5 reasons to choose Andorra as DMC destination:
- In the hearth of the Pyrenees - about 300km of ski slopes in winter
- Very good price-quality at hotels and ski resorts
- Prepared for tourism (10 mill visitors per year) & equipped with congress center
- Mountain gastronomy in attractive restaurants
- Free tax Shopping
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The principality of Andorra with its superficies of 468 km2 is a small country located in the Central Pyrenees at approximately 200km from the airports of Barcelona and Toulouse. From medieval origin, with a documentation that demonstrates its existence since the 9th century, Andorra was build up as a country in 1278 and combines perfectly tradition and modernism. The contrasts between the roman churches and the Cristal de Caldea Pyramid, the major European thermo-recreational center or the Casa de la Vall built in 1580 and headquarters of the Andorran Parliament with the very modern ski resorts.
The nature lovers will enjoy the most beautiful landscapes such as the Vall del Madriu, world heritage since 2004, or the lakes from the glacial period. Moreover, the itinerary of the rural habitat or the iron route will make them discover a different Andorra. For those who prefer cultural stays they can attend the Festival Narciso Yepes or the Festival de Música y Danza.
You can not go to Andorra without planning a moment for free-tax shopping. The country has a wide range of shops and businesses specializing in all types of selling like cars, electronics, telecommunications and music, fashion, food and tobacco, etc.
Lately, Andorra turned itself into a real sport course center. Teams like Barcelona handball, football or basketball carry out the season enjoying the wonderful sport installations of the country. Also, the Nike campuses are celebrated each summer.
Andorra national sport is skiing! It has the best stations of the Pyrennees, Grandvalira and Vallnord. Cross-country skiing lovers can practice as well in the wood of La Rabassa. As well as ski and snowboard, it is possible to do quad, under ice diving, paragliding, etc., routes in caterpillars or sleeping in an igloo hotel. Andorra was candidate to host the winter Olympic Games of 2010.
In summer, a lot of sport activities for all tastes are available in the principality: excursions in 4x4 like the Smuggler Route, climbing, buggies, canyoning, horse racing or fishing. Moreover, Vallnord has turned into the reference for mountain bike by hosting events like World championship or the Maxi Avalanche. For extreme sensations addicts, it is possible to run on the karts circuit Marc Gene located in the Tarter (Grandvalira).
Another important attraction pole of Andorra is the eco-park of Naturlandia located in the hearth of the forest. It offers all kind of external activities such as quads, bicycles, zip-lines, paintball, etc, and hosts the Tobotronc, the world longest natural chute (5,6 Km)!
The principality is definitely the ideal place for team buildings and incentives but also for congresses and conferences. Indeed Andorra has its own congress center: a modern infrastructure designed for the holding of professional meetings and located in an incomparable setting in the centre of Andorra la Vella, capital of the Pyrenees, surrounded by all the supplementary offers imaginable. The Congress Centre disposes of the latest generation technology and a total area of 4,200 m2, arranged in spaces which include five functional rooms, a meeting room and a catering area, as well as a car park. The auditorium has a capacity of 900 people and is equipped with exclusively designed seats, electrical connections, multimedia, five simultaneous translation booths, infrared diffusion equipment, audiovisual and lighting equipment.
Tours for incentive groups
Excursion to the Caves of Conflent
- The cave of Canalettes:
Situated to 1km of Villefranche, on Corneilla de Conflent's territory, the cave of Canalettes was investigated in 1952, further to the discovery of the natural entrance in 1951. The speleo group of Prades succeeds in the price despite the big difficulties overcoming the first 15 meters well which led to the room where from leave the ramifications which will lead the visitors towards a permanent delight.
- The cave of Grandes Canalettes:
The cave of Grandes Canalettes is situated at 300 meters of the Medieval City of Villefranche de Conflent, on Corneilla de Conflent's road and Vernet Baths, in Oriental Pyrenees. In 1978, Henri Salvayre met Edmond Delonca. Together they began immense works which only the passion of the caving could dictate. In 1981, they began the exploration which allowed: to discover the White Room in 1982 and to study the unique arrangement of Grandes Canalettes realized in the biggest respect for the underground world. Magnificent reward in so many efforts: today Grandes Canalettes appears among the most beautiful caves of France and are one of the sites the most visited in Oriental Pyrenees.
