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Andorra, the country in the Pyrenees

Get to know Andorra, the country of the Pyrenees, by visiting Grandvalira. A privileged place surrounded by beautiful landscapes and a unique environment.

If Grandvalira offers hundreds of experiences throughout the year, being located in Andorra multiplies its possibilities infinitely. Andorra, the country of the Pyrenees between Spain and France, is the ideal destination for those who wish to experience nature. 

Snow in winter and fresh air in summer. Incredible landscapes, natural parks, hiking trails, mountain biking and ecotourism. It is the perfect destination for lovers of nature and outdoor sports.

A brief history of Andorra

Andorra is a small mountain paradise located between Spain and France and, even though it is small, it has a fascinating history. Its origins date back to pre-historic times, but it first began to take shape as an independent nation in the 9th century. For centuries, Andorra was a territory that was disputed by feudal lords and bishops, until the joint sovereignty of the bishop of Urgell and the count of Foix was established in 1278. This system is still in place today, making Andorra a unique type of principality.

Throughout the years, Andorra has grown economically, thanks to commerce and tourism. In 1993, a democratic constitution was drawn up, establishing a parliamentary system. Its impressive snow-covered mountains make it an internationally-renowned ski destination.

A paradise for skiing and snow

Skiing plays an important role in Andorra’s history and culture.

The sport has become an essential part of the lives of Andorrans, and there is a strong tradition of alpine and cross-country skiing. In addition, Andorra has hosted various ski competitions, such as the Alpine Ski World Cup and the Mountain Ski World Championships, which has contributed to its reputation as a winter sports destination. Skiing, in all its forms, continues to be a passion that is deeply rooted in the heart of Andorra, making a significant contribution to its identity as an alpine nation.

Grandvalira Resorts offer a wide variety of high-quality slopes and services, attracting skiers and snowboarders from all over the world during the winter season.

What to see and what to do in Andorra ?

The Principality of Andorra stands out for its beautiful landscapes and for the presence of Romanesque art. There are several Romanesque churches and sanctuaries present in Andorran territory, up to 40, but without a doubt the Sanctuary of Meritxell, dedicated to the patron saint of Andorra, stands out among them all.

Other examples of obligatory visits are the Church of Sant Joan de Caselles, the Historical Site of Sant Romà de les Bons or the Church of Santa Coloma, among others.

Andorra is also perfect for art lovers, as it has several museums, the most important are the Casa Cristo Ethnographic Museum, the National Automobile Museum, the Motorcycle Museum, the Sacred Art Museum, the Nicolai Siadristy Miniatures Museum or the Carmen Thyssen Museum.

In addition to the great cultural activity, there is also the leisure activity. Andorra is the perfect place for those who want to go shopping and enjoy a wide range of shops from all sectors.

If you are looking for well-being, relaxation and health care, you have found the best destination and you cannot miss one of the most visited places, the Caldea thermal centre.

Where to eat in Andorra

Andorran gastronomy is influenced by the environment, with flavours and products from the mountains. It is also influenced by neighbouring countries, Spain and France.

Andorran cuisine uses seasonal products and is therefore quite seasonal. Seasonal fruits, mushrooms and wild fruits, as well as seasonal fish and game, are used to prepare the dishes.

In Andorra, some of the traditional dishes are escudella, a spoon dish based on pork and seasonal fruits; "trinxat" made with winter cabbage, potatoes, bacon and garlic; Andorran-style cannelloni with a mixture of meats, mushrooms, game and seasonal fish; and "trinxat", a dish made with a mixture of meat and mushrooms. 

The great diversity of food and its high quality make Andorran gastronomy a must, and it can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

For more information, we recommend you to visitandorra.com

Tourist bus in Andorra

  • From June 1 to October 31.
  • Sundays to Fridays from  9.30 am to 2.00 pm. Saturdays from 9.30 am to 4.45 pm (lunch is included – drinks are separated).
  • Language: Catalan, Spanish, French, English.
  • All excursions include walks. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
  • Some routes and visits can be cancelled due to the weather conditions.
  • Booking: Ph. (+376) 750 100 / (+376) 805 151

 

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