Concept and design: Jecom disseny. Narration: Andorra Turisme and Comuns of Andorra. Special thanks: · Photo page 8, granted by the Andorra Nacional Library. · Photos pages 18 and 20, Water and Madriu Visitor Centre (CIAM) and Festival Colors de Música, Escaldes-Engordany, and Sant Joan, granted by Comú d’Escaldes-Engordany. Printing: Gràfiques Andorranes. Legal Deposit: AND. 263-2012
GEOGRAPHY | CLIMATE | NATURE
LEISURE | SPORTS | HEALTH
TOURISM | PARISHES
London 1.257 km
La Haye 1.328 km
Toulouse 185 km
We invite you to visit the Principality of Andorra, the smallest state in Europe in the heart of the Pyrenees. On a stage of 468 km2, you will be the main characters in numerous unforgettable experiences which you can enjoy throughout the whole year. Andorra is nature par excellence, a space of incomparable beauty, ideal for open-air sports activities both in the summer and in the winter. Trekking and skiing are two examples of the activities you might find in the Principality.
The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
Moscow 3.592 km
Pas de la Casa
Escaldes-Engordany Andorra La Vella Sant Julià de Lòria
Andorra is also a millenary country: Romanesque art, museums and monuments, culture trails, festivities and celebrations... are just a small sample of its rich historical legacy. Discover a country in which two pillars of our civilisation, respect and love of nature and its origins, live together in perfect harmony with comfort, modernity and the latest technologies. Over 1,400 stores with the products of the best trademarks, an exquisite gastronomy, an extensive quality hotel offer, international cultural and sports events… and much more.
Geographical location Eastern Pyrenees, between France (Arriege) and Spain (Catalonia).
468 km2 · 8% urbanised and cultivated. · 92% forests, lakes, rivers, mountains.
Andorra la Vella.
The territory is structured into seven local administrative divisions known as parishes: Canillo, Encamp, Ordino, la Massana, Andorra la Vella, Sant Julià de Lòria and EscaldesEngordany. They are represented and managed by the town halls (comuns).
Catholicism is the main religion of the state, although the Constitution of Andorra establishes freedom of religion.
Average age between 40* 6 7
Catalan is the official language of Andorra. However, due to the diversity of nationalities among the resident population, other languages such as Spanish, French and Portuguese are also very widespread.
Casa de la Vall, former Andorran Parliament, Andorra la Vella
* Census 2011
Parliamentary co-principality. The only country in the world with two Heads of State, a peculiarity inherited from the medieval document known as Pareatges and deriving from the country’s historical evolution. The co-princes, the Bishop of Urgell and the president of the French Republic, represent the people of Andorra jointly and indivisibly, personally and exclusively. At the present time they are his Excellency Mr. Joan Enric Vives i Sicília and his Excellency Mr. François Hollande.
Trade and tourism (60%) and finance (16%) are the three motors behind the economy and, at the same time, the sectors which generate most jobs. Agriculture and stockbreeding, the two axes of the traditional economy until the arrival of tourism in the 1960s, now only account for 0.36% of the paid population. www.estadistica.ad
On 14th March 1993, the first written constitution of Andorra was signed and the Principality became a democratic, social state in law.
euro, which was the successor of the Spanish peseta and the French franc, which coexisted in the country until the European currency came into force.
The General Council exercises legislative power and its members, the general councillors, are elected by free, equal, direct and secret universal suffrage, and serve terms of four years.
10.500 - 700 bC - From prehistoric times to the pre-
Roman period: first inhabitants of the territory of Andorra as in La Balma de La Margineda, El Cedre in Santa Coloma or l’Antuix in Escaldes-Engordany.
805 - The legend says that Charlemagne founded Andorra
in recognition for the help given by its inhabitants against Saracens.
Mid-9th century - Consecration of the cathedral of Santa Maria d’Urgell, the first document which mentions the parishes of Andorra as lands of the counts of Urgell. 1133 - The Count of Urgell gives the Bishop of Urgell his claim to the Andorra valleys.
13th century - Constant struggles between the counts of Foix and the Church of Urgell to undermine the rights of the bishops over Andorra. 1278 and 1288 - The Bishop of Urgell, Pere d’Urg and the Count of Foix, Roger Bernat III, signed the Pareatges. The Pareatges established the co-sovereignty of the Bishop of Urgell and the Count of Foix over Andorra, thus creating the Principality of Andorra as we know it today.
Privilege of the Earth’s Regional Parliament (1419)
1419 - Creation of the Consell de la Terra (Council of
the Land) as the first Parliamentary form with representatives from all of the parishes to deal with the problems of the community.
1589 - Henry, King of Navarre, count of Foix, Viscount of Bearn and Lord of Andorra, becomes king of France, and unites the rights of joint Lordship of the counts of Foix with the French crown. 1793-1806 - The French Revolution breaks the bonds between Andorra and France, but Napoleon restores the feudal tradition and the rights of joint Lordship of France over the Principality of Andorra. 1866 - Approval of the New Reform, which brings
substantial changes in the political and administrative arenas; a great sign of this was the attribution of the right to vote to all heads of households and the increased power of the General Council.
1933 - Male universal suffrage is established. 1970 - Female universal suffrage is established.
1978 - Escaldes-Engordany becomes the seventh parish of Andorra thanks to its rapid economic growth connected to the use of spa waters and the increase in commercial tourism.
1981 - Creation of the Executive Council, the Go-
vernment of Andorra: the reforms begin which will culminate in the will of the people of Andorra to draw up a written constitution.
14th March 1993 - First Constitution of Ando-
rra, which turns the Principality into an independent democratic and social state in law, and with the new definition of competencies for the institutions. With the historical and political evolution, Andorra continues to be a co-principality, with the Bishop of Urgell and the president of the French Republic as joint princes in person and in absolute equality.
1993 - Andorra joins the UN, which means international recognition of the country.
1994 - Andorra joins the Council of Europe.
