Driving Guide

Andorra Driving Guide

أندورا بلد جميل وفريد من نوعه. استكشف كل ذلك من خلال القيادة عندما تحصل على تصريح القيادة الدولي الخاص بك.

2021-04-09 · 9 دقيقة للقراءة

كيف يمكن أن يساعدك هذا الدليل؟

اجعل رحلتك أكثر سهولة مع دليل القيادة هذا الذي يحتوي على المعلومات الضرورية حول رحلتك القادمة إلى أندورا. سترى بعض الأشياء التي يجب عليك تجنبها أثناء التجول والقيادة في أندورا. إذا لم يكن لديك تأجير سيارة بعد ، فإن هذا الدليل يوفر أيضًا قسمًا لتأجير السيارات مصممًا خصيصًا لك. هل أنت متحمس لرؤية جمال جبال البرانس؟ اقرأ المزيد لمعرفة المزيد عن أندورا وشعبها ووضع القيادة في البلاد.

General Information

Andorra is a country that sits in between two of the most sought international destinations in the world today. The country's capital, Andorra la Vella, is the only city in this country. However, Andorra is famous for being the gateway for tourists coming to and from Spain and France.

Geographic Location

أندورا إمارة صغيرة في شبه الجزيرة الأيبيرية تقع على قمة جبال البيرينيه ، الجبل الذي يفصل بين فرنسا وإسبانيا. عندما تذهب إلى الشمال ، ستذهب إلى فرنسا. إذا جنوبًا ، ستصل إلى إسبانيا. من بين جميع البلدان في أوروبا ، تعد أندورا سادس أصغر دولة بمساحة 181 ميلاً مربعاً. نظرًا لوجود مساحة صغيرة من الأرض في أندورا ، سترى في الغالب مزارع الأغنام ومنتجات مثل التبغ والزيتون والعنب والجاودار والقمح والبطاطس.

بصرف النظر عن المناظر الطبيعية ، يمكنك أيضًا الاستمتاع براحة المطاعم والمقاهي في أندورا. كونك بلدًا سياحيًا ، سترى العديد من المؤسسات التي تلبي احتياجات السياح بشكل أساسي. من حيث الإقامة ، ستستمتع بإطلالة 360 على مناظر أندورا الخلابة أينما كنت. إذا ذهبت إلى بلدان أخرى ، فستدفع الكثير مقابل غرفة ذات مناظر خلابة. في أندورا ، هذا طبيعي.

Languages Spoken

The main languages of Andorra are Catalan, French, and Spanish. If you neither speak any of these languages, English is also accepted in Andorra. But if you know a little bit of Spanish, you’ll surely enjoy communicating with the Andorrans. When driving around Andorra, drivers are polite and respectful. They’re not aggressive on the road as well.

Land Area

Among all countries in Europe, Andorra is the sixth smallest country with 181 square miles. Since there's a little land area in Andorra, you'll mostly see sheep farms and products like tobacco, olives, grapes, rye, wheat, and potatoes. With its location, Andorra is predominantly occupied by rugged mountains, the highest of the Coma Pedrosa at 2 942 meters.

History

Documents revealed that during the 7th and 2nd centuries BC, inhabitants of the valleys were associated with the Iberians and located historically in Andorra. The principality was under the Roman Empire from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD, until the Roman Empire’s fall. Andorra became under the Visigoths, the Kingdom of Toledo, and from the Diocese of Urgell.

Andorra’s independence is traditionally attributed to Charlemagne, who recovered the principality from the Muslims in 803, and to his son Louis I (the Pious), who granted the inhabitants liberty. Andorra’s dual allegiance to two princes, one in France and one in Spain, started in the 13th century. Today, Andorra is a diarchy ruled by two princes: the President of the French Republic and the Bishop of Urgell in Catalonia, Spain.

Government

Being a country that breaks two culturally-diverse groups of people, Andorra's form of government is a diarchy. Two prominent world leaders co-lead Andorra, and they are called the Co-Princes of the Principality of Andorra. The Bishop of Urgell and the President of France are the princes that lead the principality—a treaty that spans back to 1278. Today, Joan Enric Vives Sicília (Bishop of Urgell) and Emmanuel Macron (French President) sit as the Co-Princes of Andorra.

Though the Co-Princes are the Head of State, they do not have the government's supreme power. The Executive Council of Andorra, the executive branch of the Andorran Government, retains maximum government power. Andorra's current Prime Minister is Xavier Espot Zamora. Since the 1993 Constitution of Andorra, the Prime Minister has served its function as a real country leader. The Co-Princes were mainly retained for ceremonial purposes.

Tourism

The World Tourism Organization recorded about ten million visitors accommodated by Andorra in 2019. Though Andorra is small, this beautiful mountain country is a tourist magnet because of its low to nonexistent customs and business taxes. So if you want to shop, you better visit Andorra because the goods are cheaper. Andorra is popularly known as an "International Center for Retail Trade."

Andorra is famous for its skiing areas. Though Andorra is a tiny country, you’ll find several ski resorts here. Aside from skiing, you can also enjoy shopping centers, restaurants, and activity areas inside the resorts. Aside from that, Andorra is also your gateway to France and Spain. If you rent a car in Spain, you can have a long road trip by taking Andorra to the Granada driving route.

IDP FAQs

لا تكتمل زيارة أندورا إذا لم يكن بإمكانك التجول في جميع أنحاء البلاد بحرية. نعم ، يعد ركوب وسائل النقل العام جزءًا من الرحلة. لكن امتلاك سيارة يمكن أن يكون له وسائل الراحة. قد تسأل ، "هل تتطلب أندورا رخصة قيادة دولية؟" نعم! يجب أن يكون لديك تصريح قيادة دولي (IDP) قبل قيادة السيارة ودخول حدود أندورا بالسيارة.

IDP هو مفتاحك لرحلة آمنة وخالية من القلق إلى أندورا. سواء كنت تقود سيارتك من Andorra la Vella إلى مدريد أو باريس ، فإن الحصول على تصريح قيادة دولي يكسر حواجز البلد. لذا ، لماذا لا تحصل على واحدة؟ إذا كنت تريد معرفة المزيد عن هذا الأمر ، فاقرأ مسبقًا حتى تحصل على رحلة سلسة إلى أندورا.

Does Andorra Require an International Driving Permit?

Yes, you need an IDP to drive in Andorra. However, do remember that you still need to bring your original license. Obtaining an IDP alone is not enough because it is merely a translation of your original license. Thus, if you’re driving from Barcelona to Andorra in summer, don’t forget to present your IDP or E.U. license when crossing borders. You don’t want problems with border patrol.

