A couple of weeks ago a new edition of the Travel Bloggers Meeting, a meeting of Spanish travel bloggers that this time took place in Andorra. For three days we enjoy gastronomy and guided tours in the country thanks to Andorra Tourism. In this story we want to explain everything we did that weekend in this small country in the Pyrenees.
Visit to Andorra la Vella
The small historic center of Andorra la Vella was the epicenter of TBM. There small wonders hide like the church of Sant Esteve wave House of the Vall We had the opportunity to meet with a guided tour. La Casa de la Vall was the seat of the Andorran parliament until 2011, when a more modern headquarters was built. The building is from 1580 and was formerly a stately home. This free visit is very interesting because it allows you to discover the history of the country, curiosities about the shield, the organization of the territory in parishes and the politics of Andorra.
House of the Vall. Carrer de la Vall, Andorra la Vella. Summer hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Normal schedule: 10am to 2pm and 3pm to 6pm. Sunday afternoon and Monday is closed. From November to April Sunday is closed all day. From July 15 to September 15 the schedule is from 10 to 19 hours. It is necessary to book the guided tour at [email protected] or [email protected] More information in the official web.
Quads in Naturlàndia
Andorra Tourism offered all attendees a wide range of activities to choose from. We were very clear that we would do something outside the center of Andorra and so it was. We go up to the parish of Sant Julià de Lòria to level 2000, in the area of Rabassa, to make a route in quads in Naturlàndia. It was the first time we rode on quads and it was a thrilling experience. At first it took me a lot to master the driving, but thanks to the indications of the monitor we managed to make the so-called «smugglers route». It is a path that runs along the border with Spain and is still used by some smuggler to pass merchandise illegally.
The area where Naturlàndia is located is really beautiful and invites you to do many activities. In the Naturlàdia complex we can do activities in both summer and winter and for all types of audiences. For example: zip line, hiking, bumper ball, archery, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and the tobotronc, with which we were left wanting to slide. You can find more information on the website of Naturlàdia.
In an idyllic setting in the middle of the mountains is the sanctuary of Meritxell, the patron saint of Andorra. The original church dates from the Romanesque although it was renovated in the 17th century. In 1972 the church was burned and it was decided to build a new one next to the old one, which was restored. The new sanctuary is much more modern and the architecture, which integrates with nature, was designed by architect Ricardo Bofill. In 2014, the sanctuary was declared a minor basilica by the Pope and was included in the Mariana route. More information in the official Web.