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A woman on a hike in the Pyrenees Mountains during summertime

Andorra is a beautiful country located in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. It is the perfect destination to visit if you love hiking, mountain biking, skiing and fresh air! From its small cities and villages to the sky-high Eastern Pyrenees, there are plenty of memorable things to do in Andorra.

Being only 468 kilometers (291 miles), Andorra is Europe’s sixth smallest country. A fun fact is that Andorra is not part of the European Union, but it uses the Euro. It is a country where you can easily access popular EU destinations like Barcelona, Spain; the Basque region of Spain; the Bordeaux wine region in France; Toulouse, France and the French Riviera! The primary language spoken in Andorra is Catalan, which is also the mother tongue of Barcelona. Most Andorrans also speak Spanish, French and English. The country is also part of the Iberian Peninsula.

Esglesia de Sant Esteve

Andorra gained full independence in 1806 after Napoleon rejected France’s ties with it. For many years, Andorra did not have an army and remained neutral during all 20th century wars. During the World Wars and the Spanish Civil War, Andorra was a transit zone for merchandise between Spain and France. In 1993, Andorra’s constitution was officially signed and they were admitted into the United Nations. Andorra is also the world’s only co-principality!

The country of Andorra is a year-round destination. In fact, it reminded me a lot of the Dolomites in Northern Italy with its snowcapped mountain peaks and beautiful churches! Overall, it draws over 10 million visitors annually, but a lot of them come from its neighboring countries of France and Spain.

A woman exploring the capital city of Andorra

In June 2022, I had the opportunity to visit Andorra for the first time. I traveled to Andorra from Barcelona on a mini solo trip and had the best time hiking, exploring hidden gems in the capital city and savoring delicious local food.

In this article, discover the most memorable things to do in Andorra from Barcelona, Spain. Please note that I visited Andorra in summer, so most of the activities and experiences I recommend below are what to do in the warmer months.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. 


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Things to do in Andorra during summer

Visiting Andorra from Barcelona:

Stone buildings in Andorra

The easiest way to get to the country of Andorra through public transportation is by taking the bus from Barcelona’s Nord station. The bus I took from Barcelona Nord to Andorra La Vella (Estació Nacional d’Autobusos d’Andorra) was run by ALSA. It took a little over three hours to get from Barcelona to Andorra. That journey also included going through customs.

Another city you can easily travel to Andorra from is Toulouse, France. In fact, I made a pit stop in Toulouse on my way from Andorra to the French Riviera. It takes the same amount of time, by bus, to get from Andorra La Vella to Toulouse as it was from Barcelona to the capital city.

The Pyrenees Mountains

The bus that goes from Andorra La Vella to Gare Matabiau in Toulouse is run by ANDBUS, which is the main bus company of Andorra.

Regarding flights for Andorra, the land lock country does not have a large international airport, so you will either need to fly into Toulouse, France or Barcelona, Girona or Lleida, Spain and either take public transportation or rent a car from there. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

When it comes to getting around Andorra, the easiest way to explore the country is by renting a car. If you don’t have your own vehicle, you can take the Andorra Directbus that goes from each city and town in the country.

Andorra in the summer

An important thing to note when traveling around by bus is that depending on where you want to go, the frequency of them can take anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. The further away from Andorra La Vella, the less frequent the service. Andorra does not have Uber either.

One of the best things to do in Andorra is to take the Directbus to all the different towns and villages in the country. It is a great way to fully experience this breathtaking, Pyrenees destination.

Where to Stay in Andorra:

The city of Andorra La Vella

When you visit Andorra, the best place to stay in is the capital city – Andorra La Vella. It is where the main bus station is and it boasts a plethora of authentic restaurants, incredible shops and numerous accommodations to suit all budgets.

During my 2 days in Andorra, I stayed at Hotel NH Andorra La Vella. It is a modern, 4-star hotel located on the La Valira river. One of the main reasons why I chose to stay at the NH is because it is centrally located in Andorra La Vella. It’s also near the Andorra tourism office, the best shops and restaurants!

Below are other great Andorra hotels to stay at based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Hotel Plaza

Boutique Accommodation: Andorra Park Hotel

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hotel Exe Prisma

Budget Accommodation: Alberg Els Andes

Andorra also has a lot of great rental properties to choose from for your trip!

Things to do in Andorra in Summer:

A woman on a hike - best things to do in Andorra

From hiking to general sightseeing, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Andorra. You can visit Andorra in a day trip from Barcelona, but I recommend spending at least 2 nights, 3 days (preferably more) in this underrated country to fully experience it. (You won’t be able to do a hike and explore the villages if you are only spending 24 hours in Andorra!)

