Sometimes overlooked in favour of its popular neighbours, Spain and France, Andorra is a hidden gem worth seeking out. Perched high in the Pyrenees, this small country is home to some pristine pistes that delight skiers and snowboarders. Lush green countryside unveiled during the thaw attracts nature lovers and summer sports fans. Andorra’s neighbours are just a short drive away - you can reach Barcelona in a matter of hours, but why leave when there’s so much to see here. The capital city, one of the world’s smallest, is accessible and cosmopolitan enough to please the most ardent urbanites. Away from the hustle and bustle of Andorra la Vella’s streets, Andorra’s stunning countryside is just waiting to be explored. In summer, the mountain trails reward you with staggering views, unexpected lakeside spots and rustic mountain huts to sleep in. In winter a generous blanket of snow covers the Pyrenees, turning the peaks into a sparkling playground of glistening snow and ice.
Away from the adrenaline fuelled mountain sports, there’s plenty of pampering and luxury to enjoy. Thermal springs soothe tired bones and heal worn out muscles. Hearty cuisine is served up in rustic restaurants, reviving explorers and adventurers coming off the mountains.
The fun isn’t always restricted to Andorra’s slopes and peaks. Depending on when you’re travelling you may find yourself in the middle of a festival. The diverse music scene and dance culture sees performers from across the world gather to play jazz sets or spin the decks at a dance music event.
With icy winters and sun-blessed summers, what you get up to on a holiday to Andorra depends on the ever-changing landscape. Snow bunnies can hit the slopes in winter, while inquisitive travellers can enjoy the museums, countryside and towns during the summer months. Whether you’re taking in the infamously clean air, carving up the powder on a black run or relaxing in the thermal spa, we think Andorra will delight you whenever you visit.
The main attractions in this Andorran town are the hot springs. Just a short drive from the country’s capital, Les Escaldes is a leisurely escape from the cosmopolitan hustle and bustle. Rumoured to have medicinal qualities, these naturally warm waters range from a tepid 22 °C to an extremely hot 66 °C. Lie back and let the hot springs work their magic or enjoy the quieter streets and views from the Pont dels Escalls bridge.Encamp
A fantastic resort at any time of year, Encamp is an adventure playground for skiers and summer sport fans alike. Winter sees the town, and neighbouring ski resort of Grandvalira, dusted in snow. With easy access to the prime snowboarding slopes in Grandvalira, Encamp is a fantastic base to enjoy the best of the snow. In summer the hiking is second to none. When you’re done with walking, the canoeing and climbing in the region are hard to beat.Andorra la Vella
High up in the Pyrenean mountains, Andorra la Vella is a bustling city full of attractions. The country’s capital, it welcomes tourists looking to enjoy the wealth of stores, restaurants and art galleries that have set up shop in this glorious location.
Exploring AndorraWinter sports
Andorra’s snow covered peaks aren’t just a playground for skiers and snowboarders. The glistening slopes welcome everyone from snowmobilers to dog sledders. Stay in an igloo, glide across the ice on skates or experience the world’s longest toboggan ride. If you’re a snow loving adrenaline junkie there are so many ways to have fun you’ll be spoilt for choice.Hit the trails
When the snow thaws and the pistes melt into the rivers, Andorra’s hiking trails reappear. Take a trek at your own pace and discover the wonderful scenery. We recommend heading to Estany de les Truites. Within walking distance of the village of Arinsal, this spectacular lake looks like a natural infinity pool when viewed from the right angle. Surrounded by steep, steep mountains it’s a beautiful spot for a picnic.Rev up to the National Automobile Museum
See the evolution of automobiles through history with the impressive car collection in this museum. Over 80 cars show how technology and design have changed how we travel. With sixty motorcycles to see this is a real treasure trove for petrolheads and car enthusiasts. This museum is home to the largest collection of vehicles in southern Europe.Explore the music scene
Street music festivals, dance music on the ski slopes and a strong music culture make Andorra’s music scene an eclectic adventure of sound. Diverse festivals fill the calendar and dancing fills the streets whenever there’s an event on. From international jazz festivals to folk dancing parties, there’s an event to suit every taste.
Flanked either side by France and Spain, Andorra’s cuisine is infused with more than a hint of influence from both countries. Catalan and Provençal flavours mix with Andorra’s natural resources to create culinary magic. From acquired tastes, like the garlic laden snails to the sweet treat of the Crema Andorrana, there’s something on the menu to delight foodies and lovers of simple food cooked well.Andorra restaurants
Andorra prides itself on its ‘home cooking’. Quaint restaurants serve up traditional dishes in every corner of the country. Usually rustic, you’ll find the best authentic eateries in the mountains or in lush green surroundings. If you spot it on the menu, try the Escudella. A pork stew usually served at events or during the colder months it truly embodies Andorra’s home cooking culture.
Holidays to Andorra are full of adventures every holidaymaker can enjoy. From snow-loving skiers to families looking for places to explore. With day trips to Les Escaldes and Andorra’s capital as well as hiking adventures, historic treasures, annual festivals, winter sports and first class cuisine, this is an ever changing and beautiful place to visit year-round.
The best way to get to Andorra is to book with easyJet holidays. You’ll be able to visit this hidden gem of a country stress-free. Best of all, you can save on your holiday when you book your flight and hotel together with easyJet holidays.
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