The tiny yet mesmerising Country of Andorra’s capital city is Andorra la Vella which has often been described as the country’s nerve centre. Private Andorra la Vella tours are plentiful, diverse and all year round.
It was only in the 1930’s that Andorra la Vella began its modernisation after previously being relatively isolated to the world around. With the construction of main roads and tourism growth after World War II, this city was transformed into a busy commercial centre for the wide variety of shoppers and tourists.
Explore the incredible history and culture on guided tours Andorra la Vella, take Andorra la Vella walking tours on the natural reserve which surrounds the city or just go for the bargains with duty-free shopping.
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Visit Andorra’s Oldest Church Santa Coloma on Andorra La Vella Culture Tours
Andorra la Vella culture tours are filled with memorable places to visit such as Santa Coloma Church. This among Andorra's oldest churches dating back to the 9th century and located in the village of Coloma in the Andorra la Vella parish. Other places to visit is St. Vicenc d’Enclar Church and Casa de la Vall.
The range of things to do on activity tours Andorra la Vella has to offer is superb and not only in the winter months. They include hiking trails, climbing tours, biking trails, nature and wildlife adventures, scuba diving and snorkelling and of course the vast range of winter snow related sports.
Top 10 Things to Do in Andorra la Vella
Santa Coloma Church
Found in Andorra la Vella is the town of Coloma and the church of Santa Coloma which is among the oldest churches in Andorra. On a guided tour Andorra la Vella visit this 10th-century Romanesque building with its unique 12th-century circular bell tower. It was once decorated inside with murals, but these were taken from the Country in 1930 and recovered in 2007. You will also see the 18th-century baroque altarpiece.
La Margineda Bridge
Private Andorra la Vella tours are bound to take tourists to the largest, still preserved, medieval bridge in Andorra, La Margineda Bridge. The brige spans over the River Valira and is 33 meters long with a width of 9.5 metres. Close to the bridge you will see a modern Valencian Vicenc sculpture which was to commemorate the First Literature and Language of Catalonia Congress. The arches represent the past and present of Andorra.
Church of Sant Esteve
Located in the old quarter of Andorra la Vella is the church of Sant Esteve. It is originally a 12th-century Romanesque building before being modified in the 20th century. There is a semicircled apse of which the largest is the principality. Inside the church are multicolour beams, two altarpieces of Baroque style and the 18th-century Painting of the Souls. Outside are the Romanesque tower and bell tower.
La Casa de la Vall
Andorra la Vella culture tours are sure to include a visit to La Casa de la Vall. This building dates back to the late 16th century and a place to go to understand the history and solid basis of Principality of Andorra. It was in 1702 this building came to a seat in the ‘ Consell General’ one of the oldest and continuous European parliaments. See and learn all the fascinating things with a knowledgeable tour guide when here.
Church of Sant Joan de Caselles
In another part of Andorra la Vella is the Church of Sant Joan de Caselles located in the small village of Canillo. This church is regarded as being among the jewels of Andorran Romanesque buildings. Dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries it is of a typical Romanesque style with rectangle nave, semi-circular apse, wooden roof and Lombardic style bell tower. The two porches were added in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The Rocks in the Street Museum
Andorra la Vella walking tours may very well include a visit to the Rock in the Street Museum. It is not your normal museum more an urban route with different specimens of sedimentary, metamorphic rocks and Andorran fossils of highest quality lining the route with an explanation panel beside each one. It is certainly a different tour to take and very enjoyable in its very unique way.
The best place to relax or take a day off from Andorra la Vella culture tours is in Caldea, an Andorran Spa which combines fun and health. This spa centre is unique in Europe as is has become a leading destination for wellness tourism. The thermal springs are a revolutionary leisure concept. Have fun in the thermal spring waters, jacuzzis, waterfalls, hydromassage jets and other applications for relaxation.
Basilica Sanctuary of Meritxell
Take Andorra la Vella culture tours to the likes of the Basilica Sanctuary of Meritxell which is located near to the city of Andorra la Vella in Canillo. You are greeted with a magnificent setting, style and tradition where you arriver here and it is evident that this basilica is the most important religious building in the country. There is much to admire on a guided tour including the statues of other Andorran saints.
Some of the best activity tours Andorra la Vella has to offer are in the ski resort Vallnord. This is among the most popular skiing destinations in the country and located not far from the city. Enjoy the likes of snowboarding, snowmobiling and the new extreme sport of speed riding which is hang-gliding and skiing combined. It is also that can be experienced during the other seasons if the year too.
Hiking adventures Andorra la Vella
The Country of Andorra has the most amazing hiking trails for all to enjoy and one of these locations in Rec del Sola on the outskirts of the city Andorra la Vella. These tours are well organised and the route is safe. There are different routes to suit your wants, for instance, a hard route with more hills and obstacles of easy route flat the majority of the way. It is an excellent way to see your beautiful surroundings.
Travel Tips for Andorra la Vella
Best Time To Visit
A good time to visit Andorra la Vella is during the months of June, July, August or September when the weather is warm (not hot) and reasonably dry. May and October are also good, not as hot but less crowded and great bargains in accommodation, shopping an private Andorra la Vella tours. The winter months are cold, but if you are interested in winter sports and using Andorra la Vella as a base, then it is your best time.
The costs for tourists is not too expensive on average however prices tend to vary from season to season. Whatever you are overcharged in meals, accommodation or Andorra la Vella culture tours, you make back with the excellent duty-free shopping. The full-day average cost for a tourist is usually around US$160. Accommodation starts from US$65 a room in a 3-star hotel and 3-course evening meals from US$15 per person.
Know Before Visiting
The best advice when travelling to Andorra la Vella is to book in advance accommodation and any activity tours Andorra la Vella offers which you want to do. When you are travelling for winter sports, book all-inclusive hotels with your transfers and ski pass included. When on any guided tour Andorra la Vella provides, do not stray from the group. At night it is wiser to stay with a group and beware of pickpockets.
The warmest months of the year in Andorra la Vella are June, July, August and September with average temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius. The warmest month with temperatures averaging 28 degrees is in July. The coldest months are December, January and February with temperatures reaching, on average, as low as 0 degrees Celsius. January is the driest month and the wettest month, by a long way, is May.