One of the most overlooked vacation destinations is the country of Andorra. This is a small landlocked country located in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain and as such is the ultimate destination for a skiing holiday. The capital city of Andorra La Vella has a population of about 23,000 people. At first sight, the city resembles a city planked at the bottom of a steep mountain gorge. Although there is not a lot of room, there are plenty of restaurants, stores, souvenir shops and hotels.
You will find plenty to keep you occupied while in Andorra La Vella. You can use the public transport system, but you can also walk to most of the locations in this city. In the town square, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Valley of Andorra. There is a free guided tour available during July and August when you visit the twelfth century Church of Saint Esteve. During the rest of the year, the church is only open when Mass is being held. Another medieval church that you can visit is the Church of Saint Andreu. After your walk, you can relax your aching muscles with a visit to the Caldea Spa located at the top of the town in a large glass structure that affords you spectacular views from every vantage point.
Within a very short distance from the capital city you can visit towns and villages that border either France or Spain and in some cases, both. There is bus service to these locations if you don't want to tackle driving in the mountains. Santa Julia de Loria is only 7.5 km. from the capital city. If you are here on the last Saturday in May, you can see the annual pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Canolic. If you want to visit an area of the country with the least population, then Ordina is where you need to go. Here you will find many old churches and a peaceful town square. This location is also a ski resort with many options for both the novice and seasoned skier.
Tourism is the mainstay of the economy in Andorra. In virtually all towns and villages you can enjoy the attractions, skiing in winter, and hiking in summer. Hotels and restaurants offer exquisite accommodation and choices in food for tourists and the native people alike. Shopping is an experience all its own with great deals and discounts on all sorts of souvenirs. However, you do need to have patience when traveling in Andorra as life tends to move a little slower here.