Andorra - a tiny principality, lost in the eastern Pyrenees between much more impressive neighbors - France and Spain. Despite its modest size, Andorra attracts many tourists. First of all, all those who are not indifferent to mountain skiing go here with pleasure. There are many trails, gentle and dizzying descents, there are excellent conditions for ski holidays. In addition, Andorra attracts recreation in the mountains, surrounded by a magnificent and almost untouched nature. To the advantages of the Principality are European terms with high level of service and well-developed tourist infrastructure. In this case, a vacation in Andorra will cost much cheaper than other European ski resorts. In the Principality operates a zone of duty-free trade, so here you can go just for shopping. What should be done in Andorra - try to master one of the winter sports, sit in a bar on a mountain slope, visit local museums and shopping centers, purchase souvenirs, for example, cigars, or ski equipment at favorable prices, relax at one of the spa resorts.
So the list of the best tourist places in front of you:
In a number of noteworthy attractions of Andorra there is the building of the old Casa de la Vall, located in the capital of the country. This medieval fortress is one of the oldest buildings in the city. For tourists there is a guest room, a kitchen with antique utensils and a hall of the General Council where court hearings were held and all the documentation of the Council was kept in the famous "cupboard for seven castles". In addition to the secular premises of the residence of the Parliament, the prison, the court, the hotel and the chapel of San Ermengol were also located here, and in the chapel of the House of the Dales the coat of arms and the flag of the Principality of Andorra is kept. In the main hall there are ancient murals. Every day museum workers light candles in old candelabra. Almost the only decoration of the modest portal Casa de la Val is the arms of the seven different Andorra. On the ground floor, part of the building is occupied by the church of San Ermengol. On the second floor there is the Mail Museum. Parliament operates from May to October from Tue to Sat from 10.00 to 18.00, from November to April - from 10.00 to 18.00.
The Areny-Plandolit family house museum is one of Andorra's main attractions. The building of this magnificent noble manor is located practically in the center of the picturesque village of Ordino and is considered a cultural and historical monument of the country.Earlier, the house belonged to one of the most famous families of Andorra - the Areny-Plandolit dynasty, which played a huge role in the country's politics and economy. This luxurious house was built in 1633.In the Areny-Plandolit family house museum visitors can see different original household items and luxurious furniture. All this is located in the halls for guests, living room, music salon, bedrooms and dining room. The weapons room contains swords and weapons, as well as all the necessary things for hunting. In addition, in the house museum you can visit the huge cellars and wine cellars, a family library and a chapel.Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9:30 - 13:30 and 15:00 - 18:30, resurrection: 10:00 - 14:00, Monday is the day off.
The museum is located in a separate building and represents a collection of various vehicles - from bicycles to cars. The total exposition includes more than 90 cars, 60 motorcycles, and more than 100 bicycles, as well as numerous miniature images. The oldest exhibit of the Automobile Museum is the Pinet car steamer, which was produced in 1898. The exhibits presented here in details show the evolution of transport from 1898 to 1970. And despite the age, they are all in perfect condition!Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9: 30-13: 30 and 15: 00-18: 00, Sunday, Monday - closed. The ticket price is 5 EUR.
One of the rarest and extremely interesting exhibition centers is the comic book museum in La Massana. This is a wonderful place where lovers of exciting narratives with a humorous and adventurous character will necessarily find the rarest copies of their favorite stories. There are a lot of "painted books". In addition, the collections contain exhibits of the genre such as horror comics. Fans of the literary genre, like comics, can replenish their personal collections with unique photos with impressive and valuable releases of their favorite books. The museum is famous not only for such a huge arsenal of literature but also for the exhibitions of famous artists, which are constantly held in the museum. The most outstanding of which are Antonio Bernal, Alfonso Fonta, Philippe Xavier, Anna Miral. Also, guests have the opportunity to visit master classes of artists and improve their drawing skills.