With an IDP, driving from Barcelona to Andorra will be worry-free. If a traffic officer calls your attention, show them your original license accompanied by your IDP. Also, you don’t need to explain to them the nature of the IDP. The IDP translates your native driver's license into 12 languages. If a traffic enforcer of another country that doesn't speak your language will ask for your native driver's license, you can use your IDP to translate it for them.

What Countries Recognize IDP?

An International Driver’s Permit is valid to over 150 countries and territories worldwide. So if you are planning to drive to another country after Andorra, you can always do that, given that your IDP is still valid. You can only use the IDP when traveling abroad. Unfortunately, you also can’t use it as a “substitute” for your original license.

For example, you have an Indonesian license and an IDP, and you’re going on a vacation to Andorra. If you decide to rent a car in Andorra, the car rental company can accept your Indonesian license and the IDP. However, if you forgot your native driver’s license, you can’t use the IDP as a substitute. Thus, at police checkpoints, you better present your real license, or else you’ll encounter problems.

How Long Is an IDP Valid?

The validity of an IDP depends on the application price. But if you read the amended 1968 Convention, IDPs should not be valid for a period longer than three years. Thus, the most extended IDP application package you avail of is right for three years only. However, there are also one-year and two-year packages as well.

Choosing the validity period of your IDP depends on your purpose. If you plan to go overseas at least twice a year for the next three years, a three-year IDP works best for you. However, a one-year IDP is practical if you don’t have plans going abroad for the next three years. But if you frequently go on business representation trips or seminars abroad, you must have a three-year IDP.

Is My Local License Valid in Andorra?

Your license’s validity depends on where you come from. If you plan to stay in Andorra—for tourists, having a European Union driver’s license or an IDP to drive in Andorra. So if you come from the 27 member states of the European Union, your local license is valid in Andorra. However, if you’re planning to stay longer, Andorra allows you to exchange your local non-E.U. license for an Andorran license. But, this is limited only to the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Holland
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Take note that you can only exchange your native license after acquiring a residency permit. Also, you only have six months to process this exchange.

تأجير سيارات في أندورا

Do you ever dream of driving to Andorra from Barcelona in May with the Mediterranean warmth and Andorran sunshine? That would certainly give you a nice tan. But before you imagine a scenic trip to the mountainous escapes of Andorra, do you have a car already? Well, you need to figure that out fast. Traveling by car is a great way to discover the hidden beauty of Andorra. Thus, here is some useful information about car rentals in Andorra.

Car Rental Companies

You can rent a car in Andorra in two ways. First, you can book online before your trip. Alternatively, you can visit local car rental companies in Andorra La Vella city proper or their branches in nearby towns in Spain and France. To make things easy for you, here are some car rental companies available in Andorra and nearby areas:

  • هيرتز
  • أفيس
  • يوروب كار
  • ألامو
  • الدخل
  • وطني
  • دولار
  • مقتصد

You can book online car rental websites as a more convenient option. There are also local car rental companies that offer more affordable car rentals if you're on a budget. Most of the time, tourists stop by in Spain or France to rent a car, then go to Andorra. If your plane lands at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport in Barcelona, you can rent a car at the airport, then proceed to Andorra. Driving from Barcelona to Andorra takes about three hours.

Documents Required

عند استئجار سيارة ، يجب عليك إحضار مستندات مهمة معك. لتجنب التأخيرات غير الضرورية ، يجب عليك التحقق من موقع تأجير السيارات مسبقًا. لكن فيما يلي بعض المتطلبات القياسية:

  • رخصة قيادة سارية المفعول
  • IDP
  • جواز سفر
  • بطاقة الخصم أو الائتمان الدولية (مثل Visa و Master و Amex)

يمكنك فقط تجهيز صور رخصة قيادتك ، IDP ، وصفحة هوية جواز سفرك للحجوزات عبر الإنترنت.

Vehicle Types

يمكن لشركات تأجير السيارات في أندورا تقديم أنواع مختلفة من المركبات لاحتياجاتك. إذا قمت بفحص مواقع الحجز عبر الإنترنت ، فإن المركبات تختلف في سعة المقاعد وحجم السيارة. هناك سيارات صغيرة تتسع لأربعة أشخاص. إذا كنت مسافرًا مع مجموعة ، فهناك أيضًا ميني فان تتسع لتسعة مقاعد للمجموعات الكبيرة. تختلف أنواع المركبات أيضًا حسب حاجتك. تعتبر سيارات الدفع الرباعي مثالية للقيادة لمسافات طويلة. على سبيل المثال ، مسافة القيادة من أندورا إلى بامبلونا هي 472.4 كم عبر الطريق السريع AP-2. تقريبًا ، تستغرق هذه الرحلة خمس ساعات. اختيار سيارة الدفع الرباعي هو خيارك الأفضل.

However, if you’re driving from Barcelona to Andorra and France, you should select your comfortable vehicle-type. The highway from Spain to Andorra is straight. So, it would be a smooth drive. But, the route from Andorra to France is curvy. You should take caution in the blind curves and sharp curves. In this case, it’s best to choose your comfortable vehicle type. If you’re a sedan user back in your country, get a sedan by all means. The type of car you choose is important, especially when you encounter switchbacks on those high-altitude roads.

Car Rental Cost

The car rentals’ fees depend on the rental period, type of car, seating capacity, and payment method. Additional fees may apply if you wish to add insurance coverage. Driving to Andorra during the winter can be a handful, so better ask your provider to have one as part of your add-on. In general, here are the price range for a one-week rental period:

  • Small four-seater cars, €200 - €260
  • Medium five-seater cars, €270 - €750
  • Five- to nine-seater minivans, €610 - €850

You also have to consider drop-off and pick-up fees on your rental package. There are no direct flights to Andorra. It’s either you land in Spain or France. The closest airport would be the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport in Barcelona. You may request the car rental service to send the car to the airport. For tourists from France, the Toulouse to Andorra driving time is faster than those coming from Perpignan.

Age Requirements

العمر المطلوب للقيادة في أندورا هو 18 عامًا. ولكن إذا كنت من فرنسا وتخطط لزيارة أندورا ، فيجب أن يكون لديك ترخيص غير مقيد. في فرنسا سن القيادة 15 سنه مع اشراف و 18 سنه بدون اشراف. لذا ، إذا كان عمرك أقل من 18 عامًا وكنت تسلك طريق القيادة من تولوز إلى أندورا ، فمن الأفضل أن تدع شابًا يبلغ من العمر 18 عامًا يمسك عجلة القيادة.

