Andorra

Southern Region

About Andorra

Nestled high in the Pyrenees mountains, Andorra is known as one of the smallest countries in the world. It is a landlocked country, bordered by neighbouring countries France and Spain. Andorra is the only country in Europe with an official language of Catalan. It is well known as a tourist destination along with winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and other sports in warmer weather. There are also many parks and trails to walk on including the old stone path that links Andorra to Spain and France. With over 65 mountain peaks and 70 different lakes, Andorra is definitely a place you want to visit.

Tourist Attractions

Climate

Andorra's climate is mainly Mediterranean. This means their summers are hot and dry and winters mild and wet. Year round, Andorra has warm weather so anytime is a good time to visit Andorra. In summer there will be likely dry but warm weather and winter has mild wet weather. Depending on activities one wishes to see whether that is skiing or hiking, there isn't a bad time to visit. Shorts and t-shirts are most recommendable for summers, especially when doing biking or trail hiking.

Foods

Language

Catalan

One thing that makes Andorra unique from others is that it is the only country in Europe to have Catalan as an official language. Other sub languages would include Spanish as well. Catalan is a language that is spoken by more that 12 million people in the world. It is a romance language that originated in Catalonia.


Hello: bon dia


Where are you from?: D'on ets?


Thank you: merces


What is your name?: com et dius?


Goodbye: adeu

History

1278- conflict resolved of signing pareage that provided Andorra's power shared between France and Spain


1866- change in electoral system, affects process of democratization


1970- women given the vote


1990- Andorra signs custom union along with EU


1993- first adopted constitution which reduces feudal powers of two princes


1994- Marc Forne becomes prime minister under resignation


2009- agrees to ease banking rules

Major Cities

Andorra la Vella (capitol) population: 2,430

Escaldes-Engordany, population: 15,833

Encamp, population: 11,223

Saint Julia de Loria, population: 8,022

La Massana, population: 7,211

Holidays

Epiphany- January 6th, celebrates manifestation of Christ represented by the Magi


Constitution Day- March 14th, honors constitution in Andorra


Ascension Day- May 29th, remembrance of the ascension of Jesus christ into heaven (Feast of The Ascension)

Travel Agent

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