I recently returned from a yearlong trip in Europe and while abroad was able to match in a few days in Andorra- a small nation with large touristic appeal for anyone who enjoys wrought natural landscapes, the thrill of skiing and also the peace of mind of the wholesome, quiet lifestyle. Perched inside the enormous Pyrenees mountain range, Andorra surprises and pleasures.
Here are 5 facts about Andorra and some of the Pictures I captured:
It Is Size
Even though the Euro is the official currency of the country andorra is not part of the European Union. In fact its official name will be Principat d’Andorra and also the Principality of Andorra.
The Prime Minister formally heads the nation in a parliamentary representative system where a General Council is responsible for legislation. The President of France and the Bishop of Urgell (Spain) serve as co-princes into the country. Security is also extended into by the role of Andorra nations.
The Great Outdoors
Andorra does not have its own army so Spain and France shield it with their own militaries. The official language of Andorra is Catalan- .
Andorra is a small state with an area of approximately 181 square miles and a population of about 66,000 people. The nation is sectioned into parishes, where there are 7: Sant Julia de Loria, Ordina along with Andorra La Vella, Canillo, Encamp La Massana. Andorra La Vella is the capital city in Europe at an elevation of 3,350 feet!
Because of its geographical location (wedged between Spain and France) Andorra has embraced cooking customs from these two states but has still managed to develop and preserve some of its very own, special recipes. Pork, cured meats like the lloganiza sausage, canelones (baked stuffed crepes,) lamb and foi gras are food things common across the majority of Andorra’s eateries.
French favorites like Spanish specialties and quiche lorraine like crema Catalana are also widely available.
Because Andorra’s climate is cold and moist, it’s not a significant wine producer. Customarily, reds and French varieties from La Rioja, Spain are served.
A must-do for any traveller led to Andorra is to eat at one of the bordas in La Massana. Bordas are restaurants that serve standard cuisine plus they are not shy about how much beef is on the menu. I had a feast fit for a king. The restaurant specializes in mountain meals; rotisserie rabbit, chicken, beef, and pork.
Huge numbers of people flock to Andorra to ski from late October. Andorra boasts lots of lodges, tourist flats and ski resorts to accommodate beginners and ski pros alike. There’s a wide selection of slopes, which makes it a particularly family ski destination. Andorra’s economy depends on its tourism industry, which will be quality and hospitality . World-class boutique hotels and spas help to soothe achy legs after a long day. Horseback riding is another popular activity throughout the warmer months.
Cattle and horse farms are typical throughout Andorra.
The Art Hotel in Andorra La Vella is one place where luxury and client service is the norm.
CALDEA is a thermal spa complex situated in Escaldes that offers every form of pampering treatment under the sun. It features multiple baths at hydro pub, a sauna, steam room, along with different temperatures. The complex is set in a modern building only a brief walk from the middle of Andorra La Vella.
Medieval towns like Pal scatter the landscape along the primary road.
Andorra’s freedom from the E.U. allows it to be a tax haven. There’s no income tax in Andorra and to the luxury things for sale in Andorra’s exclusive boutiques and outlet stores, tourists are attracted such as moths to a flame. There’s designer tag merchant on every block and a sports equipment store.
So there you’ve got 5 fun facts about Andorra. What’s lacks in size it constitutes multi-colored views of snow capped mountains and scenes of rolling rivers. So the next time you are considering visiting Colorado, Lake Tahoe or the Alps, you might want to appear into an Andorran ski vacation. It’s one that will surprise you…
Are you to Andorra or planning to see? Let us know in a comment or question below!