The Andorran relief is mountainous, with 72 peaks, some over 2000 m high, which makes Andorra one of the highest countries in Europe. The highest point in the territory is the Comapedrosa peak (2,942 m) and the lowest point is where the river Runer crosses the frontier with Spain (838 m). The average altitude is 1,996 m. The quaternary origin of the Andorran land is revealed by the routes of the main river axes in the country: the Valira del Nord, the Valira d’Orient and the Gran Valira. These rivers are joined by other tributaries, where the main towns are located. The lakes, mainly small and round, form part of the scenery of Andorra. Andorra has more than 70 lakes, the largest of which is the Juclar, which occupies an area of 29 ha, although other well-known lakes are Tristaina and Pessons, amongst others. The Andorran climate is of Mediterranean mountainous type, with hot summers and cold winters and considerable snowfalls. The average minimum is -2ºC and the maximum 24ºC. Snowfalls are frequent and the rain is concentrated mainly in the months of October and May. Andorran biodiversity is very rich, with more than 1,500 species of flora and fauna spread mainly in the four zones: Mediterranean, montane, sub Alpine and Alpine. 10 11
Of all the vegetable species, one stands out, the Poet’s Daffodil (Narcissus poeticus), the emblematic flower of the Principality; amongst the fauna, the two most representative animals are the river trout and the chamois, which live at the highest points. The fauna and flora of Andorra vary depending on the zone. Some of the most frequent animal species we find are: the marmot, the ‘pallaresa’ lizard, the squirrel, the boar and the birds of prey such as the bearded vulture. Just like the fauna, the species which form part of the country’s flora are highly varied and we can find from medicinal herbs (strawberry and ilex), wild mushrooms and flowers (narcissus) to a large number of trees and bushes (hazelnut and box). The biological wealth of Andorra justifies its preservation, and over the years different areas have been protected such as the hunting and fishing grounds and the nature parks.
Mt. Font Blanca
These protected areas and other valleys of the country, such as the Incles Valley, of glacial origin; the Enclar Valley, part of the Anella Verda (Green Ring) route; the Pessons cirque, The Tristaina Valley, the Angonella Valley or the Camins dels oficis (Old trades route), offer a wide range of ecotourism trails which you can do in the company of professional guides who will help you to discover our natural heritage. www.andorra.ad Department of Tourism and the Environment
Sorteny Valley Nature Reserve www.sorteny.ad · www.ordino.ad Parc Natural Comunal de les Valls del Comapedrosa Nature Reserve www.comapedrosa.ad · www.lamassana.ad Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley www.unesco.ad Pessons Cirque www.encamp.ad Green Ring Route turisme.andorralavella.ad Old Trades Route www.santjulia.ad/turisme
Perafita, Sant Julià de Lòria
EOGRAPHY CLIMATE NATURE
The Parc Natural Comunal de les Valls del Comapedrosa nature park and the Vall de Sorteny nature park are two protected areas created with a double intention: on the one hand the ecosystems are preserved and on the other a rational use is made of them. This is a first step towards respect of the environment and the nature of the country. The MadriuPerafita-Claror valley, declared World Heritage by Unesco in 2004 for its natural and cultural wealth, is in the south of the country and covers 10% of the territory. Given the importance of this area, it is the only valley in the country in which vehicles may not enter.
Enjoy our skiing areas all year round
If you like the snow and want to have a good time, Andorra invites you to enjoy different activities to give you new experiences with your friends, your partner or with your family. Young and old can enjoy the winter sports and a thousand and one amusements which our ski resorts offer you.
The Principality has two alpine skiing and Nordic skiing areas. Vallnord in La Massana and Ordino valleys and Grandvalira, in Canillo and Encamp valleys. Naturlandia, in La Rabassa forest in Sant Julià, offers 20 km of Nordic trails. Vallnord offers over 90 km of slopes in three sectors: Pal, Arinsal and Arcalís. Encamp, Canillo, El Tarter, Soldeu, Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa are entry points to Grandvalira – the largest skiable area in the Pyrenees with over 200 km of slopes. Both resorts offer a wide variety of activities for all ages.
Discover Nordic skiing and enjoy our natural surroundings on the 15 km of slopes in Naturlandia. Share your excitement with the youngest in the dog village or enjoy mushing with your friends, the snow slide, the snowshoe nature route, the snow motorcycles and quads, amongst many other activities. And if that is not enough, get on the Tobotronc, the longest alpine coaster in the world with 5.3 km, to enjoy unique sensations amidst nature. The rest of the year, the three skiing areas in the Principality adapt to the climate and become the best stage for numerous, varied open air activities: adventure circuits and trekking, quad excursions, karts, obstacle courses, mountain biking and free flights are just some of these activities. The Vallnord Bike Park and the Grandvalira Mountain Bike Park stand out for the number of kilometres for enjoying different mountain bike routes and levels. Furthermore, Vallnord (Arcal铆s sector), Naturlandia and Grandvalira (Canillo sector) offer interpretative and adventure routes for starting out in the world of orientation. www.vallnord.com 路 www.grandvalira.com www.naturlandia.ad
EISURE SPORTS HEALT
If you like excitement, do not hesitate to do any of the activities they offer: jumps, mushing, snowshoe orientation, adventure activity centres for all, paragliding or helicopter flights, without forgetting the facilities for lovers of snowboarding: the Freeride Area and the Snow Park. You will also have night-time activities, such as the snowshoe excursions to enjoy the forests and the full moon.
El Cubil Lake, Encamp
Summer in Andorra, you won’t know where to start...
Andorra proposes thousands of options for you to enjoy the good weather and the open air activities. Iron routes, climbing walls, horse riding and ecotourism trails are just some of the options you will find for discovering the most singular places in our countryside.
