The tiny principality of Andorra occupies 464 km 2 of mountainous territory in the Pyrenees between Spain and France and has a population of just over 660,000 inhabitants.
Isolated before, the principality is now a prosperous country mainly due to the growth of tourism and its status as a tax haven. Currently, the Andorran population is listed as having the highest life expectancy in the world, with an average of 83.52 years (2007).
Visitors arrive attracted by shopping (especially electronics and photographic, perfumes, alcohol and cigarettes), although the price difference will not be so great now as a few years ago and the capital of the Principality, Andorra la Vella, offers little attractions besides shops full of electronics and luxury goods.
Andorra has spectacular mountain scenery, excellent for skiing and hiking, and the rural charm of small picturesque villages. The landscape of Andorra is characterized by a series of lakes hidden among tall mountains, so one of the most popular walking trails is the one that leads to Cercle de Pessons and its series of lakes, passing through some beautiful Romanesque churches such as Sant Martí, La Cortinada.
There are excellent resorts to practice winter sports such as Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig, Soldeu-El Tarter or Arinsal, transformed in the largest ski domain of Pirnéus.
Hikers have at their disposal about 26 mountain huts, where they can stay overnight for free.
Other places such as Les Escaldes or Sant Julia de Loria, also little more than large shopping centers.
WHEN TO GO
Obviously depends on what pretend do in Andorra. To ski the best time is from late March until February.
To enjoy the mountain the best period is from May to late August.
Andorra's climate is similar to the temperate climate of the neighbors, but its higher elevation means there is, on average, more snow in winter and it is a little cooler in the summer. The principality has a very high percentage of sunny days and the weather is dry.
Every year fall three or four heavy snowfalls. The annual average minimum temperature is -2 ° C and the maximum is 14 ° C. At dusk when there is more rainfall except in the winter are mainly snow.
HOW TO GET THERE
Andorra communicates with the outside world only through road. There are no airports or train network (still in discussion with the Spanish and Catalan governments on the reopening of the airport of La Seu d'Urgell), but has great infrastructure in roads, it is possible to cover almost the entire country.
Several new achievements are still ongoing: the amplification of the network of roads and tunnels, which will go to La Massana and Encamp vice versa without having to go through Escaldes-Engordany (meeting point of three valleys that follow the river forming Valira a Y).
Another way to get through the heliports Andorra is located in Andorra-a-Velha (capital) and La Massana. Obviously not accessible by sea or by navigable rivers, as often happens in countries very hilly.
WHAT TO DO
The main tourist attraction is the skiing in Andorra. Andorra offers over 160 tracks spread across three ski resorts where you can ski or snowboard, whichever you prefer during your stay in Andorra. But in addition to be able to ski at other times of the year may develop other activities in this unique location and symbolic, such as hiking routes and a series of wide and varied trails, paths, you can go in an hour or up to several days .
During spring and summer you can also enjoy other more extreme activities such as canyoning or climbing. Cycling is another possibility to enjoy the natural scenery of Andorra, where we highlight the Natural Park Sordeny.
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