Andorra la Vella Travel Guide
Paris bridge - Puente de París
Paris bridge - Puente de París
street, Andorra la Vella, Andorra 2009
Things to Do
Scenery; mountains, rivers, hotels, cabins, tax-free.
Insular mountain community
casa de la vall
The Casa de la Vall is where the old Parliament of Andorra had its seat. it is located in the old pedestrian area of Andorra, at the end of a lanedeparting from Plaza Princep Benlloch.Its a simple square building, but what gives it its charm is that it is entirely built in...
sant esteve church
Sant Esteve Church is a lovely romanicchurch that you will come across as you'll be looking for the old Parliament of Andorra la Vella. It is located in a square, from which little pedestrian lanes start off. It dates back to the 12th century (and obviously later restored)...
museo del perfum
This little museum, located inside a shopping centre, is interesting to visit only if you are a fan of perfumes. I found it, generally speaking, very little interesting. There's a cover charge, and it is worth paying it only because once inside you are allowed tocreate your...
Caldea is a huge wellness/spa located in Andorra La vella, more precisely in the town of Escaldes Engordany, which is the modern part of the city. With its stunning architecture and wide spa places, its one of the biggest you can find in central europe. There are thermal...
Salvia d' Or Hotel
1 Review and 9 Opinions Salvia hotel is very good located. Even the hotel is a 3 star the looby seems a 4 or 5 star....
fine dining in andorra: casa canut
Before being a restaurant, Casa Canut is a gastrononic hotel. Five stars, so we didn't sleep there. However we went for dinner. The dining rooms are elegant and look like turn of the century becauseof its old decor.
Great attentive staff and menu... 50-70 euros for a set...
Don Denis: a marisqueria high up in the mountains
We went to Don Denis to have a cup of cava while waiting for a good time to go for dinner. It is a marisqueria but on the right side as you enter there are some tables that are not reserved for meals only so people going there for an aperitif are not looked down on.
La tagliatella: italian food in extra large portions
A very popular Italian restaurant in Escaldes - Engordany, which is the modern counterpart of Andorra la Vella - basically up the road where the designer shops are.. Large portions of homemade pasta: it's a mix and match restaurant. You pick your favourite type of pasta or...
andorra by bus
This wonderful company operates shuttles to Andorra from Toulouse Airport, Barcelona and Girona Airport. Great service and it leaves you right by your hotel in Andorra a Vella and comes to pick you up there, too. Defniely worth the price. Bookings are necessary and - in...
NOVATEL AUTOCARS - Avoid this bus service
Novatel Autocars is a company to avoid when traveling to Andorra from Barcelona International Airport. We booked four tickets through them, and then waited at the marked (and only) bus stop outside Terminal B. When we realized our bus was not coming, we called the company,...
Tourist office: Out of stamps?
In Spain, the estancos (tobacconists) sell stamps. We tried that in Andorra and failed miserably, but were directed to the tourist information office on the Plaça de la Rotonda, which sells both stamps and postcards.
Llibre idees: Need a book?
If you've run out of reading material, this is a good place to try. Not only do they have Spanish/Catalan books on the ground floor, upstairs they have a small selection of French and English language fiction as well.
In red uniforms
Pretty and smiling policewomen of Andorra la Vella show off on the middle of some main intersections. They wear bright red jackets and caps, white shirts with a tie and black skirts above knee. I had to stop and amaze their very useful job for both drivers and...
A big surprise for us was this lizard what enjoyed evening sun in the handrail of observation area. The lizard looked friendly and didn’t react to us. Later I mentioned a small snake, but the contact was very nodding and short (I don’t like snakes).
Nothing to declare?
Be careful travelling out of Andorra, particularly into France, if you've bought lots of cigarettes. The French customs officers / police didn't seem to care about anything else, but if you had ciggies on you, or looked like you might, it was time for the detailed bag...
Traffic, parking and air pollution
In Andorra la Vella it took me some longer time to park my car on a street and I was looking exclusively for free of charge parking space. I had to drive up and down steep and narrow streets to park a car on backstreet. The traffic became heavy in late afternoon but thanks...
Wonderful town among the mountains
Of course the main trap is shopping ;)The shops are everywhere.By walking on the streets, we saw the modern-church far ahead. When we go to visit it, became clear, it is not the church ... it was Caldea, the SPA ;)There is lot of modern art-sculptures on the streets.
Sunglasses, sunblock, photo filters!
Dress accordingly to weather. Check 10-day weather forecast for Andorra la Vella and keep in mind that in the mountains weather can change very fast.Always take sunglasses. The sun in high mountains is always very sharp!
Do not forget sunblock and do use it on time! Once...
Hang on the rocks
When I walked a little bit futher west of the old town, I saw houses hang on high rock cliffs with balconies overlooking the valley down. They were built in typical for Pyrenees style: made of natural stones and rocks, covered by gable roofs and had wooden balconies.In...
Andorra La vella
We chose to visit Andorra la Vellapa center, which is oen of the largest in EUrope. We expected very little from Andorra, but we were pleasantly surprised. It is true, however, that the town - for my taste at least - is too full of fashion stores andl iqueur stores.
What I would do again in Andorra La Vella
Walking on the streets and at the river.Enjoying the views and magnificent landscapes.Checking out the art-sculptures, buildings and structuresVisiting some shops.
Nature, mountains, mountain-river
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