Andorra is a country located between Spain and France. It is well-known for its beautiful mountains and ski resorts. Along with outdoor winter activities, summer options are a great way to enjoy the country in the offseason. No matter the season, you’ll always be treated to historic buildings, museums, delicious food, and shopping. Andorra merges the cultures of Spain and France to showcase Catalan culture in its own way.
1.Soldeu Ski Resort
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When you want to hit the slopes, Soldeu is a great area to do that. Soldeu Ski Resort is not a resort that you may typically think of when planning a trip. Soldeu Ski Resort is a village that encompasses many different hotels, restaurants, and sports centers. When you choose to stay at Soldeu, you’ll be able to use the popular Sport Wellness Spa, which includes massages and a sauna for after a long hard day on the slopes. Packages are available for purchase that transfer you to the mountain and the gondolas, which will take you up the mountain for skiing, dog sledding, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.
Soldeu AD100, Andorra
2.Grandvalira Ski Area
At the Grandvalira Ski Area, guests have many opportunities for outdoor activities. Among the activities are skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing, and mushing. Mushing is sledding through the snow while trained dogs pull you through the soft powder. On top of outdoor spots, there is the Magic Gliss, a 555-meter outdoor track. The slide reaches up to 40-miles per hour to give both young and old an adrenaline kick. Wanting some more adrenaline? Check out the zipline, which can reach up to 80-mph. It is now open through the winter season as well, providing opportunities for unique for nature views.
AD100 Canillo, Andorra, Phone: 376-890-500
3.Vallnord Ski Area
Vallnord is a resort for those interested in skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports. Located in the Pyrenees Mountains, the weather is ideal for hitting the slopes and getting your ski practice in. Should you choose to visit in the warmer months, mountain biking and hiking are the go-to activities. The Vallnord Mountain Park la Massana is a great opportunity for families to spend time together doing fun activities, such as ropes courses, go-karts, and zip-lining. Smaller children still have options as well, like riding the mini train, trying out the labyrinth or jumping while attached to cords.
Avinguda del traves n2, AD400 La Massana, Andorra, Phone: 376-878-000
4.Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra
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Museums are always a big part of vacationing. How else can you see the best that an area has to offer? The Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra is a museum based on the private collections of Baroness Carmen Thyssen. She and her husband collected are from the 19th and 20th centuries, along with some grom long ago. This collection includes some very famous artists, such as Degas, Pissarro, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Renoir. Along with the paintings, there are several sculptures from Rodin. Her collections focused mainly on artists from Spain, America, and Europe, though there are older paintings from other nations.
Av. Carlemany, 37, AD700 Escalades-Engordany, Andorra, Phone: 376-800-800
5.World Champions Museum by 99
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World Champions Museum by 99 is more than just a racing museum. This place is a unique museum, arcade, and restaurant all in one. On the second floor, you’ll find the museum, which is a must-see and well worth the small entry fee. You’ll learn a ton about formula one racing and other motorsports, as well as many helmets and personal memorabilia of racer Jorge Lorenzo. On the first floor are racing simulators and the restaurant, which serves great burgers in a friendly atmosphere. Better yet, settle in for a game or match at the bar, where beer and TVs are plentiful.
Carrer Dr. Molines 38, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra, Phone: 376-759-740
6.Casa de la Vall
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If you’re excited to visit the historical spots in Andorra, Casa de la Vall is the first place to stop. Built in 1580, this building has ties to one of the oldest seated parliaments in Europe. Today’s guests can visit the building and its gardens, looking at the sculpture the commemorate the writing of the Constitution and other important dates in Andorran government. Inside the building, visitors are treated to the renovated interior that calls back to the original architecture and structure of the courtroom and chapel. The speaker’s official office is still in use today, receiving important nationals for business.
AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra, Phone: 376-829-129
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As far as old homes go, Cads d’Arney-Plandolit is one of the oldest standing residences in Andorra. Built by the Baron of Senaller and Gramenet, the original structure of the building is from the 12th century. The building has been refurbished and renovated several times, but the furniture and objects in the home are as original to the house as possible. In fact, this shows how the families who lived here would have lived between 1600 and 1900. There are guided tours available at the house, but the tour spaces are limited. A shop inside the museum is a great place to stop off before you complete your tour.
