Living in AndorraIyna Bort Caruso
Andorra, the relatively secreted principality in the eastern Pyrenees mountains, can make a boast-worthy claim: it has one of the world’s highest life expectancies.
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Andorrans are actually a minority in their own country, making up only about a third of the population. The rest are mainly Spaniards, Portuguese and French. Catalan is the official language.
The lack of an international airport has kept Andorra an under-the-radar destination, although major hub cities like Barcelona, Spain, and Toulouse, France, are less than 150 miles away. Andorra’s profile has become more visible in recent years because of its private banking industry and
The country is made up of seven parishes with Andorra la Vella as the capital, the highest in Europe. Canillo, just northeast of Andorra la Vella, has gondola links to the country’s main ski resort of Grandvalira, which is the largest ski area on the Iberian Peninsula. The parish of Ordino is known for its culture, cuisine and protected character homes. Traditional Pyrenean residences feature low-rise architecture of timber, slate and rough-hewn stone. The effect is rustic and husky. The noted spa town of Escaldes-Engordany features some of the country’s best-preserved examples of granite architecture. The granite architecture movement began in