Nestled in the Pyrenees mountain range between France and Spain is a tiny principality called Andorra. In the center of Andorra, the tiny mountain town of Andorra la Vella is known for its tax-free shopping, stunning mountain views and easy access to winter mountain sports like skiing and snowboarding. Regardless of what time of year you visit Andorra la Vella, it’s easy to stick to a reasonable budget but still enjoy what the town has to offer.
Coffee and cakes at Aussie-inspired Odei will fuel you for a morning of wandering the streets of the central shopping district. Popping in and out of outlet stores of big brands like Mango and Zara can soak up hours of your time but not necessarily all of your cash.
After shopping, take in a cozy mountain lunch at Restaurant Mama Maria, a sort-of cabin-inspired venue with rustic wood adornments that serves everything from pizza to grilled salmon to Catalan favorites like patatas bravas.
Get a bit of exercise after lunch with a hike along the Rec de Solà walking trail. After making it up an initial incline, the path is completely flat and takes walkers along a tiny waterway, passing local Andorran farms. Breathe in the mountain air as you enjoy views of the peaks that surround the valley town on all sides.
When it comes to local, authentic tapas bars in the capital of Catalonia, they can be considered a dime a dozen. There are loads of options to choose from, so many so the average visitor to Barcelona can be completely confused as to where to even begin a search for pan con tomate. But one unsuspecting gem in the trendy neighborhood of El Born features a no-fuss, no-nonsense approach to traditional Spanish tapas, adding an extra touch of authenticity with the homemade cava.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Hotels, airlines and travel companies are constantly looking for the best way to offer guests unique and memorable experiences. One of the latest ways hotels have expanded guests’ cultural exposure is through specialty concierges, or on-hand experts who can arrange bespoke travel experiences for individuals or groups.