Flights to Andorra
Andorra is an interesting, though somewhat small country in Southwest Europe and is situated in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain.
Being such a mountainous country, building an international airport and runway was never really considered feasible, so Andorra doesn’t have its own airport! This isn’t a major problem though because there are international airports in neighbouring France and Spain which you can get flights to from South Africa. Once you land, there are coach services which drive you into Andorra itself. Having said this, there are plans to build an airport in Andorra so it may only be a matter of time before tourists can arrive directly on flights from South Africa.
The nearest major airport in France is Toulouse, or in Spain it is Barcelona. Both cities are about the same distance from Andorra so which one you choose depends on whether you’d like a stop over first. From Johannesburg flights to Barcelona are available with many of the major airlines and all have one stop. Choose from the likes of Swiss, South African Airways, Lufthansa, TAP, Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, which all stop in their respective countries before the onward flight to Barcelona. If you prefer to fly to Andorra via Toulouse basically the same airlines offer flights from Johannesburg.
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The Tourist Attractions of Andorra:
As mentioned, Andorra is an interesting little country and has only really recently opened up to the world as a popular tourist destination, one reason for this is because Andorra is a tax haven. Although Andorra became an independent principality way back in 1278 it is still strongly linked to both France and Spain, and bizarrely never adopted its own currency, instead using the French Franc and the Spanish Peseta – though now of course, Andorra uses the Euro!
Andorra has an excellent range of both summer and winter attractions, so benefits from a thriving tourism industry all year round. In the winter the mainstay is winter sports and particularly skiing.
Skiing in Andorra
A number of smaller ski resorts have combined to form two large ones now, called Vallnord and Grandvalira. A lot of money has been put into the resorts and in connecting them together. This is great for skiers because you can easily access a very large ski area and are not confined to just one resort.
Within Vallnord, the ski resorts include Arcalis and Arinsal-Pal, all of which are joined by cable cars and the Grandvalira area includes Soldeu and Pas de la Casa.
Summer in Andorra
In the summer the mountainsides still attract a large number of visitors who come here to enjoy the beautiful scenery and for hiking in the Pyrenees. There are a great many popular hiking and trekking trails and opportunities to join experienced guides if you prefer to have someone show you the best trails, views and scenery.
Andorra La Vella
Andorra La Vella is the capital and largest city of Andorra and is the most popular destination for shopping in the country! Electronic goods in particular are said to be very good value and there is a great deal of choice here so you can shop around until you find exactly what you want at a great price.
Andorra La Vella is also a very attractive city and has a number of attractions in addition to the shopping. The historic part of the city, for example, has old churches and narrow streets as well as places to eat and shops.
When Should You Visit?:
As you know, Andorra is a year-round destination so when you visit depends on whether you want to take advantage of the great skiing, or the great hiking!
Climate wise Andorra is temperate and hence relatively mild, but with the higher elevation of the country it does experience more snow in the winter and is a little cooler in the summer than its neighbours.