The 10 best things to do in Andorra during the summer
Nowadays, Andorra has been able to take advantage of its tourist attraction thanks to its privileged environment in the heart of the Pyrenees, an enviable legacy of Romanesque art, stupendous mountain gastronomy and modern infrastructures that oscillate between the best ski slopes and the most innovative spas on the European scene. And besides, the purchases are still irresistible.
Whether it is summer or winter, Andorra is an ideal destination to enjoy nature with the family or as a couple with a lot of activities that we can do. Below we review what they are the best things we can do in Andorra in summer.
- 1. Take advantage of your purchases to visit the historic center of Andorra la Vella
- Accommodation recommendations in Andorra
- 2. Discover the best Romanesque churches in Andorra
- 3. Take some of the best hiking routes in Andorra
- 4. Give yourself a wellness experience in Caldea
- 5. Visit the Naturlandia amusement park
- 6. Hallucinate with the views from the Roc d'en Quer viewpoint
- 7. Discover why Andorra is a paradise for cycling
- 8. Visit the spiritual heart of Andorra: the Sanctuary of Meritxell
- 9. Taste Andorran gastronomy
- 10. Visit the most beautiful villages in Andorra
1. Take advantage of your purchases to visit the historic center of Andorra la Vella
Many walk around Andorra la Vella, the capital of the country, with their shopping bags and at most they go from the parking lot to the nearest supermarket. Big mistake. In addition to the great shopping, at unbeatable prices in many cases, that we can find in Andorra We recommend you take a walk through its historic center.
The capital of Andorra offers a very interesting historical center that is concentrated around the House of the Valley, the Andorran parliament, one of the oldest on the continent, built in the 16th century in its stone style. Around it we find the Plaça del Poble and other interesting buildings such as the Romanesque church of Sant Esteve from the 12th century, Casa Felipó with its characteristic granite style of the forties, Casa Guillermó or Casa Rull converted into a museum to contemplate the style Andorran life of the seventeenth century.
probably the Avinguda Meritxell It will be the street through which you travel the most as it is the most commercial in all of Andorra. You will find all kinds of shops and large shopping centers.
Accommodation recommendations in Andorra
Below we show you some of the best recommended accommodations in Andorra:
- Hotel Metropolis: It is located in Escaldes, right next to the Andorra area and the Calea spa. The rooms are spacious, modern and with all kinds of details. It offers a ski locker service and an excellent breakfast buffet. The double room in low season costs about 80 euros.
- Comfort Escaldes: beautiful and new apartment in Escaldes a few meters from Grandvalira. It has a room, bathroom and equipped kitchen. In addition, they have a 24-hour reception service and you can buy your fortaits at the reception.
2. Discover the best Romanesque churches in Andorra
The Pyrenees is full of Romanesque, like the one found in the nearby Boí Valley and other remote areas of the mountain range.
In Andorra you can do a route by car to see the best Romanesque churches in the country.
Among them, do not miss the church of Sant Climent in the town of Pal, one of the best representations of the Romanesque in Andorra, the church of Sant Miquel de Engolasters or the church of Sant Roma de les Bons.
3. Take some of the best hiking routes in Andorra
Going to Andorra and not visiting any of its natural sites is practically a crime. Andorra is enclosed by very deep valleys and that means two things: the day is usually shorter inside the valley and the ascents are usually very steep.
Among the best excursions in Andorra you have the beautiful lakes of Tristainaof juclar or simpler as the return to the lake of the engolasters. Also awaits you Comapedrosa Peakthe top of Andorra and one of the most beautiful and tough excursions in the country.
Do not miss our article dedicated to The best excursions for hiking in Andorra.
4. Give yourself a wellness experience in Caldea
After a good walk, a massage or a good spa session is always good. In Andorra there is one of the most modern and largest spas on the continent. It is called Caldea and it is located in a futuristic structure in the shape of a transparent pyramid in the town of Escaldes-Engordany.
Without a doubt, having a experience in Caldea it is one of the best things you can do in Andorra.
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5. Visit the Naturlandia amusement park
If you go with your family, an amusement park is always a winning bet for both children and adults. Naturlandia is an amusement park that opened its doors in 2007 and has a lot of exciting activities. Among them, zip lines of up to 180 meters and the longest alpine slide at a whopping 5 kilometers long and a drop of 400 meters high.
6. Hallucinate with the views from the Roc d'en Quer viewpoint
This viewpoint was inaugurated in 2016 and offers one of the most spectacular views in all of Andorra and a must-see that you cannot miss in Andorra. To get there we must start from Canillo and take the Coll d'Ordino road. About 300 meters away from the viewpoint we will find a large parking lot to leave the car.
The views do not leave you indifferent. A long walkway brings us closer to the sculpture of a man in a pensive attitude created by the artist Miguel Ángel González. From there, the views are dizzying with a 500 meter high plummet. The views of the valleys and mountains around us are spectacular.
7. Discover why Andorra is a paradise for cycling
In the Pyrenean mountains of Andorra there are 21 mountain passes, many of them protagonists of the Tour de France or the Vuelta a España. Its curves have shown in chalk the mythical names of the history of cycling.
Andorra is prepared to host this type of tourism and there are even hotels with special repair rooms and where to store the bike overnight and special breakfasts for cyclists to recover their strength.
If you are more of BBT and especially the adrenaline that descents offer, you can get on the summer cabin in the Vallnord ski resort. A spectacular experience enjoying nature on two wheels. On the official page of Tourism Andorra you will be able to see all cycling routes in the country.
8. Visit the spiritual heart of Andorra: the Sanctuary of Meritxell
Our Lady of Meritxell is the patron saint of Andorra and obviously, his sanctuary becomes a must-see in Andorra. Do not expect to find a Romanesque work as would be usual in the valleys of Andorra and the Pyrenees by extension.
Unfortunately, the original church burned down in the early 1970s along with the original carving of the Virgin of Meritxell and in its place, the architect Ricardo Bofill built a modern structure that seeks harmony with the nature that surrounds it. The work is not without controversy and some adore it and others hate it. Come and see for yourself.
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9. Taste Andorran gastronomy
The food in Andorra is characterized by the mountain style. With high-quality meats and soups and stews to revive you from the winter cold. Do not miss out on the experience of tasting an exquisite entrecote or ribeye whose measurements usually exceed those of the plate, a wonderful escudella, stews where the mushrooms give their special touch or a mountain trinxat.
Among some of the restaurants we visit, we highlight La Sangría in Canillo or the Borda Patxeta restaurant on the way to the Roc d'en Quer viewpoint. In both cases, grilled meat and abundant salads.
10. Visit the most beautiful villages in Andorra
Once in the car we can trace an interesting route to discover the most charming towns in Andorra. Most of them are small and we can visit quickly and head to our next destination.
Among the most beautiful villages in Andorra we highlight Pal, Sant Miquel de Engolasters, Les Bons, Fontaneda, Ordino, Juberri, Auvinyà or Llorts. All of them faithful to the construction of the stone and wood houses and some of them framed in a beautiful Romanesque that still stands to this day as in Pal or in the Historic Site of Les Bons.
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