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    Andorra made itself rich doing this: In the postwar years when motoring became commonplace, its geographical position between France and Spain has proved to be fortunate.

    Until recently there was no tax at all; and even now it is only 4.5% as a sales tax.  This means Andorran vendors can undercut French and Spanish stores margins, as for example IVA (VAT in spain) is around 20%.  But that doesn't mean you get 14% off - the local stores just make more profit!

    That's not to say Andorra really is a shopping mecca:  It excels in luxury products such as perfumes, cameras and watches - in many of the smaller stores you'd be making a big mistake to pay the list price anyway; it's all about bargaining and haggling old style in these.  Be warned however; there might be many little stores up and down the main shopping streets - but some are owned by the same families, so "walking" and getting a price down the street might not be so useful!   All the shopkeepers speak some level of English.

    Cigarettes, alcohol and petrol are insanely cheap compared to other countries.  If you are driving down from France to Spain, try to time your fuel stop for Andorra; and brim the tank!

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    You can park in the on-street parking (pre-pay) and park overnight quite cheaply as the machines are set to not charge for the night hours.

    In the off-street parking you do wind up paying an overnight fee (maybe 15€).

    You cannot enter any car parks with snow chains on.  Some car parks will also prohibit you from entering if your car is laden with snow.

    • No entry to car park if your car has chains on.
  • What can you eat here? You can't Edit

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    There are plenty of eating options in Andorra La Vella. The locals and spanish tourists don't have much experience of foreign foods, so they gravitate to good local cuisine. This means meats, fish and seafood, as well as "mountain" offerings such as mushrooms and lettuces.

    Unlike pretty much anywhere in Catalonia (bar Barcelona) you can get good chinese, vietnamese, japanese meals etc. in Andorra (and most are in La Vella itself) That's not to say they particularly authentic, but interesting nevertheless.

    Restaurants are normally open bang on 1pm until 3pm and then from 8pm onwards. It is hard to get a restaurant meal outside these times - and impossible for the locals to comprehend why you'd even want to?!

    So for those times that you'd like the gets the kids in bed at 8pm (when everything decent opens!) or maybe you just arrived at 4pm and are starving there is always McDonalds.  Nooo...

    You've come all the way here. non-McDonald options. Leave McDonald's for the locals! Food is hard to come by...particularly between 3pm and 8pm.

    So you maybe tempted by the golden arches...  There are 4 in the vicinity and there is a Burger King, but the 2 Kentuky Frieds were closed down a couple of years ago.

    Instead why not try Viena.  It is a chain from Catalonia - but the fast food is at least different from what you'd get a home - franfurters and burgers; and there is "the best sandwich in the world" - according to a Washington Post correspondent:  It is a tad expensive this one, but does have some delicious jamon in it.

    Another idea is going up to the top floor of the Illa Centre - there is a food court with pizzas, kebabs, burgers etc too.  This place is open until midnight.

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      • Hotel Pyrénées
        0.22 Km from Andorra la Vella
        Hotel Pyrénées is a four-star hotel in Andorra la Vella, Andorra. Built in 1940, Lonely Planet describes it has being "one of Andorra's few venerable buildings" and containing "haunting old photographs of Andorra in its restaurant". It originally went under the Catalan name "Pirinec" and had 36 rooms but today it has 70 rooms.
      • Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
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        The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley (Catalan: Vall del Madriu-Perafita-Claror) is a glacial valley in the southeast of Andorra. It covers an area of 42.47 km², approximately 9% of the total area of Andorra, and is part of the second largest watershed basin in Andorra. The isolated valley is recognised as a haven for rare or endangered wildlife, and the undeveloped valley has recently been considered to be the "spiritual heart" of Andorra. It became Andorra's first, and to date its only, ...
      • Hotel Bringué
        12.57 Km from Andorra la Vella
        Hotel Bringué is a countryhouse hotel in El Serrat, Ordino parish, Andorra. The hotel contains 110 rooms and its restaurant with a total capacity of 250 persons has views of the Valira North waterfalls.
      • Sport Hotel
        14.39 Km from Andorra la Vella
        Sport Hotel is a four-star resort hotel in Soldeu, Andorra. It has 148 rooms. Originally established as a resort village in 1972, Sport Hotel became Soldeu's first 4-star hotel when opened in 1987. ^ Simonis, Damien (September 2007). Spanien. Mair Dumont DE. p. 442. ISBN 978-3-8297-1590-4. Retrieved 6 April 2011.

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      • Andorra

        Andorra is a wealthy, clean, safe european microstate nestled high up in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.

