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Andorra la Vella

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Andorra la Vella is the capital of Andorra. At an altitude of 1023 m it is Europe's highest capital, and the only one located over 1 km above the sea level.

Get in[edit]

Map of Andorra la Vella

There is no train station or airport in Andorra la Vella.

By bus[edit]

Bus companies operating international lines via Andorra la Vella:

  • Andbus (Novatel), Estació Nacional d’Autobusos d’ Andorra, C/ de la Cúria, +376 803 789, e-mail: . Operates from Andorra la Vella to Toulouse (€64 roundtrip), Barcelona (€56 roundtrip) and Girona from Estació Nacional d’Autobusos d’ Andorra station.
  • Alsa. Operates between Andorra and Spain.
  • Montmantell. Operates between Andorra and Lleida.

Get around[edit]

You should be able to walk around most of Andorra la Vella. The town is really in two parts. There is the newer section at the north end of the town that is very commercial with lots of shops. The other half is the older half, down across the river and to the south and west. This also has shops, places to eat and the historic part.

If you stay in either of these areas, you can easily cover on foot, but walking from the end of one half to the other will take a good half hour or more, so it is worth taking the local bus which is cheap. Be sure to read the timetable and routes carefully on the bus stop.

See[edit]

Sant Esteve's church near parliament building in the old historic section of Andorra La Vella. Taken Oct 2005
  • 1 Església de Sant Esteve (Church of Saint Stephen), +376 730 003, e-mail: . 10AM-1PM & 3PM-7PM. Dated from the 12th century. It is in the old part of the Andorra la Vella. Free-guided tours otherwise the church is open to tourists outside of mass hours. free. Església de Sant Esteve on Wikipedia
  • Church of Sant Andreu, Sant Andreu St., +376 827 117. M-Sa. Romanesque church dated from the 12th century. It is obligatory to reserve by phone.
  • Casa de la Vall, Carrer de la Vall. M-Sa 09:30-13:00 & 15:00-19:00; Su (May-Oct only) 10AM-2PM. The seat of the Consell General (Andorran Parliament). Dating from the 16th century. Access is by guided tour only. Tours are on the half hour and last about a half hour. Reservations are required for the tour, so it's best to stop buy and reserve a tour in the morning and return during your tour time. €5/adult, €2.50/concession.
  • Bridge of la Margineda, Santa Coloma. This bridge dates from medieval times but is still in perfect condition. Nearby there is a metallic sculpture made by the Valencian sculptor Andreu Alfaro.
  • Rec del Solà and Rec de l’Obac. Paved ways with handrails illuminated in the night. They are 2.5 km long. Starting point: Collegi Sant Ermengol road and Tarragona avenue, respectively.
  • The town square. This is a surprisingly peaceful place with a panoramic view of the Valley of Andorra.
  • Parliament building and old town. The parliament building is a relatively modern building and you can walk around up the hill behind it and go onto the roof where there is a type of mini park. On a nice day, there is a great view out over the valley across and looking south towards Santa Coloma. From here you can head back up the hill slightly to the right and visit the old church of St Esteve. Behind it is an interesting little area filled with narrow streets which is clearly the original location of the settlement.
  • Park Central. 06:00-24:00. Park with small pond.
  • El Portal de la Vall, c/ Prat de la Creu 74-76, baixos (ground floor of the Comú building), +376 823 000, e-mail: . M-F 09:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00; June 26 - Sept 7 08:00-15:00. This visitor center has useful information on the leisure activities offered in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror valley, as well as facts on the tasks carried out to manage the valley and promote the values that have made it a UNESCO Human Heritage site. free.
  • Rocks in the Street Museum, Pl. de la Rotonda. Formed by different specimens of sedimentary, magnificent, metamorphic rocks and high-quality fossils from Andorra, it is accompanied by a panel with explanations. free.

Do[edit]

  • Caldea, +376 800 999. You can visit the spa/sauna/swimming complex Caldea. It is located at the top of the town in the large glass spire structure.

Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley[edit]

Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

The cultural landscape of Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, which was inscribed in the World heritage list in 2006, can only be accessed on foot. It offers great hiking and climbing possibilities in summer and in winter ski mountaineering or walking with snowshoes is an option.

  • One entrance to the valley is a short bus ride or just over an hour walk from the oldest part of Andorra la Vella. See Escaldes-Engordany for details.

Buy[edit]

The best bargains can be obtained in electronic goods and jewelry. High cost items tend to be cheaper than anywhere else because of the low tax.

The great thing about the electronic goods like digital cameras is that there are a huge range of shops and a huge stock range, so you really get to see all the different makes and models.

Some of the larger shops seem to stock a lot of brand label clothing. Don't miss out on the Via Moda Group, especially during sales.

There are loads of ski gear shops. Shop around.

  • Pyrenees, Avinguda Meritxell 11. Department store with several floors. There are various family friendly restaurants, a large electronic goods floor, designer label floors, and a supermarket notable for interesting Andorran and Spanish specialty foods and red wines.
  • Andorra 2000, Avinguda Tarragona 26. Supermarket sells electronic, clothes and food.

Eat[edit]

There are reasonably priced restaurants, although many of them tend to be Italian restaurants serving pizza and pasta. You find almost nothing open after 22:30. El Vesuvio in nearby La Massana serves Italian and Moroccan food until 24:00.

Drink[edit]

Drink and spirits especially are very good value in the supermarkets. Especially at the Hiper Andorra.

Sleep[edit]

  • Husa Centric Hotel. Located centrally in the main shopping area. This is part of the Husa chain in Spain.
  • Hesperia Andorra la Vella, Avinguda Doctor Mitjavila, +376 880 880. Located in the heart of the capital, this hotel offers some fantastic views of the Pyrenees. Rooms from €59.
  • Hotel Sant Jordi, Princep Benlloch 45, e-mail: . http://en.janhotels.com/. Check-in: 14:00-24:00, check-out: 12:00. Cheap price, no air-conditioner, breakfast buffet is either included in the booking or available for €4.50/person. Double room €40/night.
  • Pension la Rosa, Antic Carrer Major 18, just south of Avenue Princep Benloch, Andorra la Vella, +376 821 810.

See nearby Escaldes-Engordany since it's very close.

Cope[edit]

  • Oficina Nacional de Turismo, Carrer del Doctor Vilanova 13, e-mail: . Information for tourists; they give also the maps of Andorra.

Embassies[edit]

Go next[edit]

Andorra la Vella is not a bad location if you want to go skiing because you can get either the local bus or the "Snow" bus up to most of the ski resorts. Most hotels during the ski season should have details.

The old town is worth visiting. It is up on the hill to the West and South of the main modern part of the town. It is quite old and quaint. You should cover it in about 2 or 3 hours.

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