Shops & Restaurants
Any time of the year you can shop ‘til you drop duty-free with the shops closing on only four days during the year. There is even a shopping festival in August! The Euro is the currency of choice with clothes, sporting equipment, jewelry, and perfume some of the favorite purchases of visitors. The capital city, Andorra la Vella, has an extensive shopping district. If you tire of shopping, relax in a spa or wellness center.
Andorra has fine cuisine too and is re-establishing a high-altitude wine industry. For all it has very little developed areas (about 4% of the country), fresh produce, dairy, and other farm products feature in the cooking.
History on Offer
If history is one of your passions, this is the country for you, having the most museums per square mile other than Vatican City. Several themed routes can take you exploring the countryside visiting theme-related museums and monuments. For example, the Rural Habitat route leads you to Casa Rull where a typical homestead is restored to showcase the life of the occupants prior to the twentieth century. Everyone working the farm or establishment lived under one roof from the owner to the peasant he employed. Examples of other routes, amongst many, are the Iron Route and the Granite Architecture Route.
As to “granite”, you will notice many buildings will be built or decorated with grandiorite, a type of stone that is traditional and sourced locally. It gives the buildings quite a distinctive appearance.