على الرغم من أن فرنسا تسمح لك بالقيادة ، إلا أنك ستضطر للتبديل مع شاب يبلغ من العمر 18 عامًا قبل الوصول إلى حدود أندورا. لن تكون هناك متطلبات خاصة بسن القيادة للسائحين من إسبانيا لأن كلا البلدين لهما نفس سن القيادة.

Car Insurance Cost

تعتمد تغطية تأمين السيارة على شركة تأجير السيارات. على سبيل المثال ، تقدم شركة Avis Car Rentals تأمين بقيمة 1200 يورو للأضرار التي تلحق بسلامة السيارة. ومع ذلك ، هناك تغطية تأمينية إضافية مقابل رسوم إضافية. يمكنك الاستفادة من حزم التأمين هذه كإجراء وقائي عند حدوث شيء فظيع. ولكن ، إذا كنت ستشتري تأمينًا إضافيًا ، فيجب عليك على الأقل اختيار الحزم التي تحميك من التلف الناتج عن الاصطدام أو الخسارة الجزئية أو الكاملة بسبب السرقة.

Car Insurance Policy

بالنسبة لأضرار الاصطدام ، تحتاج إلى التوقيع على تنازل عن أضرار التصادم لإعفائك من المسؤولية الناشئة عن أضرار التصادم. لذلك إذا كنت تقود سيارتك إلى أندورا واصطدمت شاحنة بسيارتك ، فلا يمكن لشركة التأجير أن تطلب منك دفع تعويضات ما لم تكن الأجزاء التالفة مدرجة في التنازل. بالنسبة للأضرار ، عادة ما يذكر التنازل العناصر التي يغطيها تأمين الإيجار. لكن الأضرار التي لحقت بما يلي يتحملها مستأجر السيارة:

  • النوافذ والمرايا
  • عجلات و إطارات
  • الهيكل السفلي
  • محرك
  • داخل السيارة
  • بطارية مسطحة

للحماية من السرقة ، تختلف التغطيات التأمينية للسرقة الكاملة أو الجزئية حسب الدولة. بالنسبة لأندورا ، تنطبق الحماية الأساسية من أضرار الخسارة. وبالتالي ، إذا كنت تقود سيارتك من Andorra La Vella إلى مدريد وسرق شخص ما سيارتك أثناء توقف قصير في محطة وقود ، فستقوم شركة تأجير السيارات باستبدال سيارتك. لسوء الحظ ، لا يتم تضمين جميع الأشياء الثمينة في السيارة المسروقة في فقدان تأمين الحماية.

قواعد الطريق في أندورا

عند زيارة أي بلد ، يجب أن تأخذ الوقت الكافي لمعرفة قوانين ولوائح القيادة الأساسية لتجنب الغرامات والعقوبات أثناء الرحلة. إذا كنت تعيش في أوروبا ، فستكون على دراية بمشهد القيادة في تلك المنطقة ، بما في ذلك أندورا. ومع ذلك ، يحتاج السياح القادمون من آسيا والمحيط الهادئ والأمريكتين إلى معرفة قوانين القيادة الأساسية. لتوفير بعض الوقت ، إليك بعض الأشياء التي يجب تذكرها:

Important Regulations

Visiting a foreign country like Andorra requires you to observe general driving standards to avoid accidents and delays on your trip. If you’re unsure how to drive on foreign roads, you must follow the utmost diligence in speeding and alerting road signs. Below are some essential regulations that you need to observe in Andorra.

Drunk Driving

Bear in mind that it’s okay to drink and drive in Andorra. But if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is above 0.05 percent, it’s best to let the intoxication subside first. Remember, you’re in a foreign country. Don’t cause trouble with Andorran authorities because it would only ruin your vacation. In Andorra, they’ll charge you a fine if they caught you driving drunk or under the influence of drugs. BAC levels beyond the allowable will be fined accordingly:

  • من 0.05٪ إلى 0.08٪ ، غرامة قدرها 150 يورو
  • من 0.081٪ إلى 0.12٪ ، غرامة قدرها 300 يورو
  • أعلى من 0.12٪ ، وغرامة قدرها 600 يورو وتعليق الترخيص لمدة ثلاثة أشهر

سيؤدي رفض الخضوع لاختبار BAC إلى غرامة أخرى قدرها 300 يورو وتعليق الترخيص لمدة ثلاثة أشهر. علاوة على ذلك ، سيدفع السائق غرامة قدرها 600 يورو وتعليق الرخصة لمدة ثلاثة أشهر إذا ثبت أنه تحت تأثير المخدرات.

Turning Signals at an Intersection

Turning your signals while on the road is your way of communicating with other drivers. This is to ensure that you are clearly understood by other drivers when making a change. Before doing so, you need to position your vehicle into the proper turning lane and then signal to alert drivers that you are about to turn. Turning signals can also be useful when overtaking, making turns at junctions or intersections and roundabouts.

Parking

Upon reaching your destination, park on allowed spots only. At night, park only in well-lit car parks. Pay attention to parking rates so that you’ll not be surprised with your parking fees. Bring your valuables with you and secure your vehicle before leaving. Also, beware of local signage and restrictions as parking fines are readily issued, and your vehicle can be towed if parked dangerously.

Ensure you and your vehicle are in good condition before driving

You should be well-rested and not intoxicated. If you have eyesight problems, don’t forget to wear your prescription glasses. Check your vehicle, especially the tires, battery, brakes, and engine. Go to the gas station for a quick refill. If you’re still sleepy due to an early drive, buy a cup of coffee to make you feel alert.

If you’re driving from Barcelona to Andorra in winter, you need to use a winter tire, or the local authorities will reprimand you for entering the borders. To know more about road incidents, click this to see live updates from Andorra’s transport department. Before starting your journey for the day, you must also check if you have the following equipment. A fine of €30 will apply if you don’t have these items:

  • Spare bulbs
  • Warning triangle
  • Reflective jacket
  • Spare wheel and tools
  • Winter tyres and snow chains

Driving in winter in Andorra means loads of snow on the road. So, make sure you're rental car is equipped with winter tyres and snow chains.

General Standards of Driving

Apart from the rules, you also need to be familiar with the general standards when driving in a foreign country. This will guide you to know more about the locals and what they commonly use and do when driving on foreign land. About eighty percent of cars sold in Europe have a manual transmission. One good reason for this is its topography. Europe’s countryside roads are narrow and hilly with bumpy terrains, and the city roads are curvy and crowded.

