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General Information


General Information


16 - 18 July 2019




Andorra is a country of 468 sq. km. and 78.264 inhabitants, located between France (Ariège-Oriental Pyrénées) and Spain (Catalonia), in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains.

Andorra has a high mountain climate with Mediterranean influences. It also has a high percentage of sunshine and a generally dry climate. The highest rainfall is recorded in autumn, while winter precipitation is mostly in the form of snow.

Most people live in the Principality’s two main towns, Andorra la Vella and Escaldes- Engordany.

Economic development and high levels of immigration in the second half of the 20th century have contributed to the range of nationalities that make up contemporary Andorran society. Andorra is one of the few countries in the world with a higher number of foreigners than nationals: only 46% of the population has the Andorran nationality.

Catalan is the only official language. However, Spanish and French are also spoken.




Andorra  is  a  Parliamentary  Coprincipality.  In  accordance  with  the  institutional tradition of Andorra, the Coprinces are, jointly and indivisibly, the Head of State, and they stand for its highest representation. The Coprinces, an institution which has its origins in mediaeval documents known as Pareatges and their historical evolution, are, in their personal and exclusive right, the Bishop of Urgell and the President of the French Republic. Their powers are equal and derive nowadays from the Constitution (1993).

The Andorran Parliament, called Consell General, was created in 1419. It was then called Consell de la Terra (Council of the Land). There are currently 28 members of parliament who are elected every four years by direct universal suffrage: 14 from a single national constituency and 14 from territorial constituencies.




In 1419, the Council of the Land (Consell de la Terra) was established as the first Parliamentary form with representatives from all of the parishes to deal with the problems of the community.

In  2019,  Andorra  will  celebrate  the Council  of  the Land  600th   Anniversary.  The Council   of   the   Land   has   evolved   throughout   history   and   its   modern   and constitutional form, the General Council, is the Andorran Parliament and is quite similar to other parliaments in democratic countries.

Holding the 71st Conference of the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions will be an opportunity, in the context of the celebration  of the 600th   Anniversary  of the Council of Land, to discuss with experts from all over the world about the historical evolution of representative institutions.



The Parliament will try to ensure that all the meetings take place at the:

Congress Centre in Andorra la Vella (Centre de  Congressos d’Andorra la Vella) Plaça del Poble s. n.

AD500 – Andorra la Vella

Tel : +376 730 005


Website:  http://turisme.andorralavella/ciutat-congressos

Google Maps:




 The Parliament will try to ensure bookings at preferential rates for the participants at the following hotels:


(* * * * *) Andorra la Vella

C/ les Canals, 24

Tel. (+376) 877 777      

HOTEL HOLIDAY  INN (* * * * *)

Andorra la Vella

C/ Prat de la Creu, 88

Tel. (+376) 874 444

HOTEL PLAZA (* * * * *)

Andorra la Vella

C/ Maria Pla, 19

Tel. (+376) 879 444  

HOTEL ANDORRA PALACE (* * *)        

Andorra la Vella

Av. Meritxell, 58

Tel. (+376) 873 601

 HOTEL DE L’ISARD (* * *)       

Andorra la Vella

Av. Meritxell, 34

Tel. (+376) 873 801


Andorra la Vella

Av. Príncep Benlloch, 20

Tel. (+376) 873 601

          HOTEL ART HOTEL (* * * *)         

Andorra la Vella

C/ Prat de la Creu, 15

Tel. (+376) 760 303

    HOTEL NOVOTEL (* * * *)

Andorra la Vella

C/ Prat de la Creu, 11

Tel. (+376) 873 603


Andorra la Vella

C/ de la Roda, 1

Tel. (+376) 873 602


More information about hotels in Andorra can be found on the following website :



The best way to travel to Andorra is through Barcelona (El Prat) Airport, Spain.

There are regular bus services that run between the airport and Andorra:


There is also private transportation available:

Mr. Manel LARA - Tel.: +376 321686 (

Mr. Xavier FOLGUERA - Tel.: +376 321679 ( Mr. Toni ZAMORA - Tel.: +376 323074 (


The estimated travel time from Barcelona Airport to Andorra is 3:00 hours. Another option to travel to Andorra is through Toulouse Airport, France. PASSPORTS AND VISAS


All participants should  check  beforehand if they need  a visa to cross France or Spain.  It   is   recommended  not   to  wait   until   the   last   moment   for  visa applications.

Travelers must hold a valid passport to enter Andorra. Nationals from the Schengen area may use their identity cards. The Principality of Andorra does not require an entry visa.

However, given that the only road access points run through the territory of Spain and France, participants who require a visa to cross either Spanish or French territory must contact the Spanish Consulate or the French  Consulate in their country of origin, and apply for a Schengen visa.

If a Schengen visa is required, we recommend applying for a double-entry visa or a multiple entry visa, in case you plan on going on an excursion outside Andorran territory.




Andorra  la  Vella  lies  1000  meters  above  sea  level.  Andorra  enjoys  a mountain Mediterranean climate, a little bit cold but pleasant, with numerous sunny days (300 per year). The weather in Andorra is mostly sunny in July, with occasional showers in the afternoon. Temperatures could be as low as 10 degrees Celsius at night and reach

29 degrees during the day.

From the end of March to the end of October, there is Summer time (CET + 1 hour).



Andorra uses the euro (€). Most common credit cards are accepted everywhere. Cash can be withdrawn from ATM machines in the city anytime.

Banks are open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 17:00. It is possible to exchange money at the Barcelona airport currency exchange points.




The voltage in Andorra, as in most of Europe, is 230 V/50 Hz. Andorra uses European-type plugs (2-pin). A transformer and an adaptor may be necessary (to convert 3-pin plugs to 2-pin plugs).




The international code for Andorra is +376. Access to Wi-Fi will be available at the Centre  de Congressos d’Andorra la Vella. Internet access by Wi-Fi will also be available in every hotel.




Smoking is forbidden in all public places, restaurants, bars, public transport, etc.




The multilingual website contains touristic and practical information about Andorra.




General Council and Casa de la Vall 

During the 71st  Conference, the Parliament will organize guided tours to the new seat of the General Council and Casa de la Vall (the House of the Valley). Situated in the centre of Andorra la Vella, Casa de la Vall is a central point worth visiting in order to understand the remarkable history and solid institutional basis of the Principality of Andorra.

It is a noble building dating from the late 16th century. In 1702 it became the seat of the General Council.

All the functions of the Andorran government, administration and justice took place in the same building during. The needs of growth meant that other premises had to be used and led to the building in 2011 of a new home for the parliamentary institution. Since then, Casa de la Vall is still in use by the Parliament on special occasions.


Other attractions:

Casa  d’Areny-Plandolit  Museum: a noble house  from the 17th century ( ).

Farga Rossell: a 19th century forge ( ).

Romanesque  Churches,  with  guided  tours to some of the 40  Romanesque churches and monuments in Andorra.

Basilica Sanctuary of Meritxell ( ).

Thyssen Museum ( ).

Museu del Tabac – Antiga Fàbrica Reig ( ).

Natural  Parks:  Sorteny  Valley,  Comapedrosa  Valley,  Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley.

Caldea and Inúu Spa ( ).