WHY TO VISIT ANDORRA LA VELLA
Andorra La Vella is the capital of the homonymous principality located on the eastern side of the Pyrenees between Spain and France.
It has a population of around 23,000 inhabitants. Its economy is mainly based on tourism and trade, strongly increased by the lack of taxes in addition to the prices of many products, especially on high technology, perfumes and oils.
The story of Andorra as an independent entity begins according to experts with Charlemagne. In the ninth century, he decided to reward the loyalty of the inhabitants of the area, above all for their help against the Saracens, considered a serious threat to the whole of Europe, even if traces of settlements date back to the beginning of the Christian era.
Andorra is a co-principality, a bizarre case in history, where power is officially managed by the President of the French Republic and by the Bishop of the diocese of Urgell, a Spanish town not far away.
WHAT TO SEE IN ANDORRA LA VELLA
Top attractions not to be missed are:
- Casa de la Vall
- Centro Historico
- La Noblesse du Temps statue
- Sant Esteve Church
- Casa de la Vall
- Santa Coloma Church
WHEN TO GO TO ANDORRA LA VELLA
Best period to visit Andorra la Vella is from April to August.
Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Andorra La Vella.
- Andorra la Vella Festa Major
HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN ANDORRA LA VELLA
by plane: in Andorra there are no airports. The nearest airport is Andorra–La Seu d'Urgell, in the spanish Catalunya, 12 Km from border.
WHAT TO DO IN ANDORRA LA VELLA
typical dishes of Andorra La Vella are:
- Coca: Fat cakes with a variety of toppings, especially roasted vegetables; also served as a dessert with sweet toppings;
- Trinxat: a kind of patty made from potato and cabbage;
- Truites de carreroles: a type of mushroom omelette;
- Formatges i Embotits: there are many locally produced cheeses and cold cuts;
- Vedella d'Andorra: Andorran veal;
- Cargols: snails, sometimes served with a sauce;
- Escudella i carn c'olla: hearty Andorran stew or soup with meatballs, pasta, vegetables and various other meats;
- Arrós amb esquirrol: a kind of paella with squirrel, once traditional in Andorra, but now difficult to find;
- Pa amb tomáquet: bread rubbed with tomato, garlic and olive oil, served with many meals;
- Faves amb pernil ibéric: broad beans fried with Spanish ham;
- Botifarra amb mongetes: a large local type of sausage served with white beans
typical souvenirs of Andorra La Vella are quality watches, electronics, optics brands,gold and silver jewelery, perfumes, cosmetics, designer clothes, the Spanish fans, leather goods, gift swords, lace handmade (Wraps , shawls, scarves), cigars and tobacco; and for the gourmand tasty local cheese, chocolate, sausages or wine.