The snowy mountains of Andorra la Vella, Andorra

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Andorra la Vella is the capital of Andorra, a principality in the east Pyrenees sharing a border with France and Spain. Although there are no direct flights to Andorra la Vella, it can be reached by flying to Barcelona, Girona, Toulouse, Lleida or Perpignan.

Why go?

In addition to the skiing and snowboarding on offer in Andorra la Vella, there are many other things to see and do in the local vicinity...

Its location means it is a popular resort for skiing and snowboarding holidays and the terrain also makes it the perfect location for walking, hiking and mountaineering when it is not snowing as the whole of Andorra is made up of mountains and valleys.

Rather than looking for Andorra la Vella flights, consider flying into an airport nearby such as Toulouse, Perpignan, Barcelona or Girona. Any of these airports are conveniently located for Andorra la Vella and it should be possible to arrange transportation to your accommodation.

Andorra la Vella itself offers duty free shopping in more than 2,000 shops. The Caldea Spa, the largest in southern Europe, provides somewhere to relax and recover from the shopping. It is also possible to have a guided tour around the Casa de la Vall, the seat of the Consell General (Andorran parliament) which dates back to the 16th century as well as visit the modern parliament building located in the old town.

If you're looking for scenery then head out of Andorra la Vella where there are amazing views to be had from El Serrat, a mountain village popular with skiers within the Madriu Valley. Additionally, the resorts of Soldeu, Arinsal and Pal are all popular with skiers and snowboarders in the winter and walkers and hikers in the summer.

Located to the north east of Andorra la Vella is the town of Canillo, which is home to the Palau de Gel, an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink and entertainment complex. Andorra also has a National Automobile Museum.

How to get there

Andorra can be accessed year round by air despite many thinking it is a ski destination...

With flights taking between one and a half to two hours from the UK, the nearby cities of Toulouse, Perpignan and Girona and Barcelona have regular flights from the UK.  Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways and Jet2 all operate services into these airports between them from London, Manchester, Birmingham and other UK airports.

Additionally charter flights run for the ski season from late December to March with Thomson and Crystal.

Getting to and from the airport

With several airports within reach of Andorra, getting in and out of the Pyrenean principality is relatively simple...

Since Andorra la Vella has no airport of its own, you can reach the city by flying to various airports in neighbouring Spain and France. Barcelona, Girona and Perpignan are all within a two-and -a-half-hour drive of Andorra, while Toulouse is three hours away; the Spanish city of Lleida is two hours away by road.

Both Barcelona and Girona have a regular bus service to Andorra, as do Toulouse, Perpignan and Lleida. A single bus journey can take up to four hours to reach the city and will cost you between €50 and €100 (around £40-£80) for a return ticket.

With taxi fares from the airports to Andorra la Vella costing hundreds of euros, a more sensible option would be to hire a car to get there. Car hire in Spain and France is reasonably priced and with it comes the freedom of having your own transport. TravelSupermarket can assist your search for the best car hire deal once you've found your flight to Andorra la Vella's near neighbours.

Where to stay?

This mountain enclave is associated with luxury, so you might be surprised to learn there are hotels in Andorra to suit all budgets...

Many travellers will sadly avoid this delightful part of the world for two reasons - accessibility and price. And while it can't be denied that a mountainous country without an airport presents a challenge to most holidaymakers, the idea that Andorra caters only to wealthy travellers is something of a myth.

 There are a few ultra-luxury hotels aimed at the opulent traveller, but there are also plenty of modestly priced places to stay. Most four-star offerings close to the slopes are reasonably priced and attract guests year after year.

At 1,023m above sea level, Andorra la Vella is Europe's highest capital - not only making it ideal for winter-sports but also providing spectacular views from the hotels.

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