And Andorra is no exception to that. Manual transmission cars provide a more comfortable driving experience, especially on hilly roads, which requires higher maneuverability. While it will still depend on how you will use your car rental in Andorra, it is best to contact your car rental provider first. If you are not comfortable with using a manual transmission car, you can request an automatic one.

Speed Limits

Andorran speed limits differ in the location. For urban areas and the main road, the speed limit is 50 kph (31 mph). Since there are more people and cars in urban areas, you should exercise diligence in speeding up. As much as possible, drive slowly and enjoy the beautiful sights of Andorra.

بالنسبة للمناطق الريفية ، يمكنك السرعة حتى 90 كم / ساعة (56 ميلاً في الساعة). المناطق الريفية بها عدد أقل من الناس والسيارات. عادة ما تكون الطرق مجانية ويوجد عدد أقل من المنازل في المناطق الريفية. وبالتالي ، إذا كنت تقود سيارتك من برشلونة إلى أندورا ، فمن المرجح أن تدخل المناطق الريفية في أندورا قبل الوصول إلى أندورا لا فيلا.

Seat Belt Laws

Andorra has stricter seatbelt laws than other countries in Europe. All passengers at the front seat are required to wear seatbelts all the time. A rear seat passenger is encouraged to wear seat belt. Small children under ten years and with heights under 1.5 m can’t travel unless a child’s car seat is installed at either the front or rear seats.

يجب أن يتوافق مقعد السيارة الخاص بالأطفال مع لائحة لجنة الأمم المتحدة الاقتصادية لأوروبا رقم 44. إذا كنت تقود سيارتك من برشلونة إلى أندورا وفرنسا عبر السيارة وضبطك ضابط وأنت تسافر مع طفل بدون مقعد سيارة ، فستدفع غرامة قدرها 90 يورو.

Driving Directions

When driving at intersections, when you see a vehicle already waiting at an intersection before you get there, then you must yield to the vehicle in waiting. In the case of two cars approaching the intersection simultaneously, the one crossing from the right side must come first. And when turning left on intersections, you can only do so if you use your turn signal 30 meters before reaching the intersection.

When driving on roundabouts or merging into a highway, the vehicle that has made a full stop on a side street before merging has the right of way. The vehicles within the roundabout must also pass first before you proceed. Also, when overtaking, make sure to do it on the left side, and before doing so, see to it that you have enough space to overtake.

Traffic Road Signs

Traffic road signs are available to guide every Andorra driver. The driving directions to Andorra tourist spots can be a hassle if you’re not good at directions. Paying attention to the common traffic road signs is essential to avoid losing your way, breaking any law, or being involved in accidents. Other than that, Andorra also follows a three-color traffic light. Here are some traffic signs you will see while driving in Andorra.

Priority signs indicate who has the priority and who should give priority. During intersections, these are the commands in which vehicles must come first. Check out the list below.

  • Give Way/ Yield
  • Stop
  • Priority Road
  • End of Priority Road
  • Give Way to oncoming traffic.
  • Priority over oncoming vehicles

Warning signs alert drivers of a potentially dangerous traffic situation ahead that might require vehicles to stop or slow down. Here are some warning signs you will see when driving in Andorra.

  • Give Way Ahead
  • Stop Ahead
  • Traffic Signals Ahead
  • Roundabout ahead
  • Two-way traffic ahead
  • Junction with a minor road
  • Merging traffic
  • Road narrows on both sides
  • Dangerous crosswinds
  • Steep descent
  • Steep ascent
  • Road hump ahead
  • Uneven road ahead
  • Slippery road surface
  • Pedestrian crossing ahead
  • Snow or ice
  • For likely
  • Tunnel ahead
  • Domestic animals
  • Wild animals
  • Accident area/ accident ahead
  • Roadworks ahead

Mandatory traffic signs are used in setting obligations of all traffic that uses a particular road. These signs impose an obligation that drivers must comply with.

  • Straight ahead only
  • Proceed right only
  • Turn right head only
  • Pass on this side
  • Pass on either side
  • Bicycles only
  • Bicycles and pedestrians only
  • Equestrians only
  • Roundabout
  • Pedestrians only

Right of Way

أندورا هي إحدى الدول الموقعة على اتفاقية جنيف بشأن المرور على الطرق. وفقًا لـ Annex 2 Priority of Passage ، لديك حق الطريق إذا كنت قادمًا من الجانب الأيسر. بالنسبة إلى التقاطع رباعي الاتجاهات ، يتم تطبيق قاعدة من يأتي أولاً يخدم أولاً. أول سيارة تصل تحصل على الطريق الصحيح. في حالة وصول مركبتين جنبًا إلى جنب ، فإن حق الطريق يعود للمركبة في أقصى اليمين. في حالة وجود ثلاث سيارات ، يجب أن تنتظر السيارة الأبعد جهة اليسار حتى مرور السيارتين الأخريين.

يجب أن تستخدم المركبات التي تصل وجهاً لوجه إشارات. إذا واجهت سيارتان وجهاً لوجه وكان كلاهما ينوي الالتفاف في نفس الاتجاه ، فإن حق الطريق ينتمي إلى السيارة التي تنعطف إلى اليمين. يُعرف هذا أيضًا باسم قاعدة "اليمين فوق اليسار". إذا وصلت إلى تقاطع رباعي بدون إشارات مرور ، فانتظر حتى تنعطف السيارة الأولى. لتكون آمنًا ، لا تكن أول مركبة تنعطف. ومع ذلك ، توجد إشارات طرق وإشارات مرور كافية في أندورا.

السن القانوني للقيادة في أندورا هو 18 عامًا لجميع أنواع المركبات. سواء كنت تقود دراجة بخارية أو سيدان ، يجب ألا يقل عمرك عن 18 عامًا. لماذا هذا مهم؟ ذلك لأن فرنسا تسمح للأفراد الذين تقل أعمارهم عن 18 عامًا بقيادة الدراجة البخارية. لذلك إذا زرت فرنسا ثم ذهبت إلى أندورا ، فقد تنسى متطلبات سن القيادة.