Places ideal for fishing Andorra’s lakes and rivers are incomparable natural areas for fishing. The season starts in mid April and continues to the end of September, and you must have a licence and a fishing ground permit to be able to do this sport. You will receive information on all of the intensive sports fishing grounds and the grounds in natural surroundings from the tourist offices and specialised shops. www.facip.com If you like trekking... Discover the ecotourism trails on offer in the mountain guide Qualified, expert guides accompany you along the routes for you to enjoy the country’s fauna and flora as much as possible. Routes of different durations and difficulties to choose the one that best adapt to your needs and discover the principal natural areas: Parc Natural Comunal de les Valls del Comapedrosa nature park, Vall de Sorteny nature park, Incles Valley, Enclar Valley, Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, Pessons cirque or the Old Trades Route in Sant Julià de Lòria. If you prefer to go unaccompanied, the tourist offices have the new “Paths of Andorra” guide with 54 routes for all levels, will inform you of all the options available to you and you can have the Map of refuges and grand routes of Andorra, where you will find detailed descriptions of the three routes (GRP, surrounding the Principality, and GR7 and GR11, which cross the country, the cross-border GR and the ARP (Pyrenean High Route)) and the location of the 29 high mountain refuges.
Enjoy the mountains with the iron ways, climbing, river descents... The Principality has 6 horse riding centres, 16 iron ways, 8 walls and 6 river descents and 9 areas with more than 200 climbing lines for mountain lovers to enjoy a unique experience. These sports may be practised in almost all of the parishes. Another activity you can do in the country is river descents, which combines rivers with climbing and allows you to start out in the sport in a group or with your family. All of the interior or exterior routes are suitable for most people: you can feel the valley under your feet. Enjoy golf and ‘pitch & putt’ in the most captivating valleys... Andorra suggests you go into the world of golf and pitch & putt, two aspects of a fully expanding sport. Golf lovers have the Grandvalira Golf Soldeu facilities at an altitude of 2,250 m, on the highest golf course in Europe. For practitioners of pitch & putt the Valls del Nord offer the facilities of their two centres: the Golf Par 3 Vall d’Ordino and the Pitch & Putt El Torrent, in la Massana. Both beginners and experts can enjoy privileged natural surroundings, with all of the necessary services available to you from May to September. www.grandvalira.com · www.ordinogolf.com www.xixerellapark.com Nature en Route... 14 ecotourist viewpoints, each one with a particular interest related to nature. A network is to be generated which, as a whole, gives an overall view of the country’s main natural assets. At each viewpoint we find a sign with all of the information on the subject. Informative leaflets are available in 4 languages at all tourist offices. GRP... Come “round a whole country” with the GRP (Gran Recorregut País - Grand Country Route): The circuit, about 100 km long, has no difficult or dangerous sections and crosses the Principality in its entirety. It is divided into seven stages, around 14 km each, designed on the presence of refuges and the aim is to take them at a pace allowing the natural surroundings to be enjoyed. It takes six or seven days to finish the trail. A new feature is a passport that enables everyone who completes the GRP to get a diploma awarded by the Minister of Tourism, as well as a gift. Both these items prove that you have managed to complete this extraordinary route. Go around the country on a mountain bike... Lovers of the sport have three large areas especially prepared and fitted out: the Grandvalira Mountain Bike Park and the Vallnord Bike Park. And in Arinsal you will find the BMX – Four Cross Circuit, free access and without charge. You will also have mountain paths which you are free to enjoy by bike; you will find all of the information you need at the tourist offices in each parish. www.vallnord.com · www.grandvalira.com
Via Ferrata, Canillo 16 17
Andorra Ultra Trail, Coll de la Botella, Ordino
EISURE SPORTS HEALTH
Or road cycling... If you like cycling, Andorra has 18 cycling runs for different difficulty levels. A total of 180 km to enjoy Andorra’s landscape by bike. You can experience routes as the Coma d’Arcalís, Pal Resort or La Peguera, mountain routes that have served as stages in major cycling events such as the Tour de France, the “Vuelta España” (Tour of Spain) and the “Volta Catalunya”. We are concerned for your well-being... Andorra has been one of the pioneering destinations in (wellness) tourism, and for years has offered visitors a wide range of possibilities and state-ofthe-art treatments. Caldea, but also high mountain spa establishments, spa hotels and many other facilities allow you to enjoy well-being all year round. The hotels in the Principality offer the new culture of comprehensive well-being and complete their offer with health and beauty treatments.
Caldea is the largest spa leisure centre in the south of Europe. A true palace of waters dedicated to the pleasure, the virtues and the beauty of water with a wide range of activities for relaxing, having fun and caring for your body and your fitness. In the winter, Caldea is an ideal destination for après-ski, allowing you to recover after a day of physical effort; in the summer, it is a place of well-being, rest and relaxation. www.caldea.com Get into shape in Andorra... Andorra has a sporting tradition and, for this reason, is home to top-flight sports facilities: the Ice Palace of Andorra, the Olympic Swimming Pool in Serradells and the Municipal Stadium and sports centres in each parish are just some of the options for those who want to keep fit. www.palaudegel.ad· www.encamp.ad www.ordino.ad · www.lamassana.ad www.andorralavella.ad · www.sasectur.com www.e-e.ad
Sports events The Principality is currently a referent in sport, and year after year becomes the stage for a large number of renowned sports events such as the Pirena husky race (January), Ski Mountaineering World Championships (January), the European Cup for men’s skiing (February), the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle (March), the Vallnord Opening Season (June), the Andorra Ultratrail Vallnord (July), the Mountain Bike World Cup (May), the European Synchronised Swimming Cup (May), the Trial – Nations World Cup championship (June), the Fishing World Cup (September) or other sporadic events such as the Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain) and the Tour de France in the summer. Further information: Mountain Guide, Cycle touring guide, “Nature on the Road”, Guide to Tracks (€). Available in the Principality’s network of tourist information offices. www.andorra.ad
Casa dâ€™Areny - Plandolit Library
Museums and monuments The museums and monuments in Andorra have a well-defined common objective: the promotion of the historical and cultural heritage of the country. 18 museum sites will bring you to the traditions and folklore of Andorra. You will discover the Andorran political structure by visiting the Casa de la Vall, the smallest former parliament in Europe. You will see the religious traditions and beliefs in the Meritxell Sanctuary, devoted to the patron saint of Andorra. Or if you visit the Farga Rossell forge, the Iron Interpretation Centre, the Perfume Museum, the Electricity Museum (MW) or the Tobacco Museum, you will experience the industrial evolution of the country with over a thousand years of history. The Water and Madriu Valley Visitor Centre is a cultural space designed for experimenting, enjoying and learning about water and the Madriu Valley-Perafita-Claror. You will find ethnographic museums where you can travel to Andorraâ€™s past: Casa Cristo, Casa Rull and Areny Plandolit House home museums will show you the uses, customs and traditions of the inhabitants of the Valleys in the 19th century. You can also visit private collections such as the Motorbike Museum, where you will see the evolution of the motorcycle. The Miniature Museum you will be surprised by the representation of the Adoration of the Magi on a grain of rice, and the Escaldes-Engordany Art Centre will bring you the work of Josep Viladomat and where you will discover our Romanesque in miniature. These are some examples of the museums you will find in Andorra.
