Nestled between France and Spain, this little known European destination is the perfect escape for a refreshing holiday getaway.
Andorra is a tiny mountainous country in the Pyrenees and is located on the Iberian Peninsula, right on the border with France and Spain. For what it lacks in surface area, this miniature principality more than compensates for in bundles of charm and elegance - with plenty to see and do to boot.
Andorra may have just a handful of mountains and snaking rivers, but it definitely provides some of the best skiing opportunities in Europe. So what are you waiting for? Book that last minute holiday and experience the best Andorra has to offer right away.
Traditions and culture in Andorra
The native-born population of Andorra is of Catalan origin, so its culture has strong Catalan-derived influences. This is exemplified in the country's typical dances such as the marratxa and the contrapas, which are especially popular at Andorra's Roman Catholic feasts.
Among famous feasts are the one honouring Sant Jordi, when books and roses are given as presents and the People's feast, which celebrates Saint John and the summer solstice.
Other popular feasts include that of Saint Stephen, the patron saint of Andorra la Vella. Andorrans really take to their feasts with vigour and tend to celebrate these occasions joyously and loudly.
Catalans are known for their passion and love of music. It should not come as much of a surprise therefore that Andorrans also embrace music in all its forms.
Andorra has a Chamber Orchestra directed by the violinist Gerard Claret and it also stages a popular international singing contest supported by the Spanish singer Montserrat Caballe.
Recommended in Andorra
Skiing is a popular pursuit in Andorra. One of its best ski resorts is Vallnord, which covers the Arcalis and Arinsal-Pal ski area.
Arcalis is quite far from Arinsal-Pal but the two have been joined in recent years by a cable car. The Arisnal-Pal ski area is directly accessible from La Massana right from the middle of the town.
A trip to the Museu Nacional de l'Autombil also comes highly recommended. It showcases 80 vintage cars and numerous antique motorcycles, which will please motor enthusiasts. Also on display are over 100 bicycles models from past and present.
Weather in Andorra
Summer is the best time to visit Andorra. Nights can be chilly but days are warm and pleasant, with the average temperature in July averaging around 26 degrees C (79 degrees Fahrenheit).
Winters are generally dry and cold, though sunny. Average temperatures hover between minus one degrees C (30 degrees Fahrenheit) and six degrees C (43 degrees Fahrenheit).
Destination checklist for Andorra
Andorra's capital city is Andorra la Vella and the country has an overall population of just under 72,000.
The official language is Catalan, but French, Castilian and Portuguese are also spoken.
The official currency is the euro and the country dialling code is +376. Andorra is just one hour ahead of GMT.
There are a number of cheap hotels with offer good value for money. For example, a room in the value hotel Oriol will set you back just 39 euros.