Contemporary and popular culture coexist in Andorra la Vella and mutually influence each other. Past and present, tradition and modernity, live together here and complement each other. The festive calendar follows the celebrations throughout the year.

Architectural heritage

Street sculptures

Andorra la Vella has, forming part of its artistic heritage, numerous contemporary sculptures located in various parts of the city.

Art galleries and museums

Andorra’s exhibition rooms and art galleries reflect one of the most active sides of cultural life in the Principality.
La Llacuna Cultural Centre is another venue that organises art exhibitions of all kinds.

Cusine

Andorran cuisine has plenty to offer, and is closely linked with its inhabitants' way of life up to the start of the 20th century.

As Andorran society was mainly built around animal husbandry, one of the staples was milk and its derivatives, including cheese of many varieties, such as tupí, which is still made in the region. And, even though most homes had hens and rabbits, the most popular meat was pork. The pork slaughter, normally in December, brings with it a wide range of cold meats, such as donja, bringuera, bulls, llonganissa and botifarra, as well as confit or salted meat.

Game has also always been popular. Jugged wild boar, izard and hare, stewed with wine and chocolate, and squirrel with rice are the most well-known dishes. As for fish, there is the Andorran-style river trout, which is prepared with almonds.

However, one of the Principality's most typical dishes is made with vegetables. Trinxat is made with cabbage, potatoes and bits of bacon or salted herring, in a shape similar to a small Spanish omelette. It is normally eaten in the winter. The main ingredient, cabbage, is also used in another typical dish: escudella. Andorran forests and meadows also offer a wide variety of mushrooms, which make a great side dish.

Many other simple yet tasty dishes could be listed here: coca (a kind of flatbread), chicory or watercress salad, snails, cod... Come and try Andorran cuisine!

Cultural events

Cavalcade of the Kings

Escudella de Sant Antoni

Theatre season

Carnival

Santa Coloma Festa Major

Dramatised tours

Rythms: Music Capital

Andorra at Table

Sant Andreu‘s Chapel

c/ Sant Andreu 16. AD500 Andorra la Vella

Located in Carrer Sant Andreu, the chapel of the same name has a rectangular foundation, its apse is semicircular and the steeple bell tower has a single opening. Although it is difficult to date since it has undergone many alterations, some elements enable one to date it originally to the Romanesque period: the east-west orientation, the pointed arch sited on the south wall, the structuring of the apse wall and part of the nave. Another element that confirms its Romanesque origin is the 12th century reliquary coming from it which is now kept in the Episcopal Museum at Vic.

World Champion by 99 Museum

Carrer Dr. Molines, 38, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Andorra

General admission €10. Admission for children and senior citizens €5
Opening hours:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12pm–10pm
  • Friday 12pm–2am
  • Saturday 10am–2am
  • Sunday 10am–8pm
  • Monday closed (except bank holidays).

Discover driver Jorge Lorenzo's private collection of unique pieces from the world of F1 and MotoGP!

If you love anything with an engine, you cannot miss it. The World Champions Museum includes 27 pieces that belonged to drivers such as Jim Clark, Gilles Villeneuve, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, among many others, helmets from 16 MotoGP and 500cc (the old category) world champions, such as Barry Sheene, Kenny Roberts, Fredie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Michael Doohan and Àlex Crivillé, and, last but not least, a multimedia space, where you can experience the thrill of being an F1 or MotoGP driver with simulators and race videos on giant screens.

At night, you can pay a visit to its themed restaurant, where you can eat and drink to the sound of live music and DJs.

Casa de la Vall

Carrer de la Vall - AD500 Andorra la Vella

Located in central Andorra la Vella, the Casa de la Vall is one of the best-known monuments in Andorra and offers a special perspective of the country's history and institutional system. The building dates from the end of the 16th century, and in 1702, it became the home of one of the oldest and most continuous parliaments in Europe, Andorra's Consell General, created in 1419.
It is open to the public and offers guided tours in various languages, upon reservation.

