Andorra is the 16th smallest country in the world - all of 181 square miles. Lying right next to Spain and France, this is a great place for you to explore when you get bored of the standard fare Europe has to offer. After all, the Pyrenees are stunningly beautiful - especially when you’re least expecting them! Andorra has a very Europe-like weather - dry and hot summers, and snowy cold winters. However, there is more than enough for you to explore throughout the year, so you have to know the best time to visit Andorra to enjoy the activities you are interested in.
- Best Time to Visit Andorra: April - October
- High Tourist Season: April - October
- Low Season: November - March
- Ski Season: November - March
- All Seasons: April - October (spring / summer), November - March (fall / winter)
- The best time to visit Andorra is between April - October, when the weather is warm and dry. The temperature is quite warm, and the skies are clear, making this the perfect season for outdoor activities.
- The low season is considered to be November - March, as the winter temperatures make the country rather cold and wet, but this is the ideal time for those who want to engage in snow activities.
- Even though winter is low season, Andorra’s ski slopes are the country’s biggest attraction.
Andorra is a unique country surrounded by jagged, high peaks that can stun the most seasoned traveler. It is heavily influenced by Spain in its language and food, which is definitely a huge plus as well! Moreover, not many travelers find their way to Andorra, which means that you’ll have the privilege of boasting about visiting a gem that most don’t even know about. The best time to visit Andorra is the summer, when the entire country is warm, dry, and extremely lively. There are a number of different festivals happening during this season, and you will be able to engage in local life heavily if you choose to travel during this period.
That said, if you can handle the cold, and are interested in snow sports, winter is when to visit Andorra. The country looks absolutely stunning, with the snow-capped slopes. There really is no wrong time to visit the country - you just have to think about exactly what you’re looking to do once you’re here!
April to October — Spring - Summer / Good Season
Between April and October, weather in Andorra is close to magical. The climate is dry and temperate, with little to no rain. In spring, the mountains look spectacular. This is the ideal time for those who want to engage in physical activities as well. There will be some rainfall in the beginning of the season (around April - June), but these won’t affect your travel plans too much. During this season, there is a higher footfall in Andorra, thanks to the tourists that come in from Spain and France during the summer holidays.
- Avg. Temperature: 49 – 78° F / 9 – 26° C (in Andorra La Vella)
- Rainfall: 40 - 120 mm
- Season: Spring / Summer
- Highlights: If you’re interested in outdoor activities, this is when to visit Andorra. The weather is ideal for those who want to go hiking and cycling, and there are a number of trails all across the Pyrenean ranges. This is also a great time to explore Andorra’s historical parts - like the 11th century chapel of Sant Joan de Caselles, the town of Ordino, La Cortinada, Sant Marti Church etc. You should definitely visit Les Escaldes, with its beautiful hot springs, before they freeze over in winter!
November to March — Fall - Winter / Low Season
Andorra’s winters are rather cold, and between December and March, there is a lot of snowfall as well. The snow-clad peaks look absolutely stunning, and the views are the reward for those who can brave this cold. The snowfall is usually perfect for those who want to engage in snow sports, but make sure you check the weather before you book the ski resort. Sometimes, the snow does get unmanageable, and a lot of passes and peaks get shut down instead.
- Avg. Temperature: 42 – 46° F / 6 – 8° C (in Andorra La Vella)
- Rainfall: 7 – 102 mm
- Season: Fall / Winter
- Highlights: To enjoy the best of the slopes, head over the Vallnord, with its exclusive ski resorts. The other popular ski slope (one that is often ignored) is the Grandvalira, where there are shorter ski slopes for those who are new to the game. In fact, Grandvalira also opens a dog sledding track during these months for those who want to be more adventurous. Andorra’s Christmas celebrations are rather quaint and beautiful, and you should definitely pay a visit to Andora La Vella’s upmarket restaurants for a refreshing Christmas experience!