Here are the best Andorra attractions to enjoy during the warmer months:

Enjoy the Fontverd Hike in Andorra’s National Park:

A woman enjoying summer in Andorra

I will admit that I don’t normally hike by myself when I am solo traveling, but I knew that I needed to do one during my time in Andorra’s mountains.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a group hike to join during my 3 days in Andorra, so I went to the Andorra tourism office and spoke to the women there who recommended the Itinerari de Fontverd hike in Andorra National Park’s Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley. It is a safe day hike for solo female travelers and a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Andorra

Overall the Fontverd hike is a total of 13 kilometers/8 miles and it’s a straightforward trail up the Riu Madriu, which is a beautiful river in the Pyrenees Mountains. Since car service apps don’t run in Andorra and I didn’t rent a car, I loved how I was able to easily access the Fontverd trail right from the city!

Hiking in Andorra during summer - best things to do

The best way to access the trail is by going straight from the tourist information office in Les Escaldes to the Pont de la Tosca, which is a beautiful stone bridge! It is around a 20-minute walk from the heart of Andorra La Vella to Les Escaldes. (Les Escaldes is the village next to Andorra La Vella.)

From the bridge, I took the Camí de les Molleres to the main road. I then got onto the Camí de la Muntanya, next to the Repsol station. Next, I continued onto the Fontverd plain and took that all the way up to the mountain hut. What I liked about this hike is that it was straightforward, making it hard to get lost!

The Fontverd hike in Andorra National Park

Overall, the Fontverd hike is challenging because it is uphill the entire time. I did stop a lot to rest and hydrate. One of my favorite parts of the hike were the incredible views and animals. Throughout the entire hike, I admired the stunning waterfalls, sky-high mountain peaks, stone huts and the beautiful cows and horses.

Horses in Andorra National Park

I recommend doing the Fontverd hike with proper hiking gear. I brought hiking boots, a hydro backpack, hiking socks, insect repellent, sunscreen, health bars and sunglasses. I also suggest hiking polls as well since the trail is steep and rocky.

An important safety thing to note is that you may come across livestock directly on the trail, especially if it is a family of cows! Even though most livestock, like cows, are friendly and harmless, they can still severely hurt and possibly kill you if they feel you’re a threat to them. If you come across a situation like this, then you can slowly walk past them without trying to pet or touch them. Don’t stand directly behind them either because they can kick you.

A cow on a hiking trail

I loved doing the Fontverd hike during my time in Andorra. What was special about this hike is that it reminded me of my very first journey to the Pyrenees Mountains of Spain during my study abroad trip in 2012. Andorra was also my 50th country!

The Rui Madriu

It had been exactly a decade since my study abroad trip, which is where I fell in love with travel. The Pyrenees regions of Spain that I got to visit in 2012 was Asturias and Cantabria. Unfortunately, the weather was crummy during that trip, so I knew I had to get back because there was still a special feeling about it.

A woman hiking the Fontverd in Andorra - best things to do in the summer

Fast forward 10 years later and there I was completing the Fontverd hike, by myself, in the Pyrenees Mountains of Andorra on a beautiful sunny day! During my study abroad trip, I was 20 years old, about to turn 21 and on my Andorra vacation in 2022, I was 30 years old, about to turn 31. It was incredible to reflect and see how much I’ve grown as a person and traveler since 2012.

Archeological sites in Andorra

The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley boasts archeological artifacts and natural sites over the last millennia. The primary uses of the valley have been for agricultural activity, stock breeding and forestry. It became a UNESCO site in 2014.

Savor Andorran Food in a Traditional Borda:

A traditional borda in Andorra

Another one of the best things to do in Andorra is to experience a nice dinner in a traditional borda. It is a wooden house that serves authentic Andorran food.

One thing to note about the food in Andorra is that it’s very meat heavy due to its mountainous location. If you’re a vegetarian, pescatarian and vegan, you’ll find that there are limited meatless options on menus. Overall, the food in Andorra is based off Catalan traditions, but you can still find Spanish tapas bars and French dishes served in the country.

Some of the best things to eat during your Andorra visit are Escudella, which is considered the country’s national dish. Since it is a soup served with a lot of meat and noodles, it is mainly eaten during wintertime and on holidays.

Other popular dishes to try in Andorra are trinxat, which is a mix of mashed potatoes, cabbage and leeks; cargols, which are oven-roasted snails; trucha a la Andorrana, which is a trout that is usually grilled and wrapped in ham; embotits, which are cured meats; cannelloni Andorrana, which is an Andorran type of lasagna and coca massegada, which is sweet bread that is topped with candied fruits and almonds.

