People can say anything, but the slopes of Andorra and shopping. One might add that Andorra la Vella, the capital and only city, is smoking a traffic jam surrounded by palaces of consumerism. (Tip: Andorra has more than 2,000 stores – more than one for every 40 inhabitants). They are right on one point, but off course. Shake off the tacky embrace of Andorra la Vella, take one of three roads in the state and discover some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pyrenees.
This minicountry wedged between France and Spain, offers arguably the best skiing in the Pyrenees, as in Canillo and Soldeu and Arinsal and Pal. In the past five years, the stations have invested more than € 50 million in the cafes and mountain restaurants, ski lifts and cable cars, parking and snow making machines. And once the snows have melted, summer activities was taken into Ordino and about. There is a big march in abundance, ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes in the largest, most remote reaches of the principality.
One caveat: this can not be the case a few years from now. Greed and uncontrolled development risk damaging the side valleys. And the pounding of jackhammers rattle chokes on the winter ski slopes and endangers the silence of summer.