Thursday, 16 August 2012

ANDORRA -- SKI RESORT AND SUMMER HOLIDAY



THE CAPITAL ANDORRA-LA-VELLA
The principality of Andorra lies high up in the Pyrenees Mountains. According to legend it is supposed to be independent since the times of Emperor Charlemagne.  If it is true it would nearly 1200 years ago.

Andorra is one of the smallest countries in the world. However, it is divided up into six parishes. Each parish has a separate valley. Winters are cold and the mountains have plenty of snow. It is a favourite to skiers and in the summer for mountaineering. The highest peak is 3000m.


ANDORRA A HIGHLY RECOMMENDABLE SKI RESORT

On the mountain side sheep and goats are grazing. In the valleys are tobacco, wheat, rye and potatoes are growing. The cigarettes are made local. Andorra has not a lot of industry but it produces plenty of electrical power from small hydroelectric schemes.

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LOW TAXES
Andorra great attraction to tourism is their low taxes. Especially in the markets there are no taxes added and buying your Christmas presents or wardrobe will reduce you holiday spending. It is estimated that more than 10 million people yearly visit Andorra.

The Andorrans are mostly Roman Catholics and Catalan is the official languages. It is the same language in Catalonia which Spanish region is next to Andorra.


POLITICS
Andorra is governed by the President of France and the Bishop of Urgel. This makes the country semi-independent. Urgel is a town in Spain but next to the border and diocese includes Andorra. There is a council o 24 members and they were elected by the heads of the families living in the six valleys. They run the affairs of the country.


CASA DE LA VALL -- ANDORRA'S PARLIAMENT



The capital is Andorra-la-Vella but it is no bigger than a large village and has about 15,000 inhabitants,
The whole population  is around 51,000


CALDEA SPA  -- NATURAL HOT SPRING



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