Pantone Color Of The Year 2020: Classic Blue Travel Destinations Around The World

Panorama of Jodhpur Blue City. Rajasthan, India
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Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is here, and it’s the most travel-friendly hue yet: Classic Blue. 

Perhaps even more abundant than Greenery (Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017), Classic Blue can be found around the world. It’s the infinite shade of the evening sky, the contemplative color of the ocean, that burst of blue in berries at breakfast. Classic Blue is all around us—and Pantone believes there’s no better time than 2020 to highlight this evocative color.

“We are on the precipice of entering into a new decade and are desirous of a stable and strong foundation to help us go forward. Yet at the same time, many around the world are feeling unsure and as though the ground beneath them is continually in flux,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute

“Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue, expresses trust, faith and constancy, as well as offering protection—qualities that provide us with the reassuring presence and feelings of calm and confidence we crave as we cross the threshold into this new era.”

Few other colors arouse as much wanderlust as the Pantone Color of the Year 2020. Travelers chase Classic Blue in cities around the world. And when they see it in some of nature’s most epic sites, Classic Blue takes their breath away—time and time again.


“The reflective Pantone Classic Blue can inspire travels and enrich journeys though its ability to bring a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit,” added Pressman. “Non-aggressive and easily relatable, this universal favorite lends itself to relaxed interaction and encourages us to expand our thinking, broaden our perspective and open our connection and communication to others.”

Make plans to immerse yourself in Classic Blue at travel destinations that celebrate this trending color. Here are nine places around the world where you can experience Classic Blue.

Jodhpur, India

Affectionately known as India’s “Blue City,” Jodhpur has Classic Blue all over its old town. Blue was traditionally used as a color on homes to indicate where members of the Brahmin caste lived, but it has evolved into the identity of the entire city. Head to Mehrangarh Fort to see the boxy blue houses in all their glory.

Santorini, Greece

If you want to experience Classic Blue at its very best, book a trip to Santorini. You’ll instantly recognize the Grecian island from popular photos of its bright white buildings topped by indigo domes. The surrounding Aegean seascape pulls the entire destination’s distinctive palette together like an oil painting from which you can’t look away.

Great Blue Hole, Belize

Take one look at the Great Blue Hole in Belize and you’ll know what the Pantone Color of the Year 2020 is all about—vast depths and endless possibilities. The oceanic sinkhole is so big and blue, you can see it from outer space. But you don’t have to wait for the development space tourism to check out this natural wonder—tour operators offer snorkeling and diving trips to the 407-foot-deep destination that will rock your world. 

Chefchaouen, Morocco

If Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020 had a global capital, it would be Chefchaouen. The beautiful travel destination is dubbed the “Blue Pearl of Morocco” for its striking sapphire-rinsed structures and alleyways. But more than just Classic Blue in appearance, Chefchaouen also embodies the spirit of its signature shade with a laid-back atmosphere that perpetually charms backpackers. 

Porto, Portugal

The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year is the signature shade in the lovely azulejo tiles all around Porto. The tiles came from Seville, Spain, to Portugal in the 15th century and have since become a defining feature of Porto. See some of the most beautiful blue-and-white tiles in the picturesque lobby of the São Bento railway station. 

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia 

Contrasting with the porcelain white of the salt flats, the sky above Uyuni takes on an enchanting Classic Blue color that seems to go on for days. Photos don’t do it justice—this is a travel destination you have to see to believe. And the saturated colors alone are well worth the effort to make your way to this high-altitude hot spot in Bolivia. 

Maldives

Day or night, the Maldives are surrounded by Classic Blue seawater. The travel destination off India’s southwest coast has become a favorite among travelers for its overwater bungalows, where you can watch sharks and fish swim around beneath glass panels in the floor of your room. 

Nanda Blue Hole, Vanuatu

Dive into Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020 at Nanda Blue Hole in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. The swimming cove is known for having some of the bluest water in the world. Get there in the morning, when the sun is just right, to see the blue hole at its bluest—then spend the afternoon splashing around this refreshing paradise.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake claims the title of the deepest lake in the United States, but it may also be the bluest body of water in the country. Sunlight penetrates the first few hundred feet of the nearly 2,000-foot-deep lake, giving the waters a twinkling Classic Blue tint as far as the eye can see. 