Prices

  • Standard: €5.
  • Concessions: €2.50 (groups of >10, collaborating entities and companies, foreign students, over 65s).
  • Free: national schools and students, social services, disabled people, registered job seekers, Youth Card holders, under 10s, members of ICOM and ICOMOS, Tarja Magna card, and all Andorran citizens on the first and third Saturday of every month throughout the year.

Opening times

  • May - October: 10:00 - 14:00 & 15:00 - 18:00. Closed on Sunday afternoons and Mondays.
  • November - April: 10:00 -14:00 & 15:00 – 18:00. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
  • January 5: museum open 10:00 – 14:00.
  • Museum closed: January 1 & 6 /March 14 / September 8 / November 1/ December 25 & 26.

Reservations: +376 829 129
museusandorra@gmail.com
www.museus.ad

Museu de Roques geological route

Pl. de la Rotonda, s/n - AD500 Andorra la Vella

This open-air museum invites visitors to walk the streets of Andorra la Vella to see and find out about its buildings' incredible geological diversity. This urban route is made up of 35 information panels with various examples of sedimentary rock and high-quality fossils from Andorra.
At each stop, the panel points out details of the rocks in the buildings and introduces a geological theme.

Santa Coloma fresco museum

2018 is to see the construction and opening of a museum that will be home to a collection of frescoes in collaboration with Santa Coloma Church, which is located just 100 metres from the future museum.
The Romanesque frescoes of Santa Coloma, a set of paintings from the 12th century considered the most representative sample of Andorran Romanesque art in existence, were returned to the country from Germany in 2007. The paintings depict a Pantocrator, originally located in the central apse of Santa Coloma Church, six of the disciples, two friezes, and an Annunciation.

Roques al Carrer

Pl. de la Rotonda, s/n - AD500 Andorra la Vella

Roques al Carrer, the Open-Air Geology Museum is an unusual museum that makes the most of the urban surroundings to highlight Andorra's geodiversity and heritage, through the observation and analysis of parts of our everyday lives; the shop façades of Andorra la Vella, for example, display a huge range of rocks and sometimes even high-quality fossils.

It is split into three parts:

  • Jardí de Roques (the rock garden), located in Parc Central, home to various types of rock that are abundant all over Andorra.
  • The Geological Route, which begins on Plaça Príncep Benlloch and passes through various streets in the parish, where the visitor will see a variety of rocks and minerals used to construct the buildings.
  • The Granite Architecture Route, which begins next to Plaça Príncep Benlloch and passes through a number of the capital's streets. Each stop shows us the characteristics of this architectural trend and its importance in the Andorran context.

The Arc of Heritage

Santa Coloma – la Margineda

Taking as a starting point the car park at Enclar, an itinerary has been designed – The heritage arc – which combines all the points of heritage interest in the south of the parish. The route is around five kilometres, mostly using paths, and can be completed comfortably in a couple of hours, allowing for a relaxed visit to some of the main monuments of Andorra: the church of Santa Coloma, the Torre dels Russos, the rock shelter and the bridge at La Margineda, and the Roureda de la Margineda archaeological site.

Tourist bus

Tarifes:
Itinerari matí: 15€
Itinerari dissabte amb dinar: 29€
Information and bookings: Tourist office (+376) 750 100

From June to September, the tourist bus offers different routes, designed so that you can visit the most interesting places in the country in a pleasant and easy way.

1- Paisatge i romànic
Cada dilluns i dijous de 09:00h a 13:30h
2- Paisatge i hàbitat urbà
Cada dimarts de 09:00h a 13:30h
3- Paisatges i oficis
Cada dimeres de 09:00h a 13:30h
4- Paisatge, llac i energía
Cada divendres de 09:00h a 13:30h
5- Paisatge i tradicions
Cada dissabte de 09:00h a 16:00h (s'inclou dinar)
6- Paisatge i país de muntanya
Cada diumenge de 09:00h a 13:00h

L'Anella Verda

The Anella Verda, or Green Ring, is made up of a set of routes that show us how Andorra la Vella has evolved over the years and how its urban layout has been organised. The Rec del Solà, Rec de l'Obac and other spaces make up the large peripheral strip around the parish. This is an easy walk with little incline, which includes several signposted routes so that you can discover the geology surrounding you and its relationship with urban centres, Andorran Romanesque architecture and the rural scenery.

