If you’re interested in going to another small country while traveling to a big European city, then might as well go to Barcelona because you can go up north to Andorra. A small mountainous country nestled in between Spain and France, the people identify themselves as Catalan. Due to all the wars and treaties that happened over the years, the country managed to be its on own despite the Catalan people being split in 3 different countries: Andorra, Spain, and France. What’s interesting is that the Catalans will speak at least 2 or even 3 languages depending on where they live in.
Tip: Take a tour up to Andorra from Barcelona. Parking is very limited in some parts of Barcelona that it’s better to have the tour guide and the bus driver take care of the transportation logistics. And usually, the tour will take you to places within Spain and France that many people won’t go to.
Tip: Learn French. I know, I know, that the tip above says learn Spanish but if you take a tour, the guide will take you to the French side of Catalonia before going into Andorra. I remember going there to a French town to look around, eat something, and what I figured out was that some of the people in that town only understood French. No English. No Spanish.
Tip: Learn Spanish as the locals have a hard time speaking in English. I was trying to buy something in Andorra since it’s a duty-free country so I had an easy time explaining it all in Spanish what exactly I wanted.
Was it worth going to Andorra? I guess so – just to say that I went to another country. I can see that during the winter times, it would be worth going north for the snowboarding and skiing the place would offer. I was told that the Spanish would go north to Andorra in the summer in order to avoid the heat plagues that sweat the people in frying their brains. Makes sense to seek cold refuge in the mountains.