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10 European destinations that aren't in Europe

Azores, aerial view to the Furnas city and valley, San Miguel island

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The Azores

The Azores' brick and cobblestone streets, winding narrow lanes, deliciously rustic cuisine and unpretentious wines might make you swear you are in Portugal. However, the Portuguese island group sits, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere. The Azores are located in the North Atlantic, just about 1,000 miles from the Portuguese mainland and just over 1,000 miles from North America. 

Most visitors find the laid-back and welcoming nature of the archipelago’s population the most attractive aspect of the Azores. Add to that the fresh seafood, outdoor adventure options (from yachting and whale watching to four-wheel riding and mountain biking), and always-lush scenery, and you have a worthwhile, far-flung European destination to visit.