Although just a tiny principality Andorra’s capital city has a thriving, stylish, cosmopolitan feel. Avinguda Carlemany and Avinguda Mertixell provide the main shopping streets and are lined with designer boutiques, retail outlets offering leading edge consumer goods, good quality bars and restaurants and duty free supermarkets.
Andorra’s stylish, cosmopolitan Capital City
Characteristic narrow streets and old stone buildings
Ideal base for
Caldea thermal spa and leisure centre
La Casa de la Vall parliament building
Off the main thoroughfares you can still find characteristic narrow streets, old stone houses and interesting old buildings that offer an insight into this unique principality. The 11th century Sant Esteve church with its fine carved woodwork is one such example.
At the top end of Avinguda Mertixell, hidden away off Avinguda Princep Benlloch is ‘La Casa de la Vall’, the building that holds Andorra’s seat of Government and Parliament. Constructed in 1580 as a fortified Catalan mansion house it is distinguishable by the two sentry boxes that rest on 2 corners providing an architectural guard over the city below. The interior is like a museum to how Andorrans used to live. A guided tour of the building can be arranged or simply stroll through the tranquil surrounding gardens enjoying the exceptional panoramic views over the principality.
From 11th century churches and 16th century Catalan buildings Andorra La Vella blends this expertly with the modern architectural design of the towering Caldea thermal spa and leisure centre. This spectacular thermal spa, supplied by one of the hottest natural thermal water sources in the Pyrenees, actually sits in Escaldes-Engordany but the sprawling shop lined streets have long since merged any boundaries between the neighbouring towns. An enticing array of hydrotherapy and relaxation facilities await you from lagoons and whirlpools to Roman baths, saunas and Turkish baths through to the more intriguing ‘Ice Patio’ and negative ion light relaxation suite.
Then of course there’s all that shopping…