Andorra is a tiny country situated between France and Spain. Population is 73,100, a third of whom live in the capital city, Andorra La Vella. It is a democratic country. The mainstay of the economy is tourism.
Up in the Pyranees mountains, Andorra features spectacular scenery, ski resorts, hiking and trekking. There are two ski areas - Vallnord and Grandvalira.
Andorra la Vella is a small city with a lot of history and a vibrant selection of shops. Visitors are drawn here by the low taxes. Some buildings in the Old Town, in the south and west of the city, date back to the 12th century. Historic churches include the church of Sant Esteve and the Church of Sant Andreu. The Bridge of la Margineda dates back to medieval times. There are guided tours of the Casa de la Veil, or seat of the Consell General, which dates back to the 16th century.
There are no airports or railway stations in Andorra. The only way to get there is by bus or by car. There are two main roads into Andorra; one from France and the other from Spain. Driving from Spain is much easier, as the French side is steep, with many sharp bends. The French side also features a tunnel, which costs 5,60 Euros during the peak season at time of writing.
Driving in Andorra
For those looking to hire a car, Drive Travel features many suppliers in both France and Spain that allow their vehicles to be driven into Andorra. Peugeot, Renault and Citroen all allow their vehicles to be driven into Andorra under their Leasing programs. Some of our Luxury and Car Hire suppliers deliver to Andorra for a fee - contact Drive Travel for details.
Andorra roads are generally of good quality. Because of the altitude, Andorra gets quite cold in winter, and winter tyres and snow chains are a must.
In Andorra, vehicles drive on the right and overtake on the left. Speed limits and blood/alcohol limits are enforced. Seatbelts are compulsory. Warning triangles, first aid kits, spare bulb kits and fire extingushers are recommended.