Nowadays there are three signposted routes.

  1. Agricultural transformation of the valle
  2. Growth and development of the valley
  3. Human beings and their adaptation to natural risks

Guided itineraries are available in summer. Ask the Tourist Office for information.

Historic centre

The historic centre of Andorra la Vella comprises the districts of Pui, Puial, Cap del Carrer, Barri Antic, Plaça Rebés and Plaça del Poble. The historic centre is the oldest part of the city. Its urban structure has not changed with the passage of time, with its narrow streets, little squares and some fine old houses, evidence of the traditional style of building. The historic centre has preserved its personality alongside the growing city.

Today it is the subject of plans to reinvigorate the area, with the aim of restoring the role of the traditional trades. Many occasions in traditional Andorran culture – the intangible heritage which follows a seasonal festive cycle – take place in the setting of the historic centre.

Guided itineraries are available in summer. Ask the Tourist Office for information.

 

Casa de la Vall

Carrer de la Vall - AD500 Andorra la Vella

The Casa de la Vall is one of the most characteristic architectural monuments in the Principality. Built in 1580, it is the old seat of Andorra's Consell General. It is located in the heart of the capital, and is a great example of the beauty of Andorra la Vella's traditional buildings.

 

he Casa de la Vall was built by the Busquets family and purchased in 1702 by the General Council so as to have a seat in which to meet. The various alterations which have been made over the years, above all in the second half of the last century, have only served to increase the beauty inside and out of one of the most representative buildings in Andorra.
The architecture of Casa de la Vall is mixed as it includes defensive elements in a building intended for civil use: the watch tower on the façade, the battlements over the door and the tower built onto it with battlements and arrow slits in its upper part. The door is made in cut stone with a pointed arch and to its right there can be see the old coat-of-arms of Andorra, above it there is the polychromatic stone shield of 1763 and at the point of the arch the coat-of-arms of the Busquets family and the date of building.
The building consists of two storeys and an attic. On the ground floor there were once the stables where councillors coming from the more distant parishes could keep their mounts; about forty years ago, when the house was being restored, this space was allocated for the offices of the administration of justice. Going up to the first floor, on the left there is the Syndic's office, formerly used as a meeting room for the Comú of Andorra la Vella and a school and a library, inside which there are some 17th century murals coming from the church of Sant Romà dels Vilars. In the main hall, the old dining room, we can admire some late 16th century murals representing scenes from the passion of Christ. Originally these paintings covered the whole of the walls in the Syndic's office. From the main hall one can access the meeting room of the General Council at the end of which there is the chapel dedicated to Saint Ermengol with a plank retable and the cupboard of the seven keys in which the most important documents of the Principality are kept and which can be opened only in the presence of councillors from all seven parishes. From the old dining room one can also access the kitchen which was used in the past when the sessions of the General Council lasted more than one day. On these occasions, the councillors also slept in the building in the rooms which had been built in the attic.

Next door to the house there is also a tower dovecot and in the gardens surrounding it one can admire art objects of various periods and several sculptures, in particular "La Dansa" by Josep Viladomat.

Conjunt de Sant Vicenç d’Enclar

The medieval settlement of Sant Vicenç d'Enclar is located on a hill above the village of Santa Coloma, at the foot of the Serra d'Enclar mountains. The site is an open book on the history and evolution of Andorra. From the valley, you can see the fortified church, the oldest in Andorra, dating from the 8th century. It is the only remnant of the area's past.

