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Top 15 cities of Andorra - Best travel and holiday destinations

Top 15 cities of Andorra - Best travel and holiday destinations

Updated 25 Mar, 2020
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Andorra is a small principality between the countries of France and Spain that is a new travel spot for your unconventional visit.

This tiny independent country with an area of just 453 sq km is well known for its ski resorts along with tobacco. Offering skiing, shopping and beautiful nature, Andorra is gradually growing in tourism.

Read ahead to know more about the best destinations and top cities to visit in Andorra.

Andorra la Vella, most developed city in Andorra

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Andorra de Vella is the capital and largest city of Andorra that is known as the high altitude capital of Europe located in the central valley of the country.

Top things to do in Andorra de Vella –

  • Shop luxurious goods, electronics and tax free goodies at Meritxell Avenue.
  • Wonder the Romanesque architecture of the Esglésies de Sant Esteve, a 12th century church in Andorra de Vella.
  • Head to the Church of Santa Coloma d’Andorra, a 9th to 12th century historic landmark in the city.
  • Relax, play and stroll over the trails of Central Park of Andorra de Vella.
  • Round over the monument of the Nobility of Time – Salvador Bali where you can find famous Puente de Paris.
  • Get picturesque views of the city from Sola Irrigation Canal Trails.

Popular food to try in Andorra de Vella comprises pizza, pasta, beer along with the traditional food of Andorra.

Best time to visit Andorra de Vella is from April till October.

How to reach Andorra de Vella? Book a flight to Carcassonne in France from where you can take a train and a bus to reach the city.

Grandvalira, best ski resort in Andorra

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Grandvalira is the largest ski resort in Andorra that is known as one of the best ski resorts in entire Southern Europe for its wide activities.

Top things to do in Grandvalira –

  • Enjoy skiing and snowboarding with the largest slopes in the country that are over 200 km.
  • Give your kids an opportunity to enjoy the winter with resort’s snow gardens and special ski circuits.
  • Sharp your skiing skills with special skiing classes held by the experts.
  • Get the breathtaking views of the whole landscape with a ride of the ski lifts.
  • Get adventurous with activities like tubbing, snowmobile, zip lining and mushing.
  • Progress for a hiking and fishing trip while adoring the magnificent views.

Best time to visit Grandvalira for skiing is during the early December.

How to reach Grandvalira? The easiest access is Pas De La Casa that can be reached from French border.

GRP, top hiking destination in Andorra

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GRP is the name of a long hiking route in Andorra that rounds over the whole country of Andorra.

Top things to do along GRP -

  • Locate the cozy 29 huts on the basis of which the location of this long hiking route was decided.
  • Pass all the 7 stages of the hiking route each being around 10 to 20 km long.
  • Rest at some earthy villages and colonies where you can experience a typical local life and spend a night in the mountain huts.
  • Get lost in the pristine natural beauty of the marvelous mountains also offering a challenge to make your hike more adventurous.

Best time to hike along GRP is during the months of April, May, June, July and August.

How to reach GRP? You can start your hike from any village of the country like Canillo and Encamp.

Canillo, religious center of Andorra

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Canillo is the main town of the parish of the same name considered as the religious centre of Andorra with many culturally rich monuments.

Top things to do in Canillo –

  • Come across the Sant Joan De Caselles Church, a Romanesque church with the ruins of a cemetery.
  • Visit the Chapel of Our Lady of Meritxell where you see the famous reconstructed shrine of Andorra.
  • Walk along the nearby hiking trails where you can feel the agricultural and livestock traits of a village.
  • Maunder the natural area where you can do cycling and climbing.

Best time to visit Canillo is from early May to late October .

How to reach Canillo? You can take a car, taxi or bus from Andorra de Vella to reach the town.

Encamp, top backpacking destination in Andorra

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Encamp is one of the parishes and the main town of Encamp parish that is located just 10 km away from the capital Andorra de Vella.

Top things to do in Encamp –

  • See the vintage cars and bikes displayed in the National Museum of Automobiles that shows the growth of automobile technology.
  • Visit Casa Cristo, a heritage 19th century museum featuring furnishings of the early 20th century.
  • Move to the Sant Roma de les Bons church, a Romanesque building in the town .
  • Play football in a football club of Encamp.
  • Locate a number of historic buildings in the historic complex of town along with an irrigation canal.

