There are those who simply go on holiday, and there are those who search for magic. Sunbathing and sea-splashing are just fine for the tourist-next-door, but a truly fantastical adventure begins when you brave windswept hilltops and tiptoe into caves for a thrilling taste of a region’s folklore, myths and legends. From prehistoric reptiles lurking in swirling river depths, to ghostly ice maidens and phantom army platoons, travellers have been fascinated by mythical beings for time immemorial. Book a cosy cottage nestled in the darkness of an enchanted forest or the shadow of a looming mountain, then set off in search of the hideouts of legendary creatures believed to lurk nearby. Get planning your magical mystery tour with our guide to some of the world’s top location for spotting ghosts, gods and monsters.