Getting to know Andorra la Vella
What you can do for free in Andorra la Vella
- Visit Casa de Vall
This wonderful historical building is the headquarters of the General Council of Andorra. It was built in 1580 as a manor and tower defense, and it is open to the public, with free guided tours available for visitors.
- Enjoy the art: La Noblesse du Temps
La Noblesse du Temps, or “The Nobility of Time” is a fascinating statue created by Salvador Dali and located in Plaça de la Rotonda. This amazing piece of art is a very popular tourist attraction, so expect to find a crowd when you get there.
- Sola Irrigation Canal Trail
If you’re into hiking and exploring, this trail is perfect for you. An absolute delight, the path spreads on the hills of the city and it offers a fantastic view in any direction!
Top spots to visit
- The Church of Sant Esteve
The Church of Sant Esteve dates from the 12th century. Located in the old side of the city, it welcomes its visitors daily in July and August, between 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-19:00.
- Bridge of La Margineda
Time passed but this bridge survived; the bridge of La Margineda dates from medieval times, but it is still in perfect condition. The area is great for anyone looking to get a closer look into the old Andorra la Vela.
- Parc Central
Plan a relaxing day in Andorra la Vella and visit “Parc Central”. Enjoy the greenery, the lakes and fountains and the lively nature surrounding you!
Hidden spots to visit
- Santuario de Meritxell
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Meritxell is a basilica located in the town of Meritxell, in the Andorran parish of Canillo. The Virgin of Meritxell, patron saint of the Principality of Andorra, was initially worshipped through a statue that was housed in a chapel that burned down in 1972. A replica of the statue can now be found in the new Meritxell basilica.
- Church of Sant Marti de La Cortinada
This Romanesque church, dating from the 12th century, is a great place to visit if you are a history and arts fan. Lots of mural paintings from the 12th century are preserved here.
Andorra la Vella has many more wonderful spots to visit, any of which can be considered hidden gems, since the whole country of Andorra is indeed a popular tourist destination, but not the most sought after by most tourists.
Mediterranean, European and Spanish cuisine are the main focus in restaurants in Andorra la Vella, but visitors can find much more than that. Check out the best restaurants in the city, enjoy delicious meals at: Kökosnot, Can Manel, Taberna Angel Belmonte, Restaurant Celler D’En Toni, Restaurante El Crosto, Plat’in, Restaurant Versailles.
Recommended time for visiting
The pleasant average temperatures and humidity in Andorra la Vella make this place a great destination for a vacation for a long period of time throughout the year. From late April to mid October, the weather is really welcoming and the city very inviting. Hotel rates and the general cost of travel to Andorra la Vella might increase during the period that is most favorable for visiting the city.
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