The Museum of Tobacco (Museo del Tabaco) is located in the traditional tobacco district of the principality, the region of San Julia de Lòria in the seventh district of Andorra. Here, at an altitude of 909 meters above sea level, only a few small plants and factories still produce the best cigars in Europe. The first tobacco factory in Andorra was opened in 1909 by the Reig family. In 1999, the Tobacco Museum was opened in its building, called Old Reaga, on the initiative of the Julia Reig Foundation. Here it is natural as the life of many families is concentrated around the tobacco business in the region. Collected literally by bit by local enthusiasts, the museum tells in detail about the path of tobacco from the field to the dryer, from the dryer - in the shop, from the shop - to the buyer for the past 100 years. Excursions in the museum tell in detail how the production changed decade after decade. The main event in the region's tobacco production was the introduction in the 30s. principles of globalization and industrialization. Despite the mechanization because of severe competition, Reig's factory was ruined in 1957. Later the old factory became known as "Kal Rafelo".Working hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 14:30, Monday - the day off. The last visitors can come for an hour and a half before closing, the tour itself lasts at least an hour. The maximum group is 25 people. The audio guide is available in Catalan, Spanish, French and English, and in each language there is a record of male and female voices. The ticket price is 5 EUR
At the present stage of the development of society and technical inventions, the extraordinary museums of such important crafts and systems are becoming increasingly popular, which were especially important a few dozen years ago. One of such outstanding representatives is the postal museum. It is located on the territory of the residence of the Government of Andorra. The museum exposition is rich in collections of postage stamps of the Andorran state. The number of exhibits exceeds 50 thousand. Exhibitions tell their visitors the history of the origin of the postal system in the country. The oldest and most valuable brands date back to 1928. There are also collections of stamps, envelopes and various postal equipment. The mail museum is not only an exhibition hall of such an arsenal of the postal system but also the beloved "native" place of philatelists. Within the walls of the museum are often arranged conferences, exhibitions on interesting topics and other stunning events are organized. Visitors will be able to visit excursions in the museum, learn many impressive facts about rich postal art. Opening hours: May-October: 10:00 - 14:00, 15:00-18:00; November-April 10:00 - 13:00, 15:00 - 18:00. Sunday and Monday are closed. The ticket price is 5 EUR
The church of Santa Coloma was built during the early Middle Ages, in the 10th century. Her style reflects the peculiarities of architecture peculiar to the Doroman buildings. This temple belongs to the most ancient landmarks of Andorra. Outwardly the building looks simple, ascetic, without embellishments and decorative elements. The building is more like a fortress, which is understandable: earlier even churches were built in such a way that they could hide from conquerors from other territories. Near the church, there is a bell tower, in which there are four floors. The church is surrounded by a small stone fence, and its gate is made in the form of an arch. You can get to it on the paved path. Behind the gate, there is a small cozy courtyard, in the warm season, lined with a bright green lawn. Interior decoration was created for many centuries. The most ancient details that have survived to our time are the murals of the Mozarabic type (written on a low plaster), dating from the 12th century. By this time belong sculptures made of wood and icons. In the 18th century, a baroque altar appeared in the church. Monday-Friday: 08:30-13:30, 15:00-19:00. Saturday, Sunday - closed.
A unique and richest place for various exclusive fragrances is the Perfume Museum. It is here that visitors can learn about all the subtleties of the origin of smells, about the feelings that they cause. Aromas have long and firmly entered our lives. The range of these products is constantly increasing and improving. The most unique and exquisite collections have always attracted the attention of connoisseurs and admirers of perfumery art. The exposition of the exhibition center has about a thousand flasks with the most refined and unique flavors. The museum also presents perfumes, sustained over time. Visitors are given the opportunity to create their own fragrance. In addition, guests can visit the wonderful excursions that tell about the history of this fragrant craft. Perfume compositions are captivated by their magnificent incense, and amazing ambergris decorates the peaceful and mysterious atmosphere of the museum. The ticket price is 5 EUR
The rarest and unique museum of technology is the stunning Canillo motorcycle museum. It is within its walls that the rarest and outlandish motorcycles of the whole world are placed. So, since the end of the 19th century, the invention of Gottlieb Daimler still does not lose its popularity, and moreover, it improves and attracts the attention of its fans. It is for fans of this extreme mode of transport and connoisseurs of motorcyclists' skill, their driving, and inventiveness, that a museum is always open. The exposition of the exhibition center is rich in a collection of various motorcycle manufacturers. The number of exhibits totals about 150 models. The most valuable of the exhibits are Française Diamant, released in 1912, which resembles its shape for a car with an attached engine, as well as a one-of-a-kind motorcycle with a steam engine KTM, owned by Kirill Depres, a Paris-Dakar rally participant. Modern collections date back to the exhibits of the 1990s. A vivid example is the Italian Ducatti of 1990. Exhibitions of the museum are well organized on the themes and periods of development of motorcycle transport. Models of the First and Second World Wars are also presented here.