CIAM Water and Madriu Valley Visitor Centre, Escaldes-Engordany
Romanesque art The pre-Romanesque and Romanesque art are the artistic manifestations that have lasted longest in the Principality, while other architectural styles have been imposed in other places of Europe. The Andorran Romanesque is expressed in small buildings identified as the centre of spiritual and community life in the villages of the past, and tell us today about the formation of the parish communities and the first power relationships. The country’s Romanesque churches are characterised as small constructions with sober decoration of great beauty and harmony; there is a predominance of Lombardian decoration in the most emblematic churches in the country, which jealously guard their mural paintings inside. You will find more than 40 Romanesque churches in the most singular places of our cultural scenery. www.patrimonicultural.ad Culture trails The charms of each valley and their heritage are reflected in the wide range of routes offered in the country. Trails on which you will travel to Andorra’s past where bishops, lords and townspeople lived in harmony. They offer you other ways to see the culture of Andorra. We suggest the routes of the Rural Habitat and the Iron Route, and the Engolasters Hydroelectricity Trail where you will discover the forms of life of traditional Andorran society, its industry and its traditions. You will also be able to discover the most singular places of each parish through their trails: Twelve steps (Dotze petjades) on the path to Canillo, the Verdaguer Trails in Ordino, the Green Ring in Andorra la Vella, the “Old Trades Route” trail in Sant Julià de Lòria and the Granite Architecture in Escaldes-Engordany are some examples. Visitors will discover the Principality’s history, combined with visits to museums, Romanesque churches, scenic landscapes and shopping areas with the tourist bus. The routes include a tourist guide, with explanations available through an audio-guide in 4 languages (Catalan, Spanish, French and English).
Santa Coloma Church, Andorra la Vella
Colors of Music Festival, Escaldes-Engordany
Classical music, jazz, dance and theatre Andorra offers a wide range of music, dance and theatre, promoted every year by the parish districts. Of particular note is the Colours of Music festival season in Escaldes– Engordany and the Narciso Yepes International Festival in Ordino, which takes place in autumn in the National Auditorium of Andorra. Andorra la Vella offers you the Season of music and dance, already consolidated as one of the most important activities in the country. The capital and Sant Julià de Lòria commit to theatre and from October to January and from February to June offer us the Theatre Season, which brings together renowned international actors and works in the country. This year, Canillo is organising the 3rd Comedy Theatre Season (TXR) from January to April. In the summer months, Andorra’s museums offer a selection of night-time chances to explore them from a different perspective: music, tales, astronomy, free guided tours, etc. A whole series of experiences bringing something fresh to the summer cultural selection. Mass timetables The most important churches in each parish offer masses every day, at weekends and during the annual religious celebrations. You will find all of the information on the mass timetables at any tourist office. www.esglesiacatolica.ad
Further information: Culture Guide. Available in the Principality’s network of tourist information offices.
Sant Joan bonfires, Escaldes-Engordany
Festivals, traditions and celebrations Andorra preserves the customs and traditions that our predecessors preserved century by century and which we have as a legacy today. Andorran folklore is shown in the dances and the popular festivals which follow each other throughout the year, as well as the main religious celebrations such as the Canòlich procession the last Saturday in May and the feast of Our Lady of Meritxell, the patron saint of Andorra, on 8th September. These celebrations are a unique opportunity to see the great variety of fun and leisure activities and events in the country. www.patrimonicultural.ad
National festivals Constitution Day: 14th March
Annual Parish festivals Canillo annual festival, the third Saturday in July and the following Sunday and Monday Encamp annual festival, 15th and 16th August Ordino annual festival, La Massana annual festival, 15th and 16th August
Our Lady of Meritxell, patron saint of Andorra: 8th September
Andorra la Vella annual festival, the first Saturday in August and the following Sunday and Monday
Sant Julià de Lòria annual festival, the last Sunday in July plus the two days before and the two days after Escaldes–Engordany annual festival, 25th and 26th July
Medieval market, Andorra la Vella
Why go shopping in Andorra?
Andorraâ€™s world renown for shopping comes from the commercial tradition maintained for decades and which the country continues to preserve thanks to its more competitive prices, quality and citizen safety. These factors have contributed to making Andorra an international shopping referent. The modernity of the more than 1,400 stores and boutiques in the country provide you with the new trends of each season along a high street 10 km long. You will find everything you want here.
Where can we go shopping? Although there are establishments all around the country, most of them are concentrated in the parishes of Andorra la Vella (the capital) and Escaldes-Engordany. Pas de la Casa has a large variety of stores and Sant JuliĂ de LĂ˛ria is home to large shopping centres which offer a wide range of electronics, music, gastronomy products and household items. Avinguda Meritxell, in the capital, and Avinguda Carlemany, in Escaldes-Engordany, offer all of the renowned international brands and the new trends in fashion and accessories, perfumes and the most prestigious jewellery and watch-making brands. You will also find the best selection of music and technology, renowned gastronomic shops and all kinds of car accessories.
