I recently returned from a two-month excursion in Europe and while abroad was able to match in a few days in Andorra- a small country with big touristic appeal for anybody who enjoys manicured natural landscapes, the joy of skiing and also the calmness of mind of the wholesome, quiet life. Perched inside the massive Pyrenees mountain range, Andorra delights and surprises.
Here are 5 facts about Andorra and some of the Pictures I Recorded:
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Even though the Euro is still the official currency of the country andorra is not part of the European Union. In fact its official name is Principat d’Andorra or even the Principality of Andorra.
The Prime Minister heads the country in a representative system in which there is a General Council in charge of laws. The President of France and the Bishop of Urgell (Spain) serve as co-princes to the country. The part of the neighboring nations of Andorra extends to military protection.
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Andorra does not have its own military Spain and France shield it. The official language of Andorra is Catalan- .
Andorra is a small state with a region of approximately 181 square miles and a population of about 66,000 people. The country is sectioned into parishes, of which you will find 7: Andorra La Vella, Canillo, Encamp, Escaldes-Engordany, La Massana, Ordina and Sant Julia de Loria. Andorra La Vella is the maximum capital city in Europe in an elevation of 3,350 ft!
Due to its geographical location (wedged between Spain and France) Andorra has embraced cooking customs from these two countries but has still managed to develop and maintain a number of its own, special recipes. Pork, cured meats like the lloganiza sausage, canelones (baked stuffed crepes,) crepes and foi gras are all food things common across the majority of Andorra’s eateries.
French favorites like quiche lorraine and Spanish specialties like crema Catalana are widely available.
Since Andorra’s climate is cold and wet, it is not a major wine producer. Customarily, French varieties and reds out of La Rioja are served.
A must-do for any traveller led to Andorra is to consume at one of the bordas in La Massana. Bordas are restaurants that serve Andorran cuisine plus they are not shy about just how much meat is on the menu. I had a feast fit for a king. The restaurant specializes in mountain food rabbit, poultry, beef, and poultry.
Huge numbers of people flock to Andorra annually to ski from late October through March. Andorra boasts dozens of tourist apartments, nice ski resorts and lodges to accommodate ski veterans and beginners . There is a wide array of slopes, which makes it a particularly family friendly ski destination. Andorra’s economy depends on its tourism industry, which is quality and hospitality driven. Spas and world-class boutique resorts help to soothe achy legs after a day prancing on the snow. Horseback riding is another activity throughout the warmer months.
Cattle and horse farms are typical during Andorra.
The Art Hotel in Andorra La Vella is only one area where luxury and customer support is the norm.
CALDEA is a large thermal spa complex located in Escaldes that provides every sort of pampering treatment under sunlight. It has multiple baths at different temperatures, a sauna, steam room, and hydro bar. The complex is housed in a modern building just a short walk in the middle of Andorra La Vella.
Medieval cities like Pal dot the landscape across the primary road.
Andorra’s autonomy from the E.U. makes it to be a tax haven. There is not any income tax in Andorra and to the lavish things available in the exclusive boutiques and outlet stores of Andorra, tourists are attracted just like moths to a flame. There is a sports equipment store and designer tag retailer on almost every block.
So there you’ve got 5 interesting facts about Andorra. What’s lacks in size it makes up with multi-colored views of snow capped mountains and scenes of rivers. So the next time you are considering going to even the Alps or Colorado, Lake Tahoe, you may want to check into an Andorran ski holiday. It is one that can surprise you…
Have you been to Andorra or intending to see? Tell us in a comment or question below!