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Welcome to Andorra

Andorra

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Is there more to Andorra than just snow and skiing? Well your answer to that is yes! Andorra has so much more to offer.

For all of you that are not that fond of the skiing side of the holiday then why not visit the town of Ordino. This picturesque rustic town lays at the bottom of the Casamanya Mountain. One of the main places to visit in Ordino is the Casa Plaial d'Areny de Plandolit, which is the former home of Baron de Senaller and originally dates from the 17th century. Moving through the home you will find many more interesting features, such as a historic blacksmith´s studio, a private chapel and much more.

Canillo is another beautiful place to visit, and is known as Andorra´s roots. Built in the 19th century of the Romanesque style you will find the Sant Joan de Caselles Chapel. Constructed form stone, it includes a range of preserved frecoes and sculptures including one of Jesus Christ, which is made from stucco. when visiting the chapel you will also be able to take a walk in the countryside and take in the spectacular scenery from the restaurants that are in the area.

After a full energizing day on the slopes, what could be better than relaxing in the Spa! Book with JiveHippo.travel and visit Andorra la Vella and find the Centre Termolúdic Caldea, this is a towering pyramid shaped building made from glass and is the largest  spa complex in the whole of Europe. Its stretches over 6000 square meters and has both indoor and outdoor lagoon areas for guests to swim and float in, as well as a sauna, hot tubs, and a range of unique in-house treatments. The water in the spa is packed with minerals and originate form a thermal source beneath the city.

 

Climate

Being a mountainous country, Andorra has a typical climate of cold winters and mild summers. 

Andorra is normally very dry and has a large number of sunny days. In Autumn Andorra will experience the most rain and in the winter is when it is perfect to go skiing.

Summer temperatures can be very pleasant even though they do not rise over the 30ºC mark. In the winter the temperatures can be anywhere between 2ºC and 15ºC.

Duty Free

As Andorra is not in the European Union, they can afford to be more generous with their duty-free allowance

Basics of 1.5litres of spirits over 22% or 3 litres of spirits under 22% and 5 litres of wine. They also allow, 300 cigarettes, 75g of perfume plus other products that you may decide to take back home.

you are allowed up to a value of 525 € and up to 270€ for anyone under the age of 15.

Getting Around

Most of the tourists in Andorra get around by bus. there are two regular lines that travel along the busier roads as well as the urban centres.

The Express bus is the fastest and most frequent. This line connects mainly with the urban centres, however it does cross the country on side roads to avoid the town and village centres. The stops for this particular bus are located on the outskirts of the towns and the villages.

The Interurban line connects to all of the towns crossing many different lines on the urban centres. You will find the stops for this particular bus in all the main streets and avenues of the urban centres.

Health

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will not provide you with health cover in Andorra. you will need to make sure that you have comprehensive travel and medical insurance that is valid to be able to travel in non-EU countries.

Language

Even though Andorra is located in the high mountains of the Pyrenees, which are between France and Spain, the main language spoken here is Catalan.

Andorra is the only country, where Catalan is the only official language. Catalan is not a dialect of Spanish, it is in fact a completely different language, where other than Andorra there are only a few other countries that speak it.

Money

Although Andorra is not a member of the European Union, they do have a good relationship, which allows Andorra to have their official currency the Euro.

You will be able to find many Andorran banks and bureaux de change that will exchange any foreign currency.

Safety

As street crime is very rare in Andorra, you should always take care of your personal belongings and is wise to keep a photocopy of your passport with you instead of your original.

The main place where your safety is concerned in Andorra is on the slopes. If you are planning a skiing holiday in Andorra, then always follow the safety instructions carefully to be protected by such things such as avalanches. The guides on the ski slopes will be there to assist you with any questions or doubts that you may have and if an accident occurs whilst you are pout mountaineering, canyoning, climbing, etc there are Emergency service numbers that you will be able to contact.

Time

Andorra are under the Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

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