Andorra is a small country with an area of 181 square miles and a population of approximately 85,000 people located on the boarder of France and Spain. In addition to being a tax haven and a shoppers’ paradise, it has a lot to offers in the way of nature and adventure experiences. The official name is The Principality of Andorra. Despite having the Euro as its national currency, Andorra is not actually part of the European Union.
Angola la Vella
Perched high in the eastern Pyrenees, Andorra la Vella – the capital of Andorra – is this small nation’s busiest tourist attraction. At an altitude of 1,029 meters, it’s one of the world’s highest capital cities. It’s also one of the smallest, too, with a population of less than 23,000 people. Presiding over the Gran Valira river under the east side of the 2,317-meter Pic d’Enclar mountain, the city’s main street is lined with shops selling everything from souvenirs to local arts and crafts, along with galleries, cafés, restaurants, and many excellent hotels.
The dinky village of Anyós sits in the La Massana parish and provides an enjoyable afternoon of sightseeing about one kilometre outside of La Massana proper. If you happen to visit Anyós in July you may witness the village’s annual carnival which features the blessing of a carriage in the village square. Also worth a visit is the Church of Saint Christopher that dates from medieval times in homage to the patron saint of the village. Popular pastimes in the surrounding areas of Anyós include bird watching and fishing, and this is the perfect place to go for a stroll and take in the local Alpine flora and fauna.
Soldeu Ski Resort
One of Andorra’s best and most upmarket ski resorts is Soldeu, set on a steep slope and overlooking a wide valley. The resort features 200 km (124.27 mi) of pisted slopes, consisting of a good number of blue and green slopes for beginners, as well as more challenging red and black runs for advanced skiers, and even snow gardens for the kids. The resort is also home to the Sport Wellness Spa for relaxing the muscles after a day on the slopes.
One of the most popular winter sports destinations in the Pyrenees, Vallnord draws skiers and snowboarders from across Europe to its many fine slopes. Located in the northern part of Andorra and boasting a peak altitude of 2,625 meters, Vallnord is really three unique ski resorts in one -Arcalis, Pal, and Arinsal – providing a vast amount of terrain to explore. Skiers and boarders of all levels are well catered to, with more experienced downhillers usually heading for the north-facing alpine slopes of Arcalis with its long lasting snows, while beginners and seasoned enthusiasts alike are well catered to at Arinsal and Pal.