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Andorra is a tiny landlocked country situated entirely in the Pyrenees mountains on the border between France and Spain.

Andorra is one of Europe's six smallest micro-states and has been an independent country and a co-principality since 1268 in the thirteenth century.

Andorra la Vella (below) is the highest capital city in Europe with an elevation of 1,023 metres / 3,356 ft.

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Andorra is not a member of the EU European Union and is not in the Schengen zone, so remember your passport if you visit Andorra and check your visa.

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This tiny country in the mountains has a population of around 85,000 inhabitants. There are around 23,000 inhabitants in the capital city of Andorra la Vella - and 40,000 inhabitatns in the the urban areas including Escaldes-Engordany and satellite villages.

You can visit Andorra on a day tour from Barcelona to Andorra. It's a long day tour - around 12 hours so it's really more of a road trip than a tour. But if you have time during your stay in Barcelona, then a visit to Andorra is an unique and exciting adventure to experience spectacular mountain views, a quaint French village with hot springs, high mountain passes (weather permitting) and three country borders in one day

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Pas de la Casa ski station (above) In the winter Andorra is a winter sports paradise with many snow on the mountains and many ski resorts and snow areas. There are two main ski areas called Grandvalira and Vallnord

You can usually see snow-capped mountains in Andorra from November to May. The Andorra ski season is usually from December to early April.

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Andorra's mountain skywalk opened in 2016 at the Mirador del Roc del Quer near the village of Canillo. The Roc del Quer skywalk is 20 metres long with the last 12 metres in mid-air. 

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The Andorra skywalk is the only skywalk of its kind in the Pyrenees mountains. (There is a smaller 4 meter mountain skywalk at the Porté Puymorens ski resort in France near Andorra but it is only accessible by hikers in the summer, or skiers in the winter. )

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At the end of the Andorra skywalk is a sculpture of man sitting contemplating the stunning views of the Canillo valley on both sides of the Andorra skywalk

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Andorra's mountain skywalk is not recommended if you suffer from vertigo - it has glass floor panels where visitors can look directly down at the 500 meter free-fall drop to the valley bottom.

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On the way to the Andorra Roc del Quer skywalk visitors pass one of 8 original sculptures placed around Andorra to mark the 25th anniversary of Andorra's social security service, CASS (Caixa Andorra de Seguretat Social). The sculpture by the skywalk is by Mexican artist Jorge Dubon and called 'Self-Generating Structures'.

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There are also benches where visitors can enjoy the stunning views.

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Andorra is 181 sqm / 468 km² big and entirely in the Pyrenees mountain range dividing France and Spain

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Day tour Barcelona to Andorra

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Andorra la Vella is the highest capital city in Europe with an elevation of 1,023 metres / 3,356 ft.

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Cadí-Moixeró mountain range in Catalan Pyrenees

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Historic fortified village of Mont-Louis in France in the Cerdanya valley in the Pyrenees mountains

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Snow capped peaks of Pyrenees mountains in Andorra

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Andorra has many ancient Romanesque churches

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Meritxell chapel Andorra - Santuari de Meritxell by Catalan architect Ricard Bofills. This is the home of Andorra´s patron saint 

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Airtrek climbing frame at Naturlandia adventure park in the Andorran mountains

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Naturlandia park has the the longest alpine 'toboggan' in the world winding down the la Rabassa mountain.

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Andorra La Vella. The name means Andorra the Old in the Catalan language.

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Visitors can enjoy a large outdoor 5 metre bronze sculpture by Spanish/Catalan Salvador Dali called 'Nobility of Time' on the Plaça de la Rotonda in Andorra la Vella. It was donated to the Andorra by Enric Sabater, who was both Dali’s agent and friend in his later years. 

The sculpture is one of the melted watch series inspired by Dalis famous 1931 painting 'The Persistence of Memory' with melted clock to symbolise the passage of time. In the Nobility of time the soft melting watch is draped around a tree trunk and has a crown to symbolise time’s triumph over humanity.

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Pont de Paris bridge in Andorra la Vella spanning the Gran Valira river.

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Andorra la Vella's old town is called the 'Barri Antic' which is a small area with ancient streets and buildings dating back to the middle ages. This fountain is dedicated to Andorra's national dance the Sardanas.

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Map Andorra

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How to visit Andorra from Barcelona

You can take a bus yourself from Barcelona and visit Andorra but you will need to get up early or spend a night up there.

Another popular option to visit Andorra from Barcelona is on  small group day tour that visits three countries in one day. Start in Spain, then visit France and Andorra and the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains on a day tour from Barcelona to Andorra.

On a 12 hour day trip from Barcelona you will spend a unique and wonderful day crossing three country borders and three mountain passes in one day and enjoy fantastic views, mountain roads and romanesque churches.

How to get from Barcelona to Andorra
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