Andorra Journals

Jewels on the Border

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A May 2012 trip to Andorra by marif

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Quote: North of Girona, Spain changes into a land of wild greenery, picturesque vales and meandering rivers. West of Girona, the jewel-like landscape of spectacular lakes and dramatic peaks offers a natural complement to the rugged coastline, shady coves and sandy beaches of Spain's Costa Brava.

Hotel Salvia d'Or

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Hotel | "Comfort right in the city centre"

Hotel Salvia d'Or Photo, Andorra, Europe
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Pas De La Casa was my first port of call in Andorra. The city is Andorra’s largest and most equipped ski resort, a bleak architectural jungle of concrete structures and skyscrapers, some so high as to seem to be in the act of making a vain attempt to compete for majesty with the mountain peaks behind them. The redeeming factor when I visited in May was the patchwork of soft melting snow that sidelined the walkways and camouflaged trees and bushes.The bus from Pas de La Casa to Andorra La Vella, codenamed L5 leaves from the bus terminus located in front of the tourist office kiosk on the other side of the square. The ride lasting one hour is basically a descent along tight mountain bends fr...Read More

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Hotel Salvia d'Or
Avinguda De Meritxell, 68
Andorra La Vella, Andorra
+376 827248

Sacrifice Comfort for Adventure

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The Pyrenees, on the way to Latour de Carol Photo, Andorra, Europe
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A tiny dot on the map of the world, a pea-sized insignificant spot on the map of Europe, Andorra is an independent country with a population of less than 80 thousand. Although short of historical buildings, art museums and cultural venues, it is nonetheless a major tourist destination attracting over 10 million visitors annually.Sitting right in the heart of the Pyrenees midway between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, the country is huddled and embraced by grand mountains, most of which are straight-cut semi-desert ridges or high-gradient tree-infested slopes. The topmost mountain peaks are blanketed in thick snow for most of the year, while the sloping promontories get less snow and ar...Read More
Whitewashed Cadaques Photo, Andorra, Europe
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"A city washed in white, dressed in slate". This is how one Figueres resident with whom I shared a seat on the Sarfa bus during my trip described Cadaques. After having snaked into all imaginable spots in the city for a day, I could not but consent to the words of the fellow on the bus. However, to do full justice to the city, I have to add that Cadaques is likewise belted in green and hemmed in blue.A day trip to Cadaques is a retreat to a paradisiacal oasis of land and sea, a haven of wild greenery and foaming waters. This becomes more real if your visit happens to be out of season when the place has not yet been swarmed with overseas visitors and well-off Spaniards from Barcelona who de...Read More

Right on the Spanish-French Border

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Hotel de Ville, Perpignan Photo, Andorra, Europe
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The main railway line from Barcelona to the French border passes through the small inland town of Figueres. Trains from here to Portbou, the last town in Catalonia before crossing the Spanish-French border, use the narrower Iberian-gauge track. Some trains from Figueres terminate at Portbou, others continue via the narrow-track tunnel to Cerbere in France.Adventurous travellers who stop in Portbou for a couple of hours usually head for the beach promenade, a graceful place ideal for a stroll in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. Portbou’s harbour has changed over the last decade from a small haven for fishing boats to a complex concrete construction that caters for pleasure boats and...Read More

Step into the Absurd

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Dali's theatre-museum Photo, Andorra, Europe
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Ryanair’s flight to Girona placed me miles away from my desired destination – the Eastern Pyrenees, but not as far as to make my trip too arduous and the spots I longed to visit unreachable.The small arrival terminal at Girona airport and the facilities it formerly offered have expanded by quite a few degrees since I last visited three years ago. Direct bus transport from the airport to nearby towns on the Costa Brava coastline is now available, although the frequency varies with the season and with the popularity of the destination. Transport to towns west and north of Girona is not yet regularly available, except perhaps in the high season. On the other hand, buses to Barcelona depart ha...Read More