ANDORRA LA VELLA
Andorra la Vella (pop. 20,760), the country’s capital, is little more than Spain and France’s shopping mall. Effectively a single cluttered road flanked by shop after duty-free shop, this city is anything but vella (old); most of the old build ings have been upstaged by shiny new electronics and sporting goods stores. After shopping, you’re best off escaping to the countryside.
ORIENTATION AND PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Coming from Spain, visitors first pass through Sant Julia de Loria and then tiny Santa Coloma, which runs directly into Andorra la Vella. The main thoroughfare Avinguda Santa Coloma becomes Av. Princep Benlloch several blocks into the city, which in turn becomes Av. Meritxell at PI. Princep Benlloch before continuing on as the highway to parishes northeast of the capital. There are several tourist offices scattered throughout Andorra la Vella; the largest is on PI. de la Rotonda. From Spain, take Av. Meritxell until it crosses the river. At the bridge PI. de la Rotonda will be on your right. Their multilingual staff offers free Sports Activities and Hotels i Restaurants guides. (® 82 71 17. July-Aug. open M-Sa 9am-9pm, Su 9am-7pm. Sept.-June open daily 9:30am-l:30pm, 3:30- 7:30pm.) In a medical emergency call ml 16 or the police, Prat de la Creu 16 (®87 20 00). For weather and ski conditions, call Ski Andorra (®86 43 89). The post office, Carrer Joan Maragall, 10, is across the river from PI. Princep Benlloch. (® 902 19 71 97. Lista de Correos upstairs. Open M-F 8:30am-2:30pm, Sa 9:30am- lpm.) Internet is available at Future@Point, C. de La Sardana 6. (®82 82 02. ‚1.20/15min. Open M-Sa lOam-llpm, Su lOam-lOpm. MCA’.)
ACCOMMODATIONS AND FOOD
Hostal del Sol O, PI. Guillemo 3, pro vides decent rooms and friendly service. From Spain, take Av. Princep Benlloch until you pass the Teatre Comunal on your right. At the next intersection, bear left onto C. Doctor Nequi. Watch for the fountain of PI. Guillemo on your left. (®82 37 01. ‚13 per person. MC/V.) You don’t exactly rough it at shaded Camp-
Salou, behind the Estadi Comunal d’Andorra la Vella, which has video games, hot showers, and an indoor pool. (^82 23 84. ‚4.50 per per son, per tent, and per car. Call ahead. Handicap accessible.) Try the two-story cheese shop extravaganza ii’La Casa del Formatge, C. les Canals 4. From Spain, take your first left after PI. Prfncep Benlloch, and then turn left on C. les Canals. (Entrees ‚5-10. Open M-F 10am-8pm, Sa 9:30am-9pm, Su 9:30am-7pm.)
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