Where is it: Andorra is located in southwestern Europe, between France and Spain.
Why do people go here: To shop! The tiny country is known for its duty free offerings and is a favorite of Europeans hoping to save a few bucks. There are also five ski resorts and the largest spa in Europe.
What are the main entry points: Because of the country’s small size, the capital, Andorra la Vella, is the destination of most travelers. Andorra can only be accessed via car or bus.
Currency used: Euro
Country Code for Phones: 376
Area codes for Major Cities: None Needed
Other Phone Tips: Telecards are required for payphones and must be purchased at the tourist office or post office.
Religion: Roman Catholic (predominant)
Ethnic Breakdown: Spanish 43%, Andorran 33%, Portuguese 11%, French 7%, other 6%
Government: Parliamentary democracy and Co-principality
Languages: Catalan (official), French, Castilian, Portuguese
Major Cities: Andorra la Vella
Attractions: Duty-free shops, Skiing resorts, Caldea-Spa
Accommodation: Andorra Hostels, Andorra la Vella Hotel
Tourism Office locations and links: Andorra-Ministeri de Turisme i Esports Carrer Prat de la Creu 62-64 Andorra la Vella -789 FAZ + 376-860-184
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Microminature Museum, Toulouse
Health Issues: There are no health issues in Andorra. Extensive medical treatments should take place in nearby Spain or France.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: The slopes are packed December through late spring, and the hiking trails pick up the slack when the snow melts.
Common Phrases: Good morning=Bon dia, Good afternoon=Bona tarda, Good evening/night=Bona nit, thank you=gràcies; mercès, sorry=perdó, how much?= quant val; quant és
Specific Events/Holidays: Our Lady of Meritxell Day, 8 September (1278)
Getting Around: Because there are no trains in Andorra, buses are the way to go. If you want to drive, rent a motorcycle for better handling on the tight streets.
Good to know: Because of its tax-free status, Andorra is flooded by well-to-do European travelers and be expensive in cities that offer limited accommodation.
Cheapest airport to fly into: There are no airports in Andorra. The closest airport that you can use is located in Perpignan, France- Rivesaltes Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Andorra travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.