Both a City and a Country: Andorra la Vella

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Both a City and a Country: Andorra la Vella

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Located in the Pyrenees mountain range, between France and Spain, almost on the border, there is the Andorra la Vella (Andorra the Town) which is a city but also a country, and naturally the capital city. It’s because, there is no city other than Andorra in Andorra.

The medieval old town ‘Barri Antic’ of Andorra la Vella has very well protected old walls with ancient winding layout, cobbled streets and stone houses which create a middle-aged ambient in the narrow streets.

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Andorra is mostly associated with winter sports such as skiing, hiking and mountain biking because of its geographical location. It is the place that people in Barcelona or Toulouse or another close cities which are in France and Spain could go on a weekend trip usually.

At the historic part of Andorra, there is Church of Sant Esteve which was built in there in 12th century and has a tall tower and has religious sculptures around it.

Along with those sculptures, there is also a famous sculpture called Noblesse du Temps (the Nobility of Time), in other words, the Dali Clock. It was made to represent the value and importance of time and how fast it passes.

Another must-see of Andorra is Casa de la Vall (Town Hall) which was used to be the parliamentary house in the 18th century. Looking like a small-sized castle, the building is another example of protected history around the country.

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Andorra loves spa. At the city center, there is Centre Termoludic Caldea which is Europe’s largest spa complex. The exterior of the building is almost fully made of glass, and there are saunas, jacuzzis, baths, cascades, and many more.

The one and only UNESCO site of Andorra is Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley. That glacial valley has a lot of endemic species and for the local people, it is a spiritual place. It also serves a great view of mountains with green and well protected forests.

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The low taxes of Andorra is a great attraction for shopping lovers. From luxury to affordable brands, it is possible to find every kind of products such as electronics, clothes, tobacco products and many more. And the souvenir shops are very unique there.

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