Meritxell is a small mountain hamlet located on the heights of Escaldes-Engordany. This is where the famous Sanctuary of Meritxell is located, built by Bofill in 1972 following the terrible fire that destroyed it. Today, it is a very popular place of pilgrimage in Andorra. Visitors come to admire the Romanesque statue of the Virgin of Meritxell, which is actually just a copy. However, the faithful followers are not bothered by this, seeing as how she is also adored for being the patron saint of Andorra. The sanctuary is the main attraction of this small village. Of a very eclectic style, it brings together Islamic, Medieval and Roman influences, and even architectural elements from the Renaissance. It is thus a very unusual place and is definitely worth discovering!
There is not much to do in Meritxell itself. Above all it is a place of relaxation. You will need a car to get back to town or to try out the activities available in the neighbouring towns.
Meritxell is a place of pilgrimage. Don't miss out on visiting the huge sanctuary built by Bofill.
The restaurant at the Ermita Hotel. The surroundings are charming and pretty.
Don't criticise Catalan; it was chosen as the official language of the principality of Andorra in 1996 and the residents are proud to live in the first country to have Catalan recognised by the UN as an official language.
Andorran cuisine is a subtle blend of French, Spanish, and Catalan influences. You will discover new flavours upon trying the Catalan specialities. Try the 'boles de picolat' (Catalan meatballs) or the 'rosta'; you won't be disappointed! Most Andorran dishes are simple and made with local meat and vegetables.
Tobacco, alcohol, perfume, luxury products and mass-market goods: everything is cheap.
The L'Ermita is one of our favourite hotels in Andorra. It is ...