Best time to visit Encamp is during the months of July and August.

How to reach Encamp? You can take a car or taxi from the city of Andorra de Vella to reach the town.

Ordino, top nightlife destination in Andorra

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Ordino is the main town of the Ordino parish located at the northernmost part of the country.

Top things to do in Ordino –

  • Go for a night out in the town’s peaceful bars and nightclubs where you can chill out and relish music.
  • Visit the bars like Granja Bar Restaurant El Punt, Bar Ivan, Bar ‘O Ordino, Bar Quim, Topic and Restaurant Gaspa.
  • Step to Casa d'Areny Plandolit, a heritage traditional mansion in Ordino that was built in 1633.
  • Cherish the stoned catholic church of Esglesia de Sant Martí de la Cortinada.
  • Complete your trip by visiting the Museo de la Miniatura.

Best time to visit Ordino is from April till October.

How to reach Ordino? Take a bus, car or taxi from the capital city of Andorra to access the city.

Escaldes Engordany, top place to explore by walking in Andorra

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Escaldes Engordany is a parish and a town in Andorra located just 1.6 km north of the capital of Andorra de Vella.

Top things to do in Escaldes Engordany –

  • Start your journey from the Sant Miquel d'Engolasters, a bell tower in the town.
  • Discover the entire tourist area of the town by walking where you get to see local houses, surrounded mountains and a lake.
  • Buy worthy goods of clothing, jewelry, fashion and electronics in the Avenue of Carlemany.
  • Step up to the Caldea complex at top of town of ramble swimming and sauna.
  • Cover the Madriu Perafita Valley with hiking and climbing that can be explored only by walking.
  • Find sculptures and Romanesque modals at Centre d’art d’Escaldes Engordany.

Popular food to try in Escaldes Engordany includes local cuisine and drink in its restaurants pubs.

Best time to visit Escaldes Engordany is from June till September.

How to reach Escaldes Engordany? The town is easily accessible by taking a bus or taxi from the city of Andorra de Vella.

La Massana, top food destination in Andorra

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La Massana is the central town of the La Massana parish located between the city of Andorra de Vella and France.

Top things to do in La Massana –

  • Get delighted with a mix of many types of cuisines the town offers to the tourists.
  • Taste the authentic food of Buratino Informal Foods and Drinks and Restaurant la Borda Xica.
  • Take the ride on the cable car system of the town connecting it with the high mountains.
  • Witness the impact of Roman style on the Church of the Iscle and Santa Victoria.
  • Get local in the village of Pal where you can notice an interesting belfry .
  • Go for skiing in the Pal Arinsal ski area making your journey adventurous.

Popular food to try in La Massana comprises kebab, hummus, salads, falafels along with Mediterranean fast food.

Best time to visit La Massana is during the months of June, July and August.

How to reach La Massana? Take a taxi or bus from Andorra de Vella to reach the town.

Sant Julia de Loria, top wine lover destination in Andorra

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El Pas de la Casa is a small town in the parish of Encamp that is located in the Pyrenees mountains near the border of France.

Top things to do in El Pas de la Casa –

  • Enjoy a peaceful walk along the peaceful streets of town where you can admire the traditional architecture of the town.
  • Go for skiing in the Grandvalira ski resort, the town being directly connected to.
  • Buy electronics, alcohol and tobacco items sold in the town.
  • Enjoy with friends in town’s many cozy bars making your evening colorful.
  • Advanced skiers can challenge themselves with the good slopes near the town that can be accessed by a ski lift.

You can try traditional food along with beer in various restaurants and bars of El Pas de la Casa.

Best time to visit El Pas de la Casa is between the months of May and August.

How to reach El Pas de la Casa? Take a bus from Andorra de Vella to reach this border town.

El Pas de la Casa, most beautiful town in Andorra

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El Pas de la Casa is a small town in the parish of Encamp that is located in the Pyrenees mountains near the border of France.

Top things to do in El Pas de la Casa –

  • Enjoy a peaceful walk along the peaceful streets of town where you can admire the traditional architecture of the town.
  • Go for skiing in the Grandvalira ski resort, the town being directly connected to.
  • Buy electronics, alcohol and tobacco items sold in the town.
  • Enjoy with friends in town’s many cozy bars making your evening colorful.
  • Advanced skiers can challenge themselves with the good slopes near the town that can be accessed by a ski lift.

