Dan Rang - Feb 27, 2012

You may not have heard about these countries since they are so small. However, what they lack in size, they certainly make up for with their rich culture, heritage, history and spectacular attractions. Explore the 10 smallest countries in the world with

Malta (316 km2)

Мальта предлагает впечатляющий спектр культурных и исторических достопримечательностей всевозможных видов человеческой деятельности. Здесь вы найдете сады, музеи, древние крепости и укрепления, построенный рыцарями Святого Иоанна. Множество экскурсий, как по суше так и по море открывают путешественнику богатейшую историю Мальты. Туристы могут греться на солнце, купаться или заниматься дайвингом на великолепных побережьях Мальты с сотнями заливов и бухт. Так же рекомендуется пройтись по нетронутой сельской местности заглянуть в природные пещеры и до бесконечности любоваться живописными заливами и морем.

Maldives (298 km2)

The Maldives has the top tropical beaches in the world and is a top honeymoon destination. Its warm clear seas teeming with marine life are spectacular. Swim, play water sports and surf the Maldivian waters.

St. Kitts and Nevis (261 km2)

St. Kitts and Nevis is made up of two volcanic islands. They are known for pristine beaches, lush rainforests and attractions like the Culturama, the volcanic cone of Nevis Peak and St. Kitts Scenic Railway.

Marshall Islands (181 km2)

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has beautiful islands, atolls and pristine waters. The Bikini Lagoon has sunken ships from the World War II era, which became popular destination for divers. Visit the Bokak Atoll Lagoon, the Ivy Mike Test Site, the Laura Settlement and Graveyard, Marshall Islands' highest point Likiep Atoll, the Runit Blast Crater and the Bravo Crater created in 1954 by a hydrogen bomb blast.

Liechtenstein (160 km2)

Liechtenstein is a unique fusion of tradition and modernity. Discover the country through the state of the art multimedia presentations at the Liechtenstein Center. Enjoy skiing at the snow covered Malbi-Park. Encounter falcons, eagle-owls, hawks and eagles up close at the Galina Falcon Center. Take the Citytrain for a grand tour of the capital, Vaduz's great views, or the Sareis Chairlift to the Sareiserjoch.

San Marino (61.2 km2)

The Most Serene Republic of San Marino is an enclave on the Italian peninsula. Sites to see include the Formula One venue, the Church of San Pietro and the Government House. The Basilica di San Marino houses relics of St. Marinus. The Church of the Cappuccini has a monument to St. Francis. See realy strange objects on display at the Museum of Curiosities. Marvel at reptiles and other marine life at the Reptilarium and Aquarium. Car lovers will enjoy the collection of more than 100 vintage motorcycles and cars at the Vintage Car Museum.

Tuvalu (26 km2)

Tuvalu has a small land area with atolls, small islands and lagoons. It has superb beaches with reefs and palms against shallow and deep water. Small it may be, but its unique ambiance is its best asset.

Nauru (21 km2)

North of the Solomon Islands is the tiny island of Nauru. It is a great spot for scuba diving, swimming, deep sea fishing, walks and tours. Shop for food, arts and crafts at boutiques and stores. Enjoy a wide array of cuisine at Nauru's restaurants.

Monaco (1.98 km2)

The Principality of Monaco in the French Riviera offers amazing attractions. Monaco's Jardin Exotique exhibits exotic plants and has beautiful views of the city and ocean. See marine life, nautical equipment and more on display at the Musee Oceanographique and life size wax figures at the Wax Museum of the Princes of Monaco. Witness the change of guards at the Place du Palais. See stunning views from the Trophee des Alpes monument.

Vatican City (0.44 km2)

The Stato della Citta del Vaticano, or the Vatican City, the smallest independent state in the world, only has a population of about 800. The most famous Catholic church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica is situated there. In front of it is St. Peter's Square which features an Egyptian obelisk at its center. The Vatican Palace, the Pope's residence, sits on almost 14 acres of land. The Vatican Gardens include churches, offices, buildings, fountains and towers.

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  1. Finally, Malta gets some recognition, thanks. This is a beautiful little country with a rich history, interesting sites and kind people.

    John McGlade (USA)

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