This list of countries brings together historical and natural jewels of Europe and the Caribbean that deserve to be known. There is no doubt that the world of tourism has its eyes on Europe. In fact, 80% of the most visited countries in the world are led by France and Spain. However, it is also the continent that leads the list of the least visited countries in the world, to the point that it can be said that travelers have erased those destinations from the map. At least this is what the latest report from the World Tourism Organization reveals in 2021.
The entity revealed that these countries, which you will learn about below, receive less than 100,000 tourists a year, even though they have luxury beaches, historical places and world-class gastronomy. Although of course, the list also lets us see that they are excessively expensive territories such as Monaco or San Marino or that people simply do not pay attention to them as they are as unknown as Luxembourg and Moldova. Without further ado, at Diners we present the least visited countries in the world:
1. San Marino
San Marino is located in the northern part of Italy, but it is a separate state that preserves one of the oldest republics in the world. It is surrounded by a wall and is renowned for its cobblestone streets and medieval castles. One of the most recurrent places is Las Tres Torres, a castle located on Mount Titano, built in the 11th century. The gastronomy has Italian influences with local touches, such as the ‘fagioli con le cotiche’, also known as a tomato soup with pork belly; the chickpea soup with noodles, garlic and rosemary or the baked pasta with smoked ham, veal, cheese and tomato sauce.
Although it received 98,000 tourists in the last year, the World Tourism Organization revealed that they were travelers who wanted to go from Switzerland to Austria, countries with which it borders. Although its territory is 160 square kilometers, equivalent to the extension of the towns of Suba and Chapinero, it has more than 20 medieval castles in its capital Vaduz, built between the 16th and 17th centuries.
To the south, in the town of Triesenberg, visitors can go hiking and enjoy the reflecting pools. In winter it becomes the favorite place to practice skiing, hockey, among other sports.
3. British Overseas Territory of Anguilla
We are sure that you had never heard of this place. It is even thought that we invented it, although it is not so. One of the least visited countries in the world, this nation located in the Caribbean -exactly in the Lesser Antilles- is a jewel of tourism for surfers and beach lovers. In 2021, it received 95,000 tourists despite all efforts to draw the world’s attention. This is good for those who want a quiet and reserved place to spend their family vacations. In addition to extreme sports, Overseas Anguilla is home to grand vacation homes you can rent on Airbnb, underwater caves for diving, and The Valley, a capital so well preserved it’s perfect for recreating settings from pirate days. For more information capital smart city
Another paradise with white sand, paradisiacal beaches and luxury gastronomy is the Republic of Palau in Micronesia. Last year it registered 94,000 tourists who came in search of its crystal clear sea full of corals. Palau is also recognized around the world for being part of the famous Caroline Islands and being the home of endless pirate stories and retaliation. Kayaking, diving, canoping and motocross are some of the exciting adventures you can undertake in this unimaginable paradise rarely visited by tourists.
This country of just over 600 thousand inhabitants borders Belgium, France and Germany. Its culture is influenced by Roman and Germanic Europe, so its inhabitants speak German, French and Luxembourgish. Its main attraction is found in the historic center of its homonymous capital, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. There you will find the ‘Gran Rue’, one of the oldest streets in Europe where you can enter restaurants, taverns and old you dig.
You will also have the opportunity to try the typical pork sausage and beans (Judd mat gaarder bounen) or mashed potatoes with sauerkraut (fermented cabbage with vinegar and spices). See also: How much does it cost to stay in the most exclusive lighthouses in the world?
Moldova, known as a former Soviet Republic, is known for its cloud forests, rocky hills, and extensive vineyards. This country is renowned for having some of the largest wine cellars in the world, such as those found in the Nistreana and Codru regions. Although in its streets you can breathe the history of the Soviet Union, it is this same factor that affects tourism in the country with less than 12 thousand visitors a year.
This independent city-state on the French coast prides itself on the luxury of its streets, its monumental casinos, its bays lined with yachts, and the renowned motor racing race (Grand Prix) that takes place once a year. The architecture of the city preserves the emblematic French designs, such as the Cathedral of Monaco, built in 1875, or the Palace of the Principality, which houses the Oceanographic Museum and an impressive aquarium. The latter is recognized for being a masterpiece of world architecture, as the New York Times baptized it.
The World Tourism Organization explains that Monaco is one of the least visited places in the world for the cost of living. A night in a hotel (not luxurious), such as the Novotel Monte Carlo, costs 5 million pesos and a dinner at the restaurant La Montgolfiere Henri Geraci 168 thousand pesos.