Andorra Quick Guide

If you're searching for an ideal winter holiday destination in the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains, look no further than Andorra! This small independent country nestled between Spain and France offers everything you desire: breathtaking mountain panoramas, charming medieval villages, and a perfect blend of modern amenities. Andorra is renowned for its top-notch ski resorts and its attractive tax-haven status, making it a haven for duty-free shopping.

Explore Andorra la Vella - The Capital with a Lot to Offer

The capital, Andorra la Vella, is a shopper's paradise. You'll find trendy shopping centers and boutiques lining Meritxell Avenue, while the quaint Calvet alley boasts smaller yet delightful shopping complexes. Stroll through the Barri Antic, the old quarter, and explore its charming antique shops, as well as the impressive Romanesque Santa Coloma Church with its spectacular bell tower. Head to Plaza Mayor, the medieval part of the city, where you'll discover a great selection of restaurants and bistros. Andorra's travel guide provides detailed information about the breathtaking mountain panoramas and the lively nightlife that the country has to offer.

Winter Activities and Family-Friendly Attractions

Andorra is not only a winter wonderland; April and May mark some of the best ski seasons, making it an excellent destination for families and sightseers alike. You can venture to nearby Granada, a vibrant beach resort, and explore various other attractions during your visit.

Easy Access and Accommodation

Accessing Andorra is relatively convenient. You can take a train from Barcelona, making the journey an exciting experience itself. The primary hotels in Andorra are nestled among the hills of the Pyrenees, aptly called the Pyrenees ski slopes. Numerous resorts cater to skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, with the prominent Mont Blanc resort located south of Santa Pola.

Transportation Options in Andorra la Vella

Transport options abound in Andorra la Vella. If you're staying at a hotel there, you can easily find buses to take you to the Pyrenees town or even all the way to Spain's capital, Madrid. Alternatively, you can rent a tourist bus departing from the pedestrian Falta de Solano and explore the charming old churches along the way.

Another popular transportation mode is by train. Three railway stations - Calpe & Fuengirola, Santsana, and Tarifa - offer direct routes to Madrid. From the train stations, you can conveniently reach your Andorra la Vella hotel. For a more intimate and scenic experience, consider hiking. Organize a trip on the narrow gauge track to minimize excessive walking, or venture along the old tracks that once transported convicts from internment camps to Andorra la Vella and Vera Alaves, the administration's old capital. If you prefer to explore independently, there are many walking tracks in Andorra la Vella to choose from.

Discover the Magic of Andorra la Vella

So, whether you're seeking a thrilling ski adventure, a shopping spree, or a tranquil hiking journey, Andorra la Vella has it all. Come and immerse yourself in the beauty of this enchanting destination in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Andorra are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The best time to go to Andorra is from May to mid-July, and in September, when you'll benefit from the Mediterranean sunshine and warmer weather on the Pyrenean slopes.

Do I need a Visa?

British nationals don't need a visa to visit Andorra. If you wish to stay for longer than 3 months, you must apply for a work or residence permit through the local immigration services.

See which forms you may need for entry into Andorra.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Andorra is the Euro (EUR). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Andorra you can grab amazing Euro deals via (GBP to EUR).

What about the wildlife?

Bears, wolves, foxes, martens, Pyrenean chamois, rabbits, hares, eagles, vultures, wild ducks, and geese may be found in isolated areas. The mountain streams contain trout, pike, and crayfish.

What is the traditional food?

Spanish food? Escudella is often referred to as Andorra's national dish. It is typically eaten in winter and on holy days, including at Christmas. It is a big hearty stew, and a particular favourite with meat-lovers. It contains ingredients such as chicken, veal, meatballs, pig snout and trotters, and butifarra sausage

What Languages are spoken?

The official language is Andorran Catalan, although 60% of the population also speak Spanish and 6% speak French. You can learn some basic Spanish before you travel to Andorra and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Andorra is the Euro (Tipping in Andorra is entirely optional, as in Spain and France. Tipping is, however, well regarded and is common to leave around 5 to 10% of the cost in bars and restaurants if you are specially satisfied.).

Disclosure: This content is reader-supported. We may receive a small commission from affiliate links you follow from this Andorra travel guide.

Useful Numbers

  • Police: 110
  • Ambulance: 116
  • Fire: 118
  • UK Embassy:

Time Difference

The GMT time difference is 1 hours

Travel Apps

Grab a travel app or two

Learn Spanish

Learn some Spanish before your trip to Andorra

Andorra Guidebook

Stay informed before, during and after your trip to Andorra by buying a guidebook.