Sales There are two periods of sales: in the winter from the end of December until the end of February, and in the summer, from the end of June to the end of August. They usually start a few days before the neighbouring countries: Spain and France. Exemptions You need to bear in mind excise duty when buying in Andorra. Products are tax-free up to the 900 euro limit set by customs and excise. www.andorra.ad
The gastronomy of Andorra is the legacy of the former village people who with time have received and assimilated the influences of French and Catalan cuisine. To discover its essence, you have more than 425 restaurants where you can try the traditional dishes made with the quality local products with which, combined with the tastes of modern cuisine, you will have an unforgettable experience. 24 25
Throughout the year, popular culinary meetings are also held which keep the country’s gastronomy alive: The Sant Antoni and Sant Sebastià Escudellada (stew) (in January), the Sardine Feast (Sardinada) and popular Sausage meal (Botifarrada) (February), the Route of the Tapa (February) and Hors d’Oeuvres Relived (every Sunday in spring) in Sant Julià de Lòria, Ordino Gastronomy Fair (September), La Massana Fogons Gastronomy Days (October), The “Flavours of the World” Season (July-August) and the “Lo Mandongo” Winter Cooking Days (February) in La Massana are examples of this.
Typical dishes The geographical location of the country has meant that it has developed its own gastronomy typical of mountain areas. Wild mushrooms, river trout, mountain trinxat (made with potatoes, cabbage, streaky bacon and garlic), game, stew, aioli, delicatessen meats (donja, bringuera, bull or bisbe sausages) and sponges are some of the specialities of Andorran gastronomy.
Tradition Some of the signs of Andorran identity are still present in the ancient high mountain houses, the bordes, where the grain and livestock were formerly kept. Some 20 of these constructions have been transformed and set up as restaurants where you will enjoy the peculiar architecture with its warm, welcoming decoration and the traditional Andorran cuisine made with prime quality products. Gastronomic shops For lovers of culinary art, Andorra offers stores specialised in leading gastronomic products. You can try the most exquisite snacks or find everything you need to offer your guests the best international delicacies. Andorran gastronomy in your home... We suggest a simple recipe for you to enjoy Andorran gastronomy from your home.
“Mountain Trinxat” Ingredients: one green cabbage, 1.3 kg of potatoes, four cloves of garlic, four strips of streaky bacon, oil and salt. Put the cabbage on to boil for twenty minutes. When it is ready, add the chopped potatoes. In a separate pan, fry the whole garlic. When the garlic is golden, remove it and in the same oil add the streaky bacon until it is crisp. Drain the vegetables and put them in a saucepan with the oil from the bacon and with a blender, mash it until it is all well mixed. Serve it with the bacon.
Further information: Andorra Restaurants Guide. Available in the Principality’s network of tourist information offices · www.andorra.ad
Accommodation tailored to you... Staying in Andorra is like going home. The valleys of Andorra offer a wide variety of accommodation with over 39,482* beds which adapt to your needs. Our establishments will give you the chance to discover the country in all of its senses. *Census 2011
For those who prefer an urban atmosphere... Two hundred hotel establishments of all categories offer the best quality in their services. The urban centres propose the most modern facilities in the main leisure and commercial areas for those who go there on business or leisure. In all of the parishes you will have the best gastronomy and the maximum comfort of our hotels.
For families... If what you are looking for is a more family atmosphere to feel as if you were at home, we have a wide selection of apartment-hotels and tourist apartments where you can share your experiences with your family. You also have hotels that offer accommodation in thematic rooms for the youngest. You will find them near the main sports and leisure centres in the country.
For those who prefer to relax... We look after your wellbeing in Andorra. The spas and spa centres at our hotels offer body treatments tailored to your needs. Enjoy your stay at any of the six hotels and aparthotels awarded the Wellness and Wellbeing seal, tuning your bodyâ€™s energy and balance. Leave stress behind and enjoy the peace and quiet, comfort and nature in any of our establishments.
For those who take their home with them... If you are staying in a tent or a caravan, Andorra has 11 campsites where you will find all of the necessary commodities for your holidays to be a pleasant experience, in a family atmosphere. Most of the establishments are in the high mountain parishes, and give access to sports and leisure centres such as Vallnord and Grandvalira. There are also 2 caravan parks with 98 and 600 spots respectively in Encamp (Pas de la Casa).
For nature lovers... Our cabins and refuges will bring you in contact with the most outstanding scenery in the country for you to enjoy the fauna and flora of the area, as well as the peace and quiet of the mountains. There is a network of 30 refuges offering basic comfort making your experience truly unforgettable. Or if you prefer, you have three guarded refuges of different categories which offer accommodation and a restaurant service to make you feel at home. Comapedrosa, Juclar and Cortals de Sispony nature refuge.
For those travelling in a group... If what you are looking for is more traditional accommodation at a lower price, the hostels and group houses in the country offer you the chance to spend a pleasant stay with your friends. You will enjoy your stay in some of the most traditional places in Andorra or you will be surrounded by incomparable natural scenery. www.alberglacomella.ad · www.aina.ad www.albergbordajovell.com
Further information: Tourist Accommodation Guide. Available in the Principality’s network of tourist information offices. · www.andorra.ad
How do you get to the Principality?
Andorraâ€™s proximity to the large urban centres of France and Spain and its geographic location favour access to the country through a large network of communications: bus, train, car and plane will allow you to quickly get to the Principality.
If you are coming by car No international driving licence is required for driving in Andorra if the reason for your visit is only tourism.
