Tourist places to Visit in Andorra, Europe

Tourist places to Visit in Andorra, Europe

Andorra is a microstate in Southwestern Europe geographically positioned between 42.5583° N latitude and 1.5553° E longitude. Located at an altitude of 1,023 meters, Andorra la Vella is the capital and largest city of Andorra as well as the highest capital city in Europe.

Andorra is one of the flourishing countries in the tourism sector in Europe receiving around 10.2 million tourists every year. Euro is the currency of Andorra.

Andorra is surrounded by France and Spain and with an area of 468 sq. km, Andorra is the 6th smallest country in Europe.

The 5 major cities of Andorra are listed here below:

  • Andorra la Vella
  • Escaldes-Engordany
  • La Massana
  • Santa Coloma
  • Sant Julia de Loria


History of Andorra:

In 988 AD, initially, Andorra was founded under a charter and presently, Andorra is called as a principality which was created in 1278. Andorra is currently under the control of the President of France and the Spanish Bishop of Urgell.


Getting Andorra:

Andorra has no airport, the closest and major airports accessible to Andorra are Toulouse–Blagnac Airport in France and Barcelona–El Prat Airport in Spain, situated around 190 km and 200 km respectively from the city of Andorra la Vella. Helicopter service is available in Andorra.

Also there is no railway station in Andorra, the railway station of L’Hospitalet-près-l’Andorre in France is the nearest railway station to Andorra, located around 3 km away from the border of Andorra.


Get around:

There are daily buses commuting between Andorra and Barcelona, catered by Alsina Graells and Autocars Nadal. Rental cars and bikes are the options for local travel.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Andorra:

Catalan is the official language of Andorra and other commonly communicated languages in the country include Portuguese, Spanish, and French. Roman Catholic forms the greater percentage of the population of Andorra (90%).

Andorra houses many reputed shopping centres all around, Pyrenees Department Store is the major one. Some prominent food corners in Andorra include:

  • Restaurant Eximi
  • L’Escenari de Pizzes
  • Bodega Poblet
  • Can Manel


What to see in Andorra?

The church of Sant Esteve:

Dating back to the 12th century, Sant Esteve’s church is situated in the old historic part of Andorra La Vella in the vicinity of the parliament building of the country. It is open from 10.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 19.00 every day.


Casa de la Vall:

Casa de la Vall is the administrative centre of the Andorran Parliament, located in Andorra La Vella, was built during the 16th century. Tourists are allowed between 09.30-13.00 and 15.00-19.00 (from Monday to Saturday). Free-guided tour is available.


Coma Pedrosa:

The highest peak in Andorra at an altitude of 2,943 meters, the Coma Pedrosa is a pyramid shaped mountain very popular among the mountain climbers. Arinsal is the closest town to Coma Pedrosa.


List of other places of interest in Andorra includes:

  • Vallnord
  • Our Lady of Meritxell
  • Lake Engolasters
  • Església de Sant Climent de Pal
  • Església de Sant Romà de les Bons
  • Pic de Médécourbe
  • Església de Sant Martí de la Cortinada
  • Church of Sant Andreu
  • Rec del Solà and Rec de l’Obac
  • Bridge of la Margineda


When to visit Andorra?

Between April and October is the ideal time to visit Andorra, especially for outdoor activities.


Where to stay in Andorra?

Andorra is renowned for its tourist destinations as well as world class hotels and resorts. Andorra is home to around 200 accommodation centres categorizing hotels, resorts, service apartments, inns, lodges and holiday rentals. List of the major hotels in Andorra (Andorra la Vella) is as follows:

  • Hesperia Andorra La Vella
  • Andorra Park Hotel
  • Hotel Acta Arthotel
  • Diplomatic Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Andorra
  • Hotel Andorra Palace
  • President Hotel
  • Hotel De L’Isard
  • Salvia d’Or Hotel
  • Font del Marge Hotel
  • Magic Andorra Hotel
  • Hotel Acta Florida Andorra
  • Hotel Jaume I
  • Zenit Diplomatic Hotel
  • Hotel Sant Jordi

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