During my time in Andorra, I ate at the below restaurants, which I highly recommend for when you travel to this beautiful country!

Roasted duck from a traditional borda in Andorra
Andorran dessert

Restaurant El Faisà: One of the top authentic restaurants to visit in Andorra La Vella is El Faisà at the corner of Cap Del Carrer. It is a traditional borda that makes you feel like home the moment you arrive.

During my time at El Faisà, I savored one of the best roasted duck dinners I’ve had with a nice rosé! For dessert, I enjoyed a delicious panna cotta. Everything was delicious!

Croquettes from Andorra
Eating traditional Andorran food - best things to do in Andorra

Borda Estevet: Another incredible restaurant to enjoy an authentic Andorran dinner at is Borda Estevet in the capital city. It is recognized as having one of the richest meat menus in the country and boasts a romantic setting. In fact, Borda Estevet was once a family farmhouse!

Located across from the bus station, Borda Estevet is one of the most authentic restaurants in the capital city. During my evening here, I had a nice red wine with Iberian ham croquets and traditional cargols over salt. Everything was delicious!

Other great restaurants to eat at in Andorra La Vella are listed below:

El Refugi Alpí – A romantic Swiss fondue restaurant located near NH Hotel.

Can Benet – A Spanish restaurant situated in a timeless building in the Barri Antic area.

Restaurant Versailles – A classic French restaurant with a cozy atmosphere.

Pizzeria Les Oques – An Italian kitchen in Les Escaldes serving homemade pizzas.

Platos combinados from Juventus in Andorra La Vella

While I was in Andorra, I also visited a few other eateries for breakfast and lunch during the day. After my hike on the Fontverd trail, I enjoyed a well-needed platos combinados dish from Juventus in Andorra La Vella. Normally served on the Iberian Peninsula, platos combinados are a combination meal that usually consists of ham, eggs, potatoes or French fries along with calamari, salad, croquettes and more. I ate a lot of this during my time on the Camino de Santiago in 2019.

Another great spot to visit, if you are traveling within the Iberian Peninsula, is Valor. It is a chocolate shop and café that has the best hot chocolate and churros in the world! The hot chocolate is rich and will keep you warm during a chilly day in the mountains.

Hot chocolate and churros from Andorra

Speaking of chocolate, another awesome spot to grab breakfast at, especially if you plan to do the hike, is La Maison en Chocolate in Les Escaldes. At this spot, you can enjoy heartwarming beverages like hot chocolate, specialty lattes and chocolate croissants. What I also loved about this spot was that it is also a year-round, Christmas-themed café!

Explore the Capital of Andorra:

Andorra La Vella - capital of Andorra

Andorra La Vella is the capital of Andorra and it’s a beautiful and quaint city to wander through in the central valley of the country. As you make your way around Andorra’s capital, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the Pyrenees Mountains. A fun fact about Andorra La Vella is that it is the highest capital city and the 10th highest city of any kind in Europe at an elevation of 3,356 feet above sea level (1,023 meters).  

A woman exploring Andorra La Vella - best things to do in the summer

Andorra is known for its Romanesque architecture and as you make your way around the capital city, you’ll find a lot of stone buildings and churches to admire. One of the most beautiful examples of Andorra’s Romanesque architecture is the Església de Sant Esteve. It is a Catholic church that is iconic for its stained-glass windows.

All around Andorra La Vella are designer shops, department stores, boutique storefronts and more. You can find everything you need in Andorra La Vella whether that be skincare, shoes, groceries and more. I loved being able to visit so many shops near one another!

Atelier by Aitoir Estela in Andorra La Vella

A great spot to grab a drink in the charming Barri Antic area of Andorra La Vella is Atelier by Aitoir Estela. It is a cozy and stylish cocktail bar tucked away in an old stone building. It gives off speakeasy vibes and there is a great selection of drinks for you to choose from!

Discover the best walking tours in Andorra La Vella.

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day at the Caldea Complex:

Caldea Spa - best things to do in Andorra

If you’re wondering what to do in Andorra on a rainy day, or if you’re just looking to treat yourself to a nice spa day, the Caldea Spa in Les Escaldes is the place to go!

Recognized as an epic spa amusement park, Caldea has hot springs, baths, treatments and restaurants for you to enjoy. Caldea opened in 1994 and it has thermal pools for anyone over 5 years old to enjoy; an adults-only space for those who are 16 years and older and a children’s spa with qualified monitors.

