Meritxell 58, Andorra la Vella, AD500, Andorra
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city view, Andorra la Vella, Andorra 2009
Near perpendicular mountains surround the city
We are visiting Andorra - Spain in Feb & are interested in winter sport activities like skiing, dog sledding etc & want to know if this possible in Andorra also how maany nights would you recommend for a stay 2 / 3 nights.
Further we are Vegetarians from India - would we get veg food in andorra i.e. without eggs, fish & meat.
We will be coming from Nice - France, what is the best way to reach Andorra from Nice - is there a suitable train?
Which are the recommended hotels for honeymooners?
Re: visiting andorra
Due to the mountainous nature of Andorra, there is only one road entering Andorra from France, and only one road entering Andorra from Spain. There are no train lines or stations in Andorra.
To go from Nice to Andorra by train you have to go to Toulouse - Ax les Thermes or l'Hospitalet and then connection by bus to Andorra or to Perpignan-la Tour de Carol and then connection by bus to Andorra.
SNCF, operates a bus service (TER Midi-Pyrénées line 22 Toulouse/Foix/Latour-de-Carol) connecting the train station of L'Hospitalet to the first town after the Andorran border, Pas de la Casa, from where it's possible to take frequent buses to Andorra-la-Vella.
Alternatively, Hispano-Andorrana bus company runs services from the L'Hospitalet train station directly to Andorra-la-Vella.
From France there is a coach service, Novatel from Toulouse downtown at the bus station.
In recent years the resorts have all joined together. As a result there are now just two areas known as Vallnord and Grandvalira.
February is High season so you'll be able to do all that you want (weather permiting).
We always go for 5 or 7 nights with a half-board skying package so don't know that many restaurants.
At Andorra La Vella there is the famous Caldea which is a spa/swimming pool complex it's very popular. You cannot miss it because it has a large glass spire structure visible from almost everywhere in Andorra La Vella.
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As I said you before I like...
As I said you before I like Andorra to go to practise my favourite sport: snowboarding!
It's true that in Catalan Pyrenees there are a lot of resorts to practise this sport, but I consider Soldeu-El Tarter as one of the bests resorts because you can go from this resort to Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig. But snowboarding is not the only sport that you can practise there... if you like nature and adventure sports don't forget to practise: climbing, rafting (in spring), hidro-speed, hiking....
Andorra is also known both for duty-free goods and some quality skiing (Soldeu being the largest resort)
The official language in Andorra is Catalan, but many Andorrans also speak Spanish and/or French.
I have been a frequent visitor to the principality of Andorra for last 25 years. Last time was in 1998. On my recent visit, I was shocked to see how all the towns and in perticular the capital Andorra La Veila had expanded and changed. Everywhere you look you could see giant cranes on building sites. The amount of new buildings to be seen was amazing considering my eight year absence.
What else shocked me was the shops. they seem to of become up market. With all the world wide famous brands on offer all over the place. The prices where not that cheaper than say France. They say its tax free?
Food shopping used to be so cheap, but thats equivalent to French supermarkets. The only cheap items were cigarettes and some alcohol.
It is quite evident how much wealth there is now in Andorra. Just look at most cars, you will see plenty of top range cars being driven. Afterall it is a tax haven.
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