This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Andorra la Vella. To help you make friends with Andorra la Vella before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Andorra la Vella is the capital of Andorra, the biggest microstate of Europe that is located in the Eastern Pyrenees between France and Spain. At an elevation of 1023 meters, the city is the highest-lying capital of Europe.
While there is a frequent bus service that connects the city with Barcelona, if you are arriving from another part of the country or from France, you might want to hire a car to have an easier time exploring the beautiful hidden locations all over the tiny country.
Andorra la Vella is probably the least impressive spot of the country; however, it is quite central and in easy reach of everywhere else in Andorra and therefore might be a good base for your stay. Moreover, it provides all the facilities a backpacker might need, like bigger supermarkets, money exchanges, and tourist information, which is definitely not true for most of the other locations in the country. Additionally, there is a bus circulation in Andorra la Vella itself, as well as buses leaving from here and going all around the country.
Although Andorra la Vella boasts with a historic centre and a few nice churches and interesting museums, the reason why most tourists come here is the tax-free shopping: In fact, the prices of alcohol and cigarettes can get so cheap that many people prefer to drive hours just to stock up on those items.
If you are planning to sleep in the capital of Andorra, you can choose from one hostel and various hotels. The hostel is located around three kilometers outside of the city on a mountainside, so it isbetter if you bring your car - parking places are provided in front of the hostel. The hostel is modern, but it still reflects the traditional building style and is located right in front of a beautiful peak. If you decide to treat yourself to some luxury, you are spoiled with a variety of hotels, from tiny familiar places to big impressive buildings. In Andorra la Vella, everyone will find something to their taste.
Written by local enthusiast for Andorra la Vella hostelsJudyM