This week (end of September 2018) I had some time off work to use up and found the need to try out another one of these mysterious small countries which aren’t all that well known.
I tried to visit Andorra in October 2017 and gave up due to the fact that transport links are really hard unless you have a car.
So this time I took a flight to Barcelona and found a bus ride which goes there, which is pretty much the only way to do it.
Actually, Google has this quite wrong. This takes 3 hours and was 59 Euros return which I bought online.
Note! there is only one toilet stop and no loo on the bus!
Yes, this place has a border. Just like I discovered Gibraltar has with Spain it seems. I thought we were supposed to be in Europe?
Everyone has told me that Andorra isn’t in the EU, so this sign was a bit of a suprise.
Nevertheless, there are flags up everywhere by all the hotels and sports resorts with French, Spanish and EU flags up. I didn’t get to stop at this border crossing, as cars stopped and the bus was diverted into another lane, where stopping wasn’t needed. I already had my passport details given at a kiosk at the bus company’s office in Barcelona.
I like small countries in Europe, they usually have tax breaks, race tracks, eccentric monarchy and often overlooked as places to see, so I had to figure out what kind of tiny country Andorra was like.
Next: 2. Motoring in a tiny country
Related: Other tiny countries I have seen:-Andorra, Gibraltar, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta,
Monaco, San Marino