Know About Andorra

Andorra is somewhat of a budget version of Monaco or St. Moritz. This tiny principality in the Pyrenees — a mere bump on the border between France and Spain — has set about transforming itself into a playground of spas, ski resorts and shopping malls. The buzzing jackhammers and whirring cranes that are busy building new attractions in Andorra la Vella, the capital, are a sign of the principality’s success in luring increasing numbers of visitors to its scenic valleys.

One of the smallest countries in Europe, Andorra was once a mountain backwater where the main occupations were raising mules and smuggling tobacco. Today, it has one of the highest standards of living in the world. The change has come about because of the country’s status as a tax-free port, its huge tourism industry and its offshore banking facilities.