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.
Hike one of Andorra’s most beautiful trails past 13 perfectly blue glacier lakes
Discover the many different seasonal sides to this popular ski resort
Cycle through mountain scenery and Andorra’s industrial history along the Iron Route
Breathe in the fresh mountain air on a hike through Andorra’s pristine alpine region. Keep an eye out for the reserve’s native flora and fauna, including the griffon vulture
More than just a pretty picnic spot, Engolasters Lake is also home to great cycling paths, rope swings and even a zip-lining course.
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.
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.