Before heading over to the next ski resort in Andorra , we wanted to share this guide where we give you more info about Andorra itself and everything it has to offer.
So, where do we begin? For those of you who may not know this, Andorra is a small country located between Spain and France and in the Pyrenees mountain range. It is one of the smallest countries in the world.
When is the best time to visit Andorra?
We can safely say that Andorra is an all-year-round destination . Despite its small size, it has so much to offer. Most of the tourists visit this country to go skiing as it has a total of 3 ski resorts that open at the beginning of December and run all the way through to Easter . One of them is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees.
If you're into adventure sports, Summer is also a great time to visit Andorra. There are different adventure companies that offer great activities like bungee jumping, kayaking and other activities like quad bikes. If you enjoy hiking, there are loads of trails that will take you to some of the most breathtaking places in the Pyrenees. Spring and Autumn are also a great time of the year to go hiking in Andorra.
If you're visiting Andorra with your children, you can take them to Naturlandia , an animal park that also has the longest “slide” in Europe called Tobotronc .
What is Andorra famous for?
Nowadays it's famous for its ski resorts , and so, it's widely known for attracting a large number of tourists each year. However, in the past, this country was known for tobacco as its main economic activity was producing tobacco. As the country is tax free, people would travel here to buy tobacco cheap. Today, people who visit Andorra come to buy electronic devices.
What is good to buy in Andorra?
As we have just mentioned, it's a tax-free country and so, during your visit, you must definitely save an afternoon when you can head to the city centre and do some shopping. You can buy all sorts, from electric devices to designer clothes.
How do you get to Andorra?
Andorra has no airport. Actually La Seu d'Urgell which is on the Spanish border does have a small airport but doesn't receive international flights, at least not for now.
The closest international airports are Toulouse Blagnac and Barcelona El Prat airports, both of which are about 3 hours and 30 minutes from Andorra by car or bus. On Esquiades.com we offer a transfer service from both airports, which you can add to your booking during the booking process;)
If you're driving to Andorra, you can access from the Spanish border or from the French border. There are checkpoints at both borders and when you exit the country you will be asked to stop and open your boot to show what you are carrying. You will be asked if you have any alcohol or tobacco, so make sure you know the limits.
As you can imagine, there are hundreds of hotels and apartments in Andorra. On Esquiades.com you can find some really cheap weekend deals as well as week long holiday offers. We are totally flexible with the booking dates and durations and we have different filters to help you find an accommodation that suits your travel budget. We currently have some fantastic early booking discounts if you're thinking of hitting the slopes in Andorra this 2020/2021 Ski Season. And there's more! We have also implemented a free cancellation policy so you can book with total peace of mind knowing you can cancel your booking for free.
Andorra Food and Drink
Whether you have booked a hotel with half board or a self-catered apartment, you need to make sure you go out for dinner at least once during your holiday. With it being so close to France, there are a lot of raclette restaurants (yum!). And let's not forget its proximity to Spain, which means that there are also a lot of tapas restaurants as well.
If you're traveling with children, there's also a Hard Rock Café and, on Esquiades.com you can pre-book a table at an excellent price!
The host of one of the largest spas in Europe.
Have you ever heard of Caldea Spa Center ? If you haven't, it is a huge spa centre in the city centre. Andorra is also known for its thermal water that has excellent properties for your skin. This spa centre offers something for everyone. Children from the age of 3 are allowed in. There's a kiddies area called Likids for children aged 3 and 4. Then there's the main area for adults and children aged 5 and over. If you want some peace and quiet, there's an “adult only” area called Inúu Wellness Attitude . There are 2 restaurants and you can also book special treatments. You will find all of their services and products on our website ;)
Health and Safety Protocols in Andorra
Here are the answers to your questions regarding COVID-19 Health and Safety Measure in Andorra.
Do you have to wear a mask in Andorra?
Wearing a mask is compulsory everywhere in Andorra, both outside and in closed doors.
Do you have to wear latex gloves?
The answer is no. Make sure you wash your hands frequently and carry a sanitizer gel. Ski resorts, shops, hotels and restaurants will also have gel in different areas.
What social distance do I need to keep?
If you are in the Andorra La Vella city centre or in any other town of the country.
Try and keep a social distance of 4 meters and walk along the right side of the street.
If you're in a shop, bar, restaurant, etc.
You will be asked to keep a social distance of at least 1.5 meters.
If you're practicing a sport.
If you're hiking, please try and keep a distance of 4 meters. If you're running, 10 meters of social distance. If you're cycling, you will need to keep a distance of 20 meters.
If you're practicing any of these sports in urban areas, wearing a mask is compulsory.
If you're practicing a sport in the mountains.
Wearing a mask will not be required and you should keep a safe distance of 4 meters with other people.
If you're taking public transport.
The number of people allowed on the buses has been reduced to 50% and everyone has to wear a mask. It's highly recommended to pay your bus ticket by card.
If you're taking a taxi.
You cannot sit on the passenger's seat next to the driver. You will be asked to sit on the back people and wear a mask. People of the same family unit are allowed in the taxi. It's highly recommended to pay by card.
Do I need to self-isolate when I enter Andorra?
No, people coming into Andorra from Spain, France, Portugal and other European countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, United Kingdom, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican do not have to self-isolate in Andorra. At least for now. Please check with the Department of Health before going on holiday and read the latest news and protocols implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO).
What COVID-19 protocols are the ski resorts in Andorra going to follow?
We are currently waiting to receive the official protocols from the andorran government. However, we have prepared a special post where we share an initial draft of what we believe are going to be the health and safety measures that will be implemented in the European ski resorts .
We hope this guide on Andorra is useful and has answered all of your questions before booking your next holiday!