Visit of Pas de la Casa and Andorra la Vella in half a day. Images of Andorra.
If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path European destination that is both intriguing and picturesque, look no further than the Principality of Andorra. This tiny country offers everything from alpine villages and towering peaks to thermal springs and world-class skiing. Spending one day in Andorra is sure to leave you enchanted with its many charms! We just passed by, but we’ll show you what we saw.
One of my first trips
It’s been a long time since we visited this small country known as the Principality of Andorra. Even so, it is difficult to forget it, since it was one of the first trips made “from the other side of the pond”. A place where I thought that the shock of language change would not reach me, I quickly realized that I was wrong.
Where is Andorra located?
Andorra is a country of 468 square km of extension, it is located in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. As a curious fact, this principality is made up of two co-princes, who are the Bishop of Urgel and the President of France. They also have a head of government.
They do not have an army, and despite being a microstate they are the largest in Europe in this category.
Pas de la Casa
One of the first places we saw in our day in Andorra. I have to admit that the signs in a language that “more or less” was understood, but that was not Spanish made me cringe. Oh well, it turns out that I was facing the Catalan that until that moment was unknown to me. Wow, that crash was weird.
Then I doubted if I could speak Spanish in that place, although later I realized that it was possible. I do not deny that I was slightly disappointed because after spending some time in countries where another language other than mine prevailed, I wanted to see it written. But for that, he would have to wait a bit.
Why french love Pas de la Casa?
This place is one of the favorite stops of the French, who can come here to stock their cupboards. When you start walking around the place, you can understand: there are many shops and everything is at a much more affordable price than in the neighboring country.
Another thing that is impossible to resist is that for the same price as in France or cheaper, you can get a soap or shampoo twice the size. That’s right, the containers are huge (well, for me, they were Costco type, that is, big, but they can be found).
In the street we saw everything, tourists, locals and even priests and shops as I said at the beginning of EVERYTHING. For example, we found a huge Garfield specimen, I would have taken it if I hadn’t had the uncertainty of where I was going to store it.
Some language issues
In Pas de la Casa we got hungry, so we went to the first restaurant we found. It was very strange, I was able to order in Spanish with no problem, but then I got freaked out listening to people speaking another language. Don’t get me wrong, I already knew what it was like to be in a non-Spanish-speaking country and expect not to hear the mother tongue anywhere. But the thing is that in my brain there was still the idea of “they do speak Spanish here.” Don’t worry, after so long that problem is over. Remember that this was one of the first trips to the other side of the pond.
Discovering bread with tomato
And speaking of discoveries, this was where I first tasted the bread with grated tomato, what a delight.
After eating and doing some shopping, we hit the road to our next stop. But oh, oh, what extreme roads. Yes, very nice view.
Andorra la Vella (the Old)
Our next stop was “la Vella”, which is the capital of the Principality of Andorra. Her name made me very uneasy because when I heard the name I thought it was “Beauty”. Later I learned that with V it was because it was in the Catalan language and that it did not mean what I thought. Rather, she wasn’t beautiful, she was old he he he he ooops what a big change of adjective.
Since we didn’t have enough time, we took a short walk, had a coffee, took some photos and continued.
And this was our brief visit of one day in Andorra. Favorite shopping place for many, and with good reason. We still have to discover its snowy landscapes and many more things. We will surely return.