During a visit to Caldea in Andorra, check out the Origins section where you can relax in exotic baths from different parts of the world. In addition, you can also enjoy a facial, local massage or an Asian treatment. It is one of the best places to visit in Andorra if you end up doing a lot of physical activities.

Take in Breathtaking Views at Via Ferrata of Sant Vicenc d’Enclar:

Santa Coloma Church in Andorra

One of the most epic things to do in Andorra is to rock climb the Via Ferrata to the beautiful Sant Vicenc d’Enclar church. During this experience, you will climb 270 meters/886 feet. It is considered a moderate climb, so if you’ve gone rock climbing before, you’ll be fine!

This 12th century, Catholic church is picturesque and while you’re up there, you can also enjoy breathtaking views of the Pyrenees Mountains as well as the stunning village of Santa Coloma. (It is a little south of the capital city.) Santa Coloma is around an hour walk from the heart of Andorra La Vella and there is also a regular hiking trail to take up to the church.  

Venture to Charming Andorran Villages:

The village of Les Escaldes in Andorra

A trip to Andorra is not complete without venturing off the beaten path and exploring the local villages. Two easy villages to get to by foot, from Andorra La Vella, are Les Escaldes and Santa Coloma. You can access the other villages through the Directbus.

Les Escaldes is a stunning city next to Andorra La Vella where you can enjoy the Caldea, authentic Andorran restaurants and some of the best hiking! In addition to the Via Ferrata Sant Vicenc d’Enclar experience, you can also hike and see beautiful landmarks, like the Santa Coloma Church, in Santa Coloma.

Other cool villages to visit in Andorra are El Serrat, which is a scenic destination that is perfect for hiking, bird watching and skiing in the winter as well as Ordino, which is a rustic town that boasts the former home of Baron de Senaller.

Have Fun on the Tobotronc Mountain Coaster:

The Tobotronc in Naturland

One of the best Andorra attractions is Naturland. It is a fun adventure amusement park that includes a zip-line, biking trails, a nature center and the longest alpine nature slide in the world – the Tobotronc!

Known as the best activity in Naturland, the Tobotronc is a 5.3 kilometer/3.3-mile-long mountain coaster that is filled with 20 minutes of pure enjoyment. The Trobotronc includes a two-seater sled that allows you to control the speed while you descent down the mountain. During this experience, you’ll go through the wondrous forest of Sant Julià de Lòria.

Things to do in Andorra in Winter:

Grandvalira ski resort

Even though there are an infinite number of activities to enjoy during the summer months, there are also a lot of unforgettable things to do in Andorra in winter.

Below are the top three things to do if you plan to visit Andorra during the wintertime:

Ski and Snowboard at Grandvalira:

An Andorra winter trip is not complete without skiing and snowboarding at Grandvalira. It is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees Mountains and has hosted the Ski Alpine Cup and the Speed Skiing World Cup.

Grandvalira has 210 kilometers/130 miles of ski slopes for all ability levels. There is also a ski school, winter activities (like dog sledding), awesome restaurants, an epic terrain park and cross-country skiing trails to experience at this resort!

Vallnord is also an incredible spot to enjoy snow sports.

Snowshoe at Pas de la Casa:

Also situated at Grandvalira, and another one of the top things to do in Andorra during the winter, is snowshoe at Pas de la Casa.

The snowshoe hikes are easy and suitable for all ages. It’s the perfect winter activity to enjoy if you aren’t a skier or snowboarder, and the views along this adventure are incredible!

Experience Andorra’s Christmas Village:
Christmas village in Andorra La Vella

If you visit Andorra during the holiday season, then you must walk through the Christmas Village in Andorra La Vella.

Dreamy lights fill the capital city and you can enjoy live music, talented performances, artisan shops, delicious treats and pure joy!


A woman enjoying summer in Andorra

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best things to do in Andorra, especially if you travel there from Barcelona like I did. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Basic Facts of Andorra:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Andorra La Vella, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

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3 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on August 4, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Wow, sounds like an awesome country to visit. Even though it is a small country, it seems like there are many things to do. Looks so beautiful the Pyrenees mountains. Great place to hike ~ such breathtaking views ~ loved all your photography! Great blog ~ love you, mom 👩🏻 xoxo

  2. jen on August 8, 2022 at 10:40 am

    wow, this is really amazing and wonderful article. thanks for sharing this amazing article about the things to do in Andorra.

