Our museums, monuments and itineraries will help you to learn about the history and culture at the heart of Andorra.
During your stay in Andorra you’ll have the chance to visit a number of museums and exhibition spaces highlighting culture, contemporary art and natural heritage.
An undisputed highlight among our most iconic buildings, in terms of political history, is La Casa de la Vall, which, in its day, was the smallest parliament in Europe. Today it is a museum that will help you understand how Andorran politics – undoubtedly one of the distinctive elements of this country – are organised.
It is also worth visiting the magnificent Nostra Senyora de Meritxell Basilica, which, in addition to being of architectural interest, is an important religious landmark.
Moreover, you can’t leave Andorra without visiting the Perfume, Electricity and Tobacco museums, as well as the Iron Interpretation Centre. All of these will help you understand how the country’s industry has evolved.
Andorra’s museums also include several ethnographic centres that give you the opportunity to learn about life in Andorra in the 19th century. If you are interested in the subject, you should definitely visit Casa Cristo, Casa Rull and Casa d’Areny-Plandolit. Another way to learn about ways of life in Andorra is by visiting the Margineda archaeological site. Medieval in origin, it comprises a town with five houses from the 12th to 14th centuries and the associated public spaces.
Other interesting museums include the Motorcycle Museum, the Miniature Museum and the Escaldes-Engordany Art Centre, dedicated to the work of Josep Viladomat. Of course, if you love art, you can’t miss the Carmen Thyssen Museum Andorra.
Pre-Romanesque and Romanesque art predominante in Andorra. You can find more than forty Romanesque churches with impressive interior mural paintings and simple yet beautiful décor, mostly in the Lombard style.
The Church of Santa Coloma is one of the most iconic examples of this type of art, and has recently introduced video mapping technology in the apse of the church to improve visitor experience by recreating the original wall paintings.
The wide range of itineraries offered in Andorra reflects the many charms of the different valleys and their heritage elements.
These itineraries are a ticket to the country’s past and offer a more active insight into its culture. Worth noting in particular are the Rural Habitat itineraries, the Iron Route and the Engolasters Hydroelectric Road, which reflects traditional Andorran society with its customs and industry.
Some of these cultural routes are also designed to help you learn about the most distinctive features of each parish.
The wide range of music, dance and theatre events on offer turn Andorra into a cultural hotspot each year. The essential cultural events include the Colours of Music Festival, Andorra la Vella Music and Dance Season and the extensive international theatre programme that runs for several months each year, bringing together the best actors and plays from all over the world.
Finally, don’t forget that in summer you can enjoy a wide range of night-time cultural activities at Andorra’s museums.
For the seventh consecutive year, this July, Cirque du Soleil will stun us with ‘REBEL’, a free show that is one of a kind in Europe.