        This over 1000 year old independent state was set up by Charlemagne (Charles the Great) as a one of a series of buffer states to halt the expansion of the Muslim Moors who controlled what is now Spain at the time.

        Even though it is only approachable by winding roads (often with hairpins) with the cheapest drinks, petrol and cigarettes available in Europe this mountainous principality is a favourite for europeans heading north or south over the Pyrenees to and from the Costas in Spain. Many day trippers from the neighbouring French and Catalan provinces (including the big cities of Toulouse and Barcelona) come up to enjoy tax free (or low taxes these days) luxury and more day-to-day items.

        Reputed to have around 250 days of sunshine a year, the climate benefits from its latitude - around that of Pisa in Italy (much further south than the Alps, for example).  This means big blue skies devoid of clouds are the norm.   Of course it does rain and snow, but it tends to arrive in clumps, rather than weeks of drawn out drizzle, we get a big dump of snow, then back to the blue skies.

      • CAFE DE LA PLAÇA Bon Dia

        This is an interesting and convenient cafe for several reasons: It is parked directly above the main government administration building. ?!

        How many countries in the world do you have a playground and cafe like that? Not many I think.

        Additionally it has a big playground for kids, and a large area for them to run around and let of steam - all the while you can either sit outside (seasonal) or if they are bit more responsible, you can let the kids play outside, you can clearly keep an eye on them from inside the cafe too - the windows are huge and all the way round.

        The building (of which you are on the top of) and playground are often bathed in Andorran sunshine.  There is parking directly below in 2 car parks.  

        Have a wander-around outside; you get a spectaular view of the city to the north and south and the mountains climbing steeply up on each side of the valley.

        CAFE DE LA PLAÇA Bon Dia Plaça del Poble, Andorra la vella, ANDORRA, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra
      • Pizzeria Angelo
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        Pizzeria Angelo Carrer Anna Maria Janer, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra
      • Cap del Carrer
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        Cap del Carrer, 9, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra
      • Cafeteria L'Orri
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        Cafeteria L'Orri Carrer Prat de la Creu, 49, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra
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        BON DIA CAFÈ TEMÀTIC Plaça Guillemó, 2, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra
      • El Taller the Tapeo
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        El Taller the Tapeo Carrer la Llacuna, 11, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra
      • Av. de Tarragona
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        Av. de Tarragona, 44, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra
      • Estació d'Autobusos d'Andorra


        You need to use the new bus station which is about 10/15 mins walk in the direction of Spain at baixa de moli; 2 roundabouts down.  Follow parallel to the river, or go down the main Ave. Tarragona road.

        See map under this section on this page.

        Main international terminal for buses into Andorra.  It is comprised of 2 terminals right next door to each other - one for DirectBus and the other primarily for Novatel, but other companies (with less frequent routes into Spain) also use this terminal too.

        Estació d'Autobusos d'Andorra is Andorra Bus Station - NOTE this old terminal is due for closure soon. Buses will soon arrive and depart from the new terminal which is under construction. This terminal is about 500 metres further out of La Vella in the direction of Spain.

        Buses from Spain and France arrive and depart from here.  There are the primary routes to Barcelona, Barcelona Airport, Girona Airport and Tolouse & Airport.

        There is a small waiting room in each of the Terminals.  Banc Mora ATM at the DirectBus terminal.

        Estació d'Autobusos d'Andorra Av. de Tarragona, 42, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra
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        Estació d'Autobusos d'Andorra AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra

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      Graphic showing average weather in Andorra la Vella in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 3.4 102.4 38.1 40.3
      Feb 4.2 94.6 39.6 37.2
      Mar 6.8 101.2 44.2 39.8
      Apr 8.8 113.7 47.8 44.8
      May 11.8 118.8 53.2 46.8
      Jun 15.9 94.9 60.6 37.4
      Jul 18.9 64.4 66 25.4
      Aug 18.3 75.1 64.9 29.6
      Sep 15.8 79.5 60.4 31.3
      Oct 11.5 97.7 52.7 38.5
      Nov 6.8 100 44.2 39.4
      Dec 3.8 123.2 38.8 48.5

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        • bendecko
          I mislaid my phone at pal ski station, and it was subsequently stolen. I wanted to make a report (denunciar) so that I can get STA and Yoigo to block the IMEI. The massive central police station (which is actually in Escaldes) is only open for that kind of business 0830 until 1900. I got there at 1840 but was told it was 'almost 7pm'
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          Non-MacDonald options. Leave McDonald's for the locals! Fast food is hard to come by...particularly between 3pm and 8pm. So you maybe tempted by the golden arches. Sent from my Windows Phone
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          No chains in car parks
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