Andorra is bordered by France and Spain
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Andorra is bordered by France and Spain

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Andorra Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

467.8 sq km (180.6 sq miles).

Population

85,293 (2013).

Population density

182 per sq km.

Capital

Andorra la Vella.

Government

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.

Electricity

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.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 20 December 2014

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.

Around 30,000 British nationals visit Andorra every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Andorra. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.

If you are visiting a ski resort, take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before you travel.

Drinking alcohol in low temperatures and high altitude will have a greater impact on you and can be dangerous or even fatal.

If you need consular assistance in Andorra, you should contact the British Consulate General in Barcelona.

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