Just because a destination is smaller than some doesn't mean it should be overlooked. The 180 square mile Principality of Andorra, located in the eastern Pyrenees Mountains, is just such a case. Europcar is still represented, allowing ten million annual visitors to enjoy the benefits of first class car hire. Europcar's fleet of safe and reliable vehicles capable of meeting all budgets and requirements, useful services like express pick-up, easy online booking, and options like child seats, navigation and additional driver cover, are still all available to ensure that any driving vacation beginning in Andorra will start off without a hitch.
Nestling between the borders of Spain and France, the tiny Principality of Andorra has been a holiday favourite for many years. The Principality's comfortable perch in the majestic east Pyrenees Mountains makes it a hugely popular skiing destination, with several large ski resorts that, thanks to the more gentle slopes, are ideal for families or inexperienced skiers. This also means that the ski schools in Andorra are some of the continents biggest. Not everything revolves around skiing, however. The surrounding countryside is beloved of hikers and walkers in the summer months and, as with all European nations, Andorra has a long history and an identity all of its own that becomes apparent in the local culture, cuisine and customs that are neither French nor Spanish.
Skiing - Andorra is known globally for its reputation as a skiing location. Its famous resorts include Grand Valira, which includes the sections Canillo, El Tarter, Encamp, Grau Roig, Pas de la Casa and Soldeu, as well as Vallnord, which covers Arinsal, Pal and Ordino-Arcalis. Andorran ski-schools and slopes are prized for their ease of access and forgiving nature, allowing newcomers to get a feel for alpine skiing in safety and, of course, indulge in speed skiing, ice skating, hockey and any other winter sport they wish, as well as the all-important après-ski that these world class resorts can provide.
History and heritage – Andorra has been an independent state for over a thousand years, and in that time has built up a rich cultural identity that comes across in its local architecture. Villages and towns such as Encamp, Les Escaldes, Ordino, Sant Julia de Loria and Santa Coloma are known for their historic Roman-catholic church buildings and amazing, centuries-old houses. The 12th century shrine to Our Lady of Meritxell, Andorra's patroness, is home to the annual festival of September 8th, where visitors from France and Spain flood in to join the worship. Each village also holds its own festival, which includes troupes performing the sardana up and down the land.