In January, the colour blue is often associated with ‘Blue Monday’ and having the blues. But what about the positive symbolism of this gorgeous colour?
With this in mind, Celebrity Cruises have teamed up with a colour therapist to put a positive spin on the colour blue, by showing just how beautiful various shades can be, all represented in striking destinations across Europe.
An expert in the psychology of colour, Alison Standish, says blue is ‘such an integral colour of our existence and one we all should love, as it calms and soothes the mind, body and spirit.’
Here are the seven European destinations that could help beat the January blues, from the cobalt blue rooftops of Santorini to the shimmering midnight blue of Capri’s blue cave…
1. Santorini, Greece
Head here if you’re stressed out
The well-known holiday destination of Santorini is famous for its blue rooftops, spectacular sea views and cobalt shades within the architecture. This is why Santorini is perfect for anyone needing calm and a destress.
Colour therapist Alison says: ‘Cobalt is a vibrant blue which creates deep feelings of calm and allows the body to destress and soothe. Cobalt also supports the ability to communicate on a one-to-one basis with clarity and truth’.
2. Porto, Portugal
Head here if you’re in need of clarity
Porto is all about the colour blue, from the blues of the sea to the baroque blue tiles that line the streets in royal blue hues. These tiles can be found on buildings, streets and church arches, including the Igreja do Carmo.
Alison says: ‘This colour clears fogginess and confusion. Royal blue creates the feeling of authority as it is intricately related to law and order. It is also a colour loved by royalty since ancient times, creating feelings of justice and fairness.
‘If you are travelling for culture, this colour draws you in and helps you experience the history and stories of its locations.
3. Júzcar, Spain
Head here to unwind and detach
The small village of Júzcar is so blue it has been nicknamed the ‘Village of the Smurfs’, with its blue houses standing out against the deep green backdrop of the hills.
Alison says Júzcar offers ‘a more transparent blue with a few tones of green being added, which creates feelings of trust and integrity. This colour creates calm but is also associated with nature and nurture, therefore encouraging kindness and generosity. The gentleness of this combined colour allows us to gently unwind and detach from the stresses in our lives’.
4. Capri, Italy
Head here if you’re feeling lost
Just off Italy’s Amalfi Coast is the stunning island of Capri, a holiday hotspot for celebrities – and for good reason. Breathtaking views and great food are big pulls but so is the Blue Grotto. Only accessible by boat, this cave is illuminated by an otherworldly midnight blue that shimmers in the water.
Alison says: ‘As the name suggests, this deep and powerful colour hides amazing insights and brings forward brilliant revelations. If you’re feeling lost or “all over the place”, then this colour invites you to be more constructive by creating structure and allowing you to re-create your personal identity. The older the location, the more you can connect to its heritage with this colour.’
5. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Head here if you want to focus your mind
The natural wonder of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland encourages a focused mind, with its relaxing atmosphere. This powder blue geothermal spa also makes the perfect Instagram picture.
Alison says: ‘Warming yet also antiseptic, this shade of blue calms the mind and balances both our physical and emotional wellness. This particular blue helps with contemplation and an ability to look inward, allowing ideas and plans to manifest.’
6. Zakynthos, Greece
Head here if you want calm and easy breathing
Zakynthos, or otherwise known as Zante, is home to the Blue Caves, celebrated for their beautiful aqua-marine colour, which is reflected off the sea’s surface. These caves can be found by taking a boat trip along the coastline of this Greek island.
Alison says: ‘This cool blue is very therapeutic to the mind and body. This particular blue alters with the light as it bounces off water and displays shades of green depicting the nature within the sea, helping us to breathe a little easier.’
Head here if you need to get rid of negativity
It’s easy to mistake Sardinia for the Caribbean thanks to its white sandy beaches and beautiful clear turquoise sea. Sardinia boasts over 1,800 kilometres of unspoilt coastline, and with its hot climate is perfect for a summer getaway.
Alison says: ‘Turquoise heals and rebalances our emotional centre, creativity is heightened and develops our ability to care for ourselves and others. It’s a fabulous uplifting colour, which is gentle and mollifying. And when mixed with sunshine (instant Vitamin D) this combination will relieve any feelings of negativity. A great colour for treating the immune system and fighting any form of infection.’