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11 Of The Best Small Countries In Europe To Visit – Hand Luggage Only

Best Small Countries In Europe (1)

There are around fifty countries nestled within the borders of Europe! That, alone, makes for a lot of countries to explore. Now, you’ve got the big-hitting countries like; England, Germany and France to visit but you’ve also got a heap of the best small countries in Europe that are incredible to explore. 

Honestly, there are so many diverse places to visit, with a few that sometimes get overlooked. Shocking, right?

You see, although Europe is dominated by bigger countries, we shouldn’t forget those totally gorgeous (and relatively) small countries in Europe that are incredible, too.

In fact, around 20 per cent of all European countries are classified as micro-states, that are smaller but no less charming than its neighbouring siblings. 

With that in mind, take a look at the best small countries in Europe to visit this year. Have the best trip! 


1.) Vatican City

Surrounded by the gorgeous Italian city of Rome, the Vatican City is home to the Catholic Church, the Sistine Chapel and Apostolic Palace. It’s totally iconic to see and easily paired up with a wider visit to Rome and the region around the city. 

One thing to remember, if you are wanting to visit the Sistine Chapel, make sure to buy your tickets before you arrive. You’ll get to choose an allotted time and you’ll skip most of the immense queues in the summer months. 

The Magnificent St Peter's Basilica In The Vatican City, Rome (18)

Don’t forget to climb the stairs of San Pietro’s Basilica for a truly breath-taking view of Vatican City and Surrounding Italy. Though, the stairs can be tight and narrow, so be aware of this! 

Read more: Exploring the Vatican City

2.) Malta

Perched just off the northern coast of Africa, between Italy and Tunisia, Malta is one of the best small countries in Europe to visit that is totally charming. 

Visit the ancient capital city, Mdina which is famed for their glassworks and head across to the Blue Lagoon by boat. It’s so gorgeous and the waters are totally stunning.

Afterwards, hop on a boat and explore the neighbouring island of Gozo. It’s a little lusher than Malta and is like Malta’s back garden. 

Read more: Best things to do in Malta

3.) San Marino

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This mountainous micro-state is nestled high in the Italian hills and is one of the worlds oldest republics.

With a population of just over 30,000, San Marino is a peaceful micro-state to explore. Don’t…

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