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Andorra

Andorra

Etymology

The origin of the word Andorra is unknown, although several hypotheses have been formulated. The oldest derivation of the word Andorra is from the Greek historian Polybius (The Histories III, 35, 1) who describes the Andosins, an Iberian Pre-Roman tribe, as historically located in the valleys of Andorra and facing the Carthaginian army in its passage through the Pyrenees during the Punic Wars. The word Andosini or Andosins (Ἀνδοσίνους) may derive from the Basque handia whose meaning is “big” or “giant”. The Andorran toponymy shows evidence of Basque language in the area. Another theory suggests that the word Andorra may derive from the old word Anorra that contains the Basque word ur (water). [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Agile Andorra – In order to spread the use of agile methodologies and improve their use, from agile andorra we periodically organize all kinds of activities related to the world of agile activities. [meetup]

Altes Curiositats – Adults Canalla with much curiosity. To organize meetups, and charles any event to interact with people very curious. [meetup]

Andorra Lean Startup – Andorra Lean Startup is dedicated to applying lean startup thinking and building lean startup leadership. We bring to Andorra lean startup community together in a variety of formats (many of which involve beer) to learn from each other. [meetup]

Andorra Startup Circle – This is a group for everyone interested in startups and how an startup community could evolve in Andorra. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Dating in Andorra – Looking for love, friendship or just someone to spend time with? There are thousands of men looking for just the same thing. Try DoULike dating site to help you access Personals Andorra dating, find a laugh, a date and some romance with that special single, check out our Andorra dating service! Any of dating sites can provide you with such fast way to meet singles in Andorra. [do u like]

Free OK Date – FreeOkDate is a 100% free Andorra online ok dating service. Join one of the best site among other Andorra dating websites and date attractive single men and women from Andorra. [free ok date]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Andorratours – With more than 30 years in the world of travel, we put ourselves at your disposal to realize their dreams. Travel with us a thousand and one places and enjoy quality at the best price. Our experience guarantees your vacation. We any destination to your fingertips. [andorratours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Centre Termolúdic Caldea – In the heart of Andorra la Vella, the huge Centre Termolúdic Caldea, Europe’s largest spa complex, dominates the capital’s skyline with its magnificent glass pyramid tower. Featuring more than 6,000 square meters of watery fun and treatment areas, guests can make full use of the facility’s numerous lagoons (both indoor and outdoor), its many saunas and jacuzzis, as well as its specialized spa areas featuring Indo-Roman baths, cascades, warm marble slates, and even a grapefruit pool. [planet ware]

Encamp and the National Automobile Museum – In the geographical center of Andorra, the town of Encamp – home to nearly 12,000 people – makes for a good base no matter what time of year you choose to explore the country. Its downtown is also one of the prettiest, with the Valira d’Orient river running through it, and its fine old buildings now serving as shops, cafés, and restaurants. [planet ware]

La Cortinada and Sant Martí Church – The village of La Cortinada is one of the most attractive smaller communities in Andorra. Surrounded by meadows and rugged mountains, the village is home to the lovely 12th-century Sant Martí de la Cortinada church, notable for its Romanesque frescoes, its charnel-house, and a beautiful old dovecot. [planet ware]

Ordino and Casa Pairal d’Arenys de Plandolit – The chief destination in Andorra’s picturesque Valira del Nord Valley is the small town of Ordino, idyllically located at the base of the 2,740-meter-tall Casamanya mountain. In addition to its quiet streets, quaint shops, and old church, the town is home to Casa Pairal d’Arenys de Plandolit, built in 1633 and later rebuilt in the mid-19th century by Baron de Senaller, famous for instigating reforms in 1866 that gave heads of households voting rights. [planet ware]

Sant Joan de Caselles Church – A little way north of the little village of Canillo is the chapel of Sant Joan de Caselles. Considered one of the country’s finest Romanesque chapels, this splendid old stone building dates from the 11th century and contains many interesting features, most notably its fine interior decorated with excellent frescoes, as well as a retablo, St. John and the Apocalypse, dating from 1525. [planet ware]

The Capital City: Andorra la Vella – Perched high in the eastern Pyrenees, the capital of Andorra, Andorra la Vella, is this small nation’s busiest tourist attraction. At an altitude of 1,029 meters, it’s one of the world’s highest capital cities (it’s also one of the smallest with a population of less than 25,000 people). Presiding over the Gran Valira river under the east side of the 2,317-meter Pic d’Enclar mountain, the city’s main street is lined with shops selling everything from souvenirs to local arts and crafts, along with many galleries, cafés, and restaurants. [planet ware]

The Santa Coloma Church – On the main road leading from Andorra to Spain in the little village of Santa Coloma is one of the country’s finest Romanesque churches, the Santa Coloma Church. Notable for its tall, rounded three-stage tower – very different from the more typical square design of other church towers in the country – this splendid old stone structure dates from the 9th century and contains a much venerated 12th-century statue of the Virgin of Coloma, a number of Mozarabic frescoes on its arched entrance, and a splendid medieval font. [planet ware]

