Thinking about traveling to Andorra? Tucked between Spain and France, Andorra is a small country that prides itself on a magnificent mountain scenery. The country attracts a significantly larger number of tourists annually than its actual population of 77,000 people. Despite its tiny size, Andorra offers a plethora of wonderful places and recreation activities, being a popular destination both in summer and winter. The tiny nation doesn’t have an airport, so the only way to get to it is by car. Fortunately, it is just a 3-hour drive from two major cities, Barcelona and Toulouse. Here are some things to see and do when you arrive in this picturesque country.
The capital, Andorra La Vella, is the largest city of this microscopic nation and one of the smallest capital cities in the world with a population of 23,000 people. Nevertheless, the city leads a buzzing lifestyle and is full of tourist attractions. The city main street is brimming with luxury shops, fashion boutiques, hotels, cafés, restaurants, as well as shops selling crafts and local arts. Other must-see places include Plaça del Poble, the 12th-century church, La Casa de la Vall and Caldea tower.
Another town that is worth exploring is Les Escaldes. It is famous for its thermal springs whose temperature ranges from 22 to 66 and are praised for their medicinal qualities. Make sure to pass by the old Pont dels Escals bridge with its idyllic views while roaming the city streets. Viladamont Museum showcases the artworks of the Spanish sculptor Josep Viladamont, as well as other captivating artefacts.
The ski resorts in the Pyrenees are the favorite winter destination. Vallnord is particularly popular with families as it offers world-class ski schools and a wide variety of activities including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ski biking, snowmobiling, and paintball.
Andorra has also much to offer to summer travelers. There are many hiking routes snaking between mountains and hills that you can enjoy with your loved ones or alone. You can choose between all levels of difficulty, from easy paths in the softly rolling hills to expert-level rocky trails with intense climbing up the Pyrenees. Adrenaline seekers may also try the Tibetan Bridge over the Val del Riu. The structure stands at 1,875 meters above the sea level and has a length of 603 meters. It is 1-metre wide which means people can walk in both directions, admiring the breath-taking scenery.
Tristana Solar Viewpoint
For more stunning Andorra views, visit the Tristana Solar Viewpoint. It’s a circular suspension platform located on a mountain peak facing other Pyrenees’ peaks and the scenic lakes of Ordino Valley. Aside from being an observation deck, the structure serves as a sundial with a 27-metre central mast that shows the time.
Andorra is a haven of wellness spa with numerous spa centers spread all over the country. Many of them are located at the feet of ski resorts, helping to relieve your muscle pain and relax your body. The largest spa complex is located in the capital, featuring 6000 square meters of watery treatment areas, including saunas, jacuzzies, cascades and Indo-Roman baths.