Top 10 Tiny Countries to Discover

Top 10 Tiny Countries to Discover

Have you ever realized that the smallest countries in the world have so much to offer! Whether it’s historic and cultural heritage or pristine nature, these microstates doesn’t succumb to be less interesting than their giant neighbors. Check out these great places and share your impressions with us – which one is the most appealing?

10. Macedonia

The country’s main income comes from tourism. Unspoiled nature and cultural heritage makes it an appealing holiday destination indeed. Macedonia’s heritage is influenced by Orthodox-Christian and Islamic cultures. One of the most popular attractions is Ohrid, famous for its emerald lake and historic architecture, protected by UNESCO.

Why to go there?

The prices are relatively low compared to Western European countries. Macedonia is known for its pristine nature and historic architecture. Numerous parks and reserves provide fun outdoor activities.

How to get there?

Get to Skopje – the capital city – by plane. Also travel there by bus, train or car.

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9. Tuvalu

The island nation is posited between Australia and Hawaii. Since its remoteness Tuvalu cannot compete with other islands like Maldives. Nevertheless it attracts those who are devoted to ecotourism – the island although far away is pristine and heavenly. There is a beautiful lagoon and a reef, that are great for bathing and diving. Soft sandy beaches and crystal clear water make it a wonderful place to relax.

Why to go there?

If you want a wonderful vacation on a beach and no crowds – Tuvalu is a place to go. It is also one of those place that would provide an unforgettable and unique experience.

How to get there?

Get there by plane from Fiji.

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8. Luxembourg

One of the tiniest countries in the world, the size of two NYC, is embedded in the beautiful lush forests and mountainous surroundings between Germany and France. Its culture as well as cuisine is also a mix of these two giants. Three languages are spoken here: French, German and Luxembourgish. Visitors are offered cultural events, tours in nature, museums and historical castles.

Why to go there?

A very nice place to go while in the area. Its truly beautiful historical center, surrounded with greenery and posited high in the mountainous area will leave you with unforgettable impressions.

How to get there?

Easy access by plane from major European cities. You can also get there by car from Germany or France. Get around by bus or train.

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7. San Marino

Located within Italy and surrounded with the Apennine Mountains, San Marino is visited by approximately 2 million tourists annually. Although very small, the microstate has a lot of architectural attractions as well as the Romagna riviera, which is loved by Italians, who are among the main guests here.

Why to go there?

Beautiful country, which also claims to be the oldest surviving state in the world! Therefore its cultural and historic heritage is undoubtedly fascinating.

How to get there?

The nearest airport is in Rimini as well as Bologna. Also get there by bus, train or car from Italian cities.

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6. Andorra

Another picturesque microstate found in the Pyrenees mountains, bordering Spain and France. Over 10 million tourists visit Andorra every year! Unlike the neighboring countries and their high prices, the country has a duty-free policy allowing shoppers to enjoy lower costs. Also there are winter and summer resorts, so you can visit any time.

Why to go there?

An all year round destination offers great nature, panoramic views, mountainous landscape and lower prices than in the neighboring countries.

How to get there?

Get there by car, bus or train from various cities in France and Spain. There is no local airport in Andorra though.

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5. Liechtenstein

Reigned by Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, this small country is found between Switzerland and Austria. It is a center of finances, making it one of the wealthiest countries in the world. There are various outdoor activities, that attract tourists: hiking and enjoying unspoiled nature in summer, skiing in the mountains in winter. Exploring historic sites and architecture is also among the most popular things to do.

Why to go there?

It is a nice destination all year round. The historic country has been influenced by numerous neighboring countries, however it remained independent and unique.

How to get there?

The nearest airports are in Zürich-Kloten and St. Gallen-Altenrhein in Switzerland as well as Friedrichshafen in Germany. Also get there by car or train from these two countries or Austria.

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4. Monaco

Located on the iconic French Riviera, the microstate is a heaven for those, who crave a busy nightlife. Monte Carlo Casino is one of the most famous gambling complexes in the world. Monaco also hosts such events like the Formula One Grand Prix, boxing championships, the European Poker final and various fashion shows.

Why to go there?

Monaco is one of the most popular European resorts. There are plenty events, entertainment centers and great beaches as well as water sports activities. It suits those, who are prepared to do and see a lot during holiday.

How to get there?

Monaco has one of the easiest access in Europe. Get there by plane, helicopter, boat, train, bus or car.

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3. Grenada

A small island country in the Caribbean Sea, Grenada relies on tourism. Its pristine beaches, warm turquoise water and unspoiled nature makes it a wonderful holiday destination. Recently ecotourism has been growing as well. Besides Grenada is also a leading producer of several spices like cinnamon, ginger and rare nutmeg.

Why to go there?

Its beautiful capital St George, soft sandy beaches, mountains and lush rainforest make it one of the greatest destinations in the Caribbean. Tourism is expanding, thus providing guests with great resorts.

How to get there?

Get there by plane from Orlando, New York, Miami, Toronto, Venezuela, Germany and Britain.

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2. Malta

The European island country in the Mediterranean Sea is also one of the most interesting. Numerous influences throughout thousands of years provide a rich heritage, which attracts around 1.2 millions tourists each year. The island was already known for the Phoenicians, Romans and later the British. Besides wonderful architecture, it has a dramatic shoreline and nice beaches, that provide a romantic walk.

Why to go there?

A beautiful island, with a unique culture, cuisine and great hotels.

How to get there?

You can reach Malta by boat, but the easiest access is by plane from numerous European cities.

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1. Vatican

The holy city located in the heart of the eternal city of Rome, Vatican is a must visit place at least once in a lifetime. There is plenty to do and see here: numerous museums, with the richest exhibitions in the world, chapel ceilings painted by such artists like Michelangelo or Bernini, vast cultural, architectural and historic heritage will take a lifetime to explore.

Why to go there?

The smallest independent country on Earth is also one of the wealthiest. The papal tombs and artworks are among the most appealing attractions here. There are always crowds here and visitors are asked to dress modestly, nevertheless a must see once in Rome.

How to get there?

Vatican City is found in the heart of Rome. Get there on foot, metro or bus.

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