Welcome to Andorra
Bustling capital Andorra la Vella is crammed with traffic and duty-free day trippers, retaining just a sprinkle of character in its centuries-old Barri Antic. That's all soon forgotten, though, once you strike out above the tight valleys.
According to local legend, Andorra was founded by Charlemagne in the 9th century. Until the 1993 proclamation of its constitution, this Catalan-speaking minicountry was jointly governed for over 700 years by two co-princes: Spain's bishop of Urgell, and the French president, who remain honorary heads of state.