Andorra-A Shopping Paradise

Andorra-A Shopping Paradise

When I first planed my trip, I knew I need to passby Barcelona in order to get to Malaga from Lisbon. Since I want to go to as many country as possible during this trip, I knew that I want to go to Andorra because it’s so close to Barcelona. There’s NO airport in Andorra and the best way to get there is to take a shuttle from BNC airport. However, to me It’s a miracle that I can get into this tiny country before dark because I landed at 3pm and the shuttle run at 3:15 pm that day:P. I can say I am such a lucky girl because if I didn’t catch that shuttle, I need to wait for another 2 hours for the next shuttle.

On the shuttle, I talked to the local people regarding Andorra and I asked them the things to do in Andorra. Then they asked me how long I planed to stay there. Well, that’ the point, I will only stay there for A DAY!! When I do my research, I found out that Andorra is a Ski resort town but I do not plan to ski over there. That’s why I decided only to spend on day there. But to my surprise, this country is MORE than just a Ski or hiking place! Why? Well, if you see the price of cigarette and Booze are cheaper than the Duty free at the airport, you will all understand why:P!!!!

alcohol in Andorra
Cigarette in Andorra

I don’t know about your country, but in the states, the price for above stuffs cost at least double(or maybe triple)!!! After that, I went to a store that sell Christian Louboutin shoes and Ann Demeulemeester clothings! OMG, they are all 35% cheaper than the US. And…..I went to the jewelry store and see this-

jewelry at Andorra

I was really tempted, really. If I am not going to Africa, I think I will definitely buy a lot of stuff! Everything to me seems so cheap there. And there’s a big shopping mall at downtown Andorra.

Shopping mall in Andorra
Pyrenees, Andorra

There’s a lot of tourists from the UK.

Shopping district by the mountain-andorra
andorra-europe
Shopping district in Andorra

So, after I got back to my hotel and got online, I finally realized Andorra is a tax free country which people can shop like crazy. And I do think Andorra is beautiful……the lake, the mountains….

Andorra City
beautiful city of Andorra
beautiful Andorra

However, the tourist infrastructure of this country is REALLY POOR!! I arrived my hotel and tried to gather some information on what to do in this country but nobody can tell me! Their answer is always I DON”T KNOW!. Although I stayed at a pretty nice hotel with mountain view already, people there really care less about tourism at all!(at least that’s what I feel).Or maybe that’s really NOT a lot of things to do in Andorra.

hotel view in Andorra

To me, Andorra feel like Vermont or any other ski resort in New York. I really feel like I am back to North America instead of Europe! But if you asked me whether I will suggest American to come all the way to Andorra for hiking or skiing. I will say..probably NOT..unless you really want to do some serious shopping:P Local people were so surprised I planed on staying there for just a day and suggested me I should stayed in Barcelona for a day and NOT Andorra. I really do not know how to answer! The mountain view is beautiful and I am telling you, the 6 hours drive to get to and from Andorra is SUPER beautiful!!(sorry, couldn’t stop on the way to take photos!)

mountain of Andorra

However, I will never plan on going back …ever:P I rather go to Whisters or colorado instead:P

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  1. Haha Now I know what’s the best thing in Andorra – prices!
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  2. Hi Tammy! What a beautiful place is Andorra, lol wanna make some shopping too there!^^ Great photos dear, hope you are fine! happy sunday!! Kisses&hugs!!:**

  3. Haha love it! Taxes are very low, it’s awesome! 😀
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    • not sure about property or income tax…but for shopping….NO tax at all! Actually I don’t even know how they do it, the price is very low regardless of the tax! I found that many items are cheaper than duty free!…awesome!

  4. Hmmz I’ve never been. Probably won’t go there also. Although I like the shopping;)
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  5. It looks like a very beautiful place!
    It’s nice to be able to buy stuff in low prices!
    Have fun! I enjoy reading about your adventures!
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  6. Hi Tammy, I think for us here in Africa, Andorra would be an ideal ski resort, it sounds reasonably priced and from your images it looks so pretty and charming. Don’t you just love tax-free countries!
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  7. I would definitely go there for the shopping, and for ski as well, because there is no such think here in the UK. Back in my home country, Romania, we had a lot of winter sports and I think I am going to miss them 😀
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  8. Reading your post make me want to book a ticket, so I guess Andorra is now on my list!
    I love Tax free countries and the pictures are so beautiful!!
    The nearest ski resort to me is in Bulgaria and it is also super cheap in Bansko specifically, so why go to Andorra for ski?
    Yes dear, you were lucky it was sunny while you were here, the rain just won’t stop since Saturday morning. I am so sad I didn’t meet you too, but I am sure I will soon , don’t worry.
    Love you and take good care.
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  9. this country is so pretty!! love the landscape!!
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  10. Andorra is beautiful and the shopping seems amazing! I can’t believe those prices you posted here. Well, at least you have been to Andorra already.

