The Principality of Andorra is a small country (about 468 km2) located in the Pyrenees between the countries of Spain and France. Its capital is Andorra la Vella, and in total consists of seven parishes: Canillo, Encamp, Ordino, La Massana, Andorra la Vella, Sant Julia de Loria and Escaldes-Engordany. With a young and varied population of around 85,000 inhabitants, only 37% have Andorran nationality.
The country is visited by more than 10,000 visitors each year, who choose Andorra as their vacation spot, for shopping,or for business trips, as it is considered one of the most important tourist centers in Europe.
Andorra is a mountainous land, located in a region with steep mountain peaks and beautiful valleys through which countless waterways run. Its average elevation is around 2,000 meters above sea level, and in total it has 65 peaks with an altitude greater than 2,500 meters Its highest mountain is the Peak of Comapedrosa, with an altitude of 2,942 meters above sea level.
Some of the reasons why Andorra is visited by millions of people every year are its matchless opportunities and prices for shoppers; its touristic activities of adventure sports and cycling, the mountain in winter and summer; its abundance of Romanesque monuments; and the friendliness of its inhabitants.
The main language is Catalan, although Spanish is widely spoken and French and Portuguese are also commonly used, and the Euro is the official currency. Andorra is not a member of the European Union, but is accessed through either France or Spain, meaning that a visa to enter Schengen countries may be necessary for the visitor to Andorra if they do not have the automatic right to enter the EU.
The main economic factors in Andorra are trade, tourism and finance, with tourism taking an increasingly important role in generating employment. There is a strong cultural tradition, with prestigious international events taking place throughout the year, in addition to numerous dance, music and traditional folklore festivals. Sport is also an important driver of the economy, with trekking, climbing and cycling popular in the summer months and skiing and snowboarding mainstays in winter, with the Grandvalira Ski Resort providing slopes to cater for all levels of expertise.
Andorra is a welcoming country that increasing numbers of people are visiting for shorter or longer stays. With easy access from both France and Spain, diverse attractions to suit all tastes and a high standard of accommodation and visitor facilities, Andorra could be just what you are seeking for your holiday destination.