Laws on Overtaking

نعم ، هناك قوانين بشأن التجاوز في أندورا. عند القيادة في أندورا ، يُسمح بالتجاوز عمومًا ولكن يخضع للقيود التالية:

  • يجب أن تعطي مركبات التجاوز الإشارات المناسبة (مثل الأضواء الوامضة والأبواق) للسيارة التي أمامها
  • لا تتجاوز إذا لم يكن هناك فسحة كافية
  • إذا كان هناك القليل من الرؤية ، فلا تشرع في تجاوز أي مركبة
  • التحلي بضبط النفس والحذر عند التجاوز في المناطق الحضرية وبين المدن. تجاوز فقط عندما يكون هناك الكثير من الطرق السريعة

Driving Side

تمامًا مثل ثلثي البلدان حول العالم ، أنت تقود على الجانب الأيمن من الطريق. وهكذا ، فإن عجلة القيادة في أندورا على اليسار. إذا كنت قادمًا من بلد يسار حركة المرور مثل أستراليا ، فستجد صعوبة في قيادة السيارة مع وجود عجلة القيادة على اليمين.

Other Tips

Apart from the rules mentioned above, you have to know how to deal when answering a phone call while driving. Read below to learn more.

Can I use my Mobile Phone While Driving?

The use of a mobile phone while driving is not allowed. It drives your attention away from the road, which may cause accidents and fatalities. So, refrain from answering messages or calls when driving. As much as possible, only answer important calls and pull the car to the side. The use of a hands-free device is allowed, but it's still better to avoid answering calls when driving to keep your focus on the road.

Holding your mobile phone while driving is not allowed in Andorra. Doing so and if you are caught will lead you to have a penalty of €20. However, you can answer important calls, but you have to use the hands-free system. If it’s not feasible, then you can park somewhere safe and navigate through your mobile phone.

آداب القيادة في أندورا

ستكون هناك أوقات ستواجه فيها صعوبات ومشاكل أثناء الإقامة في أندورا. نظرًا لأنك على الطريق في معظم الأوقات ، فتوقع أن تكون هناك مشكلات بسيطة إلى كبيرة في السيارة. أيضًا ، ستطلب من السكان المحليين الحصول على الاتجاهات. لذا ، تذكر أن تكون محترمًا ومهذبًا. حاول التحدث بالكلمات الكاتالونية الأساسية حتى يقدر Andorrans جهودك في التواصل معهم.

Car Breakdown

Car breakdowns can be a disappointment in your travel, especially if you’re driving from Barcelona to Andorra in summer when the heat is unbearable. Once you detect engine trouble or tire deflation, slow down and turn on the hazard lights. The hazard lights will inform other vehicles of a car breakdown. Slowly pull off the road and park at the farthest side so that you’ll not interrupt the traffic. Before going out of the vehicle, wear your reflective vest.

After parking your car, put the warning triangle on the side of the traffic lane. The warning triangle can signal oncoming vehicles that there’s car trouble ahead. Once everything settles down, call the car rental service. If you availed of a roadside support package, wait for the personnel to arrive at the scene. If the breakdown happened at the Andorra La Vella driving route, you might politely ask the locals for help.

Police Stops

Once you get past the borders, your Andorran journey begins. But, you may still experience police stops within the country. Whether it’s a traffic violation or a misunderstanding, always cooperate with the local authorities. When you get pulled over by the police, here’s what you need to do:

  • Slowly pull over to the side of the road.
  • Turn on your hazard lights to signal other vehicles to slow down.
  • Present necessary documents like a passport(s), driver’s license, and IDP.
  • Wait for the officer’s instructions.
  • Cooperate if they want to speak with you at the precinct.

Asking Directions

Driving directions to Andorra can be hard, but asking for directions is harder. The official language of Andorra is Catalan, but English, French, and Spanish are widely spoken. First, try to communicate in English. If the local can’t understand, ask if he can understand French or Spanish. Here are some essential words and phrases for your trip:

  • Excuse me
  • Perdoni! (Catalan)
  • Excusez-Moi (French)
  • Perdóneme (Spanish)
  • I don’t understand
  • No ho entenc (Catalan)
  • Je ne comprends pas (French)
  • No entiendo (Spanish)
  • Do you speak English?
  • Que parla anglès? (Catalan)
  • Parlez-vous l’anglais? (French)
  • ¿Habla usted Inglés? (Spanish)
  • I speak a little bit of …
  • Parlo una mica de català/francés/de castellà (Catalan)
  • Je parle un peu de catalan/espagnol/français (French)
  • Hablo un poco de catalan/francés/español (Spanish)
  • Airport
  • L’aeroport (Catalan)
  • L’aéroport (French)
  • El aeropuerto (Spanish)
  • Mall
  • El centre comercial (Catalan)
  • Le centre commercial (French)
  • El centro comercial (Spanish)
  • Toilet
  • El lavabo (Catalan)
  • Les toilettes (French)
  • El inidoro (Spanish)
  • Hotel
  • L’hotel (Catalan)
  • L'hôtel (French)
  • El hotel (Spanish)

Checkpoints

سوف تجتاز نقاط توقف الشرطة عند القيادة من برشلونة إلى أندورا أو من تولوز إلى أندورا. توقف الشرطة هؤلاء هم ضباط دوريات حدودية يراقبون الأجانب الذين يدخلون ومن أندورا والإسبانية والفرنسية. عند اجتياز دوريات الحدود ، يجب مراعاة آداب السلوك المناسبة.

رحب بدوريات الحدود وأظهر لهم جميع المستندات الضرورية مثل جواز السفر ورخصة القيادة والـ IDP. إذا طرحوا أسئلة ، أجبهم بأدب. حاول التحدث ببطء أيضًا إذا لم يكن يتحدث الإنجليزية بطلاقة. يمكنك استخدام تطبيق مترجم لتسهيل محادثتك. في بعض الأحيان ، ستطلب منك دوريات الحدود الإسبانية فتح المقصورة الخلفية لسيارتك. اسمح لهم بالتحقق من ذلك لتجنب المشاكل.

Other Tips

Accidents can also happen on the road, no matter how careful you may be in driving. Read more below for things you need to do in case of accidents.

What will I do if I Get Involved in an Accident?

You have to assess the situation first, and if there are injuries, you need to call for an ambulance (116). The police (110) must also be on the accident scene to document what happened. The police report can come in handy for insurance damage claims. Remember not to leave the scene unless you need to go to a hospital for additional treatment.

Driving Conditions in Andorra

Driving on a foreign road could be a challenge, so knowing the necessary driving conditions can come in handy. This will help you be on top of your travel and be mentally prepared for what's ahead in your trip to Andorra. Understanding the driving conditions makes you more alert when driving in Andorra.