Bordeaux Toulouse Perpignan
Spain 28 29
Barcelona Tarragona 208 km
Lleida 185 km
If you prefer the plane The Principality does not have its own airport, but nearby there are major international airports: Blagnac airport in Toulouse (France), El Prat airport in Barcelona, Gerona airport (Spain) and Alguaire airport in Lerida (Spain). There is a daily bus service direct to Andorra from these airports, and the journey takes between three and four hours. www.aena.es www.toulouse.aeroport.fr www.aeroportlleidaalguaire.com
If arriving by bus The connections by bus from the main Catalan stations are mainly concentrated in Barcelona, Vic, Gerona, Tarragona and Lerida. In the case of France, the bus station in Toulouse has a regular service to Andorra. www.transportpublic.ad SPAIN:
BARCELONA Barcelona Est. Nord-Ponts-Andorra la Vella (ALSINA GRAELLS) Barcelona Airport (T1/T2) -Andorra la Vella (NOVATEL) Barcelona Est. Nord –Túnel del Cadí-Andorra la Vella (ALSINA GRAELLS) Barcelona Airport (T1/T2)- Barcelona Est. Sants-Andorra la Vella (AUTOCARS NADAL) Barcelona Est. Nord- Solsona-Andorra la Vella (ALSINA GRAELLS) GIRONA Girona-Girona Airport-Vic-Andorra la Vella (NOVATEL) LLEIDA Lleida BUS depot -Lleida RENFE -Escaldes-Engordany (MONTMANTELL) Lleida BUS depot -Lleida RENFE - Andorra la Vella (ALSINA GRAELLS, VIATGES SOLDEVILA) TARRAGONA Hospitalet de l’Infant-Andorra la Vella (VIATGES MONTMANTELL) Reus –Andorra la Vella (LA HISPANO IGUALADINA) SALAMANCA Salamanca - Andorra la Vella (VIATGES MONTMANTELL) TUI Tui-Escaldes-Engorday-Pas de la Casa (CAMINO BUS) FRANCE L’OSPITALET L’Ospitalet-Andorra la Vella (LA HISPANO ANDORRANA) Toulouse SNCF- Toulouse Airport - Andorra la Vella (NOVATEL) PORTUGAL ARCOS DE VALDEVEZ Arcos de Valdevez- Valença -Escaldes-Engordany (CAMINO BUS) Arcos de Valdevez- V.P. de Ancora- El Pas de la Casa (COOPERATIVA INTERURBANA ANDORRANA) PORTO Porto - Andorra (CAMINO BUS) ALSINA GRAELLS (+34) 902422242 www.alsinagraells.com AUTOCARS NADAL (+376) 805151 www.autocarsnadal.com CAMINO BUS (+376) 865500 COOPERATIVA INTERURBANA ANDORRANA, SA (+376) 806555 www.interurbana.ad LA HISPANO ANDORRANA (+376) 807000 www.andorrabus.com LA HISPANO IGUALADINA (+34) 977 770698 www.hispanoigualadina.net MONTMANTELL (+376) 807444 www.montmantell.com NOVATEL ( +376) 803789 www.andorrabybus.com
If you are coming by train The cities with a railway service closest to the country have a bus service with direct connection to Andorra.
Sants station (Barcelona) Lleida Pirineus Station (Lerida) www.renfe.com
Matabiau station (Toulouse) Andorra – Hospitalet station (Hospitalet) www.voyages-sncf.com
Private taxi service You have a private taxi service to get you to Andorra more freely. At the present time, there are different transport companies which provide a daily service 24 hours a day. ASSOCIACIÓ DE TAXISTES D’ANDORRA tel. (+376) 863 000 CENTRE DE RESERVES TAXI EXPRÉS tel. (+376) 812 345 30 31
To get around inside the country On public transport Two regular lines connect the parishes and the main stops are on the busiest roads in the urban centres. The tickets can be bought on the bus itself. The services usually run from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. EXPRESS BUS: This is the fastest, most frequent line which connects the urban centres of each parish to the capital. The route crosses the country on side roads to avoid the town and village centres. The express bus is identified by its orange colour, and the stops are located in the outskirts of the towns and villages. INTERURBAN LINES: The interurban public transport service connects all of the towns on six different lines crossing the urban centres. Each parish has a municipal transport service which connects the small villages not covered on the main routes. You will find the stops in the main streets and avenues of the urban centres. www.transportpublic.ad
Av. Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany
By taxi Unlike other countries of Europe, the taxi service is usually given from the taxi ranks or by booking by telephone. The taxi ranks are generally in the most central streets of the shopping areas. ASSOCIACIÓ DE TAXISTES D’ANDORRA, tel. (+376) 863 000 CENTRE DE RESERVES TAXI EXPRÉS, tel. (+376) 812 345 www.transportpublic.ad
Vehicle rental Another way to see the country and get around freely is to rent a vehicle from any of the rental centres you will find in the country. AVIS tel. (+376) 871 855 - www.avis.es EUROPCAR tel. (+376) 874 290 - www.europcar.es IFRENT tel. (+376) 864 442 - www.ifrent.com HERTZ tel. (+376) 818 888 - www.pirenaica.ad
Mobility telephone numbers and web sites Traffic Management and Information Centre: (+376) 1802 1802 State of the roads: (+376) 848 884 (24 h) · www.mobilitat.ad
Telephone numbers for finding out about the traffic before entering Andorra Spain: Servei Català de Trànsit: (+34) 935 674 000 (24 h) / 902 400 012 France: Info Routes (Arieja): (+33) 561 027 575 (24 h)
The good communication and professionalism, along with the technical services and new technologies make the Principality of Andorra the ideal place for business events throughout the year. In addition to the congress centres, there are numerous hotels in the country which have halls especially adapted and also companies specialised in organising congresses.
With the Andorra Convention Bureau Andorra has established itself as a business destination. The open air activities, the adventure sports and the cultural circuits will be the backdrop for the work meetings that companies organise on their business trip. More than 34,000 hotel places around over 260 hotels establishments will bring participants into contact with nature and enable them to combine a wide variety of activities. To foster and guarantee the quality of the hotel establishments, the government promotes the special business and meeting stamps and that of congresses. At the present time, there are twentyone hotels certified with the special business and meeting stamp. www.andorraconventionbureau.com
Congress Centres Andorra la Vella Conference Centre Tel.: (+376) 874 500 · Fax: (+376) 874 501 turisme.andorralavella.ad Arts and conference centre in Sant Julià de Lòria Tel.: (+376) 744 044 · Fax: (+376) 744 014 www.santjulia.ad
Meeting centres Palau de Gel (Ice Palace) of Andorra Tel.: (+376) 800 840 www.palaudegel.ad Les Fontetes i La Closeta Tourist and Cultural Centre in La Massana Tel.: (+376) 736 900 www.lamassana.ad Prat del Roure and events hall in Escaldes-Engordany Tel.: (+376) 890 890 www.e-e.ad Encamp Dance and Congress Hall Tel.: (+376) 732 700 - Fax: (+ 376) 832 220 www.encamp.ad
Andorra parish by parish Enjoy Andorra, parish by parish: you will discover the charms of the valleys and the villages, you will see the customs, the traditions and the folklore of its inhabitants. Every parish proposes a wide range of activities for one and all, donâ€™t miss it!