    • Taylor Deer on August 10, 2022 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you so much Jen! It’s a beautiful little country. 🙂

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A woman on a hike in the Pyrenees Mountains during summertime

Andorra is a beautiful country located in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. It is the perfect destination to visit if you love hiking, mountain biking, skiing and fresh air! From its small cities and villages to the sky-high Eastern Pyrenees, there are plenty of memorable things to do in Andorra.

Being only 468 kilometers (291 miles), Andorra is Europe’s sixth smallest country. A fun fact is that Andorra is not part of the European Union, but it uses the Euro. It is a country where you can easily access popular EU destinations like Barcelona, Spain; the Basque region of Spain; the Bordeaux wine region in France; Toulouse, France and the French Riviera! The primary language spoken in Andorra is Catalan, which is also the mother tongue of Barcelona. Most Andorrans also speak Spanish, French and English. The country is also part of the Iberian Peninsula.

Esglesia de Sant Esteve

Andorra gained full independence in 1806 after Napoleon rejected France’s ties with it. For many years, Andorra did not have an army and remained neutral during all 20th century wars. During the World Wars and the Spanish Civil War, Andorra was a transit zone for merchandise between Spain and France. In 1993, Andorra’s constitution was officially signed and they were admitted into the United Nations. Andorra is also the world’s only co-principality!

The country of Andorra is a year-round destination. In fact, it reminded me a lot of the Dolomites in Northern Italy with its snowcapped mountain peaks and beautiful churches! Overall, it draws over 10 million visitors annually, but a lot of them come from its neighboring countries of France and Spain.

A woman exploring the capital city of Andorra

In June 2022, I had the opportunity to visit Andorra for the first time. I traveled to Andorra from Barcelona on a mini solo trip and had the best time hiking, exploring hidden gems in the capital city and savoring delicious local food.

In this article, discover the most memorable things to do in Andorra from Barcelona, Spain. Please note that I visited Andorra in summer, so most of the activities and experiences I recommend below are what to do in the warmer months.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. 


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Things to do in Andorra during summer

Visiting Andorra from Barcelona:

Stone buildings in Andorra

The easiest way to get to the country of Andorra through public transportation is by taking the bus from Barcelona’s Nord station. The bus I took from Barcelona Nord to Andorra La Vella (Estació Nacional d’Autobusos d’Andorra) was run by ALSA. It took a little over three hours to get from Barcelona to Andorra. That journey also included going through customs.

Another city you can easily travel to Andorra from is Toulouse, France. In fact, I made a pit stop in Toulouse on my way from Andorra to the French Riviera. It takes the same amount of time, by bus, to get from Andorra La Vella to Toulouse as it was from Barcelona to the capital city.

The Pyrenees Mountains

The bus that goes from Andorra La Vella to Gare Matabiau in Toulouse is run by ANDBUS, which is the main bus company of Andorra.

Regarding flights for Andorra, the land lock country does not have a large international airport, so you will either need to fly into Toulouse, France or Barcelona, Girona or Lleida, Spain and either take public transportation or rent a car from there. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

When it comes to getting around Andorra, the easiest way to explore the country is by renting a car. If you don’t have your own vehicle, you can take the Andorra Directbus that goes from each city and town in the country.

Andorra in the summer

An important thing to note when traveling around by bus is that depending on where you want to go, the frequency of them can take anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. The further away from Andorra La Vella, the less frequent the service. Andorra does not have Uber either.

One of the best things to do in Andorra is to take the Directbus to all the different towns and villages in the country. It is a great way to fully experience this breathtaking, Pyrenees destination.

Where to Stay in Andorra:

The city of Andorra La Vella

When you visit Andorra, the best place to stay in is the capital city – Andorra La Vella. It is where the main bus station is and it boasts a plethora of authentic restaurants, incredible shops and numerous accommodations to suit all budgets.

During my 2 days in Andorra, I stayed at Hotel NH Andorra La Vella. It is a modern, 4-star hotel located on the La Valira river. One of the main reasons why I chose to stay at the NH is because it is centrally located in Andorra La Vella. It’s also near the Andorra tourism office, the best shops and restaurants!

Below are other great Andorra hotels to stay at based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Hotel Plaza

Boutique Accommodation: Andorra Park Hotel

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hotel Exe Prisma

Budget Accommodation: Alberg Els Andes

Andorra also has a lot of great rental properties to choose from for your trip!

Things to do in Andorra in Summer:

A woman on a hike - best things to do in Andorra

From hiking to general sightseeing, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Andorra. You can visit Andorra in a day trip from Barcelona, but I recommend spending at least 2 nights, 3 days (preferably more) in this underrated country to fully experience it. (You won’t be able to do a hike and explore the villages if you are only spending 24 hours in Andorra!)

