Andorra: Tourism & Tobacco

Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra, also called the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra, is a sovereign landlocked microstate in Southwestern Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France. Created under a charter in A.D. 988, the present Principality was formed in A.D. 1278. It is known as a principality as it is a monarchy headed by two Co-Princes – the Spanish/Roman Catholic Bishop of Urgell and the President of France.

Andorra is the sixth-smallest nation in Europe, having an area of 468 km2 (181 sq mi) and a population of approximately 85,000. Its capital Andorra la Vella is the highest capital city in Europe, at an elevation of 1,023 metres (3,356 ft) above sea level. The official language is Catalan, although Spanish, Portuguese, and French are also commonly spoken.

Andorra's tourism services an estimated 10.2 million visitors annually. It is not a member of the European Union, but the euro is the de facto currency. It has been a member of the United Nations since 1993. The currency is Euro (€)(EUR).

Some interesting facts are:
1. Andorra does not have its own army therefore Spain and France defend it with their own militaries.

2. CALDEA is a large thermal spa complex located in Escaldes that provides every type of pampering treatment under the sun. It features multiple baths at different temperatures, a sauna, steam room, and hydro bar. The complex is housed in a modern building just a short walk from the center of Andorra La Vella.

3. The country of Andorra boasts of a 100% literacy rate.

4. Andorra is a duty free zone and that makes it a country free of restrictions in terms of duties. However, you will have to follow the restrictions imposed by France or Spain, if you’re leaving from either of the two countries.

5. Casa de la Val, popularly known as the ancient seat of the government is one of Andorra’s most popular tourist destinations. Apart from the ‘ancient seat of the government’, an historic 12th-century church boasts of its fair share of visitors.

6. Andorra is ranked fourth in the world when it comes to human life expectancy. The expected life span of a person in Andorra is 82 years of age.

7. By law the male head of each family in Andorra is required to own a gun in case of attack or emergency.

8. Out of each year Andorra commonly receives 300 days of sunshine.

9. The culture of Andorra is Catalan. The famous folk dances include contrapàs and marratxa.

10. Our Lady of Meritxell Day is the important national holiday in Andorra. It is celebrated annually on 8 September.

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Some beautiful places are:

For tourism details visit: +AndorraWorld +Andorra Resorts +Andorra Natural Area (Wissahickon Environmental Center)


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