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Tourist Guide Of Andorra 1

Tourist Guide Of Andorra

Nestled in the heart of the Pyrenees between its two great neighbors Spain and France, Andorra is a Principality with a strong character, both in its culture and in its gastronomy. Each year, a growing number of French and Spanish people pack their bags to settle in this small altitude paradise with breathtaking landscapes, millenary history and endless opportunities for outdoor activities, summer and winter . Andorra’s tourist guide offers travelers the chance to explore the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Madriu Valley and the snow-covered peaks of the Ordino Pass, as well as to learn more about striking architectural heritage of the Andorran parishes, between traditional mountain houses, shepherds’ huts and churches of the Romanesque era. If Andorra’s winter season is blessed with skiing, the trails running between green pastures and majestic Pyrenean reliefs are a delight for cyclists, hikers and climbers. Neither French nor Spanish, thriving both under the snow and under the sun, serene and strong, the small Principality of Andorra asserts its character through the centuries and leaves a delightful memory to who ventures there. Fill up with fresh mountain air: Benvinguts in Andorra!

The must-see places of Andorra

Andorra la Vella

Tourist Guide Of Andorra

 

Andorra la Vella (in Catalan) or Andorra la Vella – which should have been called Andorra la Ville but suffered the misdeeds of a bad translation into French – is the capital of the Principality.

At 1 013 m above sea level, the highest capital in Europe occupies a privileged position, in the center of a beautiful and rich valley. At the foot of the mountain of Enclar, facing the peak of Can Ramonet, the city dominates the great plain of Valira, not far from the confluence of the 3 main Andorran rivers.

Andorra la Vella became in the twentieth century an important center of commercial tourism. Summer and winter, tourists flood the streets teeming with shops of all kinds offering a huge choice of zero-rated products. The main artery of the city, Meritxell Avenue, remains the must.

In the heart of the Principality, the capital is a must for anyone wishing to visit the other parishes. In other words, car traffic is very difficult during the tourist season and at peak times. Nevertheless, to escape the hubbub and the hustle and bustle, Andorra la Vella hides charming little corners like the central park or the alleys and squares of the antic barri, near the Casa de la Vall. This old quarter is the most typical and conducive to contemplative and disinterested walks. The city is also full of many architectural, historical and cultural curiosities, to discover through many circuits.


The essential places of ANDORRA LA VELLA

BRIDGE OF MARGINEDA

 

Tourist Guide Of Andorra

 

Below the road, the elegant Romanesque stone bridge of the Margenida spans, with its unique arch, the Gran Valira. Located on the royal road that went from Sant Julià de Lòria to Andorra la Vella, it is the largest and oldest of the medieval bridges. It is 33 meters long and 9.20 meters high. The stones that compose it are called valirenques because carried by the river Valira on the same site.

Address and contacts:
BRIDGE OF MARGINEDA
The Margineda
Andorra la Vella
Andorra

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Free access.

CHURCH OF SANT ESTEVE

Tourist Guide Of Andorra

 

The church Sant Esteve (Saint-Etienne), located at the entrance of the old districts, is the parish church of Andorra la Vella. Of Romanesque origin (twelfth century), it was transformed several times and enlarged, and lost much of its primitive aspect that only endures in the Romanesque semicircular apse, the largest in the Principality. The facade, nowadays composite, is adorned with a statue of Cardinal Benlloch who was co-prince of Andorra. The frescoes that once decorated the apse are today in the Catalan Art Museum. In this church, one can admire a beautiful polychrome wood beam and interesting Baroque altarpieces, including that of John the Baptist.

Address and contacts:
CHURCH OF SANT ESTEVE
Plaça Princep Benlloch
Andorra la Vella
Andorra

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Free entry.

CASA MUSEUM OF THE VALL

Tourist Guide Of Andorra

The Casa de la Vall, built in 1580 by the Busquets family, was acquired by the General Council in 1702 and tastefully restored in 1962. This iconic stone house is the original adaptation of a military construction but for a civil use. A watchtower, loopholes and machicolations recall the ancient fortifications. On the entrance gate, the arms of Andorra were carved in 1761 on a stone brought from Montjuïc to Barcelona. On the ground floor, you can see an old court room. On the first floor, the meeting room of the Council of Andorra contains a wardrobe that deserves some explanation. Recessed in the thick walls, closed by an oak door with 2 leaves, the wardrobe is more than a simple piece of furniture because it symbolizes the Andorran democracy. It has 7 locks, one per parish, independent of each other. It was only opened on very special occasions. On the same floor, the noble salon was once the dining room. Its walls contain old religious frescoes of the sixteenth century. At one corner of this living room was the kitchen, with its fireplace and cauldrons in the middle of the room, where members of Parliament were warming and eating. Other rooms are to discover like the bedroom, on the second floor. On the outside, works by Josep Viladomat, Emili Armengol and Luigi Terruggi bear witness to the political history of Andorra.

