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.
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At a glance
|Capital city:||Andorra la Vella (population 22,000)|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)|
Best time to visit Andorra
The best time to visit Andorra really depends on what you’re after. If it’s a temperate alpine escape, summer (June–August) is your man – though evenings can still get cold. If it’s the country’s world-famous skiing you’re seeking, then it’s winter (December–February) you’ll be wanting. Daytime temperatures from mid-November to May tend to hover around 6-degrees Celcius and the snow falls in abundance.
Geography and environment
Top 5 facts about the Andorran army
1. Long-standing gripe
While it may not have actually seen any fighting, Andorra qualifies as the longest combatant in the First World War. Courtesy of being forgotten from the Versailles Peace Conference, it was technically at war with Germany from 1914 to 1958.
2. Conflict Free
Andorra has not seen actively involvement in any conflict for over 700 years.
3. Gun Laws
According to Andorran law, the head of each house is required to keep a rifle. The law also states that the police will provide said household head with a firearm ‘in case of need’.
4. Voluntary Budget
In 2003, Marc Forné Molné, the former Andorran Prime Minister, revealed that the country’s military budget relies exclusively on voluntary donations.
As stated in the country’s official bulletin, the Andorran army’s primary responsibility consists of presenting the country’s flag at official ceremonial functions.
FAQs on Andorra
Jan 6 Epiphany
Mar 14 Constitution Day
Apr 5 Easter Sunday
May 1 Labour Day
May 14 Ascension Day
May 25 Whit Monday
Jun 24 St John’s Day
Aug 15 Assumption
Sep 8 National Day
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day
Nov 4 St Charles’ Day
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve
Pint of beer in a pub – 2.50 Euro
Nice restaurant meal with wine and dessert – 67 Euro
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Andorra Travel Tips
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. 1. Be considerate of Andorra’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. 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. 3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. 4. Learn some local language – Catalan and Spanish – and don't be afraid to use it; simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. 5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive and supports the local community.
6. 6. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
|A Tramp in Spain: From Andalusia to Andorra||Bart Kennedy|
|Mr. S and the Secrets of Andorra’s Box||Ross O’Carroll-Kelly|