Andorra la Vela is the capital city of Andorra, Europe. Andorra is not part the EU or Schengen community. Andorra offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Church of Saint Stephen
- Church of Sant Joan de Caselles
- Casa de la Vall
- Vallnord ski resort (in winter)
- Cheap cigarettes and alcohol
Church of Saint Stephen – Andorra la Vella
The only reason I visited Andorra was to visit another country, if you want to visit every country in the world, you must visit Andorra. This is actually a great place for skiing in winter, so in the winter season Andorra is full of tourists visiting the Vallnord ski resort. In the summer months, as Andorra is a tax free state, there are many French and Spanish visitors buying cheap alcohol and tobacco. Because I visited in the off season, the hotels were very quiet and very good value. The town is situated on the side of a mountain, and you can take free elevators up to the different levels of town, which is easier than walking up the streets.
Andorra la Vella to Barcelona direct bus service – €33
From the tiny bus station in Andorra la Vela, there is a useful bus service called DirectBus which leaves every 2 hours to Barcelona Sants and Barcelona airport. This service takes 3 hours with free WiFi and phone chargers. I would recommend sitting on the left hand side of the bus with your camera ready to photograph the amazing views of the mountains throughout the journey.