I recently returned from a yearlong trip in Europe and while abroad managed to match in a day or two at Andorra- a tiny nation with big touristic appeal for anyone who appreciates sprawling natural landscapes, the thrill of skiing and also the calmness of mind of this wholesome, quiet lifestyle. Perched inside the Pyrenees mountain range, Andorra surprises and delights.
Here are 5 facts of Andorra and some of the images I Recorded:
It Is Size
Andorra is not part of the European Union although the Euro is the country’s official currency. In reality its official title will be Principat d’Andorra or even the Principality of Andorra.
The Prime Minister officially heads the nation at a parliamentary representative system in which a General Council is in charge of laws. The President of France and the Bishop of Urgell (Spain) serve as co-princes to the Nation. The function of Andorra’s neighboring nations also extends to military security.
The Great Outdoors
Andorra doesn’t have its own military hence Spain and France defend it with their own militaries. The official language of Andorra is Catalan- a language of Latin origin that’s spoken during Catalonia, Spain.
Andorra is a small state with an area of approximately 181 square miles and a population of approximately 66,000 people. The nation is sectioned into parishes, where there are Andorra: Andorra La Vella, Canillo, Encamp, Escaldes-Engordany, La Massana, Ordina and Sant Julia de Loria. Andorra La Vella is the maximum capital city in Europe in an elevation of 3,350 feet!
Due to its geographical location (wedged between Spain and France) Andorra has adopted cooking customs from both these countries but has still managed to develop and maintain some of its own, unique recipes. Pork, cured meats such as the lloganiza sausage, canelones (baked stuffed crepes,) crepes and foi gras are food things common across most of Andorra’s eateries.
Favorites such as Spanish designs and quiche lorraine such as crema Catalana are also widely available.
Since the climate of Andorra is largely cold and moist, it’s not a major wine producer. Customarily, French varieties and reds from La Rioja, Spain are served.
A must-do for any traveler headed to Andorra would be to consume at one of the bordas at La Massana. Bordas are restaurants which serve Andorran cuisine plus they are not shy about just how much beef is on this menu. I had a carnivorous feast fit for a king in Borda de l’Avi. The restaurant specializes in mountain food rabbit, chicken, beef, and poultry.
Huge numbers of people flock to Andorra to ski from late October through late March. Andorra boasts lots of tourist apartments nice ski hotels and lodges to accommodate novices and ski veterans alike. There is an extensive selection of slopes, making it an especially family ski destination. Andorra’s economy is based heavily on its tourism business, which will be quality and hospitality . Boutique resorts and spas help to soothe achy legs after a day prancing about the snow. Horseback riding is another activity throughout the warmer months.
Horse farms and cattle are common during Andorra.
The Art Hotel in Andorra La Vella is only one such area where client and luxury service is the norm.
CALDEA is a large thermal spa complex located in Escaldes which provides every sort of pampering treatment under sunlight. It includes bathrooms at hydro bar, a sauna, steam room, and different temperatures. The complex is housed in a building just a brief walk.
Medieval cities such as Pal scatter the landscape across the main road.
Andorra’s freedom from the E.U. makes it to be a tax haven. There’s no income tax in Andorra and such as moths to a flame, vacationers are drawn to the luxury things for sale at the exclusive boutiques and outlet stores of Andorra. There is a sports equipment shop and designer tag merchant on every block.
So there you have 5 interesting facts about Andorra. What’s lacks in size it makes up with jaw-dropping views of snow capped mountains and mountains of rolling rivers. The next time you’re thinking about going to even the Alps or Colorado, Lake Tahoe, you may choose to appear into an Andorran ski vacation. It is one which may surprise you…
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