Major Cities in Andorra
Andorra La Vella (Andorra)
According to ITYPEJOB, Andorra la Vella is the capital of Andorra. The city was founded at the beginning of the 9th century at an altitude of more than 1000 m in a valley surrounded by mountains.
The center of the city is the Barri Atik area with old stone houses. Here is the residence of the government “House of the Valleys”, which was finally built by 1702, and before that in 1580 it was conceived as a palace for one of the local wealthy families.
Nearby you can see the only court building – Sala de la Giusticia, Sala del Consell – the Parliament building – where the Philatelic Museum is located.
In the cultural center of the city – Plaza la Noble – all kinds of festivals and cultural events are held. The State Theater and the Academy of Music are also located here. Nearby is the largest shopping complex Andorra Pirenes. The main shops are located on Charleman and Meritsel avenues.
In the eastern suburbs of the capital, it is worth visiting the Caldea health complex with a large outdoor pool filled with mineral water, baths, saunas and other facilities that will help you relax and improve your well-being.
La Massana (Andorra)
The city of La Massana is located 7 km north of the capital of Andorra at an altitude of 1300 m above sea level. Tourists come here to go to the famous ski area of Andorra – Pal-Arinsal. La Massana is connected to Pal-Arinsal by a special ski-bus. Tourists are offered a choice of 41 tracks, with a total length of 65 km. These are mainly red and blue slopes, which are located above 1900 m. Tourists are delivered to them by 29 lifts. There are schools for beginner skiers with many English-speaking instructors, a half-pipe and off-piste opportunities. The Arinsal zone is known for its numerous bars, restaurants and discos, therefore it is more suitable for young people, and the Pal zone good for a relaxing family holiday.
Nearby is the highest point of Andorra – Peak de Coma Pedrosa (2942 m), which can be climbed. The local trekking routes are considered simple, so they are suitable for tourists of any level of preparedness.
The Ordino ski resort is located at an altitude of 2800 m. Due to the fact that the slopes are located mainly on the northern slopes, the snow cover here lasts much longer than in other resorts. Ordino is famous for its variety of pistes for intermediate skiers. For lovers of extreme skiing, there is a mogul track, “black” steep slopes. There is a boardercross for snowboarders when the weather permits, and a modern “snow park” with a “half-pipe” and a springboard.
Ski resorts Pal and Arinsal form a single ski area. It is located 10 km from the capital of Andorra. This is a single complex of two ski centers, the height difference within which exceeds 1000 m. two new chairlifts will be installed – a six-seater will replace Les Fonts and a four-seater will replace La Tossa. A new conveyor lift will appear in the beginner ski area, and the area itself will increase by 50%. A new covered car park with 600 spaces will also be opened.
Pas de la Casa (Andorra)
Pas de la Casa is Andorra ‘s largest, most popular and highest mountain resort. It is also considered the most extreme, as it has quite steep slopes. By the beginning of the 2005-2006 season. a new six-seater chair lift will be installed here, which leads to two new slopes, 58 new snow cannons, and the artificial snow system will be modernized.
Soldeu and the village of El Tarter located 3 km from it are interconnected by a cable car system, thanks to which the ski slopes and pistes have merged into one large space. The total length of slopes in Soldeu el Tarter is 90 km. The resort is suitable for beginner skiers, because there are many ski schools and the slopes are mostly gentle. A lot of young people rest here. For the 2005-2006 season. a conveyor lift for beginners will open here.
Escaldes is located at an altitude of 1050 m near Andorra La Vella and is a kind of continuation of it. And although on the map both of these cities are still indicated separately, in fact they have long been considered a single entity. In addition to skiing, you can visit the water center of Caldea, where geysers, a steam shower, a cascade of four pools with hydromassage, water games, a sauna, Indo-Roman baths, a solarium, a gym, a jacuzzi, massage rooms and tennis courts will help you rejuvenate.