What to do in Andorra
What to do in Andorra, a complete guide about everything you can enjoy in this beautiful little country!
Although it is one of the smallest countries in the world, it is nonetheless one of the most charming of all!
Located between France and Spain, in the Pyrenees, it will captivate you with all its impressive nature, which covers 90% of the territory. They are more than 2,500 m2, with three natural parks, many mountains and beautiful lakes!
One of the most used ways to get to this country is through Barcelona, by car or bus, which will take approximately 3 hours.
You are going to find an ideal place to practice ski sports in winter season and beautiful paths to practice a bit of trekking. In addition, it has beautiful routes, medieval towns and even shopping markets in its capital, Andorra la Vella (or in Catalan: Andorra La Vieja).
Andorra la Vella is not only the capital of this beautiful country, but also one of the cities where there are many activities to do. To find out about the free tours available in Andorra, here is the link!
Now let’s get started!
Noblesse du Temps (Nobility of the Times)
Sculpture by Salvador Dalí, which is located in Plaça de la Rotonda.
It was installed in 2010 in this place in Andorra la Vella, but its creation date is between 1977 and 1984.
Made of bronze, it measures 4.9 meters high and 2.6 meters deep. In total, it weighs 1,400kgs.
This sculpture is part of one of the series of melted clocks created by Salvador Dalí as a symbol of time and its passing. In its upper part, it has a crown, representing the domain that time has towards humanity, according to its creator.
It is wonderful and ideal for taking lots of photos and watching that clock melt around the tree trunk.
A few meters from the Dalí Statue, you will see this imposing avant-garde style bridge.
It is located above the Valira River, and its function is to link Doctor Mitjavila and Consell d’Europa streets.
It has a hybrid structure, with tie rods, two of them outlined and the other semi-circular. At 13m long, it has tubular structures that end up forming two large triangles.
There is no way you are not going to see it!
Located in the heart of Andorra la Vella. It is the largest park in the city, and is part of one of the largest nature areas in the entire country.
It has some recreational spaces for the little ones, large statues and avenues.
An ideal place to go early in the morning, so it is taken advantage of in its full splendor.
It is a space that has been created by Daniel Fontova, a famous architect.
Casa de la Vall (Valley House)
It is the house of the Parliament of Andorra since 1703.
It is a construction whose creation date dates back to the year 1580, but at that time it was a family home.
Interesting to visit due to its architecture, interior design, its history and above all, its antiquity!
In addition, in 2003, it was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest of the country.
Església de Sant Esteve (Church of San Esteban)
It is one of the oldest buildings in the city and a main attraction.
It is a church that was built in the 11th century, in a Romanesque style. During the visit, you will be able to see many quite particular paintings, which are even older than the building itself, since they are works from the 13th century.
In the 20th century it was remodeled, expanded and modified in some of its parts.
From its origin, the semicircular apse and the walls of the nave still remain. It has a bell tower in a three-story tower, little decoration.
This church was listed as Cultural Heritage of Andorra.
Without a doubt, Andorra la Vella is a huge shopping point. Here you will find thousands of stores in a few kilometers. Many international brands from all over the world, technology, fashion and many other items in one place.
But not everything is clothing and electronics, you will also see many places with typical gastronomic specialties of the place! This path is known as The Shopping Mile, imagine the dimension of this shopping tour!
Sales in this city are regulated by law and are given twice a year: once in summer, beginning on the third Friday of June; and another in winter, starting on the third Friday of December. They last approximately three months, although it will also be common for you to find offers and discounts during the rest of the year.
What we do recommend is to find out the schedules, and above all, at this time of a global pandemic, see the current protocols, so as not to go there and that the premises are closed.
In case you can count on some mobility, we leave you a summary of the most beautiful towns to visit in Andorra. All of them are found between mountains, places where it seems that time has never passed:
- Pal: Built on the hillside, it is one of those that best conserves the Romanesque style, where its stone and wood houses stand out.
- Les Bons: Here, you will find the Church of Sant Romá and the Tower of the Moors with beautiful Romanesque-style paintings.
- Ordino: It is the Capital of Culture of Andorra, with many important museums for you to visit!
- Fontaneda: It is one of the smallest and most isolated as far as towns are concerned. It still has streets without asphalt!
- Llorts: One of the most picturesque in the country. The reddish River Valira of the North circulates here, and it is the starting point of the famous Iron Route, one of the most exceptional excursions to do in this beautiful country.