Andorra trip


Andorra is officially named the Principality of Andorra. It has the world's highest life expectancy - 85 years old - and is considered a tax haven, which results in competitive shopping prices. Tourism accounts for around 80% of GDP in Andorra, therefore the small city is moulded around the framework of accommodating visitors. Two of the main activities that have to be done whilst here are skiing and shopping (though not at the same time). Its official language is Catalan and is located between France and Spain.

What's about
If you head towards the northwest of Madrid you can find some terrific skiing spots, Arinsal is the place to be to gain your confidence on the slopes to prepare for the drops you want to conquer! Also the combination of skiing slopes can be relished with over 285kms of runs with Grandvalira and Vallnord. After all of that why not go the extra mile, not on the slopes but rather treating yourself to some retail therapy in one of the 2000 plus shops avoiding the wallet busting prices.

Tax Free?!
Yes that's right, on your Andorra trip you will enjoy the luxury of avoiding that meddling tax that impedes on your retail therapy. The main focus seems to be on luxurious itemsm, which isn't a con though you will certainly find a lot of perfumes, tobacco and alcohol, your usual duty-free items. Though you shall also find yourself a bargain at the top of Pic Negre for your skiing gear with up to 40% off to what you would pay in the UK. Also worth noting is that you should be aware of your purchase limits, as you'll most likely be checked when going through customs on either Spanish or French borders.

If you want to save a bit of energy or if skiing just isn't your thing, there's no problem as there are still several interesting venues to check out in Andorra. A good example of this is the Viladomat museum, named after (you guessed it) Josep Viladomat; here you will find over 140 of his works. The Sanctuary of Meritxell was originally a chapel dedicated to Santa Maria. The building has had a rocky past to say the least; it was was eventually rebuilt in 1994 which includes the new carving of the Virgin of Meritxell that was lost in the fire of 1972. Not only that but has some facinating Islamic influences.