Capital City: Andorra La Vella
Currency:The Euro is the de facto currency used in Andorra
Official Language: Catalan is the official language with Spanish and French being widely spoken. English isn’t a widely understood language, so you’d be doing yourself a favor to brush up on some Spanish and French phrases before heading over there.
Welcome to the small intriguing mountain country of Andorra!
Ranked as the 6th smallest European nation and the 16th smallest in the world, Andorra has a lot on offer, considering that its surface area is a mere 181 square miles.Don’t be fooled by its size, because on offer here is abundance of breathtaking scenery and off course some of the best skiing spots that attract the rich and famous. Located in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, the country of Andorra is a small but distinctive expression of European lifestyle at its best. As far as the main attraction of Andorra goes, it has to be skiing, and the two best spots to get active in the snow are Vallnord - for long and challenging slopes - and Grandvalira, which is a hot spot for husky sledding. The Pyrenees also boasts some of the best ski-resorts in the nation. From amazing skiing opportunities to delicate cuisine and breathtaking scenery, Andorra seems to be a lesser known jewel waiting to be discovered. Dig in and explore the well preserved houses, churches and buildings that have remained intact mainly thanks to the nation’s seclusion.
Must see places in Andorra
Andorra La Vella
In the capital city of Andorra, you’re bound to fall in love with the awe inspiring valley at the junction of two mountain streams. The only official town of Andorra boasts attractions such as the 12th century church and the Casa de la Vall, which was an ancient seat of government.
El Serrat is renowned for being one of the finest mountain villages in all of Andorra. The breathtaking views that this destination has over the Pyrenees alone is enough to make you want to stay more than just one night in the charming village.
Situated between the capital of Andorra and the French frontier, the mountain town of Encamp is usually a good base point for hikes. The pretty stone houses and the well preserved medieval church are also very popular among tourists who want to delve into the history of Andorra.
Here is where the dream of bathing atop a mountain can become a reality. The spa town of Escaldes-Engordany is home to the natural hot springs that have been in use since the Roman times. The town also has some amazing Romanesque architecture on display for the scenery slaves.
If you’re a hiker at heart, you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to see the countryside by foot. Relaxing hikes can be done in the Camí Ral d’Ordino trail in the La Cortinada parish, and there’s also Cami de less Pardines in Encamp, both sites offering the picturesque tumbling rivers, lakes and stunning countryside views. Here is also where you’ll find some of the country’s very best skiing resorts.
Rated as the largest spa center in Southern Europe, Caldea is just the place to get you relaxing mood back on track. Facilities like high-pressure indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, saunas, UVA cabins, massage packages and an abundance of facial ad body treatments make Caldea a prime location for destressing. The water bar and underwater music and light show during the evenings just add to this center’s attractiveness.
If you’re a true ski junkie, then Solden would be the first place in Andorra to consider as a starting point. But there’s more places that have amazing slopes to discover such as Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig and Ordino-Arcalis.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Madriu Valley makes up about one tenth of Andorra. On offer here are the views of stunning jagged cliffs ad impressive glaciers, traditional shepherd’s cabins and hamlets.
Best time to visit Andorra
Tourists visit Andorra from May to September
If you’re heading to Andorra for skiing, the best time to go would be between December and mid-Aril, but if you’re keen to check out all the amazing sights ad touristic attractions, the summer months are great for hiking and cycling
Did you know?
Andorra doesn’t have its own official currency
Andorra is administered by two heads of state, the president of France and the Bishop of Urgell in Catalonia
- Coques, which are flavored flat cakes
- Trinxat, which is a potato and cabbage dish
- Truites de correroles, which is a mushroom omelet
- Andorran Veal
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- Andorra is a duty free zone, so you might have to pay import taxes on anything you take back home as a souvenir
- Stick with French if you’re not getting to the point with English, most locals understand French