Here are the best Andorra attractions to enjoy during the warmer months:

Enjoy the Fontverd Hike in Andorra’s National Park:

A woman enjoying summer in Andorra

I will admit that I don’t normally hike by myself when I am solo traveling, but I knew that I needed to do one during my time in Andorra’s mountains.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a group hike to join during my 3 days in Andorra, so I went to the Andorra tourism office and spoke to the women there who recommended the Itinerari de Fontverd hike in Andorra National Park’s Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley. It is a safe day hike for solo female travelers and a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Andorra

Overall the Fontverd hike is a total of 13 kilometers/8 miles and it’s a straightforward trail up the Riu Madriu, which is a beautiful river in the Pyrenees Mountains. Since car service apps don’t run in Andorra and I didn’t rent a car, I loved how I was able to easily access the Fontverd trail right from the city!

Hiking in Andorra during summer - best things to do

The best way to access the trail is by going straight from the tourist information office in Les Escaldes to the Pont de la Tosca, which is a beautiful stone bridge! It is around a 20-minute walk from the heart of Andorra La Vella to Les Escaldes. (Les Escaldes is the village next to Andorra La Vella.)

From the bridge, I took the Camí de les Molleres to the main road. I then got onto the Camí de la Muntanya, next to the Repsol station. Next, I continued onto the Fontverd plain and took that all the way up to the mountain hut. What I liked about this hike is that it was straightforward, making it hard to get lost!

The Fontverd hike in Andorra National Park

Overall, the Fontverd hike is challenging because it is uphill the entire time. I did stop a lot to rest and hydrate. One of my favorite parts of the hike were the incredible views and animals. Throughout the entire hike, I admired the stunning waterfalls, sky-high mountain peaks, stone huts and the beautiful cows and horses.

Horses in Andorra National Park

I recommend doing the Fontverd hike with proper hiking gear. I brought hiking boots, a hydro backpack, hiking socks, insect repellent, sunscreen, health bars and sunglasses. I also suggest hiking polls as well since the trail is steep and rocky.

An important safety thing to note is that you may come across livestock directly on the trail, especially if it is a family of cows! Even though most livestock, like cows, are friendly and harmless, they can still severely hurt and possibly kill you if they feel you’re a threat to them. If you come across a situation like this, then you can slowly walk past them without trying to pet or touch them. Don’t stand directly behind them either because they can kick you.

A cow on a hiking trail

I loved doing the Fontverd hike during my time in Andorra. What was special about this hike is that it reminded me of my very first journey to the Pyrenees Mountains of Spain during my study abroad trip in 2012. Andorra was also my 50th country!

The Rui Madriu

It had been exactly a decade since my study abroad trip, which is where I fell in love with travel. The Pyrenees regions of Spain that I got to visit in 2012 was Asturias and Cantabria. Unfortunately, the weather was crummy during that trip, so I knew I had to get back because there was still a special feeling about it.

A woman hiking the Fontverd in Andorra - best things to do in the summer

Fast forward 10 years later and there I was completing the Fontverd hike, by myself, in the Pyrenees Mountains of Andorra on a beautiful sunny day! During my study abroad trip, I was 20 years old, about to turn 21 and on my Andorra vacation in 2022, I was 30 years old, about to turn 31. It was incredible to reflect and see how much I’ve grown as a person and traveler since 2012.

Archeological sites in Andorra

The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley boasts archeological artifacts and natural sites over the last millennia. The primary uses of the valley have been for agricultural activity, stock breeding and forestry. It became a UNESCO site in 2014.

Savor Andorran Food in a Traditional Borda:

A traditional borda in Andorra

Another one of the best things to do in Andorra is to experience a nice dinner in a traditional borda. It is a wooden house that serves authentic Andorran food.

One thing to note about the food in Andorra is that it’s very meat heavy due to its mountainous location. If you’re a vegetarian, pescatarian and vegan, you’ll find that there are limited meatless options on menus. Overall, the food in Andorra is based off Catalan traditions, but you can still find Spanish tapas bars and French dishes served in the country.

Some of the best things to eat during your Andorra visit are Escudella, which is considered the country’s national dish. Since it is a soup served with a lot of meat and noodles, it is mainly eaten during wintertime and on holidays.

Other popular dishes to try in Andorra are trinxat, which is a mix of mashed potatoes, cabbage and leeks; cargols, which are oven-roasted snails; trucha a la Andorrana, which is a trout that is usually grilled and wrapped in ham; embotits, which are cured meats; cannelloni Andorrana, which is an Andorran type of lasagna and coca massegada, which is sweet bread that is topped with candied fruits and almonds.

