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Travel Blogs from Canillo
... around Andorra La Vella.
The place is in a spectacular setting, deep in a valley surrounded by very high and steep cliffs.
The city isn't at all like I expected it to be. I expected an 'olde worlde' type city with lots of wooden buildings, quaint tourist shops and plenty of restaurants, with cobbled streets. The city isn't like that at all. It is a modern city ...
... just over the border in a town called Puigcerda and had Tapas at a local restaurant.
After this, our route took us further west for a few miles before taking us north and over the border into Andorra, the 10th country of our trip.
Although we were waved through and not stopped, there is actually a proper border crossing on this border.
The road up to the capital of Andorra, Andorra La Vella, is through a valley ...
This is the last day that we have the car and after 32 days of driving I am ready to return it. It take me ten minutes before we leave to give it a quick wash - after a month it needs it. Our lovely GPS will not recognise Barcelona Airport, so we settle for entering Barcelona as our destination. The roads out of Andorra are very good, but it takes almost 90 minutes to completely clear the Pyrennes. With some impressive tunnels it is ...
... is no snow on the mountains parts of the road and some of the views are breathtaking. The lower tunnel to Andorra is closed for maintenance so we climb even higher than might normally be the case. The tunnel at the top is over two Kms long and we emerge into the affluent, ski settlement of Canillo. It is an impressive sight. The road up to Andorra I think is used for the Tour de France and once through the tunnel the roads are much wider and there are lots of chalets and ...
... Andorrans have no level ground to build on, so level out a platform and build on it, on the edge of rivers, cliffs and anywhere else. Hundreds of new ski condos everywhere, as winter sports is one of their big dollar earners. If we had been driving a smaller vehicle, we could have looked at old fortresses and a 16th century church, but no hope of parking anywhere except way out of the settlements. Next ...
Other places to stay in Canillo
Ctra Del Forn s/n Urb Riba Grossa, Canillo | 4 star hotelfrom $47
Ctra General s/n, Canillo | 5 star hotelfrom $86
Avda del Coprinceps, s/n, Canillo | 4 star hotelfrom $118
Ctra. del Forn, S/N, Canillo | 4 star hotelfrom $65
Placa Major, Canillo | 3 star hotelfrom $63
Ctra. General s/n , Canillo | 3 star hotelfrom $69