Address and contacts:
CASA MUSEUM OF THE VALL
Carrer de la Vall
Andorra la Vella
Andorra

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Free admission, but guided tour mandatory (by reservation only). Be careful, the site is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.


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ROCA & RIBES

Tourist Guide Of Andorra

The kitchen interior is here declined in the mode of aesthetics with the biggest brands of home appliances in the spotlight. There are many objects passed under the imagination of designers anxious to combine the useful to the beautiful. At the entrance of the store to see also, a rather deco department and a luggage department to afford to bring all our purchases!

Address and contacts: ROCA & RIBES
Av Meritxell, 118
Andorra la Vella
Andorra

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Open every day from 10h to 20h30.

CENTRIC HOTEL

Tourist Guide Of Andorra

This chic, stylish hotel is ideally located in the heart of the commercial district and on the border between Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany. It has 155 modern and spacious rooms, including 10 suites. Some rooms have a private terrace. Guests are served in a first-class restaurant with a glass roof, in a snack bar and sit in a lounge bar with a fireplace. The hotel also has a wellness area with sauna, steam room, whirlpool, massage rooms and a fitness center.

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Open all year. Single room from € 60 to € 225 depending on the season; double room from 70 € to 325 € depending on the season; half board from 60 € to 175 € depending on the season. Wireless. Garage. Disabled access.
Message from the owner of HÔTEL CENTRIC
As the name suggests, the Cèntric Atiram is in the heart of Andorra la Vielle. You can enjoy fashion boutiques, perfumeries, jewelers and all the commercial environment of the city without having to take your car.

We have a garage, ski storage and bicycle storage. You can also relax in the SPA or eat in our exquisite restaurant of international gastronomy.

€ 93.60
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If you are over 55, this is your offer.

Enjoy the summer couple
This summer, enjoy with your partner your stay in the center of Andorra. For a stay of at least 3 nights, we include drinks (from the house) in the dinner and we invite you to one of the breakfasts every day.

We love children
We love children and want you to enjoy the summer in the heart of Andorra. For stays of at least 3 nights, we include drinks (from home) at dinner and we invite your children to stay completely free (up to 11 years, sharing a room with 2 adults).

Relax in Caldea
CALDEA is more than a thermal center, it is a thermo-recreational center, the biggest of the south of Europe. And this summer at Atiram Hotels, we offer you the best combination. Book your Relax Pack in Caldea and let us take care of the tickets for the thermal center.

HOTEL PLAZA ANDORRA

Tourist Guide Of Andorra

In the heart of the shopping district, the Plaza Hotel shines in elegance. Just the lobby with its daylight well, its interior balconies, Chester armchairs and its transparent lift is breathtaking luxury … The rest follows, of course, in the 90 ultra classrooms, including 45 doubles and 45 doubles. higher. All are huge, perfectly equipped and superbly furnished. The hotel also has its own shopping center, consisting of 30 fashion boutiques and 3 restaurants: Plaza, Cúpula and Cafeteria Plaza. Finally, the Spa Plaza is an exclusive establishment at the disposal of the clients of all Plaza hotels, who can also choose a pack combining hotel and well-being. This haven of peace, located in the heart of the Andorran capital, offers a wellness area, massage cabins and a fitness center and water circuit.

Information and times about HOTEL PLAZA ANDORRA
Open all year. Single rooms from € 105 to € 255 depending on the season; double room from 140 € to 345 € depending on the season; Half-board formula from 120 € to 220 € depending on the season. Wireless. Garage. Disabled access.

Member reviews for HOTEL PLAZA ANDORRA

val24140

Very nice hotel with a beautiful entrance hall, very well located (downtown close to all shops). No need to use your car during the stay. Only downside: we had excessively hot (October 2014 hot outside) without being able to operate the air conditioning.


 

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