Although it has been abandoned for a long time and is in ruins, the sizeable portions of wall still upright and the documentation supplied by old photographs and the material brought to light by archaeological investigation enabled the ruined parts to be faithfully rebuilt in 1980. The foundations of the dwelling spaces and the castle built on this site have been preserved.

Thanks to its location at the entrance to the valley and the ease with which it could be defended, Roc d'Enclar was a strategic site used above all between the 9th and 12th centuries by the counts of Urgell to control the passage from the upper part of the country. The southward expansion undertaken by the counts of Foix and their conflicts with the bishops of Urgell during the greater part of the 13th century led to the signature in 1278 and 1288 of agreements between the two lords called Pareatges. In the second of these documents it was laid down and agreed that the count of Foix had to stop building a fortress on this site and also had to demolish what had already been built. This agreement explains to a great extent the few remains which have survived of the walled enclosure and the towers which completed it.

he inhabitation of this site lasted centuries. The material brought to light during the various campaigns of archaeological excavations, which includes a coin and remains of pottery of the Roman period as well as pottery of early Christian, high mediaeval and post-15th century times and coins from various points in the second millennium, all confirms a human presence on the site up to recent times.

The church of Sant Vicenç was certainly built at the end of the 8th or beginning of the 9th centuries; its use for worship continued until the 19th century. The nave is rectangular with no opening other than the entrance door and the door accessing the bell tower, the latter being limited by a stone transom and an arch of irregular construction; the roof is supported by wooden rafters. The apse is to the east and has a square base and a barrel vault roof. It is accessed by the narrower triumphal arch opened in the east wall of the nave. The apse is lit by two single slit windows in the east and south walls. The bell tower, which is not very high, is circular and has a single storey of windows of very rudimentary design and just under the slate roof has seven little horseshoe-shaped windows.

The building of the church followed the demolishing of a previous building, the remains of which are still visible. Around the religious building other structures are also preserved such as hollows for storing corn or a wine vat as well as a sizeable burial ground: 22 tombs hollowed out in the rock and dating from the 9th and 10th centuries, 14 coffin burials from the 11th and 12th centuries and 6 tombs in mixed style. At the time of excavation, the skeletons were found in many of these tombs and some funeral furnishings.

Church of Santa Coloma

Carrer Major - AD500 Santa Coloma

The Santa Coloma Church is a jewel of Andorran Romanesque art, and one of the oldest chapels in the Principality. The nave, built in the pre-Romanesque era, and its unique 12th-century cylindrical bell tower, make up an uncommonly pristine example of the area's history. It is located in the historic centre of Santa Coloma, an unparalleled setting which confers a special beauty to the site.

The church is mentioned already in the deed of consecration of the cathedral of Seu d'Urgell.
The pre-Romanesque church has undergone various alterations with the passage of time, among which one should note the building of the Lombard style bell tower, the restructuring of the entrance door in the 12th century and the building of a porch against the south wall and the placing of a baroque retable at later dates.
The nave, which is rectangular and has a roof supported by wooden rafters, has to its east a square apse roofed with a barrel vault and accessed by an extended triumphal arch. The outside entrance to the nave is crowned by a pointed arch decorated on the façade with a saw tooth frieze. Above the point of the arch there is a block of pumice stone with a sculpted cross. Another pumice stone cross can be seen on the upper part of the east wall of the apse.
The bell tower is a cylindrical tower about 18 m high; it is sited against the south wall of the nave, near the apse. Although the base is circular, the shape changes with the various floors. These are four in number and each has four twin windows (except for the first in which one window is single). On the outside there is a decoration of bands and Lombard arches which frame the windows of the various storeys. Those of the uppermost storey show remains of polychromatic decoration in which the dominant colour is red; under the roof two sculpted human heads are to be seen.
The church contained one of the richest and most extensive series of murals in the Principality.
Apart from the paintings, one can admire inside a Romanesque polychromatic wood carving of Our Lady of Remedy and the baroque style retable of 1721 dedicated to the patron saint of the church. Outside, in front of the church in the middle of the space formerly occupied by the cemetery, there is a 13th century wrought iron cross.

