Andorra La Vella Tourist Information

Andorra La Vella Travel Guide

Andorra La Vella ("Andorra the Old") is the capital of Andorra. It is located between France and Spain. This peaceful, charming town offers much to see and the shops and restaurants are plentiful. The old stone streets are distinctive of its ancient culture.

Andorra La Vella's history goes back to the 8th century, when Charlemagne protected the town from Moor settlement. Although it retained its independence, it was also isolated. Recently, Andorra has taken successful measures toward becoming a tourist town. Many banks now have branches here, thanks to the new tax haven.

Andorra La Vella Tourist Attractions

Skiing facilities have also been developed. Although it is not yet on the list for the Olympic Winter Games, the town did host the Games of the Small States of Europe in 1991 and 2005.

Església de Sant Esteve church is the town's iconic symbol. Its 11th century Romanesque architecture represents the stone houses and streets of that era. Daily tours are available and worthwhile.

A great way to see Andorra is from the Bridge of la Margineda. This medieval structure is still in excellent condition.

The Town Square also has magnificent views of the Valley. The Square is a peaceful treat after enjoying a relaxing spa at the Caldea, located in the glass spire building. The Caldea also offers sauna and swimming facilities.

Transportation Around Andorra La Vella

Andorra is only accessible by road. The closest major airports are in Toulouse-Blagnac, France and Barcalona, Spain. Car rentals and taxis are available at both airports.

Andorra La Vella is a safe town and the people are friendly and accommodating. However, do keep in mind before traveling to a foreign country that it is highly recommended to take out travel insurance. In the event of an accident or illness, medical expenses can be very costly. Travel insurance can provide you and your family assurance that your trip will be the most memorable.