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!!!!
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-
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.
There’s a lot of tourists from the UK.
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….
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.
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!)
However, I will never plan on going back …ever:P I rather go to Whisters or colorado instead:P