Vatican City, a tiny independent state within Rome, is the world's smallest recognized country, with just 820 residents (as of 2023). Besides the Pope's residence, the city is also known for the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel.
The Falkland Islands, located off South America, has just 3,791 residents. Travellers often visit on cruise ships, especially as a starting point for Antarctic adventures during the southern hemisphere's summer.
The Isle of Man, a self-governing British dependency in the Irish Sea, is home to about 84,710 people. Visitors come by flight or ferry and enjoy exploring Peel Castle, savouring Queenie scallops, and collecting unique postage stamps.
Located between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein is a tiny constitutional monarchy with a population of about 39,584. Its royal family lives in a castle overlooking the capital and even hosts a summer beer gathering for the locals.
This British Overseas Territory in southern Spain has around 32,688 residents. Direct flights from London arrive at its single runway, the country's only road to Spain. People come here to see the stunning views and wild Barbary macaque apes at the top of the Rock of Gibraltar.
Monaco, a tiny country in southern France, has been independent since the 15th century, with about 36,297 residents. The country is known for its beautiful harbour, famous casino, and the Oceanographic Museum, once directed by Jacques Cousteau.
San Marino is a tiny country in Italy's Apennine mountains, covering 24 square miles with a population of 33,642. It is considered the world's oldest surviving sovereign state.
Andorra, a landlocked microstate with 80,088 residents, is located just three hours from Barcelona in the Pyrenees mountains, between Spain and France. It's known for its picturesque valleys and top-notch spas, often likened to Swiss Alpine towns.