Situated in the Pyrenees and squashed between the mighty and historical nations of France and Spain you might be forgiven for thinking that Andorra does not really have much going for it.
The countryside is mostly mountainous and there is very little in the way of arable land to support the 85000 (or thereabouts population). The country is completely landlocked and has no exit routes except via the aforementioned countries.
The country itself only covers about 170 square miles and does not even have its own currency. In fact it has only had its own parliament since the 1990’s.
However, Andorra does have a few things that make it worth a visit and also make sure it’s inmates stay there:
Taxation: there is no income tax in Andorra and low tax on goods making it a cheap place to stay and to buy goods that are more expensive in France and Spain.
Life Expectancy: people in Andorra live longer on average than almost anyone else in the world – the country was recently ranked 4thin a list of countries with high life-expectancy.
Low unemployment: unemployment is essentially unheard of in Andorra, especially when compared with other larger European nations.
Size: Andorra really is small, it is the sixth smallest country in Europe.
Winter Sports: Andorra is renamed for skiing. It offers what is regarded as the best skiing in the Pyrenees and the skiing industry has recently pimped lots of money into pulling all of the ski resorts and equipment up to scratch.
Sumer activities: camping, walking, hiking and especially cycling are popular activities in the summer months and there are an abundance of top quality mountain bike trails through the mountains and valleys.
There are no airports in Andorra and it is mainly serviced by the airports of Barcelona and Toulouse which are served by many of Europe’s budget airlines, followed by an on road road journey that takes approximately three hours from either location.
People in Andorra speak Catalan as their first language which has a lot in common with both French and Spanish. Most Andorrans will also speak either or both of French or Spanish and English is widely spoken for the tourist industries.
The two principal ski areas are Valnord and Granvalira which are composed of various mountain villages and host up to 10 millions visitors a year who come to ski.
So you see. Andorra has quite a lot to offer after all.