The Creu Grossa

Carrer Bisbe Príncep Iglesias, 2 - AD500 Andorra la Vella

The Creu Grossa is gothic-style boundary cross, situated today a bit lower than originally, close to the old path that linked Andorra la Vella and Escaldes. Stone-built and gothic-style, it probably dated from the end of the 16th or beginning of the 17th centuries.
Christ on the cross is represented on one side, and on the other one you can see the Virgin and the Child. The erosion of the stone doesn’t allow the right appreciation of the sculpture’s details, even though it has preserved its beauty due to the well balanced proportions.

The Roureda de la Margineda

Close to Santa Coloma, to the south, is one of the great archaeological discoveries of the Pyrenees: the site of Roureda de La Margineda. Situated near the main road, high above the plain, the site is from various ages. The most important is an impressive medieval fortification, Sant Vicenç castle, built around 1190 by Viscount Arnau of Castellbò and which was the bridgehead of the Counts of Foix in Andorra until the signature of the second pariatge, in 1288. The archaeological works have not yet been completed, but there are guided tours to visit the site.

The Russians’ Tower

It is a private property building designed by Cesar Martinell, architect who won the Barcelona’s Architects Association award.
Restored in 1997 according to the original plans, it definitely is a major example of the granite architecture. It is probably the first building by a renowned architect. Modernist-style with some reminiscences from the Catalan cultural movement noucentisme, it is built on the property of the American journalist Fiske Warren whose associate was a refugee of Russian origin called Nicolas Popoff.

The bridge at La Margineda

The bridge at La Margineda crosses the river Valira and is part of the highway which went from Sant Julià de Lòria to Andorra la Vella via Santa Coloma. It is the largest and most slender of the mediaeval bridges in the Principality. It is 33 m long and its highest point is 9.20 m. The archstones are in pumice stone so as to keep the structure light and the walls are made mainly of the granite stones known as "valirenques" as they had been dragged down by the river Valira to the very place where the bridge now rises.
At the side of the bridge there is a work by the sculptor Alfaro which commemorated the 2nd Congress of the Catalan Language.

The Romanesque Sant Esteve parish church

Plaça Príncep Benlloch - AD500 Andorra la Vella

Located next to the Comú at the entrance to the old quarter, the church of Sant Esteve is the parish church of Andorra la Vella. The present building is the result of various alterations and enlargements of the Romanesque church, the most important ones dating from the last century. Among these one should note the west door built by the architect J. Puig i Cadafalch.
Of the original 12th century church there only remains the semicircular apse, part of the walls of the nave and a small apse. The apse is the largest and the most richly decorated in sculptures of the Romanesque apses preserved in Andorra; it has two double slit windows and the quarter sphere roof is made of pumice stone. Outside, beneath the slate roof, there is a saw tooth frieze from one side to the other and below this another of blind arches, all in Lombard style; each of the arches is supported by a small table with geometrical decorations.
All the walls of the apse and the presbytery were decorated with murals, most probably of the 13th century, which are partially preserved in the National Art Museum of Catalonia. Iconographically they represent the most elaborate series in the Principality; the fragments preserved represent various scenes from the life of Jesus as well as figurative architecture and vegetable and geometrical motifs. The polychromatic beam which goes from one side of the apse to the other probably dates from the same period and must have supported a baldachin, now unfortunately lost.
Various baroque retables are kept inside: one dedicated to Saint John the Baptist (dated 1707), another to Saint Lucy, another to Holy Christ and the main retable dedicated to the patron saint, as well as the painting called "Quadro de les Ànimes" which also dates back to the 18th century.

La Noblesse du Temps

Salvador Dalí

This sculpture by Salvador Dalí, La Noblesse du Temps, is a monumental work in bronze, weighing around 1400 kilos and measuring 4.9 m high, 1.7 m deep and 2.6 m long.

