Andorra Luxury Travel Vacation Guide

Come visit the fairytale land of Andorra, a small country wedged between France and Spain. Here you will find some the most dramatic scenery and the most exquisite skiing in the Pyrenees. You can take long hikes in the mountains and while there is little here in the way of cultural or historic sites, Andorra offers some of the best duty free shopping in the world. It doesn't matter what time of the year you choose to visit this country because you will always find something that pertains to your interests. December through March are the best months for skiing, July and August are the times of the village festivals and the rest of the year has temperatures just right for hiking.

Attractions in Andorra

Hike through the hamlet of Llorts, see the Cathedral de Santa Maria in La Seu D'Urgell and browse the many museums of nearby Toulouse.

City of Andorra la Vella

Surrounded by mountains, the City of Andorra la Vella is a photographer's dream. The narrow cobblestone streets lined with storybook stone houses in the Barri Antic take you back to the days when this city was little more than a village in the Pyrenees. Visit the Casa de la Vall, the home of the country's Parliament, where you can see the Chest of the Seven Locks that once held all of the important documents. The Ploca la Poble is a large square in the center of the city where most of the cultural events are held.

City of Encamp

This city is the location of the National Automobile Museum, one of the few museums in the country. Here you will see hundreds of cars dating back to 1898 as well as loads of antique motorcycles and bicycles. Walk to a church dating back to the 12th century, the Esglesia Sant Roma de les Bons, where you can see replicas of Roman frescoes. This is the home of skiing resorts and there are daily buses from Andorra la Vella, so you won't have any difficulty getting here.One of the parishes of Andorra, located on the Riu Valira d'Orient, and connected by a 6.2-km-long cable car to Lake Engolasters. It is also the name of a town in the parish. Other districts are Vila, El pas de la Casa, Grau Roig , Les Bons, el Tremat, and la Mosquera.

Travel to and Within Andorra

In order to get to Andorra, you either have to take a bus from France or Spain or drive there yourself. The only way in and out of this country is by road.

There are buses from Andorra la Vella to the major towns in the country. You can also hire a taxi, but you do have to make reservations in advance. There are car rental agencies and the roads are well maintained so you won't have any problems driving yourself wherever you wish to go.

Language, Food and Drink in Andorra

Spanish and French are the two official language, but due to the high numbers of tourists that visit Andorra, there are also many English-speaking people here as well.

Every visitor to Andorra has to sample the Donut Normale, the national dish for which the recipe is closely guarded. Many of the traditional foods are from France and Spain and are often a combination of the two cuisines. You can also get cuisine from all over the world in the restaurants.

Safety and Shopping in Andorra

There are no safety concerns for tourists to Andorra. You just have to exercise the same level of caution as you would when traveling at home.

Andorra la Vella is the premier shopping center of this country. There are numerous shopping malls and specialty boutiques where you can buy the best of everything duty free. It does seem a lot like the hustle and bustle you find in Asian cities when it comes to shopping for luxury goods and electronics.

Entertainment in Andorra

There are many bars and nightclubs for you to enjoy the nightlife of Andorra. You can choose a quiet pub where you can have a drink or two and get to know the local people, or you can choose the noisy nightclubs where there is loud music and dancing.

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