Inhabitants: 4,826* Altitude: 1.526 m • Meritxell Sanctuary, the patron saint of Andorra Towns and • Romanesque church of Sant Joan villages: de Caselles (12th century) Canillo, • Motorbike Museum Meritxell, • Vall d’Incles and Coma de Ransol, Prats, l’Aldosa, ecotourism trails Ransol, Molleres, • Palau de Gel (Ice Palace) of Ando rra El Vilar, El Forn, • Juclar Lake, the largest lake in Els Plans, the Principality (21,3 ha) l’Armiana, • Grandvalira ski resort, cable car Sant Pere del access to the Canillo, Soldeu and El Tarter Tarter sectors and Soldeu. • Grandvalira Golf Solde
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Lake Moreno, Encamp
La Cortinada, Ordino
Sant Cristófol d’Anyós, La Massana
• Church of Santa Eul àlia
d’Encamp (11th-12th c.) Inhabitants: 13,521* • C hurch of Sant Miquel i Sant Joan de la Mosque Altitude: 1.250 m (16th-17th c.) • Les Bons mediaevra al vill Towns and age (16th-17th c.) and Church of Sant Rom villages: à de Les Bons (12th c.) Encamp, • Sacred Art Museum • National Automobile Mu La Mosquera, seum • Casa Cristo Eth nographic MuVila, seum • G randvalira ski el Pas de la Casa ort, GrauRoig and Pas de lares Casa sectors and Les Bons. • Funicamp, cable car access to Grandvalira • Pessons Cirque • Els cortals d’En ecotourism trails camp and its • Cap del Port Circuit
ORDINO www.ordino.ad Inhabitants: 4,322* Altitude: 1.298 m Towns and villages: Ordino, Segudet, Sornàs, Ansalonga, La Cortinada, Arans, Llorts and El Serrat.
• Guided culture tours • Romanesque church of Sant Martí de la Cortinada (12th century) • Iron route • Verdaguer route • Casa d’Areny-Plandolit, the only manor house in Andorra • Postal Museum • Iconography and Miniature Museum • La Cortinada Nature Centre • Tristaina Lakes • Sorteny Valley Nature Reserve • Vallnord ski resort, Arcalís sector • Adventure activities all year round: Vias ferratas, ravine descents, park with zip lines…
LA MASSANA www.lamassana.ad Inhabitants: 9,744* Altitude: 1.230 m Towns and villages: La Massana, Sispony, Anyós, l’Aldosa, Erts, Pal and Arinsal. ec• Pal village archit tural complex church • Romanesqueent de Pal of Sant Climy) (12th centur Andorra • Romanesque Centre Interpretatione Mu• Casa Rull Hom seum rge, • Farga Rosselletfo ion Iron Interpr at Centre
• Theme guided tours in La Massana and Pal (summer) • Guided culture tours of La Massana and Pal • Forcats Lakes • Comapedrosa Valleys Nature Reserve, ecotourism trails • Vallnord ski resort, Pal and Arinsal sectors • Vallnord cable car, access to Pal sector
Andorra la Vella
Tobotronc, Naturlandia, Sant Julià de Lòria
Sant Miquel d’Engolasters, Escaldes - Engordany
turisme.andorralavella.ad Inhabitants: 22,256* Altitude: 1.013 m Towns and villages: Andorra la Vella, Santa Coloma and la Margineda.
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www.santjulia.ad/turisme Inhabitants: 9,051* Altitude: 908 m • Tobacco Museum Towns and • Canòlich Sanctuary, patron saint villages: of Sant Julià de Lòria Sant Julià de Lòria, • Romanesque Church of Sant Serni de Nagol (11th – 12th centuries) Aixovall, Bixessarri, • Guided tours of the town and the humankin Fontaneda, d and raw materials trail. • Lauredi à Arts and Conference CenAixirivall, Juberri, tre Auvinyà, Nagol, • Ecotourism trails such as the Mestre Certers, Llumeneres, d’Obres trail, els Pujols • La Nou Lake Pui d’Olivesa, Aixàs, • Naturla ndia, Nordic skiing resort and Mas d’Alins, multi activity park Les Pardines and • Tobotronc in Naturlandia, the largest alpine coaster in the world La Moixella
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Access to Andorra: documentation and visas Andorra does not require visas for any nationality. However, as it is necessary to go either through Spain or France to get to Andorra, all nationals from countries not in the Schengen area must check at home whether they need a multiple entry visa to enter or leave the countries that form part of the Schengen area and be able to get to Andorra. The type of Visa will depend on the country of origin of the visitor, although the most common is usually the double or multiple entry visa. The documentation needed for entering the country will basically depend on whether the person is of legal age. For people of legal age: · Passport or current identity card. For minors accompanied by parents: · Valid passport or current identity card · The family record book or similar is not a valid docu ment to travel in any instance · Appearing on their parents’ passport For unaccompanied minors: · A permission to travel authorisation from their country (issued by the town hall or police station) and a valid passport or identity card For people travelling with pets: · A pet passport and up-to-date vaccination sheet. Further information: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tel. (+376) 875 704 www.mae.ad
Currency, banks, exchange The currency used in Andorra is the euro, although, for the present time, the Principality does not issue its own euro coins or notes. You have money exchange and automatic cash machines in any bank. The use of international credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express, amongst others is recommended. The banks in the country generally follow the same opening hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm nonstop. Further information: Associació de Bancs Andorrans Tel: (+376) 807 110 www.aba.ad
Andorra la Vella
Thanks to the location of the country in the Pyrenees and its customs and police service, Andorra is a safe country and guarantees a peaceful atmosphere for visitors during their stay.