Accident Statistics

على الرغم من أن أندورا بلد صغير ، إلا أن هناك أيضًا حوادث طرق في هذا البلد الصغير. ومع ذلك ، تحدث معظم الحوادث على الطرق السريعة المتجهة من وإلى فرنسا وإسبانيا. لا يوجد سوى عدد قليل من الحوادث في المدينة المناسبة لأن سائقي السيارات يتوخون الحذر عند القيادة في المدينة. بالنظر إلى أن أندورا ترحب بالكثير من السياح ، فإن سائقي المدن لا يفرطون في السرعة في المناطق الحضرية.

لذلك عندما ترى الشرطة تتوقف عند القيادة من برشلونة إلى أندورا ، يجب أن يكون هناك حادث سيارة على طول الطرق السريعة الرئيسية في الطريق إلى المدينة. عندما تواجه حوادث ، لا تتدخل واتصل بالسلطات للاستجابة المناسبة. قم بالقيادة ببطء عندما ترى خطوط الشرطة والسيارات تسد الممرات.

Common Vehicles

معظم المركبات في أندورا هي نفسها تقريبًا تلك التي ستراها في فرنسا وإسبانيا. إذا كنت تستأجر سيارة ، فيمكنك اختيار سيارة سيدان أو سيارة دفع رباعي. بالنسبة للمجموعات الأكبر ، توجد سيارات الدفع الرباعي الكبيرة والشاحنات الصغيرة. إذا كنت تقود سيارتك إلى أندورا من برشلونة في مايو ، فإن العديد من السائقين يفضلون سيارات السيدان لأنها أكثر انسيابية من سيارات الدفع الرباعي.

ولكن في فصل الشتاء ، يجب عليك اختيار سيارات الدفع الرباعي لأن الثلج يمكن أن يصل إلى عمق بوصة واحدة على الطرق الريفية. من حيث ماركات السيارات ، يمكنك استئجار أي ماركة سيارات في معظم شركات التأجير. يمكنك حتى استئجار ماركات السيارات الفاخرة مثل Ferrari و Porsche و Audi و BMW و Tesla. لذلك إذا كنت تسلك طريق القيادة من أندورا إلى غرناطة ، يمكنك القيادة بأناقة مع هذه العلامات التجارية الفاخرة.

Toll Roads

There are no toll roads in any driving directions to Andorra tourist spots, particularly inside its territories. However, you will encounter toll roads in Spain and Italy leading to Andorra. Driving directions to Andorra can either be coming from France or Spain. That’s why if you’re planning to visit France on your trip to Spain, driving from Barcelona to Andorra and France via car is possible. If you’re driving from Barcelona to Andorra in summer, you will use the CG-1 highway.

The driving distance from Andorra to Pamplona is 471km. The CG-2 highway is for tourists coming from France. The driving distance from Toulouse to Andorra is 184km via the N20, which is faster than the A61. For tourists coming from Paris, the travel time will be ten hours if you take Andorra to Bernac, France driving route via A10. For Spain to France road trips, you can take Barcelona to Andorra, Andorra to Bernac, France driving route.

What Is the Road Situation in Andorra?

جودة الطرق في أندورا عادلة. غالبية الشوارع مرصوفة ، في حين أن 27 بالمائة فقط غير معبدة. نوعية الطريق في أندورا لا فيلا جيدة أيضًا. عند القيادة في المدينة المناسبة ، يجب أن تكون حذرًا لأن المشاة في كل مكان ، خاصة من يوليو إلى أغسطس. تتميز الطرق في أندورا بخطى سريعة ، وقد تواجه صعوبة في اللحاق بإشارات الطرق.

على عكس البلدان الأخرى ، فإن حركة المرور ليست مصدر قلق كبير في أندورا. تعتبر حالة الطرق من إسبانيا أو فرنسا خفيفة نسبيًا ، خاصة في برشلونة وتولوز. التحدي الوحيد للسائحين هو القيادة خلال فصل الشتاء. إذا كنت تقود سيارتك من برشلونة إلى أندورا في الشتاء ، فأنت بحاجة إلى استخدام إطار شتوي ، أو ستوبخك السلطات المحلية من دخول الحدود. لمعرفة المزيد عن حوادث الطرق ، انقر عليه لمشاهدة تحديثات مباشرة من قسم النقل في أندورا.

Driving Culture

The driving culture in Andorra is pretty safe. The typical Andorra driver is polite. They put extra care in pedestrians, especially during the tourism season. When doing an Andorra La Vella driving, don’t be aggressive with other drivers. They’ll usually give you the right of way if you’re in the right position. Aside from that, Andorrans are friendly and helpful people.

Other Tips

When driving in Andorra, you also have to consider speed limits, night driving, and winter driving. Read more below for additional information and specific details.

What is the Unit Used to Measure Speed?

Andorra uses the metric system. If you’re from a country that uses the imperial system, you would need a converter app on your smartphone to measure distances in miles. Thus, a driving distance from Toulouse to Andorra would be 113 miles. If converting to miles makes travel time estimation comfortable, download a converter app now because Andorrans use kph rather than mph.

Roads in Andorra are well signposted, so while driving to Barcelona and Andorra, you will not have any problems keeping up with your speed limit. Make sure to follow these speed limits. Andorra might be a small territory, but you can never get away with accidents because of speeding. So be mindful.

Is it safe to drive at night?

In case you are crossing borders and driving to Barcelona and to Andorra during the night, you need to be careful. I can get dangerous when passing through urban areas with the possibility of drivers or pedestrians under the influence of alcohol. When driving from Barcelona to Andorra and France, you expect to drive through isolated rural areas that can be dangerous because of animals crossing and poorly marked roads.

What Is the Road Situation During Winter?

Winter conditions can be harsh in Andorra since it’s located in the mountains. While the roads from Spain are relatively safe, driving to France can be challenging. If you’re taking the Barcelona to Andorra, Andorra to Bernac, France driving route during winter, you should use a winter tire since the roads can be slippery or clogged with snow.

As much as possible, bring a shovel with you in case your car got stuck in deep snow. Considering that roads in France are curvy, you need tires that can resist slippery roads. If authorities caught you leaving Andorra without appropriate tires, they’d not allow you to pass. Winter tires and tire chains are required during winter, as mandated by Andorran law.

أشياء يمكن ممارستها في أندورا

Driving and exploring in Andorra is a fun thing to do. However, there’s more to Andorra than just driving as a tourist. You can even work here and apply for a residency. Read through the next chapters on specifications and documents you need to ready if you plan to stay longer, drive and reside in Andorra.

