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All schools are built and maintained by Andorran authorities, but teachers in the French and Spanish schools are paid for the most part by France and Spain. It was established in The university provides first-level degrees in nursing, computer science, business administration, and educational sciences, in addition to higher professional education courses.
The geographical complexity of the country as well as the small number of students prevents the University of Andorra from developing a full academic programme, and it serves principally as a centre for virtual studies, connected to Spanish and French universities. The Virtual Studies Centre Centre d'Estudis Virtuals at the University runs approximately 20 different academic degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in fields including tourism, law, Catalan philology , humanities, psychology, political sciences, audiovisual communication, telecommunications engineering, and East Asia studies.
The Centre also runs various postgraduate programmes and continuing-education courses for professionals. Until the 20th century, Andorra had very limited transport links to the outside world, and development of the country was affected by its physical isolation. Even now, the nearest major airports at Toulouse and Barcelona are both three hours' drive from Andorra.
There are frequent long-distance bus services from Andorra to Barcelona and Toulouse , plus a daily tour from the former city.
Bus services mostly are run by private companies, but some local ones are operated by the government. As of 11 July , there are no regular commercial flights at the airport. Nearby airports located in Spain and France provide access to international flights for the principality. The nearest airports are at Perpignan , France kilometres or 97 miles from Andorra and Lleida , Spain kilometres or 99 miles from Andorra.
The largest nearby airports are at Toulouse, France kilometres or miles from Andorra and Barcelona, Spain kilometres or miles from Andorra. There are hourly bus services from both Barcelona and Toulouse airports to Andorra. This line is operated by the SNCF. The same company also manages the technical infrastructure for national broadcasting of digital television and radio. The first commercial radio station to broadcast was Radio Andorra , which was active from to The official and historic language is Catalan.
Thus the culture is Catalan , with its own specificity. Andorran folk music has similarities to the music of its neighbours, but is especially Catalan in character, especially in the presence of dances such as the sardana.
Andorran gastronomy is mainly Catalan , although it has also adopted other elements of French and Italian cuisines. The cuisine of the country has similar characteristics with the neighbors of the Cerdanya and the Alt Urgell , with whom it has a strong cultural ties. Andorra's cuisine is marked by its nature as mountain valleys. Typical dishes of the country are the quince all-i-oli , the duck with winter pear, the lamb in the oven with nuts, pork civet, the massegada cake, the escarole with pear trees, confited duck and mushrooms, escudella , spinach with raisins and pine nuts, jelly marmalade, stuffed murgues mushrooms with pork, dandelion salad and the Andorran trout of river.
To drink, the mulled wine and beer are also popular. Pre-Romanesque and Romanesque art are one of the most important artistic manifestations and characteristics of the Principality.
The Romanesque one allows to know the formation of the parochial communities , the relations of social and political power and the national culture. There are a total of forty Romanesque churches that stand out as being small austere ornamentation constructions, as well as bridges , fortresses and manor houses of the same period. Folk costume Le val d'Andorre. Grandalla flower, the national symbol.
Santa Coloma d'Andorra. Andorra is famous for the practice of winter sports. Grandvalira is the largest and most popular resort. Other popular sports played in Andorra include football , rugby union , basketball , and roller hockey.
The country is represented in association football by the Andorra national football team. The team gained its first competitive win in a European Championship qualifier on 11 October , against Moldova. FC Andorra , a club based in Andorra la Vella founded in , compete in the Spanish football league system. View Map. Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info. Andorra , E.
Souvenirs and specialty gifts: Casa Danesa has an impressive variety of gifts, toys and souvenirs and nearby Casa Bella is a bit more upscale. Electronics: Electronics are not the deal they were before online shopping and Euro adoption in Andorra. Twice every year, around the end of April and beginning of November, Andorra hosts a shopping festival meant to attract visitors to the stores in the capital.
The draw of these events is mainly steeply marked-down prices, but special entertainment for adults and families , decorations and contests also all help. Shopping centres or centres comercial are clustered on the two main shopping streets in Andorra la Vella, Avenue Meritxell and Avenue Carlemany.
Illa Carlemany and Pyrenees Andorra are the two best-known and most-visited upscale shopping malls in Andorra. Both have a wide range of international luxury and fashion brands, on-site food options and plenty of parking. Ambaixada D'Espanya is meters away, 5 min walk. Prada Casadet is meters away, 7 min walk. Avinguda Meritxell is the longest shopping avenue in the Pyrenees, and is the backbone of the city. For many years Avinguda Meritxell has attracted a large number of tourists, due to its great variety of fashion articles, jewellery, perfumery and electronic goods of the most exclusive brands.
Here also, you can find large shopping malls offering a great diversity of products, as well as hotels and restaurants. Distance Units km mile. Right next to Avinguda Meritxell, Fener Boulevard is home to some of the most exclusive footwear, fashion, accessory, sport and homeware brands around.
Its adjacent parking, restaurants and wide pavements make for a unique shopping experience. However, until the tourism sector in Andorra experienced an upsurge, agriculture had been the mainstay of the economy. Hay , tobacco and vegetables must be irrigated; cereals , mainly rye and barley , are dry-cropped.
Most of the cropped land is devoted to hay production for animal feed. Other farm products include cereals, potatoes, and garden vegetables. Grapes are used mainly for raisins and for the making of anisette. Most food is now imported. Andorran mules are still greatly prized. Cattle, sheep and goats are raised both in the valleys and in some of the higher areas. Prices get even lower and there are plenty of special events organised to keep visitors amused.