This fifth smallest country in Europe is wedged between France and Spain, and only accessible by land from both countries. It’s only natural given its mountainous landscape that’s inconvenient for a plane to land in. During the winter, it becomes a ski destination for its abundant snow and slopes. As it is not part of the European Union, it is also a tax haven for those coming from the neighbouring countries. So imagine my thrill when I spotted this little nation during a winter trip purely for my desire to see snow for the first time.
That said, it is still a tiny western European country with little attention from the travel community. It’s a shame, because I find that it still has plenty to offer for avid hikers and mountain lovers. I recommend sparing it more than a day of visit and you will find gems that tell you why the locals are proud of their country regardless.