Travel Guide 2022
Andorra at a glance
|Neighboring countries||Spain und France|
Guide to Andorra
The mini-state of Andorra is undoubtedly special in Europe. The dwarf in the heights of the Pyrenees is home to less than 70,000 people, lies between the two powerful neighbors France and Spain and yet has retained its independence. Tourism has led to the development of what was once a peasant republic into a functioning state. Favourable trade and customs conditions with an extremely low rate of sales tax did the rest. For many a holidaymaker, Andorra is something like a small paradise.
In former times, cattle breeding was the source of a modest income – today, tourism brings foreign currency. Especially in the winter months, it sometimes gets crowded on the roads to Andorra, as skiers rave about the abundance of snow in this part of the Pyrenees and also enjoy a well-developed network of lifts and slopes. Officially, Andorra is a Parliamentary Monarchy and the official language is Catalan. The dignity and burden of head of state is shared by the President of France and the Bishop of Urgell.
The most impressive building in the capital Andorra la Vella is the historic seat of government Casa de la Val. It dates back to 1580 and now houses two institutions: the Palace of Justice and a museum well worth seeing. Andorra has a continental climate with warm summers.