Andorra is located in the middle of the Pyrenees between Spain and France. It is one of the most mountinous areas in Europe as well as being one of the smallest countries covering just 468 km2. All but lost between France and Spain, like the fairy tale pea in the mattresses, the pocket-sized princedom principality of Andorra comprises just a handful of mountainous landscapes and meandering rivers - but the skiing is the best in the Pyrenees.
During the months of July, August and September, many Andorran towns and villages hold lively festivals many of which go on for three days at a time. All of these festivals originated as Catholic religious feasts. If you visit the principality at this time, check out the following:
Meritxell: National Festival 8th of September
Canillo: Village Festival on the third Saturday in July for three days
Encamp: Village Festival on the 15th, 16th and 17th of August
Ordino: Village Festival on the 16th and 17th of September
La Massana: Village Festival on the 15th, 16th and 17th of August
Andorra la Vella Village Festival on the first Saturday in August for three days
Sant Julia de Loria: Village Festival on the last Sunday in July for three days Escalde-Engordany: Village Festival on the 25th, 26th and 27th of July.
Andorra la Vella
The countrys capital, lies at the junction of two mountain streams. Sights there include a fine 12th-century church and the Casa de la Vall, the ancient seat of government. Lying at the confluence of the Gran Valira, the Valira del Oriente and the Valira del Norte rivers, Andorra La Vella is dwarfed by stunning snow-capped mountains of up to 2500 metres high.
Caldea In Escaldes-Engordany. This is one of the biggest thermal spas in Europe set in a futuristic building. A fantastic place to go to relax. Caldea is one of Europes largest health spas, a futuristic architectural wonder situated in the heart of the Andorran mountains. There are over 6000 square meters of indoor and outdoor lagoons, saunas, jacuzzis, pools, Indo-Roman baths, cascades, bubble beds and much more.
La Cortinada, Ordino This interesting town is home to the Church of Sant Marti and the restored mill wheels and sawmills of Mas den Sole. Originally dating from the Romanesque period, the Church houses part of a pictorial wall cycle from the end of the 12th century as well as an iconography dedicated to Sant Marti, the bishop of Tours.
Santa Coloma Church In Santa Coloma. This is an ancient church with a Roman style circular tower. The church at Santa Coloma is one of the oldest churches in Andorra. Originally built in the pre-Romanesque style, it has undergone various alterations over the centuries including the addition of a 12th century bell tower and a 17th century portico on the south wall.
The Casa d'Areny-Plandolit Museum, Ordino The Casa d'Areny-Plandolit Museum traces over three centuries in the life of an Andorran noble family. The museum is based in the house where the family lived since 1633 and gives a fascinating insight into how Andorran people lived.
Time Zone GMT + 1 Hour.
Language Spoken Catalan, Castellano and French are also used.
Passport/ VISA British nationals need a passport, but no visa is required to enter Andorra. Visitors must also hold onward tickets, all other documents required for next destination and sufficient funds
Climate Andorra has a typical climate for a mountinous area - very cold winters, with a lot of snow and cool summers with pleasant temperatures. May-September is the best time to visit, unless you're going for the ski season (November-April). In the summer season, day temperatures will be in the 70s-low 80s F/23-30 C, with nights ranging from 40-65 F/5-19 C. July and August can be very crowded.
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