The Principality of Andorra is one of the dwarf states of Europe, its area is only 450 square kilometers. Its “expanse” stretches to the east of the Pyrenees mountain range, between the major European countries of Spain and France. Most of the territory is located at an altitude of more than 900 meters above sea level. Thanks to its advantageous location at the crossroads of many transport and tourist routes, the state and its capital Andorra la Vella, has long been a place of pilgrimage of many tourists and vacationers. Breathtaking mountain scenery, ski and SPA resorts, geothermal and mineral springs, museums and architecture of the capital, glacial lakes, as well as other numerous attractions of Andorra in summer and winter make these places especially attractive.
There are only about 70,000 people living in the principality, most of whom are newcomers with residency permits. Most of them are Spanish, a few French, and only a third of the total population are native Andorrans. There is a small diaspora of Scandinavian countries, Great Britain, etc. The official language is Catalan, but the national composition of residents makes its adjustments, and to some extent used Spanish or French, including to communicate with tourists.
There’s practically no crime, all kinds of political unions and associations are forbidden, so you can rest easy: you won’t be disturbed by the sounds of protest rallies and street riots. Four hundred and fifty national police officers are watching the situation.
Lovers of “clubbing” will be disappointed: The strict mores, nurtured in the Catholic tradition, have given up striptease, nudism, prostitution, and still condemn extramarital affairs. Even sexual minorities behave rather modestly. A foreigner who violates the local laws or simply behaves provocatively can be expelled from the Principality. And rest assured - this decision will not be affected by either the financial status or the social status of the guilty person.
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The principality does not have its own currency and army. It uses the euro, tourist sites, cafes and restaurants also accept U.S. dollars, no problem to pay and credit cards of international payment systems, and the amount of currency brought in and taken out of the state is not limited. But the security of tiny state is provided by neighboring France and Spain. As attractions of Andorra Wikipedia notes the high level of culture, health, advanced tourism infrastructure, a loyal tax and banking system. By and large, there are virtually no taxes, so the principality is attractive to both financiers and entrepreneurs.
The inhabitants, admiring the beauty of their capital city every day, carefully preserve the sights of Andorra la Vella and offer them for the visitors to see in perfect condition. Clean streets, well-groomed parks, convenient pedestrian zones, a lot of stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants - all this dispose to a quiet and productive vacation.
The most popular attractions of the state of Andorra are:
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This is just a small part of what will be of interest to tourists in Andorra la Vella, the sights of which will interest the most sophisticated travelers.
With a smartphone or professional camera, you can capture the sights of Andorra in photos, make an interesting video of walks in the mountains or with the help of special equipment immortalize your dive into one of the crystal clear lakes.
To get to Andorra by air or train is impossible, due to the lack of an airport and railroad in the infrastructure of the state. However, you can use these modes of transport, reaching France or Spain. With neighboring states the Principality is connected with comfortable roads. To move around you can choose a car, rented, or use the buses with a wide geography of routes.
It’s nice to admire the sights on the way to Andorra from Barcelona. The track is about two hundred kilometers long from Spain, mostly passing through scenic areas. In the windows of the car constantly change landscapes with the serpentine road, mountain peaks covered with snow, views of ancient churches and castles of the cities of San Julia de Loria and Santa Coloma, located in the south of the Principality. After having enjoyed the sights of Andorra, Spain, and more precisely its capital Madrid, located only 613 km away, will welcome you for a refreshing experience.
Every year the resort offers visitors a number of festivals and concerts that are prepared and held in almost every community. The programs include jazz, classical, folk and dance. Those who find themselves here on September 8 will be doubly lucky, as on this day, just a dozen kilometers from the capital, is the “Marais de Dieu de Meritsel” - grand national celebrations honoring the Virgin Mary.
The first Saturday in August opens a three-day festival at Plaza la Poble celebrating Andorra la Vella. Catholic Christmas and New Year’s Eve are widely celebrated - and colorful festivities for the little ones are also organized at this time.
After the trip, many tourists share their impressions of participation in the events, stunning photos and descriptions of the sights of Andorra, posting them on their pages in social networks.
##Summer vacations in Andorra Despite the well-developed infrastructure of ski bases that enjoy well-deserved popularity, summer holidays in the principality are no less interesting than winter ones. Lovers of entertainment during the warm season are offered:
When the snow melts, the Vallnord Ski Station is a great place for cycling enthusiasts. Mountain biking can be mastered here, under the guidance of a qualified instructor course. Beginners and experienced bikers can choose from about two dozens of picturesque routes of different difficulty levels up to 1 km. The station organizes hiking in the mountains and gorges with the possibility of a nerve-racking jump from a dizzying height, dive in the waters of Tristaina Mountain Lake, take a ride on the amphibious vehicle.
Grandvalira is another station that changes its profile after the ski season ends. Its golf courses at an altitude of two and a quarter thousand meters are the highest in Europe. Here you can go horseback riding, ride the smooth surface of the pristine lake in a canoe, or learn the go-kart track with the wind.
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Going to Andorra, you can be sure that the rest will be interesting, varied, accompanied by European-quality service.