Haven’t you wanted to escape to a place that is reminiscent of your favorite story book? Of course, you are nodding enthusiastically at the prospect of going to a place where stories, adventures and fun comes alive. It isn’t entirely impossible though.

Not with the list we’ve put together to help you embark of a fairty-taleisque adventure. Life is full of magic if you truly believe in it. Well, not the kind you witness in Harry Potter films but the magic that casts a spell of visual beauty and cultural experiences. It can be pretty homes you spot somewhere or a serene piece of musical rendition you hear or a natural wonder that wins over your senses.

Magic is present in many forms around us, if we care to stop and stare. Here is a list of some of the most mystical villages on earth that appear to have popped out straight from a story book.

Rothemburg, Germany

Rothemburg is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval villages that is known for its intriguing array of museums, the imposing Town Hall and old worldly churches. Stroll through its cobbled streets, while enjoying a glimpse of the centuries old structures. Watch out for the erstwhile mechanical structures that are present throughout the village. Yes, the village is a also a much sought after halting destination on the Romantic Road roadway.

Bagnone, Italy

The visually stunning Italian village is known not just for its ultra gorgeous Alpine location but also magnificent castle and quaint cobblestone streets. Experience he ancient homes and buildings of Bagnone’s old town region, in addition to the Watch Tower and bridge running over Magra River. Then there are the verdant emerald hills and distant villages that belong to a fairy tale. The village has a local weekly market, where visitors can buy onions, exotic olive oil varieties and an assortment of wines.

Gasadalur, Faroe Islands

Gasadaluri features the magnificent Mulafossaur Waterfall, and is located between flourishing green pastures and scenic mountains. Hike the village’s splendid mountain ranges and enjoy interacting with the close-knit locals (not more than a dozen inhabitants residing here currently).

If you want to experience the feeling of being in an isolated, faraway village, this one wins hands down. Don’t return without trying out the delectable local meals here.

Hallstatt, Austria

Nestled on the banks of the Hallstatter Sea, in the backdrop of the incredibly beautiful Dachstein Mountains, Hallstatt is probably one of the planet’s most photographed hamlets. The tiara crown on the pretty Salzkammergut Lake area, the village has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being one of the continent’s oldest inhabited villages. It also houses several vibrant Baroque and Gothic masterpieces.

Manaarola, Italy

Manrola has existed since the 13th century, which says a lot about its fascinating appeal. The picturesque hilltop hamlet will bring alive the Asterix comics settings along with offering traces of the region’s agricultural ingenuity. Experience soft pastel colored houses, flourishing trees, mesmerizing countryside stores and gorgeous sea-side vistas in Manarola. Take a picture against the backdrop of the ethereal looking Mediterranean Sea.

Renndolsetra, Norway

This is a stunning valley village known for its natural beauty and charming appeal. Norway’s pioneering reserve is housed bang in the middle of the verdant Trollheimen range. Some of the experiences travelers can enjoy here include staying in provide cabins atop mountains along with a range of other exciting expeditions. This is the ideal getaway for those seeking a respite from more touristy destinations.

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre is a cluster of several centuries old villages that are located on a rough Italian coastline. Each of the five villages features vibrant homes, seaside structures, vineyards and terraces. You’ll see harbors dotted with local fishing boats and seafood eateries. Don’t forget to sample the region’s absolutely delicious pesto sauce. Villages are linked through the Sentiero cliff side and several hiking trails.

Abandoned Fishing Village, Shengsi

When man abandons something, nature is more than happy to grab it. The case in point being China’s Shengsi fishing hamlet. The castaway village is located at the tip of Yangtze River. Though there are homes of people from the local fishing community in the mainland area, the more faraway lands are vacant.

Sijiao is probably the most frequently visited island in the region, where travelers enjoy dipping in the water. Approximately 100,000 fishermen are hosted by the region annually for its near perfect climate.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini is one among the several stunning Cyclades islands nestled in Aegean Sea. It was destroyed in the 16th century by a disastrous volcanic eruption changing the face of the landscape. However, like they say, miracles come in disguise.

Santorini’s rugged landscape has made it spectacularly beautiful, making it one of the world’s most photographed destinations. From whitewashed homes to gorgeous cliffs to pristine beaches (with red pebbles), Santorini is a delightful destination to explore.

Eguisheim, France

If you like being encircled by stunning vineyards, rolling green hills and picturesque country-side houses, Egusheim leaps out at you with its storybook beauty. Stroll along its old cobblestone streets or witness the old timber homes, often freshly decorated with flowers. Visit the village’s ancient fountains that are ethereally beautiful. Thei inscriptions here are worth seeing.

Hamnoy, Norway

This Norwegian village is one of Lofoten’s oldest fishing villages. It isn’t just naturally stunning but also quaint fishermen cabins, featuring a host of contemporary amenities. There’s Wi-Fi for social media buffs who are quickly looking to upload their pictures. Then there are plenty of museums that make this an ideal destination for visitors with varying passion.

Go on a rental boat ride, take a walk in the midst of nature or go fishing. Hamnoy is a treasure trove of cultural delights, including natural and adventure activities. Don’t miss the yearly Feelgood Jazzfest, a splendid live jazz music bonanza.

Monemvasia, Greece

Monemvasia in Greek means “one entrance” and true to its exotic name, the village can be entered only through a diminutive causeway. The efficiently preserved medieval village has been carved straight out of a rock to look like a architectural structure. You’ll be going back in several eras as you witness Monemvasia’s covered alleys, majestic churches and royal looking homes.

Sample the region’s absolutely succulent wine. If that hasn’t got you salivating already, bite into scrumptious local treats or enjoy swimming in the village’s warm waters. Yes, pretty much like every other Greek village, this one makes for a splendid backdrop in your Instagram images.

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