Go Shopping in Andorra
Andorra is many things. It is nature, fauna, snow, outdoor sports, relaxation ...
Yes, I’m talking about shopping. And, although you like shopping more or less, the truth is that in Andorra you can find all kinds of items at very cheap prices. Therefore, many of the visitors usually spend some afternoon shopping in Andorra.
What to Buy in Andorra?
Do not be fooled by the small extension of this country, because when I will tell you how many stores it has, you will not believe it. Andorra has more than 1,500 stores. Yes, yes, you read it well. Besides, all its articles are of the highest quality and you can buy them at the most attractive prices.
Among the most demanded products by visitors you can find:
Cosmetic, perfume and para-pharmacy products.
Technology and electronics
Tobacco and Alcohol
Sports equipment (especially ski and mountain) and sportswear.
Prescription glasses and sunglasses.
Jewelry and watches.
Shopping centers and department stores are the places where a greater number of stores and shops are concentrated. Also, it has many restaurants, which makes it easier for visitors to stop at midday to regain strength and continue shopping.
Among the best-known shopping centers, we can highlight the following:
1- Andorra 2000 Shopping Center: Without a doubt, one of the largest in terms of extension and commercial offer. It is located in Andorra la Vella (Avinguda de Tarragona, 26). It is specialized in food and you can find gluten-free, organic, gourmet and even all the first brands products. It is also famous for its wide range of fashion and accessories, as it has the most premium brands in the market.
Finally, I want to highlight its special electronics section. If you are looking for a good TV, a sound system or a camera, without any doubt, Andorra 2000 will be your best choice.
2- Pyrénées Department Store: This shopping center is located on the famous Meritxell Avenue, in Andorra la Vella. It stands out for its cosmetic and para-pharmacy products, here you will find the best brands at prices that will leave you breathless. It is also known for the number of fashion brands (both children and adults) he has. If you want to wear trendy without paying a fortune, Pyrénées will become your star shopping center.
3- Punt de Trobada Shopping Center – E.Leclerc: You probably already know it, even before you have visited the Principality, and it is one of the most famous shopping centers (and a must stop for your purchases). Here you can find almost everything you want. From food products to cosmetic items, para-pharmacy or jewelry.
It also stands out for its wide range of home furnishings, electronics travel products, glasses, toys, fashion, tobacco, books… If you are looking for a center that has everything, think no more and stop by Punt Trobada, it will be a wise choice.
Shops in the Street
If what you like is to wander around, get to know the city thoroughly and, also, discover the number of shops that are in the famous shopping streets, you are in the right place, because Andorra has a lot to offer you.
Both Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany are the cities with the largest number of shops at street level. You can stroll along the famous Meritxell Avenue, through the historic center of Andorra la Vella and get real bargains in fashion, accessories, and cosmetics. You can also visit the well-known Carlemany Avenue and its historic center (in Escaldes-Engordany), get lost in the multitude of shops and take your favorite perfume or the latest jewelry and watches.
Another of the most important centers of purchases is in Pas de la Casa. Here, you can find products of all kinds: fashion, cosmetics, perfumery, sports equipment … Besides, it has countless restaurants where you can make a stop and taste traditional Andorran dishes.
And we must not forget the smaller cities and towns of the Principality, just as important in terms of purchases. In Sant Julià de Lòria you can buy specialized products in cycling and mountain. On the other hand, if you are looking for material to practice winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding, you can find the best brands and offers in the municipalities of Canillo, Ordino, Encamp and La Massana.
Season of Sales
Andorra’s sales season is one of the most widespread in Europe since they last up to 3 months. We can highlight 2 times of the year where you can enjoy the incredible discounts they offer us:
In winter: From the end of December until the end of February.
In summer: From the end of e June to the end of August.
Another relevant fact that you should know is its comercial hours. Usually, stores open until 8 pm from Sunday to Thursday, and until 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Although holidays, as everywhere, are sacred. Thus, shops close on January 1 (New Year), March 14 (Constitution Day), September 8 (National Holiday of Our Lady of Meritxell) and December 25 (Christmas).
Customs in Andorra
I almost forgot to talk to you about one of the most important things to keep in mind when passing all your purchases through customs between Andorra and Spain. As you know, there is a legal limit of products and my recommendation is that you get correctly inform at the time you visit Andorra of what is legal to avoid last-minute scares.
To give you an idea, you usually cannot go with purchases over € 900. And as for tobacco, one of the most demanded and most discounted products in the Principality, they cannot exceed the carton and a half per person.
Now that you have all the necessary information to make your purchases, you only have to enjoy the best offers in the country and return to Spain with your favorite products.