Andorra, a mix of snow and culture

Andorra, a mix of snow and culture

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Andorra is always in fashion and even more so in winter. This small country offers a large number of shops and shopping centers, hotel complexes and above all, kilometers of quality ski slopes. That is the reason why tourism has such an important factor in the country's economy. Throughout history, the Principality has become a reference for the world of skiing thanksGrandvalira and Vallnord, the two resorts that offer different slopes adapted for each type of skier.

Now, with the arrival of the cold, you can find numerous offers with ski passes in Andorra where you can enjoy a few days off in the snowy mountains with family, friends or simply, if you are a great devotee of this sport and have been practicing it for years , for professional reasons.

While at the stationGrandvalirayou can enjoy the largest station in the Pyrenees and one of the largest in Europe, with210 kilometers of slopes, a total of128 tracks of all levels and a single pass thanks to offers such as for the enjoyment of this entire ski area.

For its part,Vallnordis the union of two ski resorts in the valleys of Andorra:Vallnord - Pal Arinsal and Vallnord - Ordino Arcalís. The two stations, despite not being physically united, added their facilities, activities and services, and became one of the most complete snow and mountain destinations in the Pyrenees, with93 kilometers of slopes.

Vallnord It differs from the rest of the stations by the fact that its two snow fields come together to complement each other, although each station maintains its own personality and characteristics. So,skiers and snowboarders, Families and groups of friends can indistinctly enjoy the slopes, activities, facilities and the quality of customer service.

Andorra is also culture and history

But Andorra is not just skiing and snow, it is also culture and historyThe largest microstate in Europe, was for many years a poor and isolated territory until it achieved remarkable prosperity from theWWII through tourism and, especially, due to its status as a tax haven, privileges that it lost to Spain since February 10, 2010.

Y,How did this area become independent? Very easy. To do this, we must go back many centuries when Charlemagne, the first monarch of the Holy Roman Empire, granted independence to this state in exchange for help in its fight against Al-Andalus.

To end the struggles for power in 1278, a co-principle regime was established by which the countFrench of Foix and the Bishop of Urgel they shared the government of that territory. Centuries later, after theFrench Revolution (1789 - 1799)as heir to the territory he renounced his feudal rights over Andorra, but Napoleon Bonapartehe accepted his sovereignty again in 1806at the express request of Andorrans who feared Spanish hegemony.

Within the Principality you can find a large number of centers dedicated to culture. TheNational Library and National Archives They were created in 1974 and 1975 respectively, and are located in the capital.

There are also a large number of museums, including:Rull Housein Sispony, theRossell Farga in La Massana, and theRomanesque Andorra Interpretation Center in Pal, theViladomat museum, theMuseum of Models of Romanesque Art and thePerfume museum in Escaldes-Engordany, theNicolaï Siadristy miniature museum, the House of Areny-Plandolit and theAndorra postal museum in Ordino, theNational Automobile Museum in Encamp, theHouse of the Vall, with a section dedicated to philately and numismatics, in Andorra la Vieja and theTobacco Museum in San Julián de Loria.

In addition, in this territory there are a large number of Romanesque monuments such asthe church of Santa Coloma, built between the 9th and 10th centuries, which is one of the few Romanesque churches in the world withcylindrical bell tower, dated in the twelfth century.

Andorra: literature and music

The tradition of writing in Andorra dates back to the 20th century;Antoni Fiter i Rossell, from the parish of Ordino, wrote a book about the history, government and customs of Andorra called «Manual Digest of the Valls Neustras of Andorra»In 1748. As authors of contemporary literature can be citedAntoni Morell i MoraAlbert Salvadó i MirasTeresa Colom i Pich YAlbert Villaró i Boix.

As far as music is concerned, Andorra has a chamber orchestra led by the violinistGérard Claret; and that they carry out a singing contest of international fame, endorsed byMontserrat Caballe. Thus, the most important event in the cultural life of Andorra is theEscaldes-Engordany international jazz festival, where interpreters likeMiles Davis, Fats Domino and B.B. King have participated.

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