Why should I visit Andorra?

It may be a little further afield for those renting a villa with private pool on the Costa Brava, yet it’s still a popular day trip destination. Many excursions run to this tiny country lodged between France and Spain, in the summer months the flora and fauna is amazing and during winter months it has some of the Pyrenees best ski slopes. So why would you make the 2.5 – 3-hour trip from the coast?

Here are a few reasons:

Firstly, Andorra has a rich and interesting history, legend has it that Charles the Great granted the people of Andorra a charter if they fought against the Moors. The small country previously had a joint allegiance with both Spain and France, in fact during the Spanish Civil war the French troops rallied to protect Andorra. During the second world war the country became a smuggling route from France into Spain, so it’s had its fair share of excitement over the years. These days the predominant language spoken is Catalan (although there is still some French and Castellano Spanish), the country is part of the United Nations and to this day remains independent.

The capital city Andorra La Vella is nestled high in the Pyrenees and enjoys spectacular mountain views all around. The surrounding lush, green country parks and walks are beautiful and in the city there are incredible examples of Andorran Romanesque art and architecture.

There are a variety of mountain sports to enjoy which are suitable for all the family, the two ski resorts have a Nordic ski centre and plenty of alpine ski activities, there is also a special area for children called Naturlandia. Just outside Andorra La Vella is the perfect location for rock climbing with many areas surrounding the city. Dense forests are filled with canyoning adventures and zip wiring and on the main roads cyclists are out in force especially during the spring and summer months.

For Golfers the Soldeu course ascends to 2250 metres of altitude, access is gained via an 8-person gondola, the journey offers unsurpassed panoramas even before you begin to play the course!

In the city itself architecture is typical of a Pyrenean town, grey slate and alpine stone is used to create chapels, towers, bridges and fortifications typical of the area. Visitors will see ancient traditions blend with contemporary lifestyle as they wander the streets. The old stone houses on the outskirts of the city contrast with modern shopping centres and edgy steel sculptures in Andorra la Vella. The shops offer the latest fashions and technologies at reasonable prices which are ideal for a gift to take home.

If you plan on renting your Spain holiday rental for a while and you have access to a car during your stay, take a drive to Andorra, its unique traditions and fascinating culture make for an interesting visit.


Mallorca’s best picnic spots

Finding that perfect Mallorca vacation rental isn’t difficult. There are so many stunning locations dotted around the island, you are sure to find the perfect base from which to explore. This Mediterranean paradise is known for its amazing scenery, from jagged cliff faces to cosy coves, with both lush green vineyards and winding mountainous roads. Combine this scenery with delicious, local Spanish food and you can create your own perfect picnic. So where is the idea picnic spot that won’t take you too far away from your villa in Mallorca?


Serra de Tramuntana

This mountain range is located in the northwest of Mallorca and has been named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Recreation areas are in abundance with the provision of picnic tables, camping areas, and toilets. Despite the fact that the island benefits from around 300 days of sunshine a year, in the cooler months it can get slightly chilly up there, so don’t forget a jacket. The stunning views will make the winding drive well worth it.

S’illot Beach

If you are looking for ocean views and a place for a quick dip after your meal, then this natural setting over the bay of Pollenca and Formentor is ideal. There are a few picnic areas here for you to choose from, one located right by the beach. Many people enjoy snorkelling here thanks to the clear waters.

Sa Dragonera

If you fancy having your lunch on a tiny island overlooking Mallorca, then head over to Sa Dragonera. You can catch a boat from Sant Elm to get there, and make sure to keep an eye out for the wall lizard species that can’t be found anywhere else in the world! There is a great picnic area by the pier which has tables and benches, the ideal place to eat your lunch before catching a boat back to your Mallorca holiday rental.

Mondrago National Park

This national park is located to the east of the island, and here you will find many streams, beaches, gorges, and dune systems, creating a unique environment. Bird watchers and nature lovers will love it here thanks to the huge array of wildlife. Behind the sa Font de n’Alis beach there is a dedicated picnic spot.

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