Overview of Andorra la Vella


Geography of Andorra la Vella


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Andorra's total geographical area is 468 km². Thanks to its location, right in the middle of the Pyrenean mountains, it is home of 65 peaks of more than 2,500 meters of altitude.

It is an area of ​​steep peaks and narrow valleys, and there are many streams that come together in its three main rivers: Valira del Nord, Valira d'Orient and Gran Valira.

Moreover, the country also homes about 60 lakes, the most important being Juclar, l'Illa, Engolasters and the three lakes of Tristaina.

Regions of Andorra

Though much smaller than most independent states, the political map of Andorra is divided into seven administrative divisions known as parishes. Each parish has its own consul and administrative headquarters, known as the Comú (city hall).

Andorra's parishes:

  • Canillo
  • Encamp
  • Ordino
  • La Massana
  • Andorra la Vella (its capital)
  • Sant Julià de Lòria
  • Escales – Engordany

Climate in Andorra

Andorra's climate is described as "high Mediterranean mountain" type, with variations according to the altitude.

The rainfall is modest (900-1,000mm annual average). They are normally around the sunsets of October to May, except in winter, where snow is more common than rain.

Regarding temperatures, they are moderate in summer (maximum of 24ºC and minimum of 15 ºC), while in winter they fall to absolute minimum levels of - 17 ° C.

Time zone in Andorra

See that Andorra uses the Standard Time (CEST – UTC +2) in the summer months, and WEST (UTC+1) in the winter period.

Geography of Andorra la Vella

Andorra la Vella is located in the country central valley, in the Pyrenees, close to the confluence of the Valira de Nord and Valira d'Orient rivers, which forms the Valira river.

The city, 11km from the Spanish border and 33km from the French one, is located at 1,022 meters above the sea level. This makes places it as the highest altitude above sea level European state capital.

Its highest mountain is "el Bony de la Pica" at 2,402 meters above sea level. Extensive medium-mountain forests, influenced by altitude, and the dominant species is the red pine (Pinus sylvestris), they cover Andorra la Vella surroundings.

Andorra la Vella has 74,794 inhabitants, according to the 2017 census.

Climate in Andorra la Vella

Due to the country small size, Andorra la Vella follows the same climate characteristics as the rest of the country: A modest rainfall between October and May (900-1,000mm annual average) and major snowfalls during wintertime.

Regarding temperatures, they are moderate in summer (maxim of 24ºC and minimum of 15 ºC), while in winter they fall to absolute minimum levels of - 17 ° C.

Update 4/10/2018

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