Principality under the suzerainty of the President of France and the Spanish Bishop of Seu d'Urgell.
Head of state:
Co-heads Joan Enric Vives i Sicilia (Bishop of la Seu d'Urgell) since 2003 and François Hollande (President of France) since 2012.
Head of government:
Prime Minister Antoni Marti Petit since 2011.
230 volts AC, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.
Tucked away in the eastern Pyrenees, the tiny Principality of Andorra is a land of narrow valleys and mountainous landscapes. Andorra's pretty villages and hamlets - dotted along the main road that traverses the country - are filled with Romanesque churches and houses built in the local style. The few found away from the main road are even more unspoilt, and provide spectacular views across the rugged countryside.
While Andorra la Vella - the country's capital - might not be to everybody's taste (think chock-a-block traffic barging between more shops than could possibly be required) just a brief distance away lies some truly great outdoors.
Liberal snowfalls and Andorra's undulating chunk of the Pyrenees make for great skiing conditions; those who love wintersports will find some of Europe's best. During milder spells, Andorra also offers top hiking conditions, with sweeping valleys, challenging ascents and charming views.
Last updated: 31 March 2015
The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Street crime is rare, but you should take care of your personal belongings. Don’t keep money and valuables all in one place. Keep a photocopy or scanned copy of your passport somewhere safe.
Be alert to the possible use of ‘date rape’ and other drugs including ‘GHB’ and liquid ecstasy. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times to make sure they are not spiked; female travellers should be particularly careful. Alcohol and drugs can make you less vigilant, less in control and less aware of your environment - especially at altitude. If you drink, know your limit - remember that drinks served in bars are often stronger than those in the UK. Avoid splitting up from your friends, and don’t go off with people you don’t know.
Driving is on the right in Andorra (opposite to the UK). It is a legal requirement for motorists travelling to or transiting Andorra to carry two red warning triangles to be placed, in the event of an accident or breakdown, in front of and behind the vehicle. Drivers must have a spare pair of glasses (if needed for driving), a spare wheel, and a full set of spare light bulbs plus the tools to change them. If you have to leave your vehicle due to an accident or breakdown, or while awaiting the arrival of the emergency services, you must wear a reflective jacket. Failure to do so could result in a heavy fine.
Carry a certificate of insurance with you in case you are stopped. If you have hired a car and bought insurance, you should be given documentation.
Andorra has stricter drink driving laws than many other countries including the UK and the authorities impose strict penalties.
Seat belts are required for front seat passengers. No children under the age of ten should be in the front seat and small children must be in an approved child safety seat.
Talking on mobile phones when driving is forbidden but you are allowed to use a completely hands-free unit.