22 Postcard-Perfect European Villages Straight Out of a Fairytale

From the Alps to the Mediterranean, these frozen-in-time European villages will make you appreciate the beauty of taking it slow.

Óbidos, Portugal

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A slice of medieval Iberia has been preserved within the crenelated walls of Óbidos on a hilltop near Portugal’s western coast. Since enchanting Queen Isabel in the 13th century (the town was a gift from her husband, King Dinis), Óbidos has continued to impress visitors who pass through its formidable fortifications. Inside the ramparts is a warren of whitewashed villas draped with bougainvillea, plus cobblestoned walkways and plenty of bars serving ginjinha, a local liquor made with sour cherries.

22 Postcard-Perfect European Villages Straight Out of a Fairytale

Óbidos, Portugal

A slice of medieval Iberia has been preserved within the crenelated walls of Óbidos on a hilltop near Portugal’s western coast. Since enchanting Queen Isabel in the 13th century (the town was a gift from her husband, King Dinis), Óbidos has continued to impress visitors who pass through its formidable fortifications. Inside the ramparts is a warren of whitewashed villas draped with bougainvillea, plus cobblestoned walkways and plenty of bars serving ginjinha, a local liquor made with sour cherries.

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