No matter the time of the year, whether I’m back from vacation or planning for a new one, I always dream about those pretty places I’ve seen or I am still to see. I know you also have your fairytale destinations bucket list and there’s enough time for everything.
When times are hard, or when I am just tired from work or not feeling optimistic about something, I like to run in my dreams.
So for times like that, or for when you are just looking for your next destination, I’m here with my fairytale destinations list to inspire you.
Fairytale destinations for your bucket list
The Amalfi Coast
My love for Italy is neverending and all the amazing places you can see in this country are endless. Even so, the Amalfi Coast might be the most romantic place in the world.
I’ve been on the Amalfi Coast twice and I would go back over and over again, there’s just something about these places that don’t get old. The stunning views, colorful buildings, delicious food, and much more.
Germany’s Romantic Road
Castles, colorful medieval villages, vineyards, and of course delicious wine. Germany was so low on my list until I’ve started going back over and over again for work and discovered how stunning it actually is.
Many go to France to see castles and palaces, but Germany is filled with those as well. Drive Germany’s Romantic Road and you’ll come across many stunning little towns, castles, and much more.
Rothenburg ob den Tauber is only one of the most famous places here, but there are plenty more hidden from the crowds and just as lovely.
No matter the time of the year, there’s always something to do in Colmar. This place has been on my list since forever and I’m so happy I’ve finally managed to get to see it, even though I’ve only spent one day in Colmar.
Summer is amazing and filled with colors and flowers, while the Christmas Marker in Colmar is one of the most famous and beautiful in the world.
On top of that, the whole region is filled with small colorful villages set in between vineyards, and old citadels on hilltops.
The whole Puglia region in Southern Italy is stunning, but Alberobello is just torn from fairytales.
This small village is unique for its small trulli houses you see everywhere in the central part. Wandering around on an early August morning I fell hopelessly for each and every corner of this paradise.
No matter if you will only spend one day in Bruges, make every minute count because this is such a place out of a storybook.
Just one hour outside of Brussels, this town on the canals has so much in store! I even liked it more than Brussels itself, and I think it should be on everyone’s bucket list. If and when I will be back someday, I’ll make sure to stay overnight.
The tulip fields in The Netherlands
I’ve been watching all those amazing tulip field pictures on Instagram for a few years already when I’ve decided I must make it true!
And when I want something, I make it happen! So I found the best way to see the tulip fields without the crowds North of Amsterdam by booking one of the best tulip tours.
We roamed around endless tulip fields brightly colored, found the perfect combination of tulips and windmills, and took hundreds of stunning pictures to remember for a lifetime.
Santorini island, Greece
Santorini was high on my bucket list, but I wasn’t planning to go so soon. We spent one week in Santorini on a hot August and I will say the place is not at all overrated.
Of course, you should know where to stay in Santorini, and plan to have at least one night with a caldera view. Those white streets with the pinch of blue, caldera views, and the most remarkable sunset you will ever see.
Plan for the most romantic dinners, wine tastings, and sunset boat rides around the island.
Giethoorn, The Netherlands
Such a hidden gem of The Netherlands, even though getting from Amsterdam to Giethoorn is not at all hard. And no matter how long you visit Amsterdam you must allocate one day for this fairytale village on the canals.
With only a few permanent residents, Giethoorn is the village without cars, where you will feel like you stepped out of this world.
Groot Bijgaarden Castle and the tulip festival, Belgium
Only 7 kilometers outside of Brussels, who wouldn’t want to get there and see a castle and hundreds of flowers?
The Groot Bijgaarden Castle and the tulip festival taking place every spring in Belgium is a place I’ve stumbled upon while I was looking for tulips in Belgium. And when you visit Belgium in April and have half of the day spare, head here!
Hands down the most magical place in Portugal, taking a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra should be mandatory for everyone.
Sintra not only has the most popular and colorful castle in Portugal, but it actually has more castles. And on top of that, not far away there’s the ocean and some pretty hidden beaches.
I still haven’t been there, but it is so high on my bucket list. For a Romanian, it is actually strange that I’ve never been to Turkey, but it is what it is and I must plan to get there someday.
You definitely know this place from all the stunning pictures all over Instagram. Colorful hot air balloons over a really picturesque background. Girls in pretty dresses on colorful Turkish rugs, eating amazing food with a view.
In a way, the town reminds me of Matera, but with the hot air balloons on top.
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