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Transcript of Andorra
Geography & Climate
Let's say you're on a plane, sitting by the window. You happen to fly over and notice the Pyrenees Mountains. High up in there is this little country that goes by the name of Andorra.
Andorra is in the continent of Europe, sandwiched in between France and Spain.
North Eastern Hemisphere
The climate in Andorra varies greatly with elevation. The valleys have a climate that is similar to the temperate one of Andorra's neighbors, France and Spain. Although, because of the higher elevation, winters tend to be more severe and the humidity lower. Snow completely covers the northern valleys for several months. Snowfalls are frequent and the rain is concentrated mainly in the months of October and May. Summer months are mild and dry with the average temperatures around 68°F (20°C). There are on average, 300 days per year of sunshine.
In Escaldes, the Caldea Spa Complex is Europe's largest. It's a wonderful place for some soothing relaxation after exertions in the mountains. Fed by hot springs, its heart is a 600 sq. meter lagoon kept at a constant 32°C. A series of other pools, plus Turkish baths, saunas, spas and hydromassage, are all included in the three-hour entrance ticket.
Considering how wealthy Andorra is, they are able to put aside some of the money to go towards preservation.
Where in the world?
Capital- Andorra La Vella
Government- Parliamentary Democracy
Religion- Catholic (Most are Catholic, not ALL.)
Official Language- Catalan (Although, Spanish, Portuguese, and French are also commonly spoken.)
Flag & Coat of Arms-
This mini-country wedged between France and Spain offers by far, the best skiing in the Pyrenees Mountains. It has the highest number of ski slopes in the whole of the mountains with over 200 kms. In the last five years, its resorts have invested over €50 million in mountain cafés and restaurants, chairlifts and gondolas, car parks and snow-making machines.
Things To Do
By: Erica Kwok
And once the snows have melted, there’s great walking in abundance, ranging from easy strolls to demanding day hikes in the higher, more remote reaches of the principality.
There's towering mountains, wildlife, rich flora and picturesque valleys dotted with medieval villages and riddled with alpine lakes and rivers. Andorra is nature at its best.
There are no less than 54 routes throughout the country, some short and easy while others are long and difficult. For longer hikes, there are 26 mountain huts with simple lodging, as well as eleven campsites spread throughout.
One of the most popular trails is the hike to Tristaina Lakes. This easy hike starts at the restaurant of the Ordino-Arcalis ski resort, where well-marked trails lead into the mountains. It takes just over an hour and brings you to stunning vistas overlooking several lakes.
Pic de Médécourbe
Mountain climbing is also very popular in Andorra, as well as canyoning, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding and more.
Andorra holds its national festival on September 8, the festival of Meritxell, celebrating the patron saint of Andorra.
There is no income tax in Andorra. Viewed as a tax haven, Andorra attracts a lot of tourists, which account for most of the country's income. Today, tax exemptions and good tourism infrastructure lend to it being a popular holiday spot which draws more than 10 million visitors each year.
The second and also last festival Andorra has is Constitution Day. Andorra approved its Constitution on March 14, 1993 and thus became a democratic and social independent state in law,
Caldea Spa Complex-
is located in Canillo and is a huge sports and entertainment complex perfect for a good time with family or for sport. It has a skating rink Olympic size, but also has a heated pool, tennis, squash, hockey school, school of skating, curling, swimming school, restaurant, bar, cafe, free wi-fi, shop, gym, solarium, sauna, massage and relaxation balancing, spinning, pilates, hip-hop, children's area, auditorium, cinema, theater, and many, many more.
The Ice Palace Of Andorra-
Museo de la Miniatura-
A curious museum featuring the best microminiatures in the world. Exhibits can only be seen through a microscope.
In Europe, Andorra ranks in as the sixth smallest nation. It consists of square miles.
Andorra is ranked fourth in the world when it comes to human life expectancy. The expected life span of a person in Andorra is 82 years of age.
There is no official army in Andorra. They are protected by France and Spain.
By law, the male head of each family in Andorra is required to own a gun in case of attack or emergency.
Only 2 percent of Andorra is used for agriculture. The majority of food and resources has to be shipped in to the country.
Free healthcare is provided by the government for all individuals that are employed.