Andorra, the tiny mountainous country between France and Spain, only recently became a desired tourist attraction. For lack of a better reason, people often feel compelled to visit Andorra just to see what this tiny country wedged in between the borders of two very nationalistic and proud countries is like. The reality is that Andorra is a quaint escape from the neighboring countries. It offers an assortment of sports and activities, such as pristine ski resorts, horse back riding, cycling and trout-fishing.  Its tax-free shopping is also a huge impetus for visitors.

    Up until the 1950s, Andorra had a population of about 6,000. Today, the micronation is home to about 25,000 with only a quarter of the population of native origin and the rest being made up of expats from France, Spain and Portugal. Regardless, The locals tend to be very kind and appreciative, since Andorra’s economy relies on the steady flow of tourism into this tiny country.  

    While some would think Andorran culture would be confused due to its mixed population and its awkward location, Andorrans actually seem to have adopted much more of the Spanish Catalan side than French. Andorrans speak Catalan, the language also spoken in Barcelona. However, locals can also speak Spanish and French. Hardly anyone speaks English. The majority of the population is Roman Catholic. They tend to eat a mix of Spanish Catalan cuisine, such as sausages, cheese, Trinxat (a dish made of potato and cabbage) and Coques (which are flavored flat cakes).

    Until 1993, Andorra was ruled by the Bishop of Urgel, its closest Spanish neighbor, and the president of France.  In 1993 it adopted a constitution and is now a sovereign nation governed by an executive, legistlative and judiciary.