AD300 Ordino, Andorra, Phone: 376-839-760
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The only way to travel through time is to visit a museum and understand what life was like during those times. To see what Andorra was like at the end of the 19th century, visitors can stop in at Casa Cristo. This old 3-story home is settled right in the village and once belonged to the hard-working laborer class. Inside, guests will discover some of the unique aspects to living in this home, such as a secret drawer for hiding money, a storeroom for work tools, and a social room at the top floor. This home was used as one until 1947.
Carrer dels Cavallers, 2, AD200 Encamp, Andorra, Phone: 376-833-551
A unique museum for the senses, Andorra Perfume Museum houses many types of perfumes from around the world. Over 39,000 perfumes are on display at the museum, with historical information posted around the five rooms. The first area that guests are treated to are machines that allow you to experiment with your own scents. The crowning jewel of the museum may be the museum store, where many perfumes are for sale, as well as books on the history of fragrances. The store is so fantastic because many of the perfumes for sale are no longer made and some are over 100 years old.
Av. Carlemany 115, Cenrte Julia, 1r pis, Escalades-Engordany, Andorra, Phone: 376-892-221
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10.Museum of Miniatures
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Another unique museum located in Andorra is the Museum of Miniatures or Museu de la Miniatura. Nicola Siadristy, the Ukranian miniature artist, worked with incredibly small materials to create detailed art pieces. Museu de la Miniatura houses this collection for guests to admire. Though the museum is small (like the artwork), there is an additional audiovisual display to showcase the life of Siadristy. Guided tours are available, but should you wish to venture through alone, be sure to make a stop at each display, noting the great details and mastery to create Russian Dolls, crucifixes, and landscapes.
AD300 Ordino, Andorra, Phone: 376-838-338
11.Madriu-Perafita-Claror Natural Park
This glacial valley provides a great amount of water for the Andorran people. However, its vast network of mountainous trails is a perfect reason for visiting this park. The Coronallacs Trail is 90 km long, taking roughly five days to complete, which is best completed during the warmer months. Along the trails, shepherds’ cabins have been renovated to provide shelter at five refuges. These were once used by shepherds to raise livestock, farm, and provide for their families. The winter months tend to break from hiking traditions, but visitors will find plenty of activities, like fishing, hunting, climbing, and skiing.
Andorra, Phone: 376-823-000
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One of the most popular tourist areas in Andorra is the Caldea Spa. This thermal spa was built with total relaxation in mind for the whole family. A large lake-like pool is on the ground floor, with several Jacuzzis, hot tubs, aqua massages, and baths located on varying levels throughout. While kids are not commonly taken to spas, Caldea has a specific spa area for children, so they can have fun and learn what wellness at a spa is all about. While at Cladea, check out the Turkish bath, the Aztec stone bath, or the grapefruit bath, which allows you to rub yourself clean with floating fruit.
Parc de la Mola, 10, AD700 Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra, Phone: 376-800-999
13.Church of Saint Stephen
Whether seeking religious comfort or just interested in history, check out the Church of Saint Stephen while in Andorra. The church of Saint Stephen, or Sant Esteve Church, was built in the 12th century and is one of the most magnificent sights in Andorra. The admission to the church is free, so be sure to take in the sights of the beautiful Romanesque architecture, sculptures, stained glass, and bell tower. The interior has been updated to provide many modern amenities for guests. Since the church is so small, you won’t need to plan the whole day here, but it is a must-see while in Andorra.
Plaza Princep Benlloch, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra
14.Church of Sant Joan de Caselles
The stone stairs and wooden pillars that greet visitors at the entrance of the Church of Sant Joan de Caselles transports guests to a different era. Built sometime in the 11th or 12th centuries, this old church is a beautiful depiction of Andorra’s Romanesque architecture. Every bit of this church screams antique – from the 16th/17th-century porches to the 16th century alter piece. A beautiful stucco scene shows Christ’s crucifixion, while the rectangular nave with the wooden roof harkens to a time when churches were simply built but magnificent nonetheless. This church is dedicated to Saint John, the apostle who is believed the be the only one to die of natural causes.
