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Daytrip to Andorra

Every year almost 8 million visitors flock to this tiny country located in the heart of the Pyrenees in between Spain and France to experience its great ski resorts, excellent low-tax shopping and spectacular scenery. If you want to find out what all the fuss is about for yourself, here are the top things to see and do during your daytrip to Andorra.

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Andorra is incredibly rich in activites although its small area. Let´s gain an inspiration for some activities in your free time selected by us!

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Skiing:

Skiing season starts from December until April. Andorra makes an incredible and affordable skiing destination with loads of activities for thrill seekers on offer such as snow bikes, skiing, ‘Speedriding’ (which combines skiing and paragliding) and dog sledging. There are 5 ski resorts in total, Grandvalira Pas de la Casa and Soldeu being the largest with over 100 ski slopes to enjoy. Andorra also plays host to international winter sports events including the Ski Mountaineering World Cup.

Shopping:

Andorra is also a shopper’s paradise with over 2000 shops, one for every 40 inhabitants. Meritxell Avenue, located in the capital Andorra la Vella, is a large commercial street packed full of shops, restaurants and bars lining the whole avenue. You will also find an array of massive shopping centres across Andorra such as Les Pyrenees, River and Andorra 2000.
Also throughout the month of November this year there is a Shopping Festival celebrating the best that Andorra has to offer in terms of shopping with live DJs, street performances and art exhibitions.
But remember not to get too carried away as there are customs limits. Therefore make sure you check these limits out before you go so you know what you will need to declare on your trip back.

Hiking:

There is so much to explore in Andorra in both summer and winter. The breathtaking scenery makes it perfect to go hiking and fully explore the country’s impressive landscape. Even the 90% of the country is made by natural surface, what creates so many option, how to spend a holiday there. You can go by yourself or take guided routes which can vary in difficulty. You can find many different hiking routes on Andorra’s tourism website.

 

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Explore the natural lakes, neverending scenery of the high peak of the mountains, hike on the well-prepared trails or ride a horse. You can even try something more adventurous like climbing or cycling in the heart of the forest, where a lot of cycling trails are made. Did you even hear about mountaing sliding and zip-lines? No? Then it is the right time to explore this attraction in Andorra!

Spas:

Located in the town of Escaldes-Engordany is the blissful Caldea Spa Centre. It offers a new ‘thermoludic’ experience combining relaxation and leisure in one space. You will be able to completely unwind as you indulge yourself in the calming treatments using water in all its forms from saunas to water massages and jacuzzi pools.

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There is no better way to treat your soul than with traditional Andorran cuisine in the mountain, surrounded by amazing countryside and views!

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Borda del Tremat

What could be better, than enjoying fresh-made lunch or dinner after all-day-long hiking in the beautiful Andorran mountains? Maybe only to eat in a cozy, warm place with authentical architecture. Borda del Tremat has it all. You will be pleased by exceptional cuisine from fresh products, the menu is made from the typical mountain dishes like grilled mead, vegetable, homemade cakes. The interior interests on the first sight – walls from stone, rustic wooden furtinute, doors, stairs, big fireplace in the centre of the room. The restaurant is located in Encamp, what is a part of Andorra.

Address: Carrer Sant Miquel 23, AD200 Encamp, Andorra
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, 8:00pm – 11:30pm
Average price: 12 €

La Borda Xica

Located in La Massana, a town only 10 minutes away from Andorra la Vella, another rustical restaurant offers traditional mountain cuisine, made from fresh products in a high quality. Treat yourself with local speciality called “trinxat”, made from chopped cabbage, potatoes, pork and sausage, or make your soul happy with homemade cake with fresh coffee. The interior is made from natural materials and is decorated in very cozy way, the ideal place for a family lunch. We advise you to make a reservation, as the restaurant is very popular!

Address: Carrer Major S/N, AD400 La Massana, Andorra
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 1:30pm – 3:00pm, 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Average price: 15€

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L´Hort de Casa

Along the family touristic hiking trails, make a stop in family-friendly restaurant with a long history. The restaurant was established at the end of last century and is management is taken from the parents to the children, they try to keep the tradition of family restaurant. They offer fresh grilled meat, caned snails, seasonal menus and specialities from its location. With the food is perfectly combined the local wine and desserts made in a restaurant. Really tasteful piece of the Pyrenees!

Address: AD400 Erts, Andorra
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm, 8:00pm – 11:00pm; Saturday – Sunday: 1:00pm – 11:00pm
Average price: 12€

 

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Finding accommodation with servicies, in the centre of the city? Alongside the beautiful apartments offered on our website, check out wide scale of the hotels in Barcelona!

 

How to get there:

  • Bus: a daily bus service is available from Barcelona Nord station which takes approximately 3 hours 20 minutes to arrive
  • Car: you can hire a car in many companies in Barcelona, route is 200 km long and lasts approximately 3 hours
  • Air: Airports nearby include Barcelona El Prat, Girona (Costa Brava) and Carcassone Airport in France
Many people stop off on the way to or on the way back from Andorra in the stunning city of Barcelona, if you need accommodation for your stay in Barcelona, then check out www.barcelona-home.com.

 

Photo credit: andorrainfo.com, airbnb.es, kolinstravels.blogspot.com, topflight.ie, hotels.plazandorra.com

 

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