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Quaint Charm in Andorra

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After travelling and hanging about for 7 hours via Barcelona, I arrived in the early hours, to the capital of my 47th country - Andorra La Vella. With it being late, I went straight to bed, eager at what the next day would hold for my second holiday of the year.

Waking up the next morning I opened to curtains to find a stunning view of mountains - for I had the best room in the hotel - top floor with views over the city and mountains below. After gathering my things I headed towards the old city, and was struck by the views of mountains from everywhere within the town.

View from the hotel

View from the hotel


Sant Esteve Church

Sant Esteve Church

My first sight was the roof of the congress centre, which at its elevated position provides views of the mountains. I then headed into the old city, where the Sant Esteve church and Parliament buildings are located. This area had a very quaint charm, with the traditional stone brick buildings and cobbled streets. Even though this was 2015, you could see that much of this area is exactly how it would have been hundreds of years ago.

Old Town

Old Town

After witnessing the old part of the town, I then headed down towards the newer part of the city, which is why most people come to the country - tax free shopping! Around 80% of the shops were selling luxury goods - cameras, tablets, watches etc.

Even in the local supermarket, beside a bunch of bananas was bulk packs of cigarettes and flashy cameras. In many ways it was much the same as Liechtenstein - luxury shops in front of stunning mountain views.

Caldea

Caldea

I then carried on walking towards the other side of the town, and saw the huge Caldera spa, a huge shard of glass pointing into the sky, before heading back towards the old part of town and eventually my bus back to Barcelona.

The town isn't very big, and so it didn't take long to see it, but it was a fun experience, and if you love mountains, skiing or luxury shopping then it's worth the visit.

Posted by kmmk17 17:00 Archived in Andorra Tagged mountains city

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