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10 European destinations that aren't in Europe

Oct. 23, 2013, 3:12 p.m.
Reunion Island, France

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Reunion Island

This French territory sits in the Indian Ocean to the east of the African island of Madagascar. Volcanoes and tropical forests cover the inland, and miles of white sand beaches give Reunion plenty of tourism appeal. Adventure-seekers visit to hike through jungles and across barren volcanic summits, but plenty of others just prefer to sit on the postcard-worthy beaches and indulge in water sports.

Even more than other French territories, Reunion is a melting pot. People of French ancestry live here, as do people from the African mainland, Madagascar, the Indian subcontinent, and as far away as southern China. This creates a mishmash of languages and cuisines that the residents of Reunion have embraced as part of their identity.