Andorra Travel Guide

Andorra Travel Guide

Peace and calm are not only because of the stunning mountains, but mostly because of people. I never spot such calm and considerate people anywhere. Andorra travel guide help you find a way to heaven of  shopping, skiing and after that have a rest in thermal waters.

Andorra Travel Guide

 Capital: Andorra la Vella

Language: Catalan (French, Spanish)  /  Population: 86.000   /  Currency: Euro

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Climate: Andorra has an alpine climate and continental climate. Its higher elevation means there is, on average, more snow in winter, lower humidity, and it is slightly cooler in summer. There are, on average, 300 days per year of sunshine.

Cuisine: Andorra does not have a specific kitchen. Catalan cuisine dominates, but there are also elements of French and Spanish cuisine is. The kitchen is based on fresh vegetables, meat (lamb, pork, veal), seafood from the Mediterranean, cheese, mushrooms. Popular dishes include omelet with ham and honey (Truites de casseroles) and Ham baked with honey (Rostes amb mel) or rack of lamb fried with garlic or soup with meat and vegetables (Trinxat). If you have not you tried the sauce all-i-oli (strong, garlic sauce) that you have the opportunity to try it in Andorra. For dessert, try the cakes soaked in alcohol (Coca masegada) often served  with mulled red wine, apples, cinnamon, raisins, lecithin peel and brandy.

Foreign Relations: In 1993 became a member of the United Nations,  and the Council of Europe, European Union member since 1990.

Places to Visit in Andorra

1. The Capital City Andorra la Vella Located in the Riu Gran Valira Valley, Andorra la Vella  is both the capital and sole town of this tiny principality. A small historic quarter remains but the place’s main preoccupation is retailing electronic and luxury goods.

2. Winter Wonderland Vallnord, One of the most popular winter sports destinations in the Pyrenees, Vallnord draws skiers and snowboarders from across Europe to its many fine slopes. In the northern part of Andorra, Vallnord is really three unique ski resorts in one – Arcalis, Pal, and Arinsal.  Another popular ski area is Grandvalira between Andorra la Vella and Les Escaldes.

3.  Termolúdic Caldea Caldea Andorra is the largest hot spring in the mountains of Europe. Andorra travel guide suggest to stay in this amazing spa with 6,000 m2 of indoor and outdoor lagoons, saunas, jacuzzis, grapefruit baths, Aztec and Roman baths, cascades, bubble beds, warm marble, massage, beauty treatments and more.

4. Sant Joan de Caselles Church A little way north of the little village of Canillo is the chapel of Sant Joan de Caselles. Considered one of the country’s finest Romanesque chapels, this splendid old stone building dates from the 11th century and contains many interesting features, most notably its fine interior decorated with excellent frescoes, as well as a retablo, St. John and the Apocalypse, dating from 1525.

5. The Town of Les Escaldes Travel Andorra la Vella and north of the valley is located his town. It is an important thermal center. The name Les Escaldes comes from the existence of sulphurous springs which well up from deep in the earth and reach a temperature of 61º C and hense are used as source of heating by no few houses in the town. Les Escaldes is set in the midst of beautiful countryside. With its modern buildings and cosmopolitan air, it stretches along both sides of a crossroad, one of whose routes links it to Andorra la Vella.

6. La Cortinada and Sant Martí Church  The village of La Cortinada is one of the most attractive smaller communities in Andorra. Surrounded by meadows and rugged mountains, Village itself is home to the lovely 12th-century Sant Martí de la Cortinada church, notable for its Romanesque frescoes and a beautiful old dovecot.

7. Ordino and Casa Plairal d’Areny de Plandolit  Ordino is located at the base of the 2,740-meter-tall Casamanya mountain. In addition to its quiet streets, quaint shops, and old church, the town is home to Casa Plairal d’Areny de Plandolit, built in 1633 and later rebuilt in the mid-19th century by Baron de Senaller, famous for instigating reforms in 1866 that gave heads of households voting rights. Now open to the public, this splendid old house boasts a magnificent wrought-iron balcony along with a reproduction of the country’s original Cupboard of the Seven Keys.

Activities

Andorra Travel

Hiking:  in the mountains amongst tumbling rivers, far-reaching lakes and pretty countryside. Easier strolls include the Camí Ral d’Ordino in the La Cortinada parish, and Camí de les Pardines in Encamp.

Skiing: Go skiing  at one of Andorra’s many resorts; the main centre is Soldeu. Other ski centres can be found at Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig, on the French frontier, and at Ordino-Arcalis and Arinsal-Pal, all north of Andorra la Vella. Try cross-country inLa Rabassa.

Shopping: Andorra travel shopping opportunities offer prices that are as much as 30 per cent cheaper because there is no tax, than mostly western european countries, so travel Andorra.

Expense Report

Expense report for Andorra travel guide  are based on my individual experience, big Mac index and online research.

(2015)

Big Mac € 3,6
Bread  from 1.5
Budget Lunch for 1 (with drink) € from  12
Budget Dinner for 1 (with drink)  from 18
Beer (0,5)  from 1,0
Wine (0,75) €from 4,0
The National Automobile Museum ticket  5
Bus Ticket        ***
Hotel (**** double room)  from 55
Budget Hotel (double room)  from 40
Hostel  from 20

Emergency Numbers

The European emergency number 112 is not the only one in Andorra. You can use as well Police 110,  Medical 116,  Fire 118, Sea or Mountain Rescue, Road Accidents, Gaz Leaks, Poisoning, and Child Abuse or Family Violence: 112.

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