It belongs to a series of large format works and symbolizes the passing of time. The clockface is set on a tree-trunk and has a crown which represents the dominion of time over humanity. In 1999 it was granted to the Andorran Government by art collector and trusted friend of Dalí, Enric Sabater.
In 2010 it was installed in its current position in the Plaça de la Rotonda.

7 Poetes

Jaume Plensa

This is a sculptural group of seven human figures, referring back to the stylites of Constantinople, and can be considered as a metaphor of the seven Andorran parishes. It is an image of reflection in the midst of the bustle of the city.

"Poets are a key piece of society. They are doomed to fail, because they know they will sell no more than a few books, but they are a source of fertility, like a fine drizzle that penetrates the earth. In my eyes, this long process, like farmers sowing their crops, is hugely valuable" – Jaume Plensa

The group stands in the Plaça Lídia Armengol in Andorra la Vella, opposite the Commune administration building and the new Parliamentary premises.

The internal garden of Prada Casadet

Carrer de Prada Casadet - AD500 Andorra la Vella

Fascina't amb les obres de Paul van Hoeydonk

Opposite the Prada Casadet commune parking place there is a patio, open to the public during the day, where there is an excellent display of contemporary sculpture, the property of Grup Immobiliari Cierco. Among others, we can see Overflow, by Jaume Plensa, Mobili 2001, by Miquel Barceló, Doble Imagen, by Manolo Valdés, and Robot en Suspensió, by Paul Van Hoeydonck.

Casa de la Vall Gardens

Carrer de la Vall - AD500 Andorra la Vella

Near the Casa de la Vall are three sculptures which are closely related with central events in the history of Andorra: La Morisca, by Josep Viladomat, in homage to the New Reform of 1866, the Setè Centenari del 1r Pariatge, by Luigi Terruggi, and the Proclamació de la Constitució, by Emili Armengol.

Other works

From the southern access to the parish, at the Margineda roundabout, where we are welcomed by the sculpture by Andreu Alfaro, 1r Congrés de la Llengua, to the boundary with Escaldes-Engordany, there is a large variety of works spread around all corners of Andorra la Vella. Pieces – among others – by Josep Viladomat, Sergi Mas, Roger Mas, Judit Gasset, Joan Brossa, Neria Aixàs, Joan Canal, etc. Every stroll involves discoveries.

The Sometent

THE SOMETENT
The Sometent was an organisation made up of heads of households whose mission was to defend the parish. It could be called upon by the local authorities if necessary.
All men aged over 16 and under 60 years were obliged to answer the call for the Sometent. Expenses were paid partly by the feudal lord and partly by the council, before a salary was guaranteed by the government through municipal taxes. Each member was expected to keep his weapon (normally a blunderbuss) in good condition at home. This is another significant part of Andorran heritage.

Esbart dansaire

L'Esbart és una associació cultural de dansa tradicional i popular del País i dels seus voltants, que es va fundar el 1981 amb el propòsit de recollir i recuperar danses i tradicions del país.
Participa en trobades amb altres esbarts i grups dansaires, així com en festivals folklòrics internacionals d'arreu del món, cosa que el converteix en un dels ambaixadors de les tradicions d’Andorra.

Gresca Gegantera

La Gresca Gegantera d’Andorra la Vella is an association devoted to teaching, popularising, promoting and conserving the country’s folklore as cultural heritage, both within the Principality of Andorra and abroad, using the giant figures loaned to La Gresca by their owner, the Honourable Commune of Andorra la Vella.

La Consòrcia de Casats

The Consòrcia de Casats d'Andorra la Vella meets on Ash Wednesday. This mutual aid fraternity, which came into being on 21 February 1776, certainly owes its origin to a desire curb up to a certain point the excesses of Carnival. The tasks of the Consòrcia are to watch over the sick, accompany dead members to the cemetery, keep a capital fund to lend out at low interest to members in difficulty and organize Carnival. But not everyone can become a member: you need to be Andorran, married, a householder and live in Andorra la Vella.