You can try traditional food along with beer in various restaurants and bars of El Pas de la Casa.

Best time to visit El Pas de la Casa is between the months of May and August.

How to reach El Pas de la Casa? Take a bus from Andorra de Vella to reach this border town.

Arinsal, best romantic destination in Andorra

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Arinsal is a cozy village in Andorra located at the western part of the country near the border of Spain at an altitude of 1500 to 2500 meters.

Top things to do in Arinsal –

  • Enjoy activities like skiing and snowboarding in the Arinsal and Pal ski areas.
  • Relax at your hotel and just adore the beautiful mountain scenery with your partner.
  • Take a cable car ride and relish the whole panoramic view of the village down your foot.
  • Cherish the natural region along with your partner with horse riding.
  • Come across Sant Andreu d’Arinsal Church being the most popular local landmark in Arinsal.

Popular food to try in Arinsal consists of traditional Catalan food along with pizza, burger, pasta and Thai curry.

Best time to visit Arinsal for skiing is from December till March.

How to reach Arinsal? Access the village by taking a bus from the capital city of Andorra.

El Serrat, top solo travel destination in Andorra

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El Serrat is a tiny village and a ski area in Andorra located at the parish of Ordino in the northern part of the principality.

Top things to do in El Serrat –

  • Feel the tranquility of this typical mountain village that has perfectly maintained a balance with nature.
  • Walk along the medieval streets of the village where you can ramble the enchanting views of valley and hills.
  • Get sporty while skiing in this smallest yet worth visiting ski resort of Andorra.
  • Detect different kinds of rare flowers and fauna grown around the area of El Serrat.
  • Locate and meander over the cozy brick bridge in the village where you can gaze at the glacial waters flowing through a stream.

Best time to visit El Sarret is from the months of April and October.

How to reach El Sarret? The village can be reached by taking a taxi or bus from the town of Ordino.

Soldeu, top adventure destination in Andorra

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Located in the parish of Canillo, Saldeu is a small village and a ski resort area in Andorra.

Top things to do in Soldeu –

  • Experience snowboarding with bump stadium in this worthy skiing destination in Andorra during winter.
  • Skiers of any level can sharpen their skills on the varied slopes of the village.
  • In summer, you can enjoy golfing and walking around the neighborhood villages of El Tarter and Soldeu.
  • You can also hike up to the majestic Pyrenees mountains backing up this village of Canillo.
  • Complete your trip by visiting the Esglesia de Sant Pere del Tarter.

Popular food to try in Soldeu consists of traditional Catalan food with blood sausages as the most famous dish.

Best time to visit Soldeu is from December to March or from June to September.

How to reach Soldeu? Take a taxi or bus from the capital city to reach the village.

Lake Engolasters, top nature’s lover destination in Andorra

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Lake Engolasters is Andorra’s famous lake located near the capital city of Andorra in Encamp parish having an area of 7 hectares.

Top things to do in Lake Engolasters –

  • Get lost in the green meadows and rich forests of the pine trees.
  • Learn the legends of the divine powers related with the formation of this glacial lake.
  • Hike across the lake and notice the Romanesque Sant Miquel d’Engolasters church on a corner of the lake.
  • Locate the historic radio tower on the bank of the lake that was found in 1938.
  • Take a cable car ride to adore the beauty of the lake and the surrounding green forest.

Best time to visit Lake Engolasters is from May till September.

How to reach Lake Engolasters? Lake Engolasters can be reached easily by taking a taxi from the town of Encamp.

Pal, cultural capital of Andorra

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Pal is a micro village in Andorra located at the parish of La Massana near the border of Spain.

Top things to do in Pal –

  • Wander across the narrow streets of the town that is famous for its traditional mountain architecture .
  • Step up to the Esglesia de Sant Climent de Pal, a Romanesque church in the village.
  • Take alluring photographs of the village with the background of Pyrenees mountains.
  • Know about the town's history as Centre d'Interpretació del Romànic a Andorra.
  • End your trip after skiing on the lengthy slopes of the mountains surrounding the village.

Popular food to try in Pal is the traditional food of Andorra.

Best time to visit Pal is during the months of April, May, June, Juky, August and September.

How to reach Pal? The village is easily accessible by taking a taxi from the town of Arinsal or Erts.