There are some cities in the world that you fall in love with as soon as you set foot. I’m talking about unique places that go beyond beauty and take you to another dimension with their magnetism and charisma. If you want to find these places, keep reading and discover 12 stunning fairytale towns you’ve never heard of.
1. Castle Combe, UK
The hotel is in an incredibly beautiful area called The Cotswolds, Castle Combe is one of the most beautiful fairytale towns You can find.
It is a fairly small village that makes it easy to visit. The best thing you can do is jump on your feet and walk around to explore this beautiful village. It is not far from the city of Bath, so a visit to these two places is highly recommended.
Castle Combe is a popular destination among locals, but not many tourists know this breathtaking place. That makes it even more special!
2. Olite, Spain
Olite is a peaceful fairytale town in Navarre, Spain. It is without a doubt one of the most adorable walled cities you will find.
Between other interesting buildings is the impressive Palace of the Kings of Navarre. The area is fairly small, so it’s probably best to park your car and explore on foot.
What I liked most about Olite is how calm and peaceful it feels. The amazement through the narrow streets is a pleasure and offers many beautiful corners to visit.
3. Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
If you want to know how one Fairy tale village in Africa would look like Aït Benhaddou would be a good example.
It is located in the foothills on the southern slopes of the High Atlas in the province of Ouarzazate, Morocco.
It is an exceptional ensemble of buildings that offers a complete panorama of earthen building techniques before the Sahara. I have to say that this place is even more impressive than it looks in the pictures.
Although it is a very popular destination for people visiting Marrakech, there are usually no crowds. There are some interesting shops with fewer tourists than in Marrakech. There are also some nice cafes with great views of Aït-Ben-Haddou’s Ksar.
4. Bled, Slovenia
From all fairytale cities in this list, The Bled landscape could be one of the most impressive.
What is special about this place in Slovenia is the beautiful church in the middle of the lake with the Julian Alps in the background. Walking the path around the lake on a calm morning while the sun heats up and smells the flowers is a delight for all the senses.
Bled offers great opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts as you can do simple and beautiful trekking. Not to mention the great gastronomic offer you can find.
5. Canterbury, UK
It wouldn’t be fair to make a list of breathtaking fairytale towns and not include Canterbury.
Canterbury is located in the UK and is famous for the Stories from Canterbury. A collection of 24 stories presented in a storytelling contest to a group of pilgrims traveling from London to Canterbury to visit Saint Thomas Becket’s shrine in Canterbury Cathedral.
It is a very lively city and has one of the most amazing cathedrals in Britain. Old walls, originally built by the Romans, surround the medieval center with cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses.
A visit to the cathedral is a must
6. Teguise, Canary Islands
Teguise is what a modern version of a fairytale city would look like.
It is located on the volcanic island of Lanzarote (Spain) and is considered the most beautiful city in the Canary Islands.
Teguise has been declared an architectural-historical-artistic city. The contrast of the white of the buildings to the green palm trees and the volcanic sand makes it so distinctive. Walking through the cobbled streets of the historic center is itself a pleasure.
7. Saksun, Faroe Islands
Saksun is one of the most magical European fairy tale villages you will find.
Saksun is located in a natural circular amphitheater high above a tidal lagoon. It is a wonderfully remote mountain village and one of the most rewarding destinations in the country.
And it’s not the only amazing place in the Faroe Islands. There are many amazing sights worth visiting this magical collection of islands in Northern Europe.
Even if you like to hike or just enjoy nature, it is one of my favorite destinations in the world!
8. Monsaraz, Portugal
Located high above the surrounding landscape the fairytale city of Monsaraz still preserves the magic from antiquity. It is one of the oldest villages in Portugal.
The picturesque city center is best reached on foot. Note the walls that run around Monsaraz and guard an inviting village. The narrow streets are lined with whitewashed cottages with uneven walls. Inside you will find some well decorated shops and some restaurants with a wonderful view of the valley.
9. Innsbruck, Austria
Although it is a city, magical Innsbruck must not be outside of this fairytale list of cities.
Innsbruck is a colorful, picturesque city in the Austrian Alps. It lies in a valley surrounded by huge, snow-capped mountains. As a city, the offer of Activities in Innsbruck is not short.
But the Innsbruck region is much more than just its city. It also includes 40 towns and villages that meet all your needs and desires. You can spend the night in the alpine landscape, in an idyllic village, in the city center or at 2,000 meters above sea level. It is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and those looking for a nice place to ski in winter.
10. Hoi An, Vietnam
If you’re looking for another fairytale destination, Hoi An is definitely it.
It is located in Vietnam and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a well-preserved ancient city, intersected by canals. The history of the former port city is reflected in its architecture, a mixture of eras and styles, from wooden Chinese shop houses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the legendary Japanese covered bridge with its pagoda.
A walk through the narrow streets and along the river is really magical. Especially at night when hundreds of colorful lanterns appear that illuminate the entire ancient city and even the river.
11. Bergen, Norway
Although Bergen is a city in Norway, it has the atmosphere of a small town full of charm and urban character.
One of the most beautiful areas is Bryggen, a series of old buildings in the harbor that are a World Heritage Site. If you take a morning stroll through the narrow cobbled streets, you will soon feel in love with the magnificent architecture.
Until noon, visit the fish market, a very lively area selling fresh fruit, vegetables, handicrafts and souvenirs.
12. Benaocaz, Spain
The fairytale town of Benaocaz is located in a quiet valley in southern Spain.
Benaocaz is one of the Pueblos Blancos, a series of pretty whitewashed towns and villages. The special thing about Benaocaz is that it is completely off the beaten track and offers a great offer for both adventurers and gourmets.
The best way to discover the city is to stroll through the narrow maze of streets in the Nazarí district, which still retains the original pavement and is flanked by whitewashed houses with colorful flower beds.
From here you can take many easy but breathtaking hikes that you can combine with one of the best meals you will ever have!
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