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Andorra Travel Blog

Have you ever wanted to explore one of the smallest countries in Europe? Do you love mountains? If so, you will want to put the gorgeous country of Andorra on your Europe itinerary.

Having traveled all over Europe, and finding it so easy to jump over from some of our favorite places in France, we still discovered this small country to be unique and interesting from all the rest. We weren’t here long, but we did have a drive through, a lunch, and took some photos…so yes, it counts and that’s why we included these facts and a little information on our Andorra Travel Blog.

Sant Joan de Castelles church.
A popular stop on the road in Andorra is this Romanesque church, called Sant Joan de Castelles.

We only spent a day in Andorra, a perfect summer day, winding along the mountain roads, exploring the capital, Andorra La Vella, where we also had a pretty good lunch. We definitely didn’t spend enough time in this small country. One day we’ll go back and spend a few days hiking in the summer.

Travel in Andorra

Andorra is located between France and Spain, that’s exactly what we were doing exploring these three countries. We were on a southern France road trip and decided to cross the border on one of the days.

We certainly don’t claim to be experts on Andorra, but we did learn a few things while we were here, such as:

  • There is no way to fly into Andorra, you must drive, just like we did. We drove from France, through Andorra, and south to Spain.
  • The country is mountainous, and in fact, Andorra La Vella, is the highest capital in elevation in all of Europe. It’s elevation is 3,356 feet above sea level.
  • One of the most popular things to do is hike the Gran Recorrido País trail, taking you from one side of the country to the next. This is my plan for our next visit.
  • Even though the official language is Catalan, everyone speaks three languages fluently; the others are French and Spanish.
  • Skiing is huge! With all of these mountains, most of the top places to visit are ski resorts. Yes, we want to experience a few of the 186 miles of ski slopes.

Photos of Andorra

Andorran stone house.
Stone houses along the France to Spain route we took in Andorra.
Road in Andorra.
A look back at the road we were traveling. Gorgeous Andorra!
Sant Joan de Castelles Church Andorra.
Another view of theSant Joan de Castelles.
Church and cars with Andorran plates.
Cars, with Andorran plates, in the parking lot of the church.
The Andorra sign with people.
Here we are with our road-tripping buddies. We couldn’t help but stop and take a photo of us all in Andorra.

Have you been? What are the best things to do in Andorra?

Author Bio: Corinne Vail is a travel photographer, food lover, and a perpetual traveler who has been travel writing for over 14 years. For many years she lived overseas in Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands teaching the children of the US. military. She’s visited over 90 countries, and she’s not stopping anytime soon.

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Andorra, one of the smallest countries in Europe. Let's Go!

Jane Dempster-Smith

Thursday 31st of January 2019

Thanks for putting Andorra on our bucket list and things to do next time we are in Europe. Your photos are beautiful. I was surprised to learn that Catalan was the official language. Thanks for sharing.

Corinne Vail

Thursday 31st of January 2019

Jane, We still have more to learn about Andorra as well. I hope you get there soon.

Kristin Henning

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

It's been a long time since we've been to Andorra, so your story is of course making us consider a return.

Corinne Vail

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Well, we have to return as well. We have not really given it a fair shake up to this point. I want to do the hike I mentioned.

Rhonda Albom

Monday 17th of December 2018

I didn't get to Andorra on my car loop from Galicia through the Basque region/Pyrenees and out to the French Mediterranean on my way back to Costa Brava. It is such a small country but I do understand the skiing is fabulous.

Corinne Vail

Monday 17th of December 2018

Rhonda, Ours was on a whim, not planned. It's a beautiful place and one we need to spend more time in for sure.


Sunday 2nd of December 2012

This is beautiful!