Travel is an opportunity to see things that you have never seen before, get to know people whose life has been very different from their own, and get to know the world on a new level. Unfortunately, though, travel can also mean endless lines, crowded enough to swallow you, and actually experiencing the things that you came all the way to experience, instead of waiting longer. When your journey starts to feel more like work, you often start imagining what it would be like if you are visiting a less traveled country; Today, we have worked for you! Europe is replete with small hidden gem countries that promise some crowds with the same stunning views, fascinating history, and amazing food as their more popular counterparts, and we have made some of our favorite collections. Check out this article to find the least visited destinations in Europe
Why you should travel to less-traveled countries
• You will face very few crowds and will experience unique attractions, historical sites, restaurants, and short wait times for anything to enjoy during your trip.
• Over-tourism is becoming a real problem in more popular countries - by traveling to less-traveled countries, you give those countries little breathing room.
• Sometimes, it is good to go on a trip without any expectations. If you do not know too much about your destination, you will often be pleasantly surprised about the things you can see, do, and taste there.
• None of your friends in your country have ever heard of the great bragging means when they hear how amazing it is!
The least-visited countries in Europe
History lovers, this is for you: San Marino, a microstate located within northern Italy, is one of the oldest republics in the world, and much of its original, historical architecture still stands. San Marino is the fifth smallest country in the world, which means that many unseen gems and amazing secrets are found here.
For travelers who actually go off the beaten path and leave their lives behind while going on vacation, Moldova may be the best option. Once dubbed the "world's least happy place", the nation is developing into a destination for wine tourism, lush green parks across the country, and ancient churches. Although Moldova has had a difficult history, looking at the civil war in 1990 before becoming an independent country in 1991, the future looks bright for this less-visited country.
A successor state of former Yugoslavia, Macedonia (officially known as the Republic of North Macedonia) is a country with a complex history that travelers have only recently been waking up to. Explore serene monasteries, take a dip in the ancient lake Ohrid (which reaches a depth of 300 meters), or take a stroll in the country's capital Skopje, and discover the Old Bazaar, a relic of the Ottoman Empire and home to your idyllic souvenir in Macedonia.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The nearly landlocked countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina (the country has a coastline of just 20 kilometers along the Adriatic Sea) were first inhabited by Slavic peoples starting in the 6th century. Over the centuries, the country has developed into a multicultural oasis, with travelers looking for something new on their next adventure. After a crushed civil war in the 1990s, the country rebuilt and became a tourist destination. Be inspired by ancient architecture, down the turquoise rivers, and immerse yourself in the east-west-west stretch of the country. Travelers wanting to travel to less-traveled countries should hurry to Bosnia and Herzegovina, though - the country is projected to have the third-largest tourism growth rate in the world by 2021.
At only 160 square kilometers, the principality of Liechtenstein is littered with medieval charm, stunning views of the Swiss Alps, and traces of ancient nobility. The first agricultural settlements in Liechtenstein were established around 5300 BC, making this small country between Switzerland and Austria more than a novelty; It is a culturally rich destination where travelers will find stunning cliff-side palaces, attractive villages, and untouched nature. If this was not enough, the country also has one of the lowest crime rates in the world - there have been no murders since 1997 - and you will find great peace and tranquility here. In fact, Liechtenstein has local rules against "organizing a noise festivities" during the official lunch break between 12 noon to 1:30 pm.
Although these countries are small, they are full of great adventures! Whether you want to enjoy a delicious meal in San Marino your next holiday or try your luck at the Monaco Casino, these destinations are not to be missed.