Europe has a large panoply of enchantingly beautiful villages all over the continent. Fairytale villages own its name for a reason. Thrilling, unusual, mind-blowing and breathtaking, these fairy tale European villages will literally spellbind you. Here are some of the top fairy tale villages in Europe that will make you feel you’re in an imaginary world.
The first place in the list of the Fairytale Villages in Europe is Filzmoos. Filzmoos is an alpine village located within the district of St. Johann Pongau in the state of Salzburg, Austria, perfect for a mountain getaway. It may seem like a place where people retire and get the rest they deserve for having worked their entire life, but Filzmoos is a very lively and youthful place, an unusually- dynamic location, which makes it a must-see for every traveler.
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The small fishing village of Portofino is an amazing display of untouched Italian culture. Located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera, Portofino is said to have been founded by the Romans, who first named the place “Portus Delphini” (“Port of the Dolphin”), because of the dolphins that inhabited the area. Needless to say, the little town never lacks tourists.
Also called the ”Venice of Holland” or the ”Venice of the Nort”, is a beautiful village in the Netherlands. There are no cars or roads here; tourists leave them out of the village and have to travel by water or on foot over the enchanting wooden bridges. You will travel in time.
This gorgeous town is a French county located in the Aveyron region, South-West of France. Some people may even boast that this medieval wonder is the most beautiful village in the entire France, and they may be right! With a rich and well-preserved history, Brousse-Le-Château is the perfect example of ancient constructions that somehow mix perfectly with the surrounding nature. Truly beautiful! Thus, Brousse-Le-Château has not stolen its reputation as one of the top Fairytale Villages in Europe.
Rocamadour is truly one of the most awe-inspiring locations in all of France. Perfectly placed on the edge of a steep cliff overlooking the Alzhou River, Rocamadour is rich in history. the town below the complex of monastic buildings and pilgrimage churches, traditionally dependent on the pilgrimage site and now on the tourist trade.
Castellfollit de la Roca, Spain
This amazing village is located on a basalt crag, standing over 50 m high and almost a kilometer long. It was formed by the overlaying of two lava flows. The town’s basalt cliff rises between the Fluvià and Toronell rivers. There’s plenty of things to do in the town: You can hike, go for quiet walks around old streets filled with memories of the town as it was in years gone by, or take part in the many celebrations of music and dancing.
Cinque Terre, Italy
The Cinque Terre, meaning ‘five lands,’ is an area of Italy that consists of five coastal villages. Each is built on steep cliffs, clinging to the rocks and overlooking the sea below. Each one of these towns is incredibly beautiful, with an incredible panoramic view. Yes, no matter where your look, you are blown away by the view.
This village is said to be the inspiration for Beauty and the Beast. Located in the Alsace region, close to Strasbourg and the German border, the town is recognizable by its pastel-coloured timber-frame houses, narrow streets that can get easily filled with tourists. The row of houses located along the river is particularly enchanting. The little town is even more beautiful when it gets covered with snow.
Last and not least destination in our list of the top 9 fairy tale villages in Europe is Sintra. Now Sintra is truly a page torn from a fairy tale. With its rippling mountains, exotic gardens and colorful palaces, Sintra has become quite popular, and it’s hard to escape the tourist masses (especially in summer). The city has four main castles, the Pena Palace, the National Palace, the Monserrate Palace Sintra and the Moorish castle, and so many other things to see that you won’t know where to start. We highly recommend that you head for the Initiation Wells in the Quinta da Regaleira, it is simply breathtaking.
Where to stay:
You may want to stay over there or walk around the vicinity “two birds with one stone !” if that’s the case you can head over to the capital Lisbon which is barely about 30 minutes away from Sintra. Once there, you could find a bunch of gorgeous hotels and resorts.