Les falles of Sant Joan

The best example of rituals associated with Earth cycles and ancestral beliefs, are, without doubt, those to celebrate the feast of Saint John (Saint John’s day) at midsummer, where they twirl flaming sticks called “falles”.
Midsummer Day bonfires burn in all the quarters of the parish. Often prepared by the youngest members of the community, this festival is without a doubt a unique opportunity for neighbours of a quarter to gather round the Midsummer Day festival cake, muscatel wine, fire crackers and the bonfire for a good part of the night. In Andorra la Vella a group of young people called "els fallaires" light pieces of birch bark, "les falles", and hold a parade during which they swing these around, tied by a string.

Contrapàs

The contrapàs is the traditional dance of Andorra la Vella and its annual Festa Major, made popular in the mid-19th century.
Its name (contra meaning against, and pas, step) refers to the steps of the dance: one step followed by another in the opposite direction to the first. It is considered the origin of the traditional Catalan dance, the sardana.

In Andorra la Vella, it is danced by the Esbart Dansaire, a traditional dance group, and by the locals. It is an old dance that has enjoyed a revival in the capital in recent years, and is at its best on the Sunday of the Festa Major.
The city of Andorra la Vella pays tribute to the dance with a monument on Placeta de Sant Esteve.

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Escudella: flavour and tradition.

In the early 1970s, a group of friends who lived on Avinguda Meritxell celebrating Saint Anthony's Day decided to mark it by offering escudella and meat stew to the neighbours around their shops, as on this day, 17th January, food was traditionally handed out to the poorest people in the parish.

Later on, because of the crowds that gathered, they decided to move the celebration into the centre of Andorra la Vella, first to Plaça Rebés, then to Plaça del Poble. At that point, the Confraria d'Escudellaires association was created, which took over the annual Saint Anthony's Escudella in Andorra la Vella.
Escudella and escudella makers have brought this tradition, now an important date in our festive calendar, into the 21st century.

Ingredients

• Rice 150 g
• noodles 150 g
• haricot beans 100 g
• chickpeas 100 g
• potatoes 1,250 kg
• leek 250 g
• carrots 200 g
• celery 200 g
• cabbage 350 g
• meatballs (*) 825 g
• white butifarra (Catalan sausage) 435 g
• cuts of pork suitable for making stock 490 g
• pancetta 250 g
• beef 245 g
• bringuera (Andorran sausage) 250 g
• bones (beef and cured ham) 135 g
• hen bones 75 g
• black butifarra 675 g
• pumpkin 250 g
Salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, flour and Andorran water
(*) 275 g of pork, 275 g of beef and 275 g or hen

Preparation

1. Bring the water to the boil. When boiling, put in the bones and the pancetta to make the stock (30 minutes).

2. Meanwhile, prepare the meatballs with the pork, beef and chicken, and mix everything together with the garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.

3. Make the balls and put them in the flour. Cook in a separate pan because , if it is necessary to add stock to the escudella, that of the meatballs can be used (1 hour).

4. Chop the vegetables and potatoes. It is normally necessary to keep removing the froth from the stock as it is cooking until all is removed.

5. When the bones have been boiling for 30 minutes, add the beef and leave to simmer for a further hour.

6. After this time remove the bones and the meat and add the black and white butifarra. Leave to simmer for a further 30 minutes more and then remove everything.

7. Add the vegetables and leave to simmer for 30 minutes and add the potatoes leaving for a further 25 minutes. Add the noodles and rice. Leave to simmer for about 15 minutes and finally add the beans and the cooked chickpeas and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.

8. Meanwhile, cut the meat, the bringuera, the butifarra and the pancetta, together with the meatballs, on the same plate where the escudella is being served.

9. Keep tasting the escudella to check for seasoning.

10. Eat, if possible, accompanied by brown bread.

Bon appetit!

Trinxat

Ingredients

• Green cabbage
• potatoes