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Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is here, and it’s the most travel-friendly hue yet: Classic Blue. 

Perhaps even more abundant than Greenery (Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017), Classic Blue can be found around the world. It’s the infinite shade of the evening sky, the contemplative color of the ocean, that burst of blue in berries at breakfast. Classic Blue is all around us—and Pantone believes there’s no better time than 2020 to highlight this evocative color.

“We are on the precipice of entering into a new decade and are desirous of a stable and strong foundation to help us go forward. Yet at the same time, many around the world are feeling unsure and as though the ground beneath them is continually in flux,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute

“Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue, expresses trust, faith and constancy, as well as offering protection—qualities that provide us with the reassuring presence and feelings of calm and confidence we crave as we cross the threshold into this new era.”

Few other colors arouse as much wanderlust as the Pantone Color of the Year 2020. Travelers chase Classic Blue in cities around the world. And when they see it in some of nature’s most epic sites, Classic Blue takes their breath away—time and time again.


“The reflective Pantone Classic Blue can inspire travels and enrich journeys though its ability to bring a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit,” added Pressman. “Non-aggressive and easily relatable, this universal favorite lends itself to relaxed interaction and encourages us to expand our thinking, broaden our perspective and open our connection and communication to others.”

Make plans to immerse yourself in Classic Blue at travel destinations that celebrate this trending color. Here are nine places around the world where you can experience Classic Blue.

Jodhpur, India

Affectionately known as India’s “Blue City,” Jodhpur has Classic Blue all over its old town. Blue was traditionally used as a color on homes to indicate where members of the Brahmin caste lived, but it has evolved into the identity of the entire city. Head to Mehrangarh Fort to see the boxy blue houses in all their glory.

Santorini, Greece

If you want to experience Classic Blue at its very best, book a trip to Santorini. You’ll instantly recognize the Grecian island from popular photos of its bright white buildings topped by indigo domes. The surrounding Aegean seascape pulls the entire destination’s distinctive palette together like an oil painting from which you can’t look away.

Great Blue Hole, Belize

Take one look at the Great Blue Hole in Belize and you’ll know what the Pantone Color of the Year 2020 is all about—vast depths and endless possibilities. The oceanic sinkhole is so big and blue, you can see it from outer space. But you don’t have to wait for the development space tourism to check out this natural wonder—tour operators offer snorkeling and diving trips to the 407-foot-deep destination that will rock your world. 

Chefchaouen, Morocco

If Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020 had a global capital, it would be Chefchaouen. The beautiful travel destination is dubbed the “Blue Pearl of Morocco” for its striking sapphire-rinsed structures and alleyways. But more than just Classic Blue in appearance, Chefchaouen also embodies the spirit of its signature shade with a laid-back atmosphere that perpetually charms backpackers. 

Porto, Portugal

The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year is the signature shade in the lovely azulejo tiles all around Porto. The tiles came from Seville, Spain, to Portugal in the 15th century and have since become a defining feature of Porto. See some of the most beautiful blue-and-white tiles in the picturesque lobby of the São Bento railway station. 

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia 

Contrasting with the porcelain white of the salt flats, the sky above Uyuni takes on an enchanting Classic Blue color that seems to go on for days. Photos don’t do it justice—this is a travel destination you have to see to believe. And the saturated colors alone are well worth the effort to make your way to this high-altitude hot spot in Bolivia. 

Maldives

Day or night, the Maldives are surrounded by Classic Blue seawater. The travel destination off India’s southwest coast has become a favorite among travelers for its overwater bungalows, where you can watch sharks and fish swim around beneath glass panels in the floor of your room. 

Nanda Blue Hole, Vanuatu

Dive into Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020 at Nanda Blue Hole in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. The swimming cove is known for having some of the bluest water in the world. Get there in the morning, when the sun is just right, to see the blue hole at its bluest—then spend the afternoon splashing around this refreshing paradise.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake claims the title of the deepest lake in the United States, but it may also be the bluest body of water in the country. Sunlight penetrates the first few hundred feet of the nearly 2,000-foot-deep lake, giving the waters a twinkling Classic Blue tint as far as the eye can see. 

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