High places of traditional culture in Andorra
What to do and what to see in Andorra? Visit iconic buildings recounting its history
La Casa de la Vall, history of Andorran culture
Located in the heart of Andorra la Vella, Casa de la Vall is certainly one of the most important places in Andorran history and culture. Former seigniorial building was built in the late 16th century and beautifully preserved. It is one of the most symbolic monuments of the country to visit and see in Andorra, especially for its indoor and outdoor spaces.
This old manor house constructed on a rock overlooking the valley of Valira was first owned by the Busquets family, before being bought, in 1702, by the Andorran Parliament (General Council) which sat there until 2011. Since this date, the parliamentary meetings take place in a new building. The Casa de la Vall is a real life-size testimony to the political evolution of the Principality. Inescapably!
Basilica Sanctuary of Meritxell
What to do and what to see in Andorra if you are a fan of art and history? Visit the parish of Canillo and admire the most important basilica of the Principality: the sanctuary of Meritxell.
Another essential part of the culture of Andorra, the sanctuary has become a museum that must be visited. Mixing different styles, the architecture of the building is certainly seductive. By entering the area, the visitor instantly feels the spiritual importance of this iconic and symbolic church for all Andorrans.
Declared Minor Basilica by Pope Francis in 2014, the sanctuary of Meritxell is home to many statues representing the patron saints of the parishes of the country, including the Virgin of Meritxell (Nostra Senyora Meritxell), patroness of the valleys of Andorra, testimony obvious Romanesque art omnipresent in the Principality.
Note that the Meritxell stage is one of the 5 highlights of the Route Mariale, route through four other recognized sanctuaries of Spain and France: the Pilar, Montserrat, Torreciudad and Lourdes.
Culture in Andorra: many diverse and interesting museums throughout the country
An exhaustive list of the many museums scattered around Andorran territory is not our purpose here. It is undeniable that your visit certainly is undoubtedly worth it, following the example of the museum of electricity, the postal museum, motorcycle museums and the automobile or the tobacco museums, located in Sant Julia de Loria.
What to do and see first in Andorra: the Tobacco Museum
Very beautiful testimony of the history and the Andorran culture, it allows to visit the former tobacco factory (active from 1909 to 1957), a work of the Reig family built in the early 20th century. You will discover the life of the workers during the first half of the 20th century as well as the importance of tobacco growing in Andorra, an industry in vogue at the time.
What to do and what to see in Andorra? Take the time to wander around towns and villages
Composed of 7 parishes, the Principality can be visited first through the towns and villages. You will find on your way around countless treasures of Andorran culture.
About Andorra la Vella…
There is plenty of things to see and do in Andorra la Vella, the capital of the country. The best thing is to inform yourself accurately on a specialized site. We can still draw your attention to the famous Avenue Meritxell, the most famous artery in the city that you will necessarily walk.
You will quickly realize that the Principality is a very commercial country famous for the quality of its reception ... as well as for its innumerable shops and its easy shopping. This is one of the most important brands of Andorran culture! The opportunity to make good business is still there, the low taxation on products and goods makes this place a better one. Do not forget to test the subtle gastronomy of the country in the many restaurants that you will find on every corner, or almost!
The attractiveness of the Principality and the culture of Andorra are however far from being limited to its optimal commercial conditions! After the hustle and bustle of the city, relax in the charming villages of the Principality. Take for example Ordino, beautiful place where you will spend amazing moments.
You will for example have the opportunity to visit the Casa d’Areny-Plandolit, one of the museums to see in Andorra. It moved into an untouched manor house. Dating back to the 17th century, it housed an important family in the history and culture of Andorra, that of Guillem d’Areny-Plandolit, famous for its activities related to the iron industry.