People may say that Andorra’s nothing but skiing and shopping. They might add that Andorra la Vella, its capital and only town, is a fuming traffic jam bordered by palaces of consumerism. They’re right to a point, but also way off course. If one forgets prejudices and takes one of the only three secondary roads in the state, one will discover some of the most dramatic scenery in all of the Pyrenees.
This minicountry wedged between France and Spain offers by far the best skiing in the Pyrenees, like in Canillo & Soldeu or Arinsal & Pal. In the last five years, its resorts have invested over €100 million in mountain cafés and restaurants, chairlifts and gondolas, car parks and snow-making machines. And once the snow has melted, summer activities are to be had in Ordino and around. There are great walking route possibilities, ranging from easy strolls to demanding day hikes in the higher, more remote reaches of the principality.
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