Plan your trip to…
Plan your trip to Andorra
1. Which suitcase to choose? Soft ones for short trips and hard ones for long trips or for stopovers.
2. Carry the essential things with you, so you can come back with presents.
3. Use cellophane to divide clothes inside the suitcase.
4. Wear the clothes that occupy the most space.
5. Always carry hermetic bags, which can be very useful for any last-minute unexpected problems.
6. Optimise your toilet bag to avoid any unwanted surprises.
7. Bring versatile clothing, although make sure it looks good because it will be in the photos you are going to keep and see for the rest of your life.
8. Choose your footwear carefully and bring three pairs at most: trainers, flip flops and shoes or hiking boots. Make sure you bring something elegant for when you go for a few drinks.
9. Save 20% of the suitcase for anything you may bring back.
10. If the clothes are creased after the trip, you can use the home method of taking a hot bath and hanging the clothes in the bathroom, so the steam can get rid of the creases
2.- While in Andorra (phones and mobiles)
- Police and lost and found: +376 872 000 Emergencies: 110
- Fire service: +376 800 020 Emergencies: 118
- Urgente Médico (SUM): 116
- Medical emergencies : +376 800 020 Emergencies: 118
- International Emergencies Phone: 112
- La Poste (French Post): +376 820 408
Brou (broth), with boiled potato, cabbage and chickpeas; meats and cold cuts
Escudella: legume stew
Civet (stew) with mountain goat and hare meat. Duck with pear, stuffed rabbit stew, rabbit stew and roasted boar or partridge.
Rostes amb mel: slices of ham cooked with honey and vinegar.
Cabbage rolls stuffed with meat (similar to the Greek dolmas).
Seques amb botifarra: white beans and spicy sausage
Grilled lamb chops
Costelles a la llosa: lamb chops fried in lard and garlic on a hot stone
Lamb trotters in breadcrumbs
Trout: cooked with garlic and black pepper. Roasted in the oven with lemon, tomato, lettuce, parsley, lard, salt, black pepper and pork. A la llosa: cooked with bacon and fried garlic. A la pallaresa: cooked with ham, almonds, lard, parsley, garlic, lemon, salt, black pepper, oil and cheese.
Alioli de codony: sauce of cooked quince jelly with garlic and oil
Coca masegada: dough without yeast made with flour, sugar, eggs, salt, muscatel wine and liquor.
Buñuelos de cuaresma: dough balls coated with sugar.
Panellets (small sweet cakes) and a variety of turrones (nougat).
Trinxat: cabbage, potatoes, fresh bacon or pancetta puree with olive oil.
Grandalles: Traditional flower-shaped biscuits
BEST AREAS TO EAT IN
You can try and eat in a traditional mountain hut. Ask for advice and you will have the pleasant surprise of enjoying the excellent sensations offered by local mountain cuisine, adapted to modern trends. If you are not familiar with mountain architecture, we recommend this type of restaurants for their cosy and warm decoration.
4.- Leisures Areas
The ski resorts offer activities in winter and summer.
Illa Carlemany… Fashion, decoration and technology in an innovative shopping centre with restaurants and a multiplex cinema.
You can also enjoy theatre and other leisure activities in Sant Julià.
The largest commercial area is located on Avenida Meritxell in Andorra la Vella and Avenida Carlemany in Les Escaldes. It is a street full of shops all kinds and shopping centres, among which you can find Pyreneés, Escale, etc.
Andorra is paradise for shopping. You can buy everything you want at low prices: food, tobacco, clothes, footwear, sports items, perfumes, jewellery, glasses and sunglasses, electronic items, miniatures, photography and video material, cosmetics…
Encamp (Saturday morning) and Seu d’Urgell (Tuesdays and Saturdays)
The largest skiable domain in the Pyrenees, with more than 100 miles of ski slopes. It is the union of the resorts of Soldeu-El Tarter and Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig.
Casa la Vall
The headquarters of the Andorran Parliament, in Andorra la Vella. It was built in 1580 and it is a must-see for all those who are interested in how Andorran institutions work from the inside.
Thirteenth-century church located in the old town of Andorra la Vella. Originally it was a Roman temple but only the apse remains from that time. It has been renovated and enlarged on numerous occasions.
Church of Sant Jaume del Cortals
It differs from the others in its location, as it seems that it’s part of the forest. It’s surrounded by nature and tranquillity in the middle of the forest of Allaus. It was inaugurated in 1999 and it has a large panoramic window.
Is a church located in Canillo, dating from the Eleventh and Twelfth century, renovated in the Fifteenth century. Its architecture is traditional Andorran Romanesque, with a rectangular nave, a semi-circular apse and a Lombard-style bell tower.
7.- Different places
Church of de Santa Coloma
Of pre-Romanesque origin, the church has a rectangular-shaped plant, with wooden planks on the walls and a rectangular apse.
Caldea is still a reference for spa tourism, ideal for all ages in its large facilities of 326,000 ft2 at almost 12,000 ft. above sea level.
Sanctuary of Meritxell
Meritxell is the country’s patron saint. It used to be a Romanesque temple but a fire in 1972 destroyed the building. In 1994 it was rebuilt by the famous architect Ricard Bofill.
8.- With Kids
Children can learn how to build an igloo or walk on rackets, among other activities. Also, Parador Canaro is a skiable domain of 7.5 acres that is especially designed so children can learn how to ski.
Camino de las Pardines
A beautiful itinerary that goes from Els Cortals d’Encamp to Llac d’Engolasters. It has a botanical garden with local species and a reconstructed coal cellar.
This arena located in Canillo offers many activities on its ice rink and other unrelated ones such as go-karting or ballon balai. It also offers the option of hosting birthday parties for children, making it a unique and very special day for them.
Forge Interpretation Centre
This museum located in La Massana allows us to experiment on the origins of steel, an industry that was very important in Andorra from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth century.
National Automobile Museum
This museum shows us the evolution of automobiles throughout history, from the Pinette steam machine in 1885 until the 70s.