Holiday Inn Andorra
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Day 22 - Friday, 26th September, 2014
We had decided on Thursday night that we were going to have a lazy day today. The hotel was arguably the best we had stayed at and it was cheap. So we booked in for another night.
We got up to the best inclusive breakfast of the trip so far, some of it being English style although there were no beans and after this went for ...
... the hotel for a nightcap.
Andorra is classed as a micro state and the 6th smallest country in Europe. It has a population of around 85,000 and is a tax haven. It has the 3rd highest life expectancy in the world at 84 years and the official language is Catalan. Andorra La Vella is the highest capital city in Europe at a height of just over 1000m or 3,356 feet above sea level.
Miles today - 122
Total mileage so far - 2394
... hour due to a communication mixup with our Airbnb host. The apartment is in one of the many narrow side streets branching off from Les Rambles and is on the second floor of a very old apartment block, with stairwells like a maze. It is less than salubrious, but really close to everything. In the evening we walk down to the waterfront and have a lovely meal in a beautiful setting overlooking the water to celebrate our arrival in ...
... is in the nearby settlement of Ordino, just a few kilometres up the valley. The apart-hotel is very modern and very nice, probably the best of our trip. In fact most of the hotels and apartments in Ordino are quite new and there are five big construction cranes in this small village. Not surprising as Andorra has 10m visitors a year. In the evening we wander around the village, buy some snacks and retire to the comfort of our apartment. We even have some English TV news ...
... television coverage, as the riders struggle up possibly the same roads we traversed today although I suspect zig-zagging roads are many in the large expanse that forms the combined Pyrenees.
It's somewhat surprising the Spanish didn't have a crack at tunnelling straight through the thickened bases of these mountains. But perhaps even Spanish excess has it limits (but I still bet they seriously considered the option).
We rose over two main ridges - the first ...