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Located in the Pyrenees, 200 km from Barcelona, Andorra is a tiny country with a thousand-year history. A place to go shopping, fall in love with winter sports such as skiing, bathe in thermal springs in Caldea, sample the typical mountain cuisine or explore one of the Romanesque trails.

since the 13th century, Andorra has had two heads of State, or coprinces: the bishop of the Seu d'Urgell and the president of the French Republic. nestling in the heart of the Pyrenees, its valleys and tall mountains (65 of them are more than 2,500 M high) are ideal for hiking, climbing, abseiling and winter sports. Andorra is a snowy country and its two ski resorts, Vallnord and Grand Valira (the largest skiing area in the pyrenees) bring together 280 Km of pistes and 111 ski lifts. to rest from your sporting exertions and escape from stress you can visit Caldea, southern Europe's largest health spa, in Escaldes-Engordany. its sulphur-rich waters are ideal for therapeutic and beauty treatments. Andorra is a world-renowned shopping mecca which is open on sundays. the tax regime, which is almost duty free, makes it possible for its more than 1,500 retail outlets to offer the best prices.

Andorra's thousand-year history can be seen in the many romanesuqe churches. Some of the most important are Santa Coloma (9th-10th centuries) in Andorra la Vella, one of the oldest and the only one with a circular bell tower; Sant Miquel d'Engolasters (13th century) in Escaldes-Engordany; and Sant Joan de Caselles (11th-12th centuries) in Canillo.

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