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Plan your trip to  Andorra

1.- Packing

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

3.- Gastonomy

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.

5.- Shopping

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)

6.- Essentials

Grandvalira

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.

Sant Esteve

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.

Sant Joan

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.


See the excursions available between June 1 and October 31, 2017

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

Caldea

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

Naturlandia

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.

Ice Palace

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.

 

9.- Museums

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. 

10.- Excursions

Discover the different routes of the Tourist Bus available from June 1 to October 31, 2016.

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