Drive as a Tourist

All tourists are allowed to drive in Andorra. But you have to present the necessary documents so you can rent a car. Prepare documents such as a valid driver’s license, your IDP, passport, visa, and credit card to pay for your car rental purchase. Most countries from Europe might not need an IDP to drive in Andorra; however, it can come in handy to secure one. This is to ensure a smooth transaction and worry-free trip on Andorran roads.

Work as a Driver

If you find Andorra an excellent place to live and stay, you can seek employment opportunities. In Andorra, the government only issues limited work permits periodically. You can use your driving skills to provide taxi services or apply as a transport vehicle driver in industry companies. Considering that Andorra is a tourism-based country, a taxi driver’s job is advantageous, especially during peak season.

Work permits in Andorra are termed Seasonal work permits. Season work is common in Andorra, where an employee can enter Andorra the same way as a tourist, but they have to leave the country as soon as their work contract ends. Here are the requirements for securing a season work permit in Andorra.

  • Valid passport with a photocopy
  • One passport-size photo
  • Employment contract with an Andorra-based company
  • A copy of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • Proof of qualifications for the position
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage contract (if applicable)
  • A police background check from the applicant’s country of origin
  • Proof of accommodation in Andorra
  • Original copy of the certificate of registration for the employer as well as a photocopy

Work as a Travel Guide

Tourism represents more than 40% of Andorra’s economy, hence creating several jobs in the tourism and services sector. Considering Andorra’s population of over 77 000, expats and Andorrans are generously needed to cater to an average of eight million visitors every year. It can come in handy if you have training and background in hospitality, gastronomy, and similar professions.

Also, familiarization of every destination is a must to exactly present each destination’s history and significance. You also have to learn Andorra’s language, Catalan, and it will be a plus if you know other languages, like English, French, and Spanish. A travel guide in Andorra can also serve as a tourist driver. The same with driving jobs, you need to secure a seasonal work permit to work in Andorra.

Apply for Residency

To be an active resident of Andorra for employment purposes, you need to stay in the country for 183 days. If you plan to offer personal driving services, you will be classified as a self-employed individual. Thus, here are the residency requirements for you:

  • Purchasing or renting a property that’s 20 sqm as vouched by title or rental contract
  • Apostilled documents dated within three months, including birth certificate, marriage certificate (if any), and police certificates from country of birth and country of residence if not the same.
  • Government approval of foreign investment
  • Notary
  • Company incorporation
  • Deposit of at least €3000 share capital in an Andorran Bank
  • Local trading license
  • Work permit
  • Medical examination
  • Registration with Andorra’s healthcare system (CASS)
  • INAF deposit of €15,000 deposit
  • Ownership of at least 11 percent if you are a co-owner of an Andorran company

Other Things To Do

When working and residing in Andorra, you also have to update your driver’s license to the one issued in the principality. Read below to know the steps on how to get a license in Andorra.

How to Exchange My Driver’s License to the one Issued in Andorra?

Holders of a driver's license issued outside Andorra must be converted to an Andorran license if they plan to stay longer than a tourist in the principality. You just have to fill out a form and submit it together with other documents. Application for an Andorran driver’s license typically takes one to two days. The documents you need to process include the following:

  • Medical certificate
  • Recent colored photo of you with a white background
  • Your driver’s license
  • International Driver’s Permit if your license is not in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese
  • A certificate of authentication from the Department in your home country that issued your foreign driver’s license
  • A certificate that explains the categories of your driver’s license

أفضل وجهات الرحلات البرية في أندورا

تشتهر أندورا بمنحدراتها الجبلية ومناظرها الطبيعية. لهذا السبب يزور السياح في فرنسا وإسبانيا أندورا لمنتجعات التزلج الشهيرة. نعم ، يوجد الكثير من منتجعات التزلج على الجليد في أندورا. إنها ليست واحدة فقط ، ولكن هناك حفنة منهم في هذا البلد الصغير. يمكن للأطفال وعشاق التزلج الاستمتاع بالتزلج على منحدرات جبال البرانس.

بينما يمكن للمهنيين أن يتخذوا منحدرات أكثر تحديًا ، يمكن للسائحين الاستمتاع بالمنحدرات الصديقة للأطفال والتي تكون آمنة وسهلة لغير المتزلجين. إلى جانب التزلج ، توجد أيضًا مناطق جذب سياحي ومواقع تاريخية ومطاعم كاتالونيا الرائعة في أندورا. مع سيارتك المستأجرة ، قم بزيارتهم جميعًا واستمتع بإقامتك في هذا البلد الجبلي الجميل.

Soldeu

This ski town comes alive during the winter and is part of the Grand Valira ski resort. Soldeu is a village and ski resort that sits in the parish of Canillo. Being one of the most famous destinations in Andorra, the village is home to bars, hotels, restaurants, and ski and snowboarding shops.

اتجاهات القيادة

من Andorra La Vella ، تستغرق الرحلة 25 دقيقة عبر CG-2.

  • خذ Carrer Dr. Vilanova إلى Av. دي تاراغونا / سي جي -1
  • اتبع CG-2 إلى Plaça del Piol في سولديو
  • قم بالقيادة إلى Plaça del Piol

Things To Do

You can never go wrong with trying activities during winter. But Soldeu also has some historical landmarks that you should not miss. Read more below to know what these destinations are.

1. Try skiing at Soldeu Ski Resort.

The Soldeu Ski Resort is one of the famous and most sought off ski resorts in Andorra. Some people from France withstand Andorra to Bernac, France, driving time to see Andorra slopes and a view of the Pyrenees. The resort has 200 km of slopes that overlook a wide valley with blue and green slopes for beginners, children, and enthusiasts. The professionals can take the red and black turns for an extra challenge.

2. Taste traditional cuisine.

The restaurants in Soldeu offer British, European, American, and Catalonian cuisines for all tourists. You’ll indeed have a gastronomic adventure in Soldeu as well. But since you’re in Andorra, why not try Catalonian dishes for a change. They’re just a blend of French and Spanish cuisines plus the unique touch of Catalonian taste.

3. Shopping

Aside from eating, enjoy the duty-free shopping in Soldeu and buy high-quality ski equipment available. But if you’re not into skiing, there are also other goods for souvenirs, gifting, and personal use. Due to ski resorts, there are several traditional and modern shops established in Soldeu to utilize rich tourism.

4. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Meritxell.

One of the churches you should visit is the Basilica Sanctuary of Meritxell. This church houses the country’s patron saint, Our Lady of Mertixell. Catholic tourists pay a visit to this church to pray. In 2014, Pope Francis declared the Meritxell as a minor basilica. And since then, it has been included in the Marian Route. Devout Catholics worldwide visit the Meritxell as part of a discipleship journey in all Marian sanctuaries across Europe.

