Tourist Attractions in Andorra
Located high in the mountains between France and Spain, Andorra is a small country, often overlooked on travel itineraries. It is known for its ski hills, hiking trails, and lovely mountain scenery, but perhaps most of all for its duty free shopping. The country is made up of several small towns and villages, and the capital city of Andorra La Vella.
Andorra is unique in the fact that many people simply visit this country on a day trip. It is approximately a three hour drive from Barcelona, with good roads. From France, the road is a bit more challenging as it winds its way through the mountains, but still a relatively easy access point. The main attraction for most visitors to the country is Andorra La Vella, the capital. This is where tourists come to shop and sightsee. The main street has all kinds of shops catering to international travelers and tourists.
Andorra La Vella is small enough that it is easy to tour on foot. Some of the other attractions here are the 12th C Sant Esteve Church, the main square of Plaša del Poble, and the 16th C Casa de la Vall. The old stone buildings, backed by the mountain peaks, provide a dramatic setting. Those looking for things to do should stop by the Caldea, a huge spa complex well known throughout Europe. This uniquely designed facility features outdoor lagoons, indoor pools, saunas, and Jacuzzis.
Skiers will know the small town of Encamp, a base for the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig Ski Area, which are connected ski stations. In the summer this same area becomes a haven for hikers, as well as mountain bikers and climbers who come to enjoy scenery and challenge themselves in the rugged mountains. Also in the vicinity is the village of Canillo, with the 11th to 12th C chapel of Sant Joan de Caselles.
Other places of interest to sightseers are the picturesque villages of El Serrat, set high in the mountains, and La Cortinada, with the church of Marti de la Cortinada. Both of these are found in the Valira del Nord Valley, northwest of the capital city.