Updated: Nov 13
Tucked away high in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain is a small principality that most people haven’t heard of, let alone thought about visiting. This country is Andorra, known for its sking, beautiful summers, and the lovely thermal springs. Andorra is a destination that should be added to your bucket list of travel destinations.
Sanctuary of Meritxell Basilica
The first of many beautiful destinations is Canillo. This parish is home to the tiny village of Meritxell, which is home to the Sanctuary of Meritxell Basilica. This basilica is considered the most important religious temple in all of Andorra. At the basilica, you will have the opportunity to discover the statues of the Saints of the region in addition to the statue of Our Lady of Meritxell. The original sanctuary burned down in the 1970s and was commissioned to be rebuilt by renowned Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. Today you can visit the sanctuary via a car or the Andorrian Tourist bus that will help you experience other religious destinations in the parish.
Skiing at Soldeu
In the same parish as the Sanctuary of Meritxell, there is a small mountain town known as Soldeu. The town is perfectly located at the foot of the slopes of the Grandvalira ski domain and offers everything that skiers and snowboarders could ever dream of. After a long day on some of the most amazing slopes in Europe, you can venture into the town for great local restaurants, cozy cafes, and bustling bars. Even if you don’t intend on hitting the slopes, Soldeu is not a town that can be missed.
If you would rather take a hunt looking for that perfect gift to bring back for a loved one or yourself, look no further because Andorra is the right place. In a country where everything is tax-free, you can find yourself shopping until you can’t carry any more back in your suitcase. One of the best places to shop is in the small town of Escaldes-Engordany. There is a mall with several stories of shops of all different types. Once you’ve finished shopping, you can explore the streets of Escaldes-Engordany.
As you move across the countryside of this beautiful principality, it is clear that there is so much to offer in this mountain destination. Schedule a consultation with me today to plan your perfect mountain vacation!