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Top 5 Things to Do in the Tiny European Country Andorra

Panoramic Aerial view of the Andorra la Vella
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Panoramic Aerial view of the Andorra la Vella

Andorra, nested in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, covers the area of 468 m2, similar to the minuscule Seychelles, Barbados or Palau islands. Despite its size, this country can offer a longer stay and several leisure oases. Travel on Spot offers a list of five things you must do while in Andorra.

1. Explore the Capital

Aerial view of the Andorra la Vella
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Aerial view of the Andorra la Vella

Andorra’s capital bearing the same name is a medieval stone town nested high in the mountains. It hosts not only the parliament of this tiny nation, an exposition centre and a cosy central square, but also Europe’s biggest SPA resort. The futuristic building is equipped with hot springs, pools, Turkish baths and saunas. The centre offers various therapeutic procedures.

It is a great and unusual feeling to visit both Spain and France from Andorra in one day. You can have breakfast in a French mountain village, lunch in Andorra, and dinner in the Catalan capital city of Barcelona.

If you wish to stay in the Andorran capital, you’ll find great accommodation options, ranging from cheap guesthouses to luxurious apartments.

2. Try out Ski Tracks

Grandvalira
Photo taken by Travel On Spot.  Grandvalira

Andorra has recently invested tens of millions of Euros in the skiing infrastructure. This investment is already seeing returns. Today, it is considered to be the best place to ski in the Pyrenees, as it has perfect ski slopes, fast ski lifts and a plethora of good hotels. Professional and amateur skiers alike will enjoy the time here. Snow-covered Pyrenean summits have already become one of Andorra’s symbols.

3. Delicious Food

Although Andorra is small, it has excellent culinary traditions thanks to the French and Spanish influence. It is a part of the Pyrenean culinary culture. However, you will most likely be surprised not by the dishes, but by the traditional taverns, called bordas. These small restaurants occupy old outbuildings and stables, and create an authentic atmosphere. Food tastes even better with the view of the Pyrenees from the window.

In these taverns you’ll get a chance to try grilled meat and vegetables, combining the tastes of Catalan, French and even Italian cuisine.

4. Shop till You Drop

Andorra
Photo taken by Depositphotos.  Andorra

Andorra doesn’t tax commodities, so, understandably, many tourists come here with the sole purpose of shopping. It’s no surprise that the country has more than 2,000 shops, one for every 40 Andorrans. The best places for holiday shopping are Mertixell and Carlemany streets in the Andorran capital, and the Rocafort, Canolich and Francesc Cairat streets in the town of Saint Julia de Loria. The largest variety will be found in clothing and luxurious jewellery stores.

5. Explore Nature

Encamp town in Andorra
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Encamp town in Andorra

In summer, Andorran mountains lose their snow-covered caps, and the country becomes one of the most beautiful spots for nature enthusiasts in Western Europe. This tiny country is like a continuum of Pyrenean parks and sanctuaries. Hikers, campers and active leisure enthusiasts will definitely find things to do. However, in recent years the peace and quiet of tourists is disturbed by the construction of new ski tracks.

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