- Cova Bastera:
Cova Bastera is situated on main road 116, in front of the Medieval City of Villefranche de Conflent. This natural cave knew several periods, of Ice Period, about the Prehistory, the story of Vauban and finally the Contemporary Period. It is after the occupation of Miquelets in 1674, in the plot which brought their extermination, that Vauban decided on the fortification of the opening of the cavity. After his military occupation, Mister Elie Castillo purchases it in 1983 and begins the tourist development of Cova Bastera. In 1988, his son Bernard resumes takes back the exploitation. He decides to fit out a route in the time finalized in 2004: “The Meeting of the centuries".
Excursion to the Caves of Conflent
Stated in the heart of the Pyrenees between France and Spain, Andorra has a surface area of 468 square km. The Canillo Parish, with its 120,86 square km surface area, is the first parish in the Andorran protocol hierarchy. Canillo city is the capital with a total of 1149 residents. Despite its touristy vocation, the Canillo parish activities are still based on cattle and farming.
What to see:
- Sanctuary of Our Lady of Meritxell (Meritxell)
Sanctuary of Andorra's Patron Saint. The oldest building dates from 1658 and was built on top of the remains of a Romanesque structure. After a fire destroyed the chapel in 1972, the General Council entrusted the project for the new sanctuary to Ricard Bofill and this was inaugurated in 1976.
- Sant Joan de Caselles (Canillo)
A Romanesque building of the end of the 11th century. The bell tower is in Lombard style and inside it contains a 12th century stucco Christ in Majesty. Outside there are the remains of a medieval cemetery.
Ideas for incentive groups
The thermoludic centre opened in March of 1994. The project - designed by the architect Jean-Michel Ruols - is fruit of the will of the community (town council) of Escaldes-Engordany to make use of the richness of the territory’s thermal waters, with a philosophy different to that of traditional health resorts: thermoludism. The concept was entirely innovative and avoids use of the therapeutic properties of thermal water. Thermoludism is the use of the properties and benefits of thermal water to rest, recuperate vitality and well-being. The water at different temperatures procures authentic gymnastic toning for the body, and the thermal waters help psychic rebalance.
Visit to the Tobacco Museum:
The Museu del Tabac or Tobacco Museum was created to recover and disseminate the knowledge of the complex reality of tobacco in Andorra in the 20th century. For this reason, a very symbolic and emblematic building, the old Reig factory, known earlier as Cal Rafaeló, has been recovered and conditioned to house it. After opening in 1909, the Reig factory became the workplace of many of the men and women of Sant Julià. These people made by hand a diversity of loose tobaccos, cigars and cigarettes that were sold in Andorra and beyond its borders. The old Reig factory closed down in 1957, moving to a new larger and more modern facility.
The creation of the Tobacco Museum - Old Reig Factory has involved a task of documentation and a study of public and private archives to establish the rapid changes and deep transformations of Andorra's tobacco industry, and to recover the collective memory. The voices of the people who made their living from tobacco have allowed us to become acquainted with, recover and interpret this old building, the work that was carried out here, the technologies that were used, and the human relationships and life that unfolded around the factory and the town. Memories, perceptions and experiences bear witness to the changing and unchanging features of the fields, factories and towns, offering a more human reading of this surprising and deeply rooted activity and of its social significance beyond its material and economic aspects.
Mountain Bike in Pal:
Pal is not only a ski resort. In summer, Pal converts itself into an exciting activities centre. Pal, a mountain resort located in an idyllic natural reserve, offers a thousand and one possibilities to enjoy nature.
There are mountain bike trails for all levels in Pal and since the cable-car opened in la Massana (5 min drive from Arinsal) a new summer sport has emerged from beginning of June to mid-september: take the gondola up and ride back down through the forest trails!