Nestled between France and Spain in the Pyrenees, Andorra enjoys one of the world’s highest standards of living thanks to a booming economy

..based mainly on tourists who come to enjoy its splendid mountain views, ski resorts, spas, and duty-free. Andorra’s capital is also a hotbed of luxury shopping.

Farroe Islands

About halfway between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands are a self-governed country within the Kingdom of Denmark.

The Faroese, descended from the 9th century Norse settlers, have long made their living from the sea, and visitors will find many opportunities to take to the waters on fishing expeditions, whale watching trips, and birding tours.


Malta, an archipelago about 50 miles south of Sicily, draws 1.2 million visitors annually, about three times the country’s population.


A tiny principality on the Swiss-Austrian border, Liechtenstein’s largest town, Schaan, is an important banking and commerce center.

But for tourists, the biggest draws are in the countryside, where there is spectacular hiking and skiing. The Malbun Resort in particular offers great skiing…

San Marino

A landlocked enclave within Italy, San Marino is a popular day trip for visitors to the famous beaches of nearby Rimini. Most travelers come to take in the sites of the historic center of the capital city, also named San Marino.

Chief among those sites are the neoclassical Basilica di San Marino and the Palazzo Pubblico, the country’s government building…

Aland Islands

The Aland Islands, a Swedish-speaking autonomous region of Finland located between the two countries, is blessed with more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Scandinavia, gorgeous meadows and forests, and sandy beaches.

Vatican City

Vatican City is also the world’s smallest sovereign state, at just 110 acres surrounded entirely by Rome and with 800 residents (only 450 of whom are citizens).

In spite of that small size, there’s a wealth of things to see and do. Since there are no tourist lodgings available inside the Vatican, this is strictly a day trip.


The second smallest country in the world, Monaco packs a lot into 0.78 square miles. The Monte Carlo casino, opened in 1858, and the Monaco Grand Prix,

..first raced in 1929, have cemented Monaco as a mainstay of luxury travel and, along with the gorgeous Larvotto Beach, remain its biggest draws today.