Are you frantically looking to book a last minute summer holiday? Perhaps you’re organising your holiday diary for next year. Maybe you want to visit somewhere a little different to usual, or have a unique experience. If so then look no further; here are 8 fairytale destinations that you simply must have on your bucket list, that will work for all members of the family:
From the Sacre Coeur to the Eiffel Tower, there’s nowhere quite as romantic as Paris. The experience is so much more than just crepes and macaroons on street corners, it’s the city of love after all. Embrace the culture, the architecture and of course the French accent and you’ll be enraptured into a fairy tale that you’ll never want to end.
Ravello, set 365 meters above the Tyrrhenian Sea on the Amalfi coast is home to iconic cliffside gardens. The 13th-century, Moorish-style Villa’s offer far-reaching views from terraced gardens, and host indoor and outdoor concerts during the popular summertime Ravello Festival. You will feel nothing but royal as you eat olives and watch firework displays from one of Italy’s most preserved corners.
Sintra is like one of those paintings that you never expect to exist in real life. The lake and the forest deliver mystery and fairy tale. The villages are so picturesque and everything you would dream a Portuguese village would be, entwined by cobbled streets which lead up to a glorious technicolour castle.
The Bahamas, Caribbean
While palaces and castles and scarce and few in the Caribbean, every prince and princess needs a private sandy white beach to escape too. Lounge on your yacht, soak up the rays and enjoy swimming with wild dolphins.
Berlin is famous for their Christmas markets, which are said to be the best in the world. Strolling through lit up markets markets with some mulled wine in one hand and a schnitzel in the other, there’s no greater way to feel winter fairytale vibes and get in the Christmas spirit – just be sure to pack your knitwear!
The Taj Mahal, India is truly unrivalled in majesty and magnificence. It has stunning interiors and exteriors and it is said to have inspired Disney; If it’s good enough for Disney, it’s good enough for me.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fall in love with Abu Dhabi; in the setting of countless Arabian folktales stands the brilliant white Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It is so intricate, it will feel like pure fantasy. Head into the desert on a 4×4 over the rolling golden sands – you can even try your hand at riding a camel if you don’t mind a bumpier ride.
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Animal kingdoms in South Africa; You don’t have to head into the most rural depths of central Africa to experience the pulse-racing exhilaration of seeing animals in the wild. Port Elizabeth is one of South Africa’s largest cities, on the coast. This is the perfect fairytale adventure for you animal lovers.
Whether you’re a frequent flyer with a major case of the travel bug, or you’re just looking for a one off, outstanding experience compared to the indistinguishable, bog standard holidays you’ve been on previously; these destinations are each unique and dissimilar, but truly magical in their own fairytale ways. Have you ever been to an of them?