Ski resorts of Andorra
Nestling between France and Spain, Andorra offers the best ski slopes and resorts in the Pyrenees. Grandvalira is the largest ski region, with 210km of ski slopes, ranging from 1,710m to 2,640m. Another major ski district is Vallnord, spanning 63km of slopes, up to 2,625m high, encompassing the resorts of Arinsal, Pal and Arcalis. Skiers of all abilities are drawn to the charming village of Soldeu el Tarter, which boasts 92km of ski slopes, linked by 29 lifts. Snowboarding is also on offer at many of the resorts.
If you're taking time out from the slopes, then Andorra la Vella, the capital city, is an absolute haven for discerning shoppers. Due to the VAT rate in Andorra being among the lowest in Europe, expect top-quality items at lower prices. High-quality and designer clothing, ski and sports goods, photographic equipment, perfumes, jewellery, electronics and alcohol are all readily available, sometimes with savings of up to 20% on the average price. Shopping is so popular in Andorra that the principality even hosts an annual shopping festival, supported by retailers in all districts, who showcase new ranges, brands and trends, while shoppers enjoy bands, street artists and local cuisine.
The spa experience
Andorra is home to Europe's largest spa complex, the Centre Termolúdic Caldea, in Andorra la Vella. Its stunning glass tower design dominates the skyline, while the complex offers amazing facilities. There are numerous indoor and outdoor lagoons for relaxation; saunas; Jacuzzi baths; specialised spa areas with Roman baths; cascading water and warm marble slates. The mineral-rich, warm water used at the spa is from a natural, thermal source. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will never be forgotten.
The nearby town of Les Escaldes takes its name from its many hot springs, renowned for their healing and medicinal properties. High in sulphur and nitrogen, the waters range from 22°C to 66°C and date back to Roman times. Other tourist attractions of Les Escaldes include the Viladomat Museum, the old fortress of Capilla Sant Roma and the famous Pont dels Escalls bridge, offering breath-taking views of the old town.
Wining and dining
Andorra is renowned for its numerous mountain wineries stretching across the principality. Several local wine producers have developed a quality product and wine tours are becoming increasingly popular. Visit local wineries at Casa Auvinyà, Borda Sabaté 1944, Celler Mas Berenguer and Casa Beal.
Traditional cuisine in Andorra includes many locally-produced cheeses; veal; Andorran stew with meatballs, pasta and vegetables; bread flavoured with tomato, garlic and olive oil; fried ham and broad beans and a local sausage served with white beans. There are many high-quality restaurants in every town serving traditional speciality food. Due to the global clientele at the ski resorts, there’s also a huge choice of bars and pubs, most of which offer international fare, in the ski resort villages.
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