Ask the nearest person where Andorra is. Go on, try it. Chances are you’ll get a puzzled look in return, and it won’t be because you’ve just accosted a complete stranger. Is it a city or a region? Is it in France or Spain? The answer is... none of the above. The Principality of Andorra is a country in its own right, albeit one composed of only just over 450 square kilometres of steeply mountainous land sandwiched between France and Spain. Despite its tiny size, holidays in picturesque Andorra boast some of the best skiing and most dramatic scenery the Pyrenees have to offer, as well as some truly magnificent opportunities for hiking and mountain biking.
Located in the east of the Catalan Pyrenees, Andorra enjoys a typical high mountain climate that also benefits from warmer Mediterranean influences. The temperatures are low in winter but pretty mild in summer, with generally fine weather keeping your Andorra holiday bright and sunny. The capital city is Andorra la Vella, a bustling urban centre full of a huge variety of restaurants, bars, hotels and shops. Shopping is serious business in Andorra: There are over 2000 stores to browse your way through. That’s one for every 40 of its inhabitants.
For a more adventurous Andorra holiday, leave the capital city behind and get out into that spectacular scenery. Andorra’s ski resorts have spent well over €50 million in order to provide visitors with state-of-the-art facilities including mountain bars and cafes, chairlifts and snow-making machines.
Travel 10km northwest of Andorra la Vella and you’ll find yourself in Arsinal. In winter this resort offers excellent skiing and snowboarding facilities as well as a vibrant après-ski scene. In summer Pal, a smaller nearby ski station, is the perfect location for mountain biking, horse riding and go-karting. Climbers and hikers aren’t neglected either, with special guides available to ensure that your Andorra holiday includes plenty of exhilarating outdoor activities.
Ideal for couples, groups or families, in fact anyone with a sense of adventure, Andorra holidays prove that this ‘mini country’ has a whole lot to offer. With skiing and snowboarding in winter and hiking and biking in summer your Andorra holiday will be packed with exciting things to do. And if all that exertion gets a bit much, relax in luxurious modern hotel accommodation or enjoy a lively evening in one of the many bars and restaurants of the bustling capital city.
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