There are some towns in the world that as soon as you set foot, they make you fall in love with them. I am talking about unique places that go beyond beauty and will take you to a different dimension with its magnetism and charisma. If you want to find these places, keep reading and discover 12 stunning fairytale towns you have never heard of.
1. Castle Combe, UK
Located in an incredibly beautiful area named The Cotswolds, Castle Combe is one of the prettiest fairytale towns you can find.
It is a fairly small village, which makes it easy to visit. The best thing to do is to jump on your feet and walk around to explore this gorgeous village. It is not far from the city of Bath, so a visit to both of these places is highly recommended.
Castle Combe is a popular destination between locals, but not many tourists know about this stunning place. This makes it even more special!
2. Olite, Spain
Olite is a peaceful fairytale town located in Navarre, Spain. It is with no doubt one of the most enchanting walled cities you will find.
Between other interesting buildings, you can find the amazing palace of the Kings of Navarre. The area of interest is fairly small, so parking your car and exploring by foot is probably the best thing to do.
What I liked the most about Olite is how quiet and peaceful it feels. Wondering through its narrow streets is already a pleasure, offering many beautiful corners to visit.
3. Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
If you want to know how a fairytale 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 extraordinary ensemble of buildings offering a complete panorama of pre-Saharan earthen construction techniques. I have to say this place is even more impressive than it looks like in the pictures.
Although is a very popular destination from people who visit Marrakech, normally there are not crowds. There are some interesting shops to visit with fewer tourists than in Marrakech. Also, there are some nice cafes with stunning views to the Ksar of Aït-Ben-Haddou.
4. Bled, Slovenia
From all the fairytale towns in this list, the landscape of Bled might be one of the most impressive.
Located in Slovenia, what makes this place so special, 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 quiet morning while the sun is heating up and bring up the smells of the flowers, is a pleasure for all senses.
Bled offers great opportunities for outdoor lovers since there are easy and beautiful trekkings you can do. Not to mention the great gastronomy offer you can find.
5. Canterbury, UK
It would not be fair to make a list with stunning fairytale towns and not to include Canterbury.
Canterbury is located in the UK and it is famous because of the Tales of Canterbury. A collection of 24 stories presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.
It is a very lively town and owns one of the most amazing cathedrals in the UK. Ancient walls, originally built by the Romans, encircle its medieval center with cobbled streets and timber-framed houses.
The visit to the Cathedral is a must
6. Teguise, Canary Islands
Teguise is what a modern version of a fairytale town would looks like.
Located in the volcanic island of Lanzarote (Spain), it is said to be the most beautiful town in the Canary Islands.
Teguise was declared an architectural-historical-artistic town. The contrast of the white of the buildings with the green palms and the volcanic sand is what makes it so distinctive. Walking through the paved streets of its historical center is a pleasure itself.
7. Saksun, Faroe Islands
Saksun is one of the most magical European fairytale villages you will find.
Splendidly set in a natural circular amphitheater high above a tidal lagoon, Saksun is a wonderfully remote hillside village and is one of the most worthwhile destinations in the country.
And it is not the only amazing place to visit in the Faroe Islands. There are many amazing sights that well worth the visit to this magical collection of Islands located in northern Europe.
Also, if you enjoy hiking or simply pure nature, it is one of my favorite destinations in the world!
8. Monsaraz, Portugal
Perched high over the surrounding countryside, the fairytale town of Monsaraz still maintains the magic from ancient times. It is one of the oldest villages in Portugal.
Its picturesque city center is best visited on foot. Notice the walls that go around Monsaraz guard a welcoming village. Its narrow streets are lined with uneven-walled, whitewashed cottages. Inside, you will find some well-decorated shops and some restaurants with amazing views of the valley.
9. Innsbruck, Austria
Although it is a city, the magical Innsbruck could not be left outside of this fairytale towns list.
Innsbruck is a colorful, picturesque city nestled in the Austrian Alps. It sits in a valley surrounded by enormous, snow-capped mountains. Being a city, the offer of things to do in Innsbruck is not short.
But the Innsbruck region is much more than its city alone.It also includes 40 towns and villages that fulfill your every want and need. You can stay in the alpine countryside, in an idyllic village, in the city center or at 2,000 meters above sea level. It is the perfect destination for outdoor lovers and those looking for a nice place to ski during winter.
10. Hoi An, Vietnam
If you are looking for a different fairytale town destination, Hoi An for sure it is.
Located in Vietnam, it has been declared UNESCO world heritage. It has a well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.
Walking through its narrow streets and by the river is really magical. Especially at night, when hundreds of colorful lanterns pop up illuminating the whole ancient town and even the river.
11. Bergen, Norway
Even though Bergen is a city in Norway, it has the vibe of a small town, packed with charm and urban character.
One of the most beautiful area is Bryggen, a series of old buildings in the harbor which is a World Heritage Site. Spend a morning walking through the narrow cobblestone alleys and you will soon felt in love with the magnificent architecture.
By mid-day, head to the fish market, a very lively area that offers fresh fruit, vegetables, handicrafts and souvenirs.
12. Benaocaz, Spain
Perched in a peaceful valley in southern Spain, you will find the fairytale town of Benaocaz.
Benaocaz is one of the Pueblos Blancos, a series of pretty whitewashed towns and villages. What is special about Benaocaz is that is totally off the beaten track and it has a great offer both for adventurers and foodies.
The best way to discover the town is by strolling through the narrow maze of streets in the Nazarí Quarter, which still conserves the original paving and are flanked by whitewashed houses with colourful flowerbeds.
There are a lot of easy but stunning treks you can do from here which you can combine with one of the best meals you will ever have!
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