For those of you who are geographically challenged, and I admit I was on Andorra, it is located between France and Spain. Andorra is actually known as the “Principality of the Valleys of Andorra,” and is a landlocked micro state in the Eastern Pyranees Mountain range. It is a monarchy led by two Co-Princes – the Roman Catholic Bishop of Urgell in Spain, and the President of France. It’s known for its ski resorts and tax-haven status, which allows for duty-free shopping. Plus, plus!!
The capital, Andorra la Vella, is loaded with boutiques and jewelers on Meritxell Avenue and several shopping centers. If you’re used to sea-level, you might get a little out of breath while trekking around for the latest fashion trends since the city is at an altitude of 1,023 metres (3,356 feet), making it the highest capital city in Europe.
The main language is Catalan, but Spanish, Portuguese, and French are also spoken. This micro state is truly diverse! And when it comes to fashion, just imagine the influences from France, Spain, and Potugual, not to mention, it’s own unique culture within. So, what you wind up with, from the casual everyday to dressy, is wow-zy-wow-wow-wow!!
Andorrans wear modern Western-style clothing. However, for special occasions and folk dancing, women wear traditional costumes of full flowered skirts over white petticoats, fingerless net gloves, and black espadrilles with white stockings.
Learning about Andorra has definitely put it on my bucket list of “must-see” and “must-shop” places. Every year during the month of November, usually between the 1st and the 16th, Andorra celebrates their shopping festival with great discounts on shops, music and activities on the street. Just like American women run to New York City in groups to shop, so do European women plan group trips to Andorra for great bargains before the holidays.
The magazine “Chic and VIP” talks about the latest fashion, and really “everything” Andorran, and website, andorramania.uk can point you to direct shops, tours, ski resorts, and businesses throughout the capital and beyond.