Lost and found
The Andorra Police Department deals with receiving reports made in the event of objects lost. If you find any lost items, please go to the Department and hand them over to the agents. POLICE: Tel. (+376) 872 000 路 www.policia.ad
Given the health security in the country, no kind of compulsory vaccination is required.
Medical cover in the event of accident
Medical cover in the event of accident: There is an agreement on medical cover in the case of Spain, France and Portugal. In the event of accident, all visitors from these countries should send the bills of the medical expenses and the corresponding form for requesting reimbursement to the Caixa Andorrana social security service. All visitors suffering an accident in Andorra without a medical agreement between their country and Andorra, will have to pay for all hospital expenses and medical treatment. More information: Caja Andorrana de Seguridad Social CASS Tel. (+376) 870 870 路 www.cass.ad
Road assistance In the event of requiring road assistance, there are different private companies which give the service. Every parish has a traffic and citizen attention service with all of the information: CANILLO: (+376) 346 000 ENCAMP: 162 PAS DE LA CASA: 162 ORDINO: 163 LA MASSANA: 164 / (+376) 736 925 ANDORRA LA VELLA: 165 / (+376) 873 111 SANT JULIÀ DE LÒRIA: (+376) 744 021 / 166 ESCALDES-ENGORDANY: 167
In the event of emergency, contact:
POLICE: (+376) 872 000 / Emergencies: 110 FIRE BRIGADE: (+376) 800 020 / Emergencies: 118 HOSPITAL NOSTRA SENYORA DE MERITXELL: (+376) 871 000 URGENT MEDICAL SERVICE (SUM): 116 AMBULANCE: (+376) 800 020 / Emergencies: 118 MOUNTAIN RESCUE: 112
Andorra shares the same time band as its neighbouring countries, Spain and France: GMT +1.
Post There are two conventional postal systems
in the country: Spanish post and French post. In any parish, you have postal offices for stamps and the correspondence material you might need.
Public opening hours: FRENCH POST: La Poste, Tel. (+376) 820 408 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 1.30 pm. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. SPANISH POST: Correos, tel. (+376) 820 257 From Mondays to Fridays from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Telecommunications International prefixes: · National calls from Andorra: direct number · Calls from Andorra abroad: (+33) France / (+34) Spain / (+351) Portugal / (+32) Belgium · Calls to Andorra from other countries: (+376) Useful telephone numbers: NATIONAL TELEPHONE INFORMATION: 111 INTERNATIONAL TELEPHONE INFORMATION: 119 TIMETABLE INFORMATION: 157 MOBILITY: 1802 1802 Reverse charge calls: SPAIN: (+34) 900 910 376 PORTUGAL: (+35) 979 103 760 ARGENTINA: (+54) 1090 337 698
In the busiest squares in the main urban centres, visitors have free Wi-Fi connection. You can also access Internet in the libraries and in some cafes and leisure establishments in the large towns.
National channel: Andorra TV (RTVA) Tel. (+376) 873 777 - www.rtvasa.ad
Andorra 1 96.0 FM www.andorra1.ad Flaix FM Vallnord 93.8 FM www.andorra1.ad RNA 94.2 FM www.rtvada.ad AD Ràdio 101.5 FM www.adradio.ad Rádio Principat 107.5 FM www.radioprincipat.com Rádio Valira 93.3 FM www.cadenapirenaica.com 40 Principals 103.3FM www.los40.com Andorra Cadena Ser 102.3FM www.cadenaser.com
Diari d’Andorra and Set dies · www.diariandorra.ad El Periòdic d’Andorra · www.elperiodico.com Bondia · www.bondia.ad Més Andorra · www.mes.ad Forum.ad · www.forum.ad Revista Portella · www.revistaportella.com
National Holidays 1st January: New Year 6th January: Epiphany February: Carnival 14th March: Constitution Day Easter Week: Good Friday 1st May: International Workersâ€™ Day May or June: Pentecost Monday (depending on Easter Week) 15th August: The Assumption 8th September: Our Lady of Meritxell, patron saint of Andorra 1st November: All Saints 8th December: Immaculate Conception 25th December: Christmas Day 26th December: Boxing Day
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Tourist Information Offices in the Principality
National Tourist Office Tel. (+376) 820 214 email@example.com www.andorra.ad Canillo Tel. (+376) 753 600 firstname.lastname@example.org www.canillo.ad Encamp Tel. (+376) 731 000 email@example.com www.encamp.ad Encamp - Funicamp Tel. (+376) 834 011 firstname.lastname@example.org Pas de la Casa Tel. (+376) 755 100 email@example.com Ordino Tel. (+376) 878 173 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ordino.ad La Massana Tel. (+376) 835 693 email@example.com www.lamassana.ad
Sant Julià de Lòria Tel. (+376) 744 045 firstname.lastname@example.org www.santjulia.ad/turisme Escaldes-Engordany Tel. (+376) 890 881 email@example.com www.e-e.ad
Tourist offices abroad Barcelona Tel. (+34) 93 215 91 04 firstname.lastname@example.org www.andorra.ad Madrid Alcalá, 73 - 28009 Madrid Tel. (+34) 91 431 74 53 email@example.com www.andorra.es París Tel. (+33) 1 42 61 50 55 firstname.lastname@example.org www.andorre.fr Bruxelles 10, Rue de la Montagne - 1000 Bruxelles Tel. (+32) 2 502 12 11 email@example.com www.andorra.be Lisboa Embaixada do Principado de Andorra em Portugal Rua do Possolo, 76, 2º - 1350.251 Lisboa Tel. (+351) 1 21 391 37 40 firstname.lastname@example.org www.andorra.pt
Internet links: www.andorra.ad www.facebook.com/andorraturisme www.twitter.com/andorra_ad www.youtube.com/andorraturisme
Andorra la Vella Tel. (+376) 873 103 email@example.com turisme.andorralavella.ad
Adéu. Fins ara/després.
Goodbye. See you
I’m sorry. Excuse me
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I come from England
Do you understand English?
No ho entenc
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How much is it?
On és... l’hospital / la farmàcia / la policia?
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