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Andorra

What to see in Andorra? Spa in Caldea; Ordino in Valira del Nord Valley; Vallnord ski resorts and ice diving; glacial Madriu valley.

Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra, is a microstate in Southwestern Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees and bordered by Spain and France. The total area of Andorra is only 468 square kilometers and the population of the country is 85 thousand people. The capital of the country is Andorra la Vella. The official language is Catalan.

The national currency is the Euro, though the country is not a member of EU.

The terrain of Andorra mostly consists of mountains dissected by three narrow valleys. The climate is alpine and continental. Andorra is a sunny country – there are about 300 days of sunshine a year.

Andorra is a true paradise for shopaholics, as for many goods you will pay at least 20% - 30% less than in France or Spain, for example.

Connoisseurs of spa treatment will like Caldea, the largest spa center in Southern Europe, suggesting huge range of spa facilities and working all year round.

People interested in history should not miss Ordino, located in Andorra's picturesque Valira del Nord Valley. Some splendid buildings of this quiet town are dating back to the 17th century. In the village of La Cortinada you can see the lovely 12th-century Sant Martí de la Cortinada church. And of course, many sites worth seeing can be found in Andorra la Vella, one of the world's highest capital cities.

As a mountainous country Andorra has plenty of opportunities for skiing. The most famous places are Vallnord, containing three unique ski resorts: Arcalis, Pal, and Arinsal; and Grandvalira.

Those who like hiking can visit the glacial Madriu valley, a striking UNESCO World Heritage site.

There are no airports in Andorra, so tourists get there mostly by transfers from Barcelona (Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) located 12 km of the center of Barcelona) or Toulouse (Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS), an airport located 6.7 km of Toulouse).

Though Andorra is a landlocked country, it has interesting diving places.

In Vallnord you can take up ice diving. Exploring underwater world under a thick layer of ice and snow will become an amazing experience.

Andorra’s mountain lakes give an opportunity of scuba diving in waters from 2,000m to 2,700m above sea level. The depth ranges from 5 to 90 meters.
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