5. See Sant Joan de Caselles Church.

Sant Joan de Caselles maintains its original architecture and design. Inside the church are the remains of a stucco Romanesque Majesty with a mural of the crucifixion. This 11th-century church is also a top destination for history lovers and devout Catholics. You will be in awe to see a building around since the Middle Ages. Sant Joan is only a few kilometers away from Meritxell.

منطقة التزلج Grandvalira

Grandvalira هي منطقة التزلج الوحيدة التي يمكنها استضافة مسابقات الرياضات الشتوية في جبال الألب في أندورا. لديهم مواقع في أجزاء مختلفة من أندورا مثل Soldeu و El Tarter و Canillo و Grau Riog و Pas de la Casa. تقدم كل منطقة Grandvalira في هذه المواقع أنشطة مختلفة للأطفال والبالغين والمتزلجين المحترفين.

اتجاهات القيادة

من Andorra La Vella ، سيكون على بعد 17 دقيقة بالسيارة عبر CG-2.

  • خذ Carrer Dr. Vilanova إلى Av. دي تاراغونا / سي جي -1
  • اتبع CG-1 و CG-2 إلى Carrer Prat del Riu في Canillo
  • استمر في Carrer Prat del Riu. قم بالقيادة إلى Camí de Mascaró

من Andorra La Vella ، سيكون على بعد 21 دقيقة بالسيارة عبر Túnel dels Dos Valires و CG-2

  • خذ Carrer Prat de la Creu و Av. Consell d'Europa إلى CG-3
  • اتبع CG-3 و Túnel dels Dos Valires و CG-2 إلى Carrer Prat del Riu في Canillo
  • استمر في Carrer Prat del Riu. قم بالقيادة إلى Camí de Mascaró

Things to Do

It’s a popular destination during the winter with all sorts of winter activities offered here. However, during the summer, if you visit Andorra, never be disappointed because they also have fun activities for both seasons. Check out below to know more.

1. Cross-Country Skiing

If you are an experienced and competent skier, you are physically fit and looking for some adventure; you can try cross-country skiing. It is a new way to explore the mountain on skis and offers you a chance to enjoy the picturesque landscape from a different perspective. Of course, you have to check with ski operators so that you can be guided.

2. Try the Zipline.

If you are looking for an adventure, doing zipline here is not for the faint-hearted. This zipline is forty meters off the ground and 500 meters long, and the stunning view of “Llac del Forn” will accompany you throughout your ride. You can expect some adrenaline pumping with the zip line speed reaching up to 80 kph.

3. Visit the Igloo Hotel.

You should not miss this place when you visit Andorra during the winter. This unique hotel comprises a collection of hand-made igloos that sits at an altitude of 2 300 meters. The hotel offers a guided night walk with snowshoes, a jacuzzi, and skiing down to a cafe for breakfast. Who would not want to stay at a hotel made of snow? Expect a magical experience when staying at this igloo hotel.

4. Experience Summer Activities.

Even without snow, you’ll surely enjoy sunny Andorra. There will be hikes, fun rides, walking routes, and fantastic retreat spots for you. If you want to see the mountains’ beauty, there’ll be mountain guides to aid you in the trek. Well, if you don’t want to go up, the walking routes are perfect for you. A dedicated guide will lead you to some fantastic spots in the mountain area.

5. Explore Mont Magic Family Park.

All the activities you can think of for families, adults, and kids are already here. There are slides, mini-golf, acrojump, trampolines, archery, and so many others that children will all love. With the vast area, you can even try canoeing in the area of the lake.

Escaldes-Engordany

Escaldes-Engordany is a parish in Andorra that sits mainly to the east of Andorra La Vella. The parish shares borders with four other parishes in the principality and borders Catalonia, Spain in the east, south, and southwest. With the parish being a small area, you can explore Escaldes-Engordany in just a day. But you can stay longer and occupy some accommodations in the parish.

Driving Directions:

  • From Andorra La Vella, Follow CG-1, Ctra. de l'Obac/CG-2 and Ctra. d'Engolasters/CS-200 to Camí Font de la Closa in Escaldes-Engordany.
  • Head northwest toward Carrer Dr. Vilanova.
  • Exit the roundabout onto Carrer Dr. Vilanova.
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Av. de Tarragona/CG-1.
  • Take the 2nd exit and stay on Av. de Tarragona/CG-1.
  • Continue straight onto Ctra. De l'Obac/CG-2.
  • Take the 1st exit and stay on Ctra. De l'Obac/CG-2.
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Ctra. d'Engolasters/CS-200.
  • Turn right onto Camí Font de la Closa.

Things To Do

When you feel like you need a break from all the adventures you did at the ski resort, then this destination is for you. Read below to know more.

1. Visit the Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra

If you’re more of a cultural person, you can visit the Museu Carmen Thyssen to see the art collection of Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza. It houses some of the famous works of William Turner and Wassily Kandinsky. Tickets range from €5 to €10. When in a museum, try not to cause loud noises or unnecessary activities. Enjoy the artworks and respect the privacy of other visitors.

2. Check out the Perfume Museum

Different scents will welcome you as you enter the museum. It is essentially a display of perfume bottles from Ancient Egypt until today. There is an introductory video explaining the origin of perfume-making. It is not just your usual museum visit since the Perfume Museum is designed to be interactive in a way that you can mix four different essences to make your scent using a scent-making machine.

3. Appreciate Art at Centro de Arte de Escaldes-Engordany

The museum displays a collection of models of Romanesque art and temporary exhibitions. The building itself is a clear example of Andorra’s granite architecture by Catalan Architect Celestí Gusí between 1932 and 1934. On the second floor of the museum are temporary exhibitions and a cultural program for visitors.

4. Explore Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

Though this valley can be accessed on foot, you can’t miss this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley offers a clear perspective of how people harvested the Pyrenees’ resources over the years. It can be a long hike, but the valley has dramatic glacial landscapes, high open pastures, and steep wooded valleys. It has houses, summer settlements, terrace fields, stone tracks, and evidence of iron smelting.

5. Join in Andorra’s International Jazz Festival

In July, when visiting Andorra, join the fun at Escaldes-Engordany. The entire town joins the celebration, both on and off the street. The festival attracts well-known jazz acts from around the world. You may not be into jazz or any music, but it’s great to witness how Andorrans celebrate this yearly festival.

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