Andorra was founded by the Roman Emperor, Charlemagne in the 8th century as part of the Marca Hispanica [Spanish March], which was a military buffer zone between his territories and the Iberian Peninsula then ruled by the Moors.
At 1,023 m above sea level, Andorra la Vella is the highest capital in Europe. It is a charming city, with a cobbled old quarter, the Barri Antic, Romanesque architecture and beautiful mountain panorama. The city is a popular destination for duty-free day-trips.
Andorra has excellent ski slopes and resort facilities. Once the snow melts, outstanding opportunities for high-altitude walks open up, ranging from easy strolls to demanding hikes.