot, steamy climate and the nearby beaches.
The city is popular for its galleries and street cafes. The old town area is rich with 17th & 18th century architecture, including fortifications, and many examples of diverse building styles. These buildings have earned the city a UNESCO heritage listing.