If you like your countries monarchic, your cities few and your mountains snowy, Andorra is the place for you.
Squished into the eastern Pyrenees between France and Spain, this tiny little country is best known for its skiing, smuggling and lax tax laws. Even if you’re not much of a skier though (or smuggler for that matter), there’s still plenty to like about this Lilliputian land. The shopping is top-notch (and duty-free), the cuisine – drawing on the best of French and Spanish gastronomy – is predictably delish, and the scenery stunning. Plus, if for some crazy reason you decide you don’t like Andorra, it’s not like you’ll need to go far to escape it – at only 468 square kilometres in size, a foreign border is never too far away.
What people say
This is an excellent trip for the active adventurer. The accommodations, hosts, guides, and the food were all superb! I recommend going canyoning on your free day.
Review submitted 23 Sep 2016
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Andorra travel FAQs
Andorrans love a good tip. A service charge will often be added to your food bill at a restaurant, on top of which a 10% tip will likely be expected. Taxi drivers are also accustomed to receiving a 10% tip.
Internet cafes exist in Andorra, though wireless networks may be hard to come by in the rural areas.
Yes, roaming agreements exist with most international mobile companies and coverage is good.
Great. Western-style. You’ll love them.
Basic pub meal for two – 35 Euro
Pint of beer in a pub – 2.50 Euro
Nice restaurant meal with wine and dessert – 67 Euro
Tap water in Andorra is safe to drink, though the differing mineral content has been known to cause the occasional upset tummy.
Yes, American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Diners club are all widely accepted.
There are no shortage of ATMs in Andorra’s towns.
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Andorra
1. Be considerate of Andorra’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Andorra’s tap water is considered safe to drink. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water and instead fill and refill a reusable water bottle or canteen.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Learn some local language – Catalan and Spanish – and don't be afraid to use it; simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive and supports the local community.
6. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
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In Andorra, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
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The World Health Organisation
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