During my time in Andorra, I ate at the below restaurants, which I highly recommend for when you travel to this beautiful country!

Roasted duck from a traditional borda in Andorra
Andorran dessert

Restaurant El Faisà: One of the top authentic restaurants to visit in Andorra La Vella is El Faisà at the corner of Cap Del Carrer. It is a traditional borda that makes you feel like home the moment you arrive.

During my time at El Faisà, I savored one of the best roasted duck dinners I’ve had with a nice rosé! For dessert, I enjoyed a delicious panna cotta. Everything was delicious!

Croquettes from Andorra
Eating traditional Andorran food - best things to do in Andorra

Borda Estevet: Another incredible restaurant to enjoy an authentic Andorran dinner at is Borda Estevet in the capital city. It is recognized as having one of the richest meat menus in the country and boasts a romantic setting. In fact, Borda Estevet was once a family farmhouse!

Located across from the bus station, Borda Estevet is one of the most authentic restaurants in the capital city. During my evening here, I had a nice red wine with Iberian ham croquets and traditional cargols over salt. Everything was delicious!

Other great restaurants to eat at in Andorra La Vella are listed below:

El Refugi Alpí – A romantic Swiss fondue restaurant located near NH Hotel.

Can Benet – A Spanish restaurant situated in a timeless building in the Barri Antic area.

Restaurant Versailles – A classic French restaurant with a cozy atmosphere.

Pizzeria Les Oques – An Italian kitchen in Les Escaldes serving homemade pizzas.

Platos combinados from Juventus in Andorra La Vella

While I was in Andorra, I also visited a few other eateries for breakfast and lunch during the day. After my hike on the Fontverd trail, I enjoyed a well-needed platos combinados dish from Juventus in Andorra La Vella. Normally served on the Iberian Peninsula, platos combinados are a combination meal that usually consists of ham, eggs, potatoes or French fries along with calamari, salad, croquettes and more. I ate a lot of this during my time on the Camino de Santiago in 2019.

Another great spot to visit, if you are traveling within the Iberian Peninsula, is Valor. It is a chocolate shop and café that has the best hot chocolate and churros in the world! The hot chocolate is rich and will keep you warm during a chilly day in the mountains.

Hot chocolate and churros from Andorra

Speaking of chocolate, another awesome spot to grab breakfast at, especially if you plan to do the hike, is La Maison en Chocolate in Les Escaldes. At this spot, you can enjoy heartwarming beverages like hot chocolate, specialty lattes and chocolate croissants. What I also loved about this spot was that it is also a year-round, Christmas-themed café!

Explore the Capital of Andorra:

Andorra La Vella - capital of Andorra

Andorra La Vella is the capital of Andorra and it’s a beautiful and quaint city to wander through in the central valley of the country. As you make your way around Andorra’s capital, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the Pyrenees Mountains. A fun fact about Andorra La Vella is that it is the highest capital city and the 10th highest city of any kind in Europe at an elevation of 3,356 feet above sea level (1,023 meters).  

A woman exploring Andorra La Vella - best things to do in the summer

Andorra is known for its Romanesque architecture and as you make your way around the capital city, you’ll find a lot of stone buildings and churches to admire. One of the most beautiful examples of Andorra’s Romanesque architecture is the Església de Sant Esteve. It is a Catholic church that is iconic for its stained-glass windows.

All around Andorra La Vella are designer shops, department stores, boutique storefronts and more. You can find everything you need in Andorra La Vella whether that be skincare, shoes, groceries and more. I loved being able to visit so many shops near one another!

Atelier by Aitoir Estela in Andorra La Vella

A great spot to grab a drink in the charming Barri Antic area of Andorra La Vella is Atelier by Aitoir Estela. It is a cozy and stylish cocktail bar tucked away in an old stone building. It gives off speakeasy vibes and there is a great selection of drinks for you to choose from!

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Treat Yourself to a Spa Day at the Caldea Complex:

Caldea Spa - best things to do in Andorra

If you’re wondering what to do in Andorra on a rainy day, or if you’re just looking to treat yourself to a nice spa day, the Caldea Spa in Les Escaldes is the place to go!

Recognized as an epic spa amusement park, Caldea has hot springs, baths, treatments and restaurants for you to enjoy. Caldea opened in 1994 and it has thermal pools for anyone over 5 years old to enjoy; an adults-only space for those who are 16 years and older and a children’s spa with qualified monitors.

