According to legend, Charlemagne founded Andorra in 805AD as a reward for the aid that the inhabitants gave in the fight against the Saracens. Today, Andorra is a co-principality that is governed by the Bishop of Urgell and the President of the French Republic. Located in the Pyrenees Mountains, Andorra’s high mountain climate has Mediterranean influences that produce low temperatures in winter and generally mild summers. Although, altitude and orientation can produce significant variations, Andorra has large amounts of sunshine and a mostly dry climate. Home to the world’s longest toboggan ride, the Principality of Andorra may not be very large, but the opportunities for sightseeing, outdoor and cultural activities are abundant.

Pas de la Casa, AndorraThroughout the year, Andorran cultural tradition is revealed through the many festivals celebrated in the towns and villages of the principality. During these festivals, local folklore is expressed through the cuisine, folk music and traditional national dances. Andorra’s festivals and customs are influenced by the combination of the area’s geography, history and distinctive Catalan heritage. Andorra’s shrines, museums, Romanesque churches, and the old quarter of the capital, Andorra la Vella, also attract sightseers.

Andorra is a popular ski destination with several major resorts, including Soldeu/El Tarter and Pal/Arinsal. These resorts are well suited for families and less experienced skiers due to their relatively gentle slopes. Awe inspiring scenery and some of the best snowboarding and skiing in the Pyrenees lure tourists to this idyllic country.

If walking is your passion, the Pyrenean countryside awaits when the snow melts. Andorra has many hiking trails that have been tailored for both inexperienced and seasoned hikers. Discover the natural beauty of Andorra’ s flora and fauna on an eco-tour, marvel at the panoramic vistas and uncover the hidden secrets of your surroundings, such as the country’s lakes, valleys, peaks and mountain meadows. Hikers will enjoy the endless trails through remote parts of Andorra as well as the country’s three nature reserves, one of which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004. Mountain bike and horseback trails are also plentiful.

Andorra’s mountainous location provides excellent opportunities for climbing. There is a wide selection of locations with varying degrees of difficulty. Although primarily done in summer, certain locations allow for climbing in the winter when the sun hits the rock face.

Mountain streams and lakes that are filled with trout will surely please any angler. These waterways also provide excellent opportunities for swimming, diving and boating. Or you can just relax in one the thermal many spas.

Andorra has a vibrant, electric night life. There are a wide variety of accommodations, in some of the most picturesque settings, which fit any taste and budget.

Andorra is one of Europe’s smallest states but provides a world of opportunity for fun and excitement.


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