    P.S. Have you heard about Hurricane Sandy hitting the Northern Eastern coast tonight and for these coming two days? NYC is already shut down, no more subways, flights cancelled and no work tomorrow. The massive storm will hit Toronto either Monday night or Tuesday morning. That’s my weather report!!! 🙂
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    • yea…they are all over my facebook!!! ahahha, every single of my friends talked about this so I know:) but thanks for the report:)

  11. Oh, my goodness! It is pretty there, but I must never visit Andorra… I’d go broke from all the shopping!!! 😉
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  12. Even though you say there’s not much to do, it still looks pretty interesting 😉 Great photos, dear!
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  13. OMG cannot belieive you’ve been in Andorra! Not only is the paradise for shopping! (They have a super low tax) they also have a lot of amazing places for skiing! Love Andorra!
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  14. It looks like a fab town! I’ve never been to Vermont or any other ski town for that matter so this place still excites me very much – however the difficulty getting into the country, meh, not so much!

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  15. Ok I am buying a plane ticket to go to andorra!!! Hahahaha!!

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  16. Ahh you take pictures from the nicest things such as Jägermeister:)
    Beautiful country! kisses chris

  17. knowing good places for good shopping are always welecomed :)))

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  18. so beautiful! thanks for sharing! I need to go to Andorra!
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  19. he place is really beautiful! I love the styles of the houses!!! So cute :DD And better yet, louboutins with 35% off?? LOVE!! lol

    Liz<3
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    • it’s not really 35% off..it’s 35% cheaper than normal price in the US!!…I dunno how they do it!!

  20. Seems to be a great place ….for shopping at least 🙂
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  21. wow I must go there some day you had me at the red bottom shoes:)
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  22. I’ve actually never heard someone’s travel experience to Andorra, very interesting 🙂 I would have shopped like crazy there for sure! What’s your next destination darling?
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  23. What a pretty place!

    xo, Yi-chia

  24. beautiful place and these shops are so interesting!

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  25. Lovely pics and the mountains look beautiful. Want to go there some day, but not for the mountains, but to do some serious shopping :-).

    Xo
    Jennifer
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  26. Dearest Tammy,
    Guess you are right on this tax free shopping paradise. It is one country that is NOT yet on my readers list of 183 countries total for my blog… But glad you got to see it, always special to do something off the beaten path.
    Hugs to you,
    Mariette

  27. Dearest Tammy,

    Happy traveling!

    Hugs,

    Mariette

  28. Since I started studying tourism this year, I’m so passionate about this subject, a really great post about Andorra, I hope someday I will get there, kisses
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  29. Now I wanna go to Andorra to do some shopping 😀

    xx
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  30. Shop till you drop 🙂
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  31. Andorra looks incredible! The shopping looks fantastic as well as the amazing scenery!

    Rebecca

  32. seems like a nice place!
    if Andora is a tax free country it’s like paradise!
    🙂
    great pics!

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  33. Andorra is soo beautiful, but I agree with you Colorado or Whistler are just full of things to do and places to go. I guess they are just more tourist friendly. Andorra is a great place to relax and decompress.

    xx

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  34. looks so nice there! I’ve never thought about visiting Andorra before but perhaps for my next shopping trip! hahah
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  35. Andorra is good situated , beautiful mountains and lacs, amazing pictures! Hmmm…..Shopping! Which of us doesn’t like them! 🙂 kiss! 🙂

  36. This is great! I’ve never visited andorra, but looking at your pics and knowing it’s tax free… I definitely should go! 😉
    xxx
    S

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  37. You had me at mountains, lake and 35% off Louboutins haha! Sounds like a perfect country!
    However if skiing is your thing, you should definitely try Sankt Anton in western Austria. It’s one of the best ski destinations in the world and apart from the amazing dozens of km of slopes they also have one of the best apres ski bars in the world! I’m a fan eversince I first went there a couple of years ago. 🙂

  38. woooow! this is Paradise!!!
    xoxo
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  39. Very nice pictures 🙂
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  40. sounds really great, I should stop there next time I’ll go to spain !
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