Andorra La Vella

Andorra la Vella is the capital of Andorra. At an altitude of 1023m it is the only European capital to be located over 1 km above the sea level, and consequentially Europe's highest located capital.

Get in

There is no train station or airport in Andorra la Vella.

By bus

Bus companies operating international lines via Andorra la Vella:

Get around

You should be able to walk around most of Andorra la Vella. The town is really in two parts. There is the newer section at the North end of the town that is very commercial with lots of shops. The other half is the older half, down across the river and to the South and West. This also has quite a number of shops and places to eat and also the historic part.

If you stay in either of these areas, you can easily cover on foot, but walking from the end of one half to the other will take a good half hour or more, so it is worth taking the local bus which is cheap. Be sure to read the timetable and routes carefully on the bus stop.


Sant Esteve's church near parliament building in the old historic section of Andorra La Vella. Taken Oct 2005


Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

The cultural landscape of Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, which was inscribed in the World heritage list in 2006, can only be accessed on foot. It offers great hiking and climbing possibilities in summer and in winter ski mountaineering or walking with snowshoes is an option.


The best bargains can be obtained in electronic goods and jewelry. High cost items tend to be cheaper than anywhere else because of the low tax.

The great thing about the electronic goods like digital cameras is that there are a huge range of shops and a huge stock range, so you really get to see all the different makes and models.

Some of the larger shops seem to stock a lot of brand label clothing. Don't miss out on the Via Moda Group.... especially during sales.

There are loads of ski gear shops. The best advice is to shop around.


There are a number of reasonably priced restaurants, although many of them tend to be Italian food of pizza and pasta. Gourmets will naturally find good addresses with the prices to go with them. Beware!!!! You find almost nothing open after 10:30p.m. so plan ahead! El Vesuvio in nearby La Massana serves Italian and Moroccan food until 12am.


Drink and spirits especially are very good value in the supermarkets. Especially at the Hiper Andorra.




Go next

Andorra la Vella is not a bad location if you want to go skiing because you can get either the local bus or the "Snow" bus up to most of the ski resorts. Most hotels during the ski season should have details.

The old town is worth visiting. It is up on the hill to the West and South of the main modern part of the town. It is quite old and quaint. You should cover it in about 2 or 3 hours.

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