Can you guess where this is? Clue: It's in Europe

These surprisingly exotic destinations are much closer than you think

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Looking for white sandy beaches you thought were only found in the Maldives, or tropical wildlife you would expect to see in South America? You don't have to travel far to experience the exotic as we've found Europe's answer to the most idyllic destinations, from Hawaii to the Sahara Desert.

Some of the most picturesque stretches of sand in Sardinia and Corsica are easily mistaken for the likes of Anse Source d'Argent in the Seychelles or Tahiti's beautiful beaches.

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If it's adventures you're after, in southern France's Calanques you can feel thousands of miles away in Halong Bay by taking a kayak tour to remember. With its deep turquoise river surrounded by high cliffs, you'll easily feel like you're exploring the waters of Vietnam.

Perfect for families who don't fancy the long-haul flight to Costa Rica, Cyprus is an excellent spot to see rare loggerhead and green turtles during the nesting season. Between July and September, Alagadi Beach in North Cyprus invites turtle lovers to help release hatchlings into the sea.

Ireland, Gran Canaria and the Algarve also have their own unusual sights you never thought you would find in Europe. Discover ten of the best exotic European holidays below.

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