Visiting Andorra in the middle of the pandemic 😷

Surrounded by mountains and amazing people!

Tom Parandyk
Feb 4 · 6 min read

Where is Andorra, you ask?

Andorra is a little bit in the middle of nowhere, to be honest.

Two main roads lead in and out, one from Spain the other from France. That’s it! No airport. You either need to drive to get in or take a bus or train. Not terribly useful or modern, if you ask me.

Travelling to Andorra during the pandemic has a few kinks.

You will need a PCR COVID test to get in and get out, even though there is no official check, there is a 3K euro fine if you don’t, or you need to take the test on the border.

You need to have the mask on at all times, and the bars are open from 1 pm onwards. The good news is that almost everything is open, apart from public places like playgrounds. Shops, malls, gyms… Life goes on.

I’m sure the views are even better from the top of the snowy slopes, but during my visit, in February, the lifts were only open for the residents. No snowboarding madness this time around 🥶.

I’ve met a bunch of amazingly helpful, open, and generous people during my very short stay.

Surrounded by the mountains

That’s right! Everywhere you look, the walls of rocks shoot towards the sky from behind office buildings, hotels, and shopping malls.

Andorra is a mixture of polar opposites. Ancient and modern architecture styles, rural and urban lifestyles, rock and glass, erupt on every corner.

From the trail

If only you are willing to stop and look closely, you will find hidden universes of living forms and patterns on every second rock.

You could spend a lifetime crawling through the secrets buried in the woods. The striking complexity of colours and shapes bursts from cracks and crevasses, which seems to be, the most challenging unliveable conditions for life to thrive.

All the photos from the trail have no colour grading applied to them.

The Wrap

In short, Andorra is a unique country. The capital, Andorra La Vella, is one charming shopping mall squeezed in a narrow valley and surrounded by snowy peaks. Could make some a bit claustrophobic. For me, it’s a place to be.

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