Situated between France and Spain, Andorra is a small, independent state which lies in the heart of the Pyrenees, where the mountains are high, the snow abundant and the sun is nearly always shining.
In the last few years it has invested heavily in its resort infrastructure and now offers fantastic skiing, modern equipment and guaranteed snow.
The lively resort of Pas de la Casa which, along with the ever popular resort of Soldeu, forms part of the Grandvalira region, the biggest ski area in the Pyrenees with close to 200km of slopes.
The ski pass gives you access to 67 lifts, with 110 slopes and four snowparks to explore, along with a highly regarded ski and snowboard school and a buzzing après ski scene. On the western side of the principality, the resort of Arinsal in the Vallnord area has undergone a massive renewal and features artificial snow cannons and a remodelled freestyle area.
With its wide open runs, Arinsal is ideal for beginners and improvers. Families appreciate it as a quieter part of Andorra, although great nightlife can be found here too.
Ideal for beginners, groups and families alike, Andorra is a friendly, welcoming country and with its duty-free status, it offers terrific value for money.
The unit of currency is the Euro. The most common credit cards accepted are Mastercard and Visa.
Catalan cuisine made from grilled and barbecued meat is popular with the locals. Eating out is very reasonable with an evening meal from EUR9.
Even though Andorra is a duty free country, all alcoholic drinks are cheaper when bought in a supermarket. Local spirits and beers are relatively cheap in bars.
The official language is Catalan, however Spanish, French and English are widely understood.
(prices per person)