Principality of Andorra
Principat d'Andorra (Catalan)
Summer Festival - Creme Andorrana - City Street - Ski Resort - Andorra la Vella - Caragols - Typical Housing - Pyrenees - Church Andorra la Vella
Andorra la Vella
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World Heritage Site
Andorra is a sovereign microstate on the Iberian Peninsula in the eastern Pyrenees. It is landlocked by France in the north and Spain in the south. With an area of 468 km2 and a population of approximately 77,281 it is the sixth-smallest nation in Europe.
The microstate is known as a principality as it is a diarchy headed by two Co-Princes: the Catholic Bishop of Urgell in Spain and the President of France. The present principality was formed in 1278.
Andorra la Vella is at an elevation of 1,023 metres above sea level the highest capital city in Europe. Although Spanish, Portuguese and French are commonly spoken, the official language is Catalan. Andorra is not a member of the European Union, but the Euro is the official currency. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, in 2013 the people of Andorra had at 81 years the highest life expectancy in the world.
Andorra is a place with a lot of nature and recreational activities in every respect. In winter, it offers by far the best ski slopes and facilities in the entire Pyrenees such as Andorra's most important ski resort, the eastern Grandvalira. In summer on the other hand, you can explore the trails in the lush green mountains, enjoy the blue sky, the crystal clear waters and the amazing scenery. Breathe pure oxygen and go hiking, riding, cycling, take a ride on the mountain slide or fly down a zip-line. Andorra has the highest number of museums per inhabitant in the world. Definitely worth a visit or discover the Romanesque treasures and visit a few of the 40 churches.