7 Places for a Taste of Europe Not in Europe ...


Thanks to the extended period of colonization and empirical colonialism perpetuated by the British, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese, around the world there are places for a taste of Europe not in Europe.

While these places have been reclaimed by their original people and subsumed within new country boundaries, more than a vestige of their once-colonial masters has remained and is embedded in the existent culture.

Here are some places for a taste of Europe to satisfy your touch of Europhilia.

1. Macau


When looking for places for a taste of Europe not in Europe, you really wouldn’t expect to find Portuguese style architecture and remnants of European cuisine in China;

however Macau will provide you with exactly that!

(Well actually, to be exact, Macau isn’t in China – its formal status is that of a Special Administrative Region of China - just like Hong Kong.) The region’s long history as a Portuguese colony means you can wonder through European style streets, villas and churches, in the same neighborhoods as you’ll find stunning Chinese temples and traditional Chinese cuisine.2

Portuguese is also still one of the region’s official languages, which only acts to enhance the area’s European vibe.

2. French Polynesia

French Polynesia

French Polynesia is certainly one of the most beautiful places for a taste of Europe outside of Europe, with pristine beaches and towering green mountains providing the perfect backdrop for a relaxing getaway.

Beneath the unbeatable surfing, diving and sightseeing however, there are numerous signs of the region’s French roots, such as the French inspired food and the prolific use of French language throughout the island group.

3. Bermuda


Bermuda is an interesting place for a taste of Europe if you’re looking for something close to America (the island chain is situated roughly 1000 kilometres from the mainland).

The island nation has been under British reign since the very early 1700s.

This means that beautiful colonial-style British architecture and culture are rife throughout the 181 island archipelago, which makes for an extremely interesting and culturally enriching holiday.

The best thing about Bermuda however, is that you can experience many of the things that make Britain great, without having to put up with the terrible British weather.

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