Andorra is a small country but with many beautiful landscapes of mountains, lakes and valleys and charming towns with Romanesque stone buildings.
Andorra Car Hire
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Andorran Arts and Architecture
Andorra la Vella, the capital of Andorra, is an interesting city with a mixture of old and new. The old part still has a traditional charm with attractive old buildings made of stone and narrow cobblestone streets. St. Stephen’s Church, was originally built in the 12th century in a Romanesque style, with alterations and restoration during the 20th century. It is a charming building, with the original apse remaining, and there are impressive sculptures in the church and stained glass windows. The Casa de la Vall, the former Parliament Building of Andorra, was built in the 16th century and you can have a tour around this old stone building and its lovely character. The Bridge of la Margineda is a stands across the River Valira. It is a lovely landmark, and a picturesque sight built in stone and surviving from the medieval period in the 12th century.
The town square is a popular place where people like to meet up and enjoy great views of the valley. There are lots of places for shopping in Andorra la Vella with several large shopping streets with high street stores, along with stylish boutiques. There are also lots of cafes and restaurants in the city for you to eat and drink in.
In Escaldes-Engordany you can visit such places as the 12th century Church of St Miquel d’Engolasters built in Romanesque style with 20th century restorations. It has a tall bell tower and the inside is ornate with colourful murals. The church is set in rural surroundings with a lovely view of the valley with trees all around. The Perfume Museum makes an interesting and unusual visit where you can learn about the history of perfume making and you can be involved in making your own perfume, selecting the fragrances yourself. The Church of Sant Pere Martir is a lovely stone building dated from the 1950’s and has been built in an attractive Neo-Romesque style. You cold visit the Escaldes-Engordany Arts Centre where you can see various exhibitions including sculptures and interesting small models of architecture in Andorra. There are hot springs in the in the region and you can go and have a relaxing and enjoyable hot spa at such places as the Caldea Spa Complex which is a superb modern building and also has other various facilities including Turkish baths.
The Andorran Landscape
The Coma Pedrosa Natural Park is an area of scenic landscape located on and around the Coma Pedrosa Mountain which is Andorra’s tallest mountain. Many visitors go there to climb the mountain amid the lovely scenery of valleys, lakes, waterfalls and springs. On the mountain you can see the dense forests of trees such as firs, pines and birch, and there are also lovely clear lakes on the mountain and the valleys are very attractive with scenic meadows.
The mountain is great in winter for many sports such as skiing and snowboarding, you could visit the local town of Arinsal and take the ski lifts in the valley to enjoy the invigorating winter sports.Visitors can hike along the many routes available in the area and enjoy the natural wildlife of the region with many plants and flowers. Among the animals in the Park area are chamois, and some of the birds that live there include eagles and vultures.
Sorteny Valley Nature Park has an abundance of plants, herbs and flowers growing naturally in the park and there is also a botanical garden where there are many interesting medicinal herbs growing. There are lovely, scenic valleys, plains and meadows, together with marsh areas and you can also explore the dense areas of forest with many pine trees growing. You can see the beautiful lake its with crystal blue colour and relax by the waters. There are many sports to enjoy in the winter, such as skiing and snowboarding, and hiking around the area you can enjoy great views of the picturesque scenery. The park area is home to animals such as roe deer, pine martens, wild boars and chamois.
In Andorra the cuisine is Catalan with influences from France and also Italy. Popular dishes include escabeche, which can be fish, chicken or pork that is poached or fried and then marinated. Coca is a Catalan pastry that can be used in a variety of ways, either as a pie casing or a base with toppings of sausage, cheese, fish or vegetables. Various pork sausages are popular, including fuet which are dried pork sausages, and salami. Other popular dishes include cod cooked with pine nuts and raisins and bread with olive oil and tomato. Escudella is a pasta, meat and vegetable stew, and snails are also enjoyed.
Popular Catalonian desserts in Andorra include crema catalana which is a custard type dish with a lemon or orange flavour and caramalized sugar. It can be eaten in a number of ways such as a filling in pastry, or eaten with fruit. Tortell is a pastry with a filling of cream, chocolate or marzipan and pastry with a filling of marrow jam is also enjoyed. Another favourite is mel i mato which is cheese and honey. Popular alcoholic drinks consumed in Andorra include wine, cava and beer and non-alcoholic drinks include coffee, tea and various fruit juices.
On your trip to Andorra you are sure to have an enjoyable time, whether you are skiing on the beautiful mountain slopes, enjoying a relaxing hot spa or exploring lush forests of pine.
Capital: Andorra la Vella
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