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10 European destinations that aren't in Europe

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 23, 2013, 3:12 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier Church, Macau

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Macau is no longer part of Europe, but its unique Eurasian atmosphere earns it a place on our list. Formerly under Portuguese control, this tiny territory to the south of Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1999.

The districts of Taipa and Coloane are full of courtyards that front colonial-era churches, Portuguese-style villas, and narrow brick ruas, giving the impression of an out-of-the-way Lisbon neighborhood. This is still China, though. Cantonese is by far the dominant language on the street and Cantonese cuisine sits alongside local Macanese cuisine, with both relying on flavors and ingredients from all over the former Portuguese empire. Macau is also the number one gambling destination in the world in terms of overall revenue.