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Discover Charming Andorra

A Country and Travel Guide
by Calvin Smith

ISBN 978-1-7392490-0-7
First published 2023
159 pages (Kindle edition)
157 pages (paperback edition)

What do you know about the micro-state of Andorra? Nestled high in the Pyrenees mountains, many people cannot place this ancient and mountainous principality on a map. Others who do know a little about Andorra largely associate this tiny country with skiing and low tax shopping. But there is so much more to Andorra. So what else do you know about this tucked-away little country?

It has come under the control of the Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Carolingians. It is a quirk of history with two heads of state (a bishop and a European president). Its medieval and feudal system of governance lasted well into the 20th century and Napoleon Bonaparte called it a political curiosity. It is the home of three languages, a rich culture and folklore, ancient traditions, excellent food, incredible snow-covered mountains and views, Romanesque churches, deer, wild boar, eagles and even bears.

Sant Joan de Caselles, Canillo

It has one of the best health care systems and longest life expectancies in the world. It is a land of wealth, low taxes and a high standard of living provided through tourism, banking and commerce. There are countless places to visit and things to see. Outdoor activities in Andorra are numerous and the skiing plentiful (skiing is so popular it even forms part of the school curriculum). Literally millions of people visit the country every year.

All this… and yet the country is just 14 or so miles wide. So how much do you really know about Andorra?

Ancient stone bridge over Valira d’Orient river, Ordino parish

This country and travel guide is ideal for anyone wanting to visit Andorra for the first time, as well as those who have already visited but are seeking ideas and information to enhance their experience of the country during subsequent visits. This book is also a useful resource for those wanting to know more about the principality as they begin researching buying a property and/or moving there.

Avinguda Meritxell, Andorra la Vella

The book provides readers with a detailed understanding and feel for Andorra’s history, geography, culture, economy and people, sufficient to enhance the experience of a visit to Andorra beyond a short, casual trip or city break. It also offers various suggestions about what to do and see and where to go, including various excursions for those looking for ideas. Also covered are practical issues such as driving in Andorra, where to stay and eat, tipping, shopping, information about exploring Andorra by motorhome (which has its own chapter), and much, much more.

If you are searching for a one-stop resource for everything you need to know about Andorra this country and travel guide has you covered. It is written from the perspective of someone who travels widely, both professionally as a researcher and tour leader, and also for leisure. So you can be assured it will meet your specific travel needs.

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