Andorra may not make the list when most people are prepping for their vacation. This is mostly because they’ve not learnt about the hidden delights of this beautiful small country. It is in fact a country with much to offer to every kind of visitors. Spending your vacation or just a day in this tiny and remote country will open your eyes not just to its ski resort and tax-free shopping but you will also discover its natural beauty which rivals any other natural scenery you may have witnessed anywhere else.
The first time, I went on my tour of Europe, this beautiful country wasn’t on my original itinerary. I planned to head to Frankfurt from my launch pad in Monaco, and then go to Albania before finally visiting Belgrade. Then I met a couple in my hotel in Monaco heading to Barcelona. Initially they tried convincing me to follow them on their adventure; I wasn’t really interested until I saw the flight ticket to Barcelona, it was cheap, so I travelled to Barcelona. It was not a bad decision after all, when touring Europe one must be flexible.
I have seen Barcelona on multiple occasions, Spain is beautiful, but I needed something new, I wanted to go somewhere, I have never explored before. And that’s when I learnt, what I have been looking for lays just 3 hours away, nestled in the Pyrenees.
Andorra; The mysterious new country everybody is talking about. This beautiful country is sandwiched between France and Spain in the Pyrenees and it’s among the smallest countries in Europe.
Andorra is located in the Pyrenees Mountains and it is an incredible place you can go for your next vacation. During the winter, you will enjoy the best of ski slopes of Andorra. Andorra is equally a great place to go for a holiday in the summer. The general atmosphere of this beautiful country is calm and relaxing giving you an incredible holiday experience.
Andorra speaks Catalan as their official language. Their currency is Euro however they do not belong to the European Union. Most signs you see in the streets are written in Spanish, French and English. You can get to Andorra from Barcelona by bus in just three hours.
Andorra is a country with rich history and culture; the locals are extremely hospitable and accommodating which will help an average holiday maker to experience their unique culture. There are lots of hills that will provide you with spectacular views of the scenic landscape. If you want to enjoy the best of what Andorra has to offer, then you need to stay in a holiday villa, a holiday chalet or self catering apartments. This is the best way to explore the mountainous terrain and enjoy the pleasurable and inspiring outdoor lifestyle.
Are you looking for tax-free shopping? — Then visit Andorra la Vella; the capital of Andorra and shop all you can without worrying about paying extras in tax, unlike other European countries. Andorra la Vella is the country’s major town and it is well known for its fantastic shopping. It is a tax haven. The capital is a unique place it has got an incredible atmosphere. It is easy to find a place to stay, if you have not prebooked, as there are all kinds of accomodations available.
Andorra is well-known for its reputable ski resorts. It’s celebrated for its skiing. You have many options when traversing the incredible snowy mountains and forests, you can decide to go for snowshoeing, snowmobiling or dog-sledding. On the other hand, you can just choose the more traditional cross-country or downhill skiing routes. The highlight of visiting ski resorts is when you try building an igloo with your family or friends. There is also a luxurious thermal bath where you can pamper yourself. The best place to go is the famous Caldea spa complex.
Looking for even more better skiing experience? The best areas known for skiing in Andorra are Soldeu and El Tarter. These 2 villages are friendly, lively and modern and provide good value for your money. Soldeu ski resort is the best for beginners and intermediates. The half pipe and the additional natural half-pipe here make the resort a very popular choice.
There are tons of things you can do when visiting Andorra. You will definitely be spoilt for choice. It is a small, self-contained and diverse country. Some holiday makers greatly underrate Andorra which will provide you with a wide range of experiences that you may not get anywhere else. Andorra is indeed a great country; it has much to offer and has more than meets the eye. Enjoy the dramatic landscape, warm hospitality, ski resorts, tax-free shopping and lots of other activities when you visit Andorra.
Are you looking for a perfect ski holiday? Why not take a look at what Andorra has to offer.