Andorra la Vella is the capital city of Andorra. The city is located in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain near the confluence of Valira del Norte and Valira Rivers. It was an isolated town until the 1930s when road constructions began. After WWII the city’s population increased rapidly as immigrants of the war sought a place to settle. In 1993, Andorra adopted a new constitution that officially declared Andorra la Vella the capital city. It is located in the parish with the same name and consists of two villages: La Margineda and Santa Coloma.
The population of the city is about 25,000 people spread across an area of approximately five square miles. The urban environment including Escaldes-Engordany and the nearby villages cumulates in a population of about 40,000 people. Andorra la Vella may be the most populated city in Andorra, but it is one of the least populated capitals in Europe.
The old town of Andorra la Vella is characterized by stone streets and old homes. The Casa de la Vell, which is the previous parliament building, was built in 1580 and is one of the oldest buildings in Europe. Other sites within the city include the Plaça del Poble, a public square located at the roof of the administrative complex, and the Sant Esteve Church which is filled with carved woodwork. During the winter, one can visit the Grandvalira Ski Resort and experience skiing.
Andorra experiences the oceanic climate classified as “Cfb” by the Köppen climate classification. The summers are mild while the winters are chilly and snowy. The average annual precipitation is 812.3 inches with May being the wettest month of the year. June, July, August, and September have the most optimal weather. July is the warmest month and the temperature can rise to as high as 39.0 degrees Celsius while January is the coolest month with temperature recording a high of 18 degrees Celsius.
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