We love Andorra: this mini country with 90,000 inhabitants (that’s the whole country!) high in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, the best holiday and Hiking opportunities in the Region. It has a thriving tourism industry and is still an insider tip. So here are our five best things to do in Andorra :
1) The capital Andorra la Vella is worth a visit. Andorra la Vella offers much more than just duty-free shopping. Most visitors head to Piazza del Poble with its incredible views. Then you will drive to the old town and above all to Piazza Rotonda with its 5 meter high bronze sculpture, the nobility of the time that Salvador Dali gave in Andorra. Some days you will also find a market selling local products such as fruit jam, dried mushrooms and home remedies for colds. The bridge of Paris over the Gran Valira River is beautiful.
2) la Caldea is a 10-minute walk from Piazza Rotonda in Escaldes. It is the largest thermal complex in Europe, offering a unique combination of enjoyment and well-being. It looks like a kind of futuristic cathedral with a magnificent entrance and panoramic views of the Pyrenees. Powered by the hot springs of Andorra with its amazing therapeutic properties, its heart is a lagoon of 6000 square meters kept at a constant temperature of 32°C. Imagine countless wonderfully warm indoor, outdoor and hydromassage pools, a lazy river, an ice pool, water jets and hot tubs. For those who love a little relaxation, try the Aztec bath in the middle of a tropical garden, the grapefruit bath in a Japanese garden, the hammam, the water beds or visit the water bar with Gaudi-inspired terrace.
3) Discover the Palau de Gel in Andorra: This large ice rink is open all days of the year except Christmas and offers ice karting, ice skating, ice hockey, curling, ice football and laser action on ice, a fight with infrared rays and much more. It is not only ice, but it also has a heated swimming pool, a solarium, a sauna, a fitness Studio, an interior rock wall, squash and tennis courts, and much more.
4) Park in Andorra. Very large, very green, and with an exceptional view of the surrounding mountains, even by Andorran standards. The main attraction of the park, the Tobotronc, offers a four kilometer climb and then, more importantly, a direct descent of the mountain at high speed. Like a roller-coaster ride through the mountains! The amusement park also has a mini golf course, a climbing area, a high ropes course with zip line and snow pipes, which is a lot of fun. More trampolines, electric karts for all ages and a range of archery. The zoo is home to many animals from Andorra, such as the Pyrenees-brown bears, wolves and deer. If you love adventure, have children and want to spend the day in nature, need a total.
5) Finally, there is a high-speed kart track in El Tarter, Andorra. Great place to have fun with your kids while the adrenaline is flowing. They also have two-seater karts that are even more frightening. The slope is open until the snow comes in September and the skiers take over the track, but it is worth checking if you are there in the summer months.