Andorra is a haven for skiers, snowboarders and others who flock to the Pyrenees for wintertime activities, but there’s a lot more to do in the tiny principality than hit the slopes with the hordes of others.
Upon arriving in the region nestled between northeastern Spain and southwestern France, grab a room at one of the copious hotels, most have some sort of spa access. The natural springs beneath the town of Andorra La Vella (Old Andorra) provide healing waters for all the city’s spas, plentiful in the hotels.
If your hotel doesn’t have a hotel or shops connected through the lobby, visit Caldea, a hot-springs spa that draws visitors from all over the region for hours of relaxation in the indoor and outdoor salt pools, hammam, saunas, ice baths, Roman baths and more. Pay a little extra for a massage, facial or body treatment.
Andorra is also known as a tax-free destination for shoppers looking to stock up on everything from clothes from outlet,s such as Zara and Mango, to electronics, cigarettes and liquor. Join the other shoppers along Avinguda Meritxell for window-shopping with the masses.
To escape the concrete jungle, head to the hiking paths that caress the city on all sides. Cami Rec de Sola takes strollers past small local farms where roosters crow and dogs hop up on fences for a friendly pet.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
In food capitals like New York City, foodie crazes seem to rise and set as quickly as the sun, but one trend that has endured for awhile now is the city’s penchant for regional Chinese cuisine, and the East Village is home to some of the city’s top spots for sampling your way through several of these regions.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Some places appear better to visit in the winter. For example, anywhere known for winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, will be less visited in the summer because those same people are going to spend their time at the beach or another destination. However, visiting these destinations during the off-seasons can show a side of the city or town that can’t be seen under piles of snow. It’s worth checking out a couple of these favorite winter destinations.