Andorra Travel Information and Travel Guide. People may tell you Andorra’s nothing but skiing and shopping.
They might add that Andorra la Vella, its capital and only town, is a fuming traffic jam bordered by palaces of consumerism. (Fact: Andorra has over 2000 shops – more than one for every 40 inhabitants). They’re right to a point, but also way off course. Shake yourself from Andorra la Vella’s tawdry embrace, take one of only three secondary roads in the state and discover some of the most dramatic scenery in all of the Pyrenees. This minicountry wedged between France and Spain offers by far the best skiing in the Pyrenees, like in Canillo & Soldeu or Arinsal & Pal. A warning though: this may not be the case a few years from now. Read more. Andorra travel guide. Andorra  is a small (pop. 73,100, size 464 km2), mountainous country in the Pyrenees mountains in Europe, and is on the Iberian Peninsula, on the border between France and Spain, in Western Europe.
Cities Andorra la Vella - Capital of Andorra Santa Coloma -South of Andorra La Vella towards the border with Spain Sant Julia de Loria -South of Santa Coloma towards the border with Spain Escaldes-Engordany -This is really an eastern suburb parish of Andorra La VellaEncamp - Parish to the NE of Andorra La Vella between Engordany and Canillo on the road to FranceLa Massana -- small town and parish about 5 miles north of Andorra La Vella. You can access Arinsal - Pal ski area from it directly Ordino - Northernmost and least populated parish but almost the largest Canillo - Northeasternmost parish on the main road and border to FranceArinsal - Small village in the north west Other destinations Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley Understand Economy Electricity Get in Andorra. Andorra ( i/ænˈdɔrə/; Catalan pronunciation: [ənˈdorə], locally: [anˈdɔra]), officially the Principality of Andorra (Catalan: Principat d'Andorra), also called the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra (Catalan: Principat de les Valls d'Andorra), is a landlocked microstate in Southwestern Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France.
It is the sixth smallest nation in Europe, having an area of 468 km2 (181 sq mi) and an estimated population of 85,000 in 2012. Its capital, Andorra la Vella, is the highest capital city in Europe, at an elevation of 1,023 metres (3,356 ft) above sea level. The official language is Catalan, although Spanish, Portuguese, and French are also commonly spoken. Created under a charter in A.D. 988, the present Principality was formed in A.D. 1278. History Sant Joan de Caselles church, dating from the 11th century. In the 11th century, a dispute arose between the Bishop of Urgell and the Count of Foix. The World Factbook. Andorra country profile. Almost hidden on the border between France and Spain, the tiny principality of Andorra is a land of narrow valleys and mountainous landscapes.
The mainstay of the economy is tourism. An estimated 10 million people visit each year, drawn by the winter sports, summer climate and duty-free goods. Overview For more than 700 years Andorra has been ruled jointly by the leader of France and the Spanish Bishop of Urgel. The first Andorran Constitution was passed in 1993, establishing a parliamentary co-principality. The co-princes remain Andorra's heads of state but the roles are largely honorary.
The country's banking sector enjoys partial tax-haven status. Andorra is not a member of the EU, but enjoys a special relationship with it and uses the euro. Facts Leaders Co-heads of state: Joan Enric Vives i Sicilia, Bishop of Urgel, Spain, and Nicolas Sarkozy of France Head of government: Antoni Marti Mr Marti campaigned on a platform of opposing the introduction of an income tax proposed by Mr Cassany. Media. Touristic Website of Andorra.