The Town of Les Escaldes – The Andorran town of Les Escaldes, just a few minutes’ drive from Andorra la Vella, takes its name from the many hot springs dotted around the community. Known for their high sulphur and nitrogen content, the town’s waters range from a pleasant 22 °C to a scalding 66 °C and were well known as far back as Roman times for their medicinal qualities. [planet ware]

Touring the Valira d’Orient Valley – A highlight of a visit to Andorra is the chance to explore this small mountain nation’s stunning scenery from the comfort of a car. One of the best routes is along the Valira d’Orient Valley, starting in Les Escaldes north of the capital Andorra la Vella, before heading along the narrow, winding road leading up to the 12th-century Sant Miquel Engolasters, a typical example of the country’s many Pyrenean churches in Lombard Romanesque style. [planet ware]

Winter Wonderland: Vallnord – One of the most popular winter sports destinations in the Pyrenees, Vallnord draws skiers and snowboarders from across Europe to its many fine slopes. In the northern part of Andorra, Vallnord is really three unique ski resorts in one – Arcalis, Pal, and Arinsal – providing a vast amount of terrain to explore. Skiers and boarders of all levels are well catered to, with more experienced downhillers usually heading for the north-facing alpine slopes of Arcalis with its long lasting snows, while beginners and seasoned enthusiasts alike are well catered to at Arinsal and Pal. [planet ware]

Festivals

Festivals

Andorra la Vella Village Festival – Beginning on the first Saturday in August, this traditional and much-loved event is celebrated in the capital city for three days. Other towns including Canillo, Ordino, and Encamp also celebrate their own village festivals in summer. [iexplore]

Andorra’s International Jazz Festival – Another shining star on the event calendar, the International Jazz Festival takes place in Escaldes-Engordany and has featured jazz greats such as Miles Davis and Fats Domino. Hugely popular, the entire town joins in the celebration, both on and off the street. [iexplore]

Big Snow Festival – Held in March at Arinsal ski resort, this fun event features a variety of live music, skiing and snowboarding, contests, and parties in all the resort’s bars, clubs, and pubs. [iexplore]

International Women’s Clown Festival – This popular annual event delights Andorran residents and tourists alike in May, and brings together female clowns from several countries around the world including the USA, as well as audiences from many regions. [iexplore]

Montserrat Caballe Singing Contest – Young, talented classical singers from across the world compete every May for the coveted prize and title of being Monsterrat’s greatest performer. Caballe, one the world’s greatest sopranos is Catalan, and the contest draws many opera fans. [iexplore]

Narciso Yepes International Festival – This festival which takes place in October in Val d’Ordino is named after the famous guitarist. International orchestras and musicians alike arrive to perform, and it’s a popular attraction for the classically-inclined. [iexplore]

Our Lady of Meitxell Day – The most-loved of all the Andorran festivals, Our Lady of Meitxell Day was first held in 1873. The event honors the state’s patron saint with its focus on a replica of the Chapel of Meritxell’s sanctuary. People arrive from all over the principality on September 8 and a mass attended by prominent politicians and priests is held in the chapel. All businesses and shops are closed, and a torch procession, dancing in the streets, music, parties, and concerts are part of the celebrations. [iexplore]

The Bagpipers’ Gathering – A truly traditional annual occasion, the Bagpipers’ Gathering celebrates the legend of Val d’Ordino’s traveling bagpipers, known as ‘buners.’ Held in the second week of August, the event sees attendees thrill to the skirl of the pipes for an unforgettable experience. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By bus – There are many coach services operating into Andorra. From France there is a coach service, Novatel from Toulouse the bus station (Matabiau) and from the Toulouse–Blagnac airport. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure as the driver will leave once everyone who was waiting has boarded. The Novatel bus is easily identified by its name in large letters on the side. [wikipedia]

By car – The usual car hire companies operate from Andorra la Vella / Santa Coloma. The desks are sometimes quiet and unmanned, so it may be a good idea to book in advance online. [wikipedia]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Andorra Cloud Computing Group – Welcome to the Andorra Cloud Computing Group. We exist to help those in our small but wonderful area of the world learn the ins and outs of cloud computing. In our group we will draw on the experience of CTO and others who have been successful with cloud migrations and continually look to bring in great industry and vendor speakers like Microsoft and Amazon to help us navigate through the new world. [meetup]

Andorra Test Driven Development – This group is for developers who want to follow the path of software craftsmanship. The code and the team, our main values. I do believe in people and their ability to overcome adversity. I did TDD for more than 10 years in many different countries and I want to practice with people who really enjoy good coding. [meetup]

Geeks4And – Group therapy for all Geeks technological Andorra. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Andorra Expat Guide – Expat guide for relocating and living in Andorra. [facebook]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Gays Cruising – If you are gay and you want to practise cruising in public places in Andorra la Vella in an anonymous way, here you can find spots such as beaches, parks, forests and other spaces next to urban areas, as well as every kind of public toilets and rest areas of highways where you can meet men and practise Cruising in Andorra la Vella, Andorra la Vella. [gays cruising]

One Scene – One Scene is a great place to gay and lesbian dates in Andorra la Vella. Join today and join the worlds biggest gay and lesbian scene! If you want friends, chat or free dating in Andorra la Vella, then One Scene is the community for you! [onescene]

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Resources

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