Life expectancy in Andorra is the fifth highest in the world. Is it because of the country’s altitude, or the quality of its air, or the delicious cuisine, or the fact that we are surrounded by nature?
Known as the Consell General, our parliament was created in 1419. With only 28 MPs, it is one of the oldest and smallest European parliaments still functioning.
Andorra is without doubt synonymous with nature: more than 90% of the country is made up of mountains, forests, rivers, lakes and meadows. Only about 4% of the territory has been built on, in the bottom of the valleys and at the feet of more than 65 peaks over 2000 metres high.
In addition to having more than 54 mountain routes, you can also walk across Andorra without stepping on asphalt by following the Gran Recorrido País (Long Distance Path across the Country). There are also 29 mountain refuges where you can spend the night during your journey, surrounded by nature.
...except for the Vatican. Andorra has nearly 20 museums in just 468 km2. They are the perfect place to learn about our culture, legends, traditions, customs... Because a thousand years of history takes some telling.
Andorra is one of the few countries in the world where 10% of the country has been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror valley is outstanding for its beauty, and has pastures, meadows and extensive forest areas. There are also perfectly preserved “bordas” (traditional mountain cabins), paths and remains of ancient forges, testimony to the way the Andorrans have used natural resources for more than 700 years.
Andorra has Southern Europe’s largest skiable area. In Grandvalira and Vallnord, and also in Naturlandia, you can ski down endless slopes, and enjoy your favourite winter sports and snow activities... day and night!
When you need to forget about your daily routine, you can come to relax in Southern Europe’s largest spa centre: Caldea. Here you will have more than 30,000 m2 to take it easy with your family, or you could relax with your partner in Inúu and give your younger children the chance to enjoy the unique Likids experience. Which will you choose?
The only country in the world to have Catalan as an official language, the proximity to France and Spain has also meant that we Andorrans speak Spanish and French fluently as well. So if you want to learn and practice 3 languages easily, you have to come and visit us.
Andorra has never had an army or a Ministry of Defence. Instead, and only in exceptional situations, a centuries-old tradition has seen the summoning of the “Sometent”, a popular militia formed by the heads of all the Andorran households between the ages of 21 and 60. In the old days, they went armed with shotguns, led by Captains whose mission was to defend the rest of the population.
Only the farmers of the Principality know the secret to providing you with the best veal and Andorran colt meat. A long tradition, its quality and its unique flavour are without doubt the ingredients that make Andorran meat an outstanding example of the country’s gastronomy.
That’s right! In Andorra we have wine, and as you travel through the valleys, forests and mountains of the country you will discover our vineyards. Thanks to the efforts that have gone into recovering this crop, forgotten for centuries in Andorra, the local wineries have succeeded in producing an excellent high altitude wine. Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Albariño are some of the varieties that you can taste.
More than 40 churches, chapels and monuments are the historical legacy of rural Romanesque art in Andorra. In the past they were the centre of religious and social gatherings and today they are some of the jewels of our cultural heritage. Make sure that you visit them – you’ll find out about an important part of the lives of our ancestors from the twelfth century.
In Naturlandia you’ll find one of the most fun attractions in the country: Tobotronc. This slide surrounded by nature involves a ride of more than 5 km through the forest of La Rabassa. You must try it!
We’re so crazy about shopping that we have over 1000 shops and 7 commercial thoroughfares and we only close 4 days a year! You have 361 days to discover what’s new, with all the latest trends in fashion, accessories, cosmetics, sports goods etc. If you are also affected by this madness, make a note in your diary for the Andorra Shopping Festival this autumn.