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Cultural Andorra and the Pyrenees
Take a group tour to Andorra, the meeting point of France and Spain. Amid the calming, rugged mountain scenery of Andorra, Romanesque churches sit amidst tumbling valleys and soaring Pyrenees peaks. The tiny country, hidden on the border between France and Spain, is a natural gem waiting to be discovered.
Cross the southern border with your group to take in the traditional Spanish market town of La Seu d’Urgell and then head back north to see the remarkable subterranean river of Labouiche and the spectacular Château de Foix.Read More
Andorra la Valla & the Pyrenees
With a surface area of just 181 square miles, the Catalan-speaking principality of Andorra is Europe’s sixth smallest nation. It may host to some of the best ski slopes in Europe, but Andorra’s charm doesn’t thaw with the snow.
The spectacular Pyrenees peaks fold into wide valleys cradling countless quiet villages centred on Romanesque churches. The landscapes whisper a peaceful remoteness – you move at your own pace in Andorra, nobody else’s.
Local legends claim the principality was founded by Charlemagne in the 9th century; however it wasn’t until 1993 that the nation declared its own constitution, breaking from the joint-rule of the Spanish bishop of Urgell and the French Presidency.
Its capital, Andorra la Valla, is a bustling city attracting day trippers with its tax-free shopping. However, as Europe’s highest capital, its panoramic Riu Gran Valira Valley views and cobbled Barri Antic old quarter retain its charm. Constructed in 1580, Casa de la Vell served as the Andorran parliament building from 1702 until 2011 and is a highlight of regional culture and architecture.
The Markets of La Seu d’Urgell
The border town of La Seu d’Urgell is the Catalan gateway to Andorra. The graceful arcaded stone streets of its medieval centre and central Romanesque cathedral of Santa Maria make it a delightful hidden gem of northern Spain.
Its traditional weekly market ensures La Seu retains its relevance in a rapidly changing modern word, going forwards by looking back.
Out in the surrounding countryside sits the quaint village of Os de Civis. Only accessible by road via Andorra, the village offers great views across the Pyrenees valleys.
Labouiche Caves & Château de Foix
60-metres below the village of Labouiche in the Ariège area of France, winding through caverns and pools, is the Labouiche River. Europe’s longest navigable subterranean river, the Labouiche culminates in the gushing turquoise Cascade Salette waterfall.
To the southeast is the French village of Foix, carefully watched from its rocky perch by the Château de Foix. Used as a garrison, residence and prison through its history, Château de Foix is among the region’s most iconic landmarks.
Meanwhile, the views from the 10th century castle’s battlements between the castle’s three imposing watchtowers offer panoramas across the Pyrenees and Ariège.
April - October 2022
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to Andorra
Drive to Dover for the ferry crossing to Calais. Continue through France making an overnight stop en route. The following day, continue south to Andorra and your hotel in the centre of the capital, Andorra la Vella.
Typical Market Day in Spain
Today, make an excursion just over the border into Spain and the city of La Seu d’Urgell for the traditional weekly market. Enjoy some free time on your own to explore the market and the interesting old town with its narrow streets and picturesque arcades or perhaps visit the Romanesque cathedral of Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Spain.
You have the chance to venture into the country for lunch in a restaurant which also has a retail area offering a wonderful array of regional products with plentiful opportunities for free tastings. After lunch, for those who wish to, take a 20 minute walk down to Os de Civis, a picturesque mountain village with an ancient church.
Those who do not feel up to this walk are able to continue to the village by coach.
The Three Valleys
On this tour you will really get to know Andorra and that it has much more to offer than just tax-free shopping and skiing. Pass through beautiful green landscapes and small villages with Romanesque churches and crystal clear rivers. Andorra has not been involved in a war since the 13th century, which is quite unique in Europe. Perhaps continue further to enjoy a meal at a typical old Andorran farmhouse called a “borda”.
Labouiche Caves and Château Foix
Today, venture into France. There, discover the subterranean river, Labouiche, which flows through a captivating cave. See beautiful natural ponds formed by calcite and masses of stalactites and stalagmites. Wind your way past a gallery nicknamed ‘Angkor Temple’ as its appearance is reminiscent of the famous Cambodian temple, along to a magnificent waterfall. Discover how the many fascinating elements of this cave were formed as you travel through this enchanting underground world.
Then continue to the town of Foix, which is overlooked by a castle built upon a rocky hill. Over the years, this Château has been used for defence, as a residence and as a prison. From the Château, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Pyrenees and the Ariège. This is an imposing building: pace the walkway between the dramatic watchtowers and peer through arrow slits and machicolations. Furthermore, Château de Foix houses a collection as part of the Departmental Museum of the Ariège. This is a genuine treasure-trove of the region’s medieval past.
Andorra Centre and Surrounding Countryside
Stroll around Andorra la Vella’s historic core. The main square has a beautiful view over the city and the surrounding countryside. Perhaps visit the 300 year old parliament, which remains a symbolic monument despite the Consell General moving premises in 2011. After time for lunch in the city, visit Ricard Bofill’s famous church in Meritxell which houses the Guardian Angel of Andorra – also named Meritxell. Continue with a scenic drive up into the mountains where those who wish can take a walk beside a lake that is 1600 metres above sea level.
Check out from the hotel and depart for your overnight stop in France. The following morning, continue to Calais for the return ferry to the UK.
Holiday Inn Andorra la Vella *****
This 5* hotel is located in the centre of Andorra la Vella and features a buffet restaurant with regional and international cuisine. There is also a health centre with sauna, indoor swimming pool and gym. The bedrooms feature air conditioning, heating, and a flat-screen TV. Tea and coffee making facilities and minibar are also provided. The en-suite bathroom comes with bath, hairdryer and free toiletries. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Free coach parking is available 100m from the hotel.
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