20 gorgeous real-life villages which came straight out of fairytales

There are certain places out there in our world where time has seemingly stood still for a century or more. The kind of places where you can find the pristine beauty of the natural world alongside cosy, almost fairytale-like houses, and where everything is shrouded in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.

We picked some the most gorgeous small towns villages where you’re guaranteed to be able to relax from the endless bustle of the big city. If we ever make it there, we plan on staying — forever!

Rothenburg, Germany



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Santorini, Greece





Colmar, France





Cinque Terre, Italy





A mountain village, China





Penn, Scotland





Shirakawa-go, Japan





Bibury, UK





Migdal, Greenland





Sintra, Portugal





Kvivik, Faroe Islands



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Filzmoos, Austria





Portofino, Italy





Castellfollit de la Roca, Spain





Wengen, Switzerland





Reine, Norway



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Maska, Spain





Puglia, Italy





Wengelsdorf, Germany





Rocamadour, France