Av. Sant Joan de Caselles, s/n AD100 Canillo, Andorra, Phone: 376-753-600
15.National Automobile Museum
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The National Automobile Museum in Andorra is one of the most important in Southern Europe. It houses 80 vehicles, including the Pinette steam engine, the oldest vehicle at the museum from 1885. Along with cars, there are around 60 motorcycles and 100 bicycles on display as well. To top off the collection, visitors can look through the history of automobiles through posters, advertising, toys, and accessories. Guided tours are available, but the bookings for each tour are small, so be sure to plan ahead. Then, stop in the museum shop to check out activities, toys, and models for sale.
Av. De Joan Marti, 64, AD 200 Encamp, Andorra, Phone: 376-832-266
16.Centro Comercial Pyrenees Andorra
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Centro Comercial Pyrenees Andorra also goes by the names Granz Magatzems Pyrenees Andorra or Pyrenees. This outlet mall is a popular destination for Andorrans and visitors to Andorra. This enormous department store has pretty much everything you could want or need. Clothing, beauty products, baby items, accessories, and even home-goods can be found in the store. Those interested can check out the gourmet food or supermarket areas, head over to the travel agent for holiday packages, or even dine in at one of the three restaurants. Still not positive you want this to be a part of your trip? The supermarket alone is worth the trip since it is set up as many European markets with both Spanish and French delights.
Carrer les Canals, 4, Andorra, Phone: 376-880-000
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17.Valle Del Sorteny
There are really two seasons in Andorra: summer and winter. While the summers never get truly warm, there are plenty of things to do in Andorra when the snow is at bay. Valle del Sorteny, or Sorteny Valley Natural Park (in English), offers great hiking trails, bird watching, and biodiverse plant and fauna watching. In the winter, trails are a little rugged, so snowshoeing walks and ski mountaineering are suggested along marked trails. For ease when hiking or snowshoeing, specific Apps can be downloaded to help guide you along the trails. Be sure to stop at the suggested observation points for views and bird watching.
AD300 Ordino, Andorra, Phone: 376-837-939
18.Museum of Sacred Art
One of the many museums in Andorra is the Holy Art Museum or the Museu d’Art Sacre. This small museum is comprised of three rooms that look at different historical Christian pieces used in services and churches across the country. With pieces as old as the 14th century, you’ll be sure to find some amazing pieces that won’t be seen elsewhere. The three rooms look at textiles, paper, and gilt work. Paperwork is often considered the most beautiful of religious pieces since these are often hand-painted and drawn by past religious members, though the crucifixes are carved works of art.
Placeta de Santa Eulalia, AD200 Encamp, Andorra, Phone: 376-833-551
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Museu del Tabac D’Andorra, or the Tobacco Museum, is housed in an old tobacco warehouse. Once a flourishing economic product, tobacco is no longer the biggest economic activity in Andorra (now it’s tourism), a guest wouldn’t have a complete visit to the area without seeing the impact tobacco production had in Andorra. Museu del Tabac is run by the Reig family foundation in the old Reig tobacco factory. Today’s visitors will look at the history of tobacco production and how it was once grown, cut, and dried before use. Visitors will also look at the machinery that has been used throughout time to produce dried tobacco and create cigarettes.
Carrer Dr. Palau, 17, AD600 Sant Julia de Loria, Andorra, Phone: 376-741-545
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Escaldes-Engordany Centre of Art (CAEE) is where the Viladomat Museum is located. It looks at the works and life of Josep Viladomat, a Catalan sculptor. Built inside a beautiful Romanesque Andorran granite building, visitors can marvel at the beauty of the artwork no housed inside its walls. Once a school, the CAEE building became the first movie theater in the country before taking on the museum-quality pieces. Guided tours are available at the museum and are free for those interested. While the first floor looks at Viladomat’s works, visitors can also see other Andorran work and visiting exhibits on the second floor.
Av. Carlemany, 30 Escalades-Engordany, Andorra, Phone: 36-802-255
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One of the best parts of visiting Andorra is the cross-cultural influences of France and Spain in one area. El Faisa is a restaurant that serves French, Spanish, and Catalan food. Visitors to the area will enjoy crisp, white tablecloths and an elegant setting that is pretty easy on the pocketbook. Whether you’re interested in Quiche Lorraine or Flam de la Padrina, you’ll see a brief but delectable menu with options for all guests. Meaning, the pheasant, El Faisa is delicate and beautiful, just like its namesake. Be sure to order off the wine menu to complement your elegant cuisine.
