Top Ten Andorran Attractions

Top Ten Andorran Attractions

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       Andorra is a small landlocked country in southwestern Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France. It is the 6th smallest nation in Europe having an area of 468 square km (181 square mi) and an estimated population of 84,082 (2009). Its capital, Andorra la Vella, is the highest capital city in Europe, being at an elevation of 1023 m. The official language is Catalan, although Spanish, Portuguese and French are also commonly spoken. The Principality was formed in 1278. The role of monarch is exercised jointly by the two co-princes, the President of the French Republic and the Bishop of Urgell, Catalonia. Andorra is a prosperous country mainly because of its tourism industry, which services an estimated 10.2 million visitors annually, and also because of its status as a tax haven. It is not a member of the European Union, but the euro is the de facto currency. The people of Andorra have the 4th highest human life expectancy in the world at 82 years at birth.

  1. Andorra la Vella
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    Andorra la Vella is the capital of the Co-principality of Andorra and is located high in the east Pyrenees between France and Spain. It is also the name of the parish that surrounds the capital. The principal industry is tourism, although the country also earns foreign income from being a tax-haven. Furniture and brandies are local products.
    Links: Sculptures, Top Ten Bridges, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andorra_la_Vella,
  2. Madriu-Claror-Perafita Valley
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    The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is a glacial valley in the southeast of Andorra. It covers an area of 42.47 km², approximately 9% of the total area of Andorra, and is part of the 2nd largest watershed basin in Andorra. The isolated valley is recognized as a haven for rare or endangered wildlife, and the undeveloped valley has recently been considered to be the “spiritual heart” of Andorra.
    Links: Top Ten Valleys, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madriu-Claror-Perafita_Valley,
  3. Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andorra,