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Overview to Andorra: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

Andorra

Nestling high up in the mighty Pyrenees, the tiny country of Andorra is often overlooked by backpackers traveling through France and Spain.

But a total of ten million people visit the tiny principality every year, largely attracted by its many adventure travel activities. In summer, there’s great walking and climbing, while in winter, its slopes offer some of the best cheap skiing and snowboarding in Europe.

Ski resorts such as Soldeu-Tarter, Pal, Arcalis and Arinsal, and El Pas de la Casa, may not have the cache of Switzerland, Austria or France, but the slopes are a lot less congested, and the prices are much more suitable for the budget traveler.

In the summer months, the snow melts away to reveal high pastures, glorious alpine lakes and some of the best scenery in this part of Europe. In addition to the hiking and climbing opportunities, there are plenty of companies that offer pony treks into the mountains.

Dotted around amongst the soaring peaks there are a number of picturesque little alpine towns and villages. Typical stone houses, huddled together against the winter cold, hide a number of fascinating Romanesque churches and, in the summer, some great local festivals too.

Right across the principality, one thing that is consistently good is the food. A marriage of the best of its two neighbors, Andorran food takes a little of the sophistication of French cuisine and the hearty simplicity of Spanish fare. The effect is simply delicious.

Although it doesn’t have the charm of some of the smaller, more remote villages, the capital of Andorra la Vella is a pleasant enough place. Among the numerous excellent cafés and bars, it’s also home to another of Andorra’s strengths: some excellent cheap shopping.