Cap del Carrer, 4, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra, Phone: 376-823-283
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Serving up fresh seafood is the focus on Can Benet Restaurant. However, many elegant and tasteful dishes are offered at Can Benet. You may find yourself deciding between duck confit or a giant scallop, but no matter what, you’ll love the warm, homey feel of the restaurant. You’ll feel as if you’re dining in an old castle, and the experience will continue as you’re treated like royalty with wine and food. They are also open for lunch, so should you wish to go easy on your wallet, a visit during the earlier hours may be your best option.
Carrer Antic Carrer Major, 9, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra, Phone: 376-828-922
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23.Restaurante Celler d’En Toni
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Cellar d’En Toni in Andorra opened in 1964 and has passed down through three generations of the Sasplugas family. This restaurant is vegetarian-friendly but focuses on the nearby Mediterranean culture for the cuisine. With packed tables in the winter, a visitor during the warmer months will be pleased to find space at this popular restaurant. Though visitors should be aware there is no easy parking for this restaurant, but the wine list makes up for the need to walk. Many wine options make this restaurant stand out, and the service is bound to leave you talking about this place after you leave.
Carrer Verge del Pilar, 4, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra, Phone: 376-862-750
24.Pizzeria Les Oques
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With a name like Les Oques Pizzeria I Cuina Tradicional Italiana d’en Giovanni, you should expect a delicious mouthful of food as well. When you’re ready for a grown-up pizza experience, Pizzeria Les Oques is the perfect place for you and your family. Homemade all around, the pizzas are unique every time they are made. The house sangria is also homemade and a perfect accompaniment to any of the pizza flavors you want to try. Try a foie gras magret de canard pizza or try one of the other entrée items, like prawns or kabob. Be sure to try out some other great pizza delights, like a calzone or pizza canoe.
Passatge Antonia Font Caminal, AD700 Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra, Phone: 376-878-700
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25.El Refugi Alpi
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El Refugi Apli is a unique restaurant in Andorra that serves soups, salads, and fondues. Meats are cooked on hot stones, providing rustic and delicious food created just for you. Each stone-cooked meat comes with two sauces. If you prefer something a bit more exotic, try out the hand-chopped beef tartar or tuna steak with mountain honey. One thing that is guaranteed is local cuisine that cannot be found back home. When dessert time comes, be sure to check out the chocolate fondue options, the 3-chocolate cake, or the trilogy of mousse (raspberry, white chocolate, and passion fruit).
Av. Meritxell, 73, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra, Phone: 376-808-100
25 Best Things to Do in Andorra
- Soldeu Ski Resort, Photo: Andrey Shevchenko/stock.adobe.com
- Grandvalira Ski Area, Photo: lunamarina/stock.adobe.com
- Vallnord Ski Area, Photo: Javier/stock.adobe.com
- Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra, Photo: Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra
- World Champions Museum by 99, Photo: World Champions Museum by 99
- Casa de la Vall, Photo: Repina Valeriya/stock.adobe.com
- Casa d’Areny-Plandolit, Photo: Museus d'Andorra
- Casa Cristo, Photo: Repina Valeriya/stock.adobe.com
- Perfume Museum, Photo: bluraz/stock.adobe.com
- Museum of Miniatures, Photo: Museum of Miniatures
- Madriu-Perafita-Claror Natural Park, Photo: EdNurg/stock.adobe.com
- Caldea Spa, Photo: Romolo Tavani/stock.adobe.com
- Church of Saint Stephen, Photo: dudlajzov/stock.adobe.com
- Church of Sant Joan de Caselles, Photo: curto/stock.adobe.com
- National Automobile Museum, Photo: Radoslaw Maciejewski/stock.adobe.com
- Centro Comercial Pyrenees Andorra, Photo: Centro Comercial Pyrenees Andorra
- Valle Del Sorteny, Photo: martinscphoto/stock.adobe.com
- Museum of Sacred Art, Photo: maxwellmonty/stock.adobe.com
- Tobacco Museum, Photo: Bruno Coelho/stock.adobe.com
- Viladomat Museum, Photo: Jean/stock.adobe.com
- El Faisa, Photo: satit/stock.adobe.com
- Can Benet, Photo: Can Benet
- Restaurante Celler d’En Toni, Photo: Restaurante Celler d’En Toni
- Pizzeria Les Oques, Photo: B. and E. Dudzinski/stock.adobe.com
- El Refugi Alpi, Photo: El Refugi Alpi
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