Cities and Towns in Andorra
What are the cities and towns in the Principality of Andorra? Are you interested in knowing which is the best area to live in Andorra? Are you moving to Andorra and don’t know which parish would be the most suitable for you? In this guide, we present a full list of cities, towns, and villages in the Principality.
Andorra is territorially divided into seven parishes, the first and only political-administrative level of the country. Even so, there are territorial subdivisions: the parishes of Ordino, La Massana, and Sant Juliá de Loria are divided into quarts (rural quarters), and the parish of Canillo into veïnats (neighborhoods).
In Andorra, there are seven main parishes:
- Sant Julià de Lòria
- Andorra la Vella
- La Massana
List of all Cities and Towns in Andorra
- Bordes d’Envalira
- El Forn
- Els Plans
- Sant Pere
- El Tarter
- El Vilar
Culture, nature, and sport go hand in hand in this parish, which has always managed to maintain an excellent balance between economic prosperity and preservation of the landscape and environment. Located to the northeast, Canillo is the largest parish, covering a significant part of the border with France.
Canillo houses the spiritual center of the Principality, the basilica sanctuary of Meritxell. Besides, the area strongly attracts quality tourism, identified with the hotel sector, skiing. Village of Soldeu has the only establishment in Andorra with the Leading Hotels of the World qualification, the Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa. Undoubtedly, this area can compete with the level of the best ski resorts in Spain and France.
Try out excellent ski areas of Soldeu and El Tarter. Remember that these two resorts have been chosen to host the finals of the Alpine skiing European Cup in 2018 and the Alpine skiing World Cups in 2019.
Summer is also a good time to visit Canillo, as the ski area becomes a bike park and a children’s activity park. Explore Canillo valleys by bike, on horseback, hiking, or canyoning, and you can even play golf.
- Les Bons
- Grau Roig
- La Mosquera
- Pas de la Casa
- Le Tremat
Encamp is a comú with two important municipalities: Encamp and El Pas de la Casa. This is the third most populated parish and borders France, which makes it an important commercial axis with that country, especially El Pas de la Casa. Encamp is an excellent destination to visit throughout the year and enjoy skiing, fishing, or climbing.
Parish has one of the most interesting routes for hiking – Camí de l’Óssa or Camí de les Pardines that leads to the Engolasters lake. Due to great accessibility, is suitable for families or novice hikers. Near Encamp, you find the Funicamp, a cable car that offers direct access to the ski slopes of Grau Roig.
- La Cortinada
- Les Salines
- El Serrat
Do not miss Ordino’s rural attractions, closely linked to its rich history. This area was known for its forges, which closed at the end of the 19th century. Visit Areny-Plandolit House Museum with the impressive Romanesque paintings of Sant Martí de la Cortinada or the sculptures of the Iron Route.
Located in the northeast of the country, the parish of Ordino is also a very attractive destination to visit in summer, as offers a large number of outdoor activities with a spectacular network of nature trails. Hiking lovers can choose from a wide range of options, but the route of the lakes in Tristaina, or the Natural Park of Sorteny stand out. Ordino is the start and finish of the Ultra Trail of Andorra, which includes a quadruple marathon of the mountains over 170 kilometers with a vertical drop of 13,500 meters.
- La Massana
- Mas de Ribafeta
- El Pui
- Puiol del Piu
In La Massana, you will find the highest mountain of Andorra: the Comapedrosa, 2,942 meters. From there, enjoy a spectacular view of the Natural Park of the Comapedrosa Valleys, one of the most attractive natural areas of the country. La Massana is a parish with a high mountain landscape, with many make 4×4 routes, horse riding, and cycling paths.
However, La Massana is also a destination that stands out for gastronomy and leisure. Discover a wide range of hotels and restaurants and one of the areas with the liveliest nightlife. Not to be overlooked either are the cultural proposals of the parish, ranging from the Casa Rull to the Farga Rosell Museum or the Comic Museum, or the architectural ensemble of Pal, one of the best-preserved Pyrenean villages.
Andorra la Vella
- Andorra la Vella (capital)
- La Margineda
- Santa Coloma
Andorra la Vella is the most important city of Andorra, besides being the most populated parish (about 25,000 inhabitants) and being the smallest of all. Shop in numerous establishments, including plenty of perfumeries and electronics stores. Find entertainment and leisure, for decades Andorra la Vella has attracted international visitors, offering the best brands at very competitive prices. Andorra la Vella is very close to the confluence of the rivers Valira del Norte and Valira de Oriente, at an altitude of 1,022 meters above sea level, which makes it the European capital located at the highest altitude.
Tourism, trade, and the banking system, which is very favorable to foreign investment, are the main economic engines of the capital, however, consumer goods, such as furniture, are also produced. The Congress Center of Andorra la Vella hosts the most important events of the country’s agenda, while much of the street performances have their center in the capital.
Sant Julià de Lòria
- Sant Julià de Lòria
Sant Julià de Lòria is the parish bordering Spain, through which many people enter the country. Historically, Sant Julià de Lòria was the center of the tobacco industry, but today economy is very focused on trade. Parish consists of towns such as Auvinyà, Aixirivall, Juberri, Aixovall, Bissisarri, Certers, Fontaneda, Llumeneres, and Nagol, but the best known is undoubtedly the city, with a wide range of shopping centers. Sant Julià has also become, in recent years, one of the Andorran destinations most committed to culture, with an extensive calendar of events throughout the year, including opera, theater, and dance.
- El Fener
- Els Vilars d’Engordany
Thermal water has been a fundamental element in Escaldes-Engordany. This parish, which physically shares the urban core with Andorra la Vella, is an area of new quality development with Caldea spa center, designed by architect Jean Michel Ruols. Caldea is the spearhead of the thermal wellness industry, so prominent in the comú and a very emblematic building in the country.
The town was created around thermal springs that come from the subsoil at high temperatures, ideal for health and beauty treatments. Escaldes-Engordany comes with Vall del Madriu-Perafita-Claror Natural Park, the largest protected area in the Principality, with more than 40,000 hectares.
Where to Live in Andorra?
If you think of big cities like Barcelona or Madrid, these would correspond with Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany. Whether you are a person that used to live in the center, we advise you to look for accommodation in one of these two parishes.
For individuals looking to be close to the center but with peace and tranquility, we recommend the parish of La Massana, which is just a few minutes drive away from the center of Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany. Find the serenity of the outskirts in addition to different types of housing, such as apartments, houses, and cottages.
Are you working from home and want to live in absolute peace? Look for homes in Ordino or Canillo to enjoy panoramic views and the tranquility of being in the mountains. These two parishes are located about 20-25 minutes from the center of Andorra la Vella and Escaldes Engordany.
Finally, the most affordable parishes are Sant Julià de Lòria (which is the first town you find when you enter the country from the Spanish side, although prepare for long queues for entering and leaving the country on busy days) and Encamp, which is practically like Andorra la Vella but 10 minutes.
Depending on your needs you can find your perfect area to live in. There are plenty of webcams in Andorra, with the best selection of mountain, town, road views, and live streaming webcams showing slopes, that can give you an indication of what to expect before you arrive in the Principality.