In addition to the skiing and snowboarding on offer in beautiful Andorra, there are many other things to see and do...
Mountainous Andorra is a popular skiing and snowboarding destination for British snow sports fans. But when it isn’t snowing, the terrain makes it the perfect location for walking, hiking and mountaineering holidays.
Rather than looking for Andorra flights, consider flying into an airport nearby such as Toulouse, Perpignan, Barcelona or Girona. Any of these airports are conveniently located for Andorra and it is possible to arrange transportation to your accommodation (see more on that below, in “Getting to and from the airport”).
Andorra la Vella, the capital of Andorra, 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 excesses of any retail exploits, or to soothe muscles that ache from the slopes. It is also possible to have a guided tour around the Casa de la Vall while visiting Andorra la Vella. This is the seat of the Consell General (Andorra parliament), which dates back to the 16th century.
If you are looking for scenic vistas during your break in Andorra, visit El Serrat, a mountain village popular with skiers within the Madriu Valley. The resorts of Soldeu, Arinsal and Pal are also popular with skiers and snowboarders in the winter, as well as walkers and hikers in the summer.
In the town of Canillo is the Palau de Gel, an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink and entertainment complex. Andorra also has a National Automobile Museum.
Though you cannot fly to Andorra directly, that shouldn’t put you off reaching this glorious destination in the Pyrenees. Read on to find out more about getting here and then find the lowest prices on flights, car hire and hotels in Andorra by using the TravelSupermarket price-comparison tool.
Andorra can be accessed year round by air despite many thinking of it as a ski destination...
There are regular flights to the nearby cities of Toulouse, Perpignan, Girona and Barcelona. The flight time is between one-and-a-half and two hours from the UK. Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways and Jet2 all operate services into these airports, with flights running from London, Manchester, Birmingham and other UK airports.
Thomson and Crystal also run charter flights during the ski season (from late December to March).
With several airports within easy reach of Andorra, getting in and out of the Pyrenean principality is relatively simple...
You cannot book a direct flight to Andorra, but 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 and 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 if possible is to hire a car. Car hire in Spain and France is reasonably priced and offers you 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’s near neighbours.
This mountain enclave is often associated with luxury, but 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, meaning there are spectacular views from many of the hotels. Consider a stay in the busy capital if the luxury hotels on the slopes don’t appeal.
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