Planning a trip to Europe? Want to visit a country that gets less fanfare and is not packed with tourists? Andorra is a great option: it’s a small country in Europe that is often overlooked by travellers planning a vacation. Located in the eastern Pyrenees Mountains, between Spain and France, Andorra consists of small towns amid rugged mountain terrain. Its location makes it a prime ski destination during the winter and ideal for scenic mountain hiking during the summer. Located only three hours from Barcelona, it has become a popular day trip for tourists visiting Spain. Whether you are visiting during the winter or summer, for a day or for a week, it’s important that you have reliable travel insurance for your trip to Andorra.
Travel advice and tips for visiting Andorra
Canadians travelling to Andorra must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their expected departure date. Tourist and business visas are not required, and student visas are required for stays longer than 90 days. Even though the crime rate is low, you should exercise caution and secure your passport and personal belongings at all times.
The official language is in the country is Catalan, although Spanish, Portuguese and French are also commonly spoken. Even though Andorra is not part of the European Union, the euro (EUR) is the accepted currency.
Since weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, avalanches do pose a risk. If you are planning a ski vacation, consult local weather forecasts and follow the directions of local authorities if an avalanche poses a threat.
Top destinations in Andorra
Even though it’s small and relatively unknown, Andorra hosts about 10 million visitors annually, and the majority visit its capital city, La Vella. The city is small enough to explore on foot and offers quaint shops and restaurants. The city is also known for its medieval churches and lively main street. Skiers frequent the town of Encamp, the base for the Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa ski regions.
Some of the popular places to see include the village of El Serrat in the mountains, Vallnord (one of the most popular winter sports destinations in the Pyrenees Mountains), the Church of Sant Joan de Caselles, Centro Termolúdico Caldea, Sant Martí de la Cortinada, the Valira d'Orient Valley, the town of Les Escaldes and the National Automobile Museum in Encamp. If you are up for exploring, consider booking the three countries (Andorra, Spain and France) in a one-day sightseeing tour.
Travel insurance for vacations in Andorra
Whether you want to ski the mountains, go sightseeing, or pass through Andorra on a trip across Europe, travel insurance is a vital part of vacation planning. You never know when you could need emergency medical assistance, have your trip cut short or travel plans altered, or require travel assistance. When you travel with Blue Cross, you have access to all the travel support you need, 24/7, worldwide. This is why one in four Canadians choose Blue Cross. Get a free travel insurance quote today!
|Population (2012):||78,360||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Capital:||Andorra la Vella|
|Diesel (2012):||1.48||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline (2012):||1.67||1.23 (2013)|