Andorra

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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Active in the Pyrenees

8 days from
USD $905
CAD $965
AUD $1,010
EUR €690
GBP £620
NZD $1,190
ZAR R9,145
CHF FR855

Walk, ride and raft in the outdoor paradise that is the Pyrenees. Visit Andorra, bike through the Iron Route,...

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Summer Pyrenees Family Holiday

8 days from
USD $1,055
CAD $1,100
AUD $1,070
EUR €735
GBP £625
NZD $1,195
ZAR R10,695
CHF FR890

Walk, ride and raft on this European adventure into the heart of the Pyrenees. Unleash the inner daredevil and try...

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Winter Pyrenees Family Holiday

8 days from
USD $1,555
CAD $1,605
AUD $1,575
EUR €1,065
GBP £910
NZD $1,755
ZAR R15,780
CHF FR1,285

Have a blast in the snowy paradise of the Pyrenees. Learn to build an igloo, conquer mountains with husky power and...

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About Andorra

At a glance

Capital city: Andorra la Vella (population 22,000)
Population: 75,000
Language: Catalan
Currency: EUR
Time zone:
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)
Dialing code: +376

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.

Andorra weather chart

Geography and environment

With one road into the country, another out, and only a smattering of cities, Andorra’s landscape is all about the mountains. Gorges, valleys, gullies and rivers carve up the countryside, the majority of which is forested and plenty cloaked in snow.

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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.

5. Flag-handling

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

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.
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
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
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

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 Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

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.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Andorra Peter Cameron
A Tramp in Spain: From Andalusia to Andorra Bart Kennedy
Mr. S and the Secrets of Andorra’s Box Ross O’Carroll-Kelly