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When it comes to finding a destination for people of all ages, the Principality of Andorra has it all. It is ideal for traveling with family and friends who like active tourism and with seniors who want a place to rest, while breathing fresh air and enjoying views of the best landscapes of the Pyrenees.
Andorra has more than twenty mountain passes for cycling and three protected areas of great natural wealth for hiking: the Madriu-Perafita-Claror valley, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Sorteny valley natural park, and the Valls del.
In winter, its Grandvalira and Vallnord domains have the largest skiable surface in the Pyrenees, for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, mushing... While, in summer, the facilities of these two resorts, together with the Naturlandia adventure park, offer different active tourism activities for people of all ages, such as zip-lining, tubby, karts...
Romanesque art is the most outstanding artistic style in Andorra. The Principality has more than forty catalogued Romanesque churches and monuments (civil buildings and bridges), such as San Miguel de Engolasters, Santa Coloma or San Clemente de Pal; as well as a large number of paintings and sculptures of this artistic period, scattered throughout the country.
Among its museums, the Romanesque Andorra Interpretation Center, the Carmen Thyssen Andorra Museum and the Tobacco Museum, a plant whose cultivation was fundamental for the economy of the Principality for decades, stand out among many others.
Another of Andorra's main tourist attractions is its Caldea thermal water leisure center, in an emblematic building designed by the French architect Jean-Michel Ruols, in the center of Escaldes-Engordany. Between this town and Andorra la Vella runs the main commercial artery of the Principality, The Shopping Mile, where you can find perfumeries; fashion, tobacco or electronics stores; as well as restaurants offering all kinds of cuisine and for all tastes, such as traditional Andorran, Spanish, Japanese gastronomy... Remember that VAT in Andorra is the lowest in the European Union, so shopping in the Principality has many advantages.
With an area of 468 km² and a population of 77,000 inhabitants, the official currency of Andorra is the Euro. Any time of the year is ideal to travel to the Principality. From June to September, the average temperature is 18ºC and, from November to March, its average temperature of 6ºC makes it an ideal destination for the practice of winter sports.
Andorra is not part of the European Union, but to enter the Principality, you need a passport or identity card, but you do not need a visa if you are a citizen of the European Union or of a country belonging to the Schengen Area. If you are a citizen of a country that does not belong to the EU or the Schengen Area, you need a multi-entry and multi-exit Schengen visa, a valid passport and to go through customs control at the border.
Andorra is easily accessible by car from France and Spain. The AVE train stations with stops in Lérida and Barcelona (Spain) are a three-hour drive away, while La Seu-Andorra airport is half an hour away.
The Golden Tulip Andorra Hotel Fénix 4* is located in Escaldes-Engordany, next to the main commercial artery of Andorra, the Carlemany Avenue, and perfectly located for all kinds of excursions and visits around the Principality. Book through their website and take advantage of their different offers and vacation packages.
Now that you have learned more about travelling to Andorra, be sure to check out our blog for more ideas on what to do in Andorra and more general travel tips!
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