Visiting Andorra? Why Not Take A Guided Andorra Tour?
Andorra is one of the tiniest countries in the world and we are fortunate to have visited there. This means you can benefit from our expert advice and personalized recommendations. We feel the best way to see this country is by taking a guided Andorra tour. In this blog, we highlight 5 amazing tours so you can discover the very best of Andorra during your visit.
Whether you are just driving through and want to make the most of your day, or you’re looking for a weekend side trip from Barcelona, you have come to the right place. And if you will have more time in Andorra and are looking for something unique to do, check out our blog about the Caldea Spa.
1. The Best of Andorra la Vella Walking Tour
So, you’ve come to Andorra la Vella for a day but you’re not sure what to see or where to start. Or maybe you’re here for a few days but want to get the highlights of Andorra la Vella before you start exploring the rest of the country.
✅ The Andorra la Vella Walking Tour is the best way to receive an introduction to Andorra’s capital and discover some of the great hidden gems of this beautiful city.
This is a fully private tour which means it is just you and your group led by a knowledgeable and professional local guide. The nice thing about this tour is that you will get a wealth of local knowledge about the history, culture and lores of the city and the country.
As part of the 2 hours you will spend with the guide, you will get to see some of the most important landmarks of the city.
You will visit the historic Casa de la Vall, a 16th century home that has historic, architectural and political significance. Wander around the grounds of the Casa as well as spend some time inside admiring the art and décor of the unusual rooms and galleries.
Another important site that you will visit is St. Esteve of Andorra Church, the 11th century heritage church that was renovated in the 20th century. Accessible from the church is a unique rooftop plaza, the Plaça del Poble, where you will get some of the best views of Andorra la Vella.
Finally, spend some relaxing time in Parc Central, with its green open spaces where you can unwind and plan the rest of your day.
In our experience, guided walking tours are a great introduction to the best that a city has to offer and we do them quite frequently.
2. Spend A Day In Andorra
✅ If you are looking to see more than just the capital of Andorra on a one-day tour, then the Spend a Day In Andorra tour may be what you’re looking for.
This is a small group tour of up to 6 people that starts in Barcelona. You will be met at a designated pick-up point and will make the 2 ½ hour journey through the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains on your way to Andorra in an air conditioned mini bus.
This tour takes you through all of the 7 parishes of Andorra making stops at some of the country’s best sites.
Casa de la Vall
In the capital of Andorra la Vella, you will visit the historic Casa de la Vall, a 16th century home that has historic, architectural and political significance.
This historic building is situated on a rock overlooking the valley of the River Valira. It was the headquarters of the Parliament of Andorra from 1702 until 2011. You will visit both the inside and the outside of this landmark structure.
Pont de la Margineda
Not far from Casa de la Vall, you will be taken to Pont de la Margineda. This 15th century bridge is the largest and best preserved medieval bridge in Andorra. The 33-metre bridge crosses the River Valira and has a single span of 9 ½ metres.
Mirador del Roc del Quer
From here you will drive through Andorra la Vella to Mirador del Roc del Quer, a spectacular panoramic viewpoint high in the Pyrenees Mountains overlooking the splendour of the valley below.
There is a unique viewing platform that juts out from the mountain and gives you the feeling that you are suspended in mid-air. At the end of the viewpoint is a statue of a naked man sitting leisurely and looking out over the valley. This is the Ponderer, a famous sculpture by artist Miguel Ángel González.
Mirador del Roc del Quer was one of our favourite places when we were in Andorra.
Village of Ordino
Another stop on the tour is in the village of Ordino where you will get an opportunity to walk through this picturesque Medieval village. Ordino is the northernmost parish of Andorra and is considered the cultural capital of the country.
Santuario de Meritxell
You will also visit the most spiritually symbolic place in the principality of Andorra – Santuario de Meritxell. This religious sanctuary is dedicated to Our Lady of Meritxell, the patron saint of Andorra. The setting of the sanctuary in a sheltered valley adds to the charm of the experiential visit.
After spending most of the day in Andorra, you will head back to Barcelona through the scenic Pyrennes to be dropped off at the pick-up point.
3. Guided Tour in Andorra on Electric Mountain Bikes
For those looking for a totally outdoor experience in Andorra, why not spend some time in the Andorran Mountains on a specially designed e-Bike?
This ½ day tour starts at Bordes d’Envalira, about 25 minutes outside of Andorra la Vella. You will be provided with a helmet and gloves but it is recommended that you bring clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty!
The tour takes you through a local ski resort where you will travel along mountain trails and pass by lakes and rivers. You will also get an opportunity to see some of the local wildlife as well as cows and horses.
What’s nice about this tour is that you don’t have to be an experienced e-biker to participate. The guides are extremely patient and helpful and provide instruction prior to the tour. This tour gets rave reviews as a must-do when you’re in Andorra.
✅ Interested in this tour? Book your half-day adventure by clicking on this link.
4. Sightseeing and Shopping with 3 Course Local Lunch
One of the Fun Facts About Andorra is that the principality is a (mostly) tax-free zone and attracts shoppers from all over Europe for its great bargains.
This Andorra Tour picks you up at your hotel in Barcelona and whisks you through the majestic Pyrenees Mountains to Andorra la Vella, the capital for a day of sightseeing and shopping.
After passing through the Pyrenees into Andorra, you will stop at Esglesia de Sant Miquel d’Engolasters. This 12th century church is a beautiful example of the Romanesque style and is adorned with rare paintings and valuable sculptures.
Once you leave the historical church, you will head into the centre of Andorra la Vella at the main shopping area. Here you will be dropped off for 2 ½ hours of free time to shop for some of the best bargains in Europe.
After your shopping spree, you will enjoy a wonderful 3 course meal at Marisqueria Don Denis featuring Andorran local cuisine. You will also enjoy a sparkling glass of Catalan Cava.
Relax on the trip back and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you leave Andorra and make your way back to your hotel in Barcelona.
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5. Marian Route: Lourdes, Montserrat & Meritxell
For a bit of a different take on an Andorra Tour, the Marian Route gives you a taste of Andorra, France and Spain over the course of 3 days.
This tour is totally private and can accommodate up to 4 people. It starts in Barcelona where you can be picked up at the airport or your hotel.
What is unique about this tour is that it includes stops at all 3 of the most significant Christian sanctuaries and pilgrimage sites in Europe.
You will start your trip through the Pyrenees with a visit to Montserrat and get a chance to see the famous Black Madonna.
From here you will carry on to Andorra la Villa, where you will visit the most spiritually symbolic place in the principality of Andorra – Santuario de Meritxell, the sanctuary dedicated to the patron saint of Andorra, Our Lady of Meritxell.
You will spend the night in Andorra and after enjoying a relaxing breakfast at your hotel, you will continue on to the revered pilgrimage site of Lourdes in France. There you will visit Our Lady of Lourdes and will have the opportunity to collect a bottle of holy water before embarking on your trip back to Barcelona.
The Final Word About Andorra Tours
Andorra is a wonderful little country that often gets neglected by visitors to Europe despite its spectacular landscape, distinct culture, fascinating history and wonderful people. There are many things to see and do in Andorra and if you want to make sure that you get an immersive experience here, then we suggest you take an Andorra Tour.
If you want to explore other things in Andorra, then check out our blog on Fun Facts About Andorra and add it to your bucket list!