Size does not matter, not when you pack so much to see and do into a small space. We know that Europe is jam-packed with culture and history, with countless destinations to add to your bucket list, but you might not have thought of a few which are small in size, but huge in interest.

These five charming, and rather small, countries may be overlooked from time to time, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be making them your next stop.

Vatican City

Okay, so strictly speaking not a country, but it is a sovereign city state, and is often considered to be individual to Rome itself. We know that the Pope lives here, he rules the Vatican City, and with only 900 residents, this is one of Europe’s smallest countries overall. That being said, there is plenty to pack into your visit, including the iconic St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, and the beautiful gardens that span the landscape.


Dripping in money but small in size, Monaco is a millionaire’s playground. Famous for the Formula One Grand Prix which whizzes around the narrow streets, lined with glistening waters and mega-expensive yachts, you don’t go here unless you have money to spend. Casinos, designer labels, caviar, and champagne – who said small wasn’t special?


If you’re looking for scenery, then it doesn’t get much better than tiny Liechtenstein. Sandwiched between the scenic countries of Austria and Switzerland, you can expect huge mountains, forests, and glistening lakes in abundance. Great for winter sports.


Everyone knows Cyprus as a summer holiday fun island, and that is certainly true, especially when you consider it is home to clubbing mecca Ayia Napa, however there is more to it than that, even with its small size. The mythological birthplace of Aphrodite, Cyprus has some beautiful walking trails to take in breath-taking scenery, and if you’re into diving, it is also home to one of the best wreck sites in the world, with the wreck of the Zenobia just off the coast.


Now, this small country is becoming more and more popular, and that is because of its charm and scenery. Situated on the Adriatic coast. Montenegro is home to a mountainous interior, perfect for hiking, with lakes and forests, as well as beautiful deserted beaches.

These five European countries just go to show that a destination doesn’t have to be sprawling to make it interesting.

Photo Credit: Aurelien Guichard

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