During a visit to Caldea in Andorra, check out the Origins section where you can relax in exotic baths from different parts of the world. In addition, you can also enjoy a facial, local massage or an Asian treatment. It is one of the best places to visit in Andorra if you end up doing a lot of physical activities.

Take in Breathtaking Views at Via Ferrata of Sant Vicenc d’Enclar:

Santa Coloma Church in Andorra

One of the most epic things to do in Andorra is to rock climb the Via Ferrata to the beautiful Sant Vicenc d’Enclar church. During this experience, you will climb 270 meters/886 feet. It is considered a moderate climb, so if you’ve gone rock climbing before, you’ll be fine!

This 12th century, Catholic church is picturesque and while you’re up there, you can also enjoy breathtaking views of the Pyrenees Mountains as well as the stunning village of Santa Coloma. (It is a little south of the capital city.) Santa Coloma is around an hour walk from the heart of Andorra La Vella and there is also a regular hiking trail to take up to the church.  

Venture to Charming Andorran Villages:

The village of Les Escaldes in Andorra

A trip to Andorra is not complete without venturing off the beaten path and exploring the local villages. Two easy villages to get to by foot, from Andorra La Vella, are Les Escaldes and Santa Coloma. You can access the other villages through the Directbus.

Les Escaldes is a stunning city next to Andorra La Vella where you can enjoy the Caldea, authentic Andorran restaurants and some of the best hiking! In addition to the Via Ferrata Sant Vicenc d’Enclar experience, you can also hike and see beautiful landmarks, like the Santa Coloma Church, in Santa Coloma.

Other cool villages to visit in Andorra are El Serrat, which is a scenic destination that is perfect for hiking, bird watching and skiing in the winter as well as Ordino, which is a rustic town that boasts the former home of Baron de Senaller.

Have Fun on the Tobotronc Mountain Coaster:

The Tobotronc in Naturland

One of the best Andorra attractions is Naturland. It is a fun adventure amusement park that includes a zip-line, biking trails, a nature center and the longest alpine nature slide in the world – the Tobotronc!

Known as the best activity in Naturland, the Tobotronc is a 5.3 kilometer/3.3-mile-long mountain coaster that is filled with 20 minutes of pure enjoyment. The Trobotronc includes a two-seater sled that allows you to control the speed while you descent down the mountain. During this experience, you’ll go through the wondrous forest of Sant Julià de Lòria.

Things to do in Andorra in Winter:

Grandvalira ski resort

Even though there are an infinite number of activities to enjoy during the summer months, there are also a lot of unforgettable things to do in Andorra in winter.

Below are the top three things to do if you plan to visit Andorra during the wintertime:

Ski and Snowboard at Grandvalira:

An Andorra winter trip is not complete without skiing and snowboarding at Grandvalira. It is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees Mountains and has hosted the Ski Alpine Cup and the Speed Skiing World Cup.

Grandvalira has 210 kilometers/130 miles of ski slopes for all ability levels. There is also a ski school, winter activities (like dog sledding), awesome restaurants, an epic terrain park and cross-country skiing trails to experience at this resort!

Vallnord is also an incredible spot to enjoy snow sports.

Snowshoe at Pas de la Casa:

Also situated at Grandvalira, and another one of the top things to do in Andorra during the winter, is snowshoe at Pas de la Casa.

The snowshoe hikes are easy and suitable for all ages. It’s the perfect winter activity to enjoy if you aren’t a skier or snowboarder, and the views along this adventure are incredible!

Experience Andorra’s Christmas Village:
Christmas village in Andorra La Vella

If you visit Andorra during the holiday season, then you must walk through the Christmas Village in Andorra La Vella.

Dreamy lights fill the capital city and you can enjoy live music, talented performances, artisan shops, delicious treats and pure joy!


A woman enjoying summer in Andorra

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best things to do in Andorra, especially if you travel there from Barcelona like I did. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Basic Facts of Andorra:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Andorra La Vella, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

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3 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on August 4, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Wow, sounds like an awesome country to visit. Even though it is a small country, it seems like there are many things to do. Looks so beautiful the Pyrenees mountains. Great place to hike ~ such breathtaking views ~ loved all your photography! Great blog ~ love you, mom 👩🏻 xoxo

  2. jen on August 8, 2022 at 10:40 am

    wow, this is really amazing and wonderful article. thanks for sharing this amazing article about the things to do in Andorra.

    • Taylor Deer on August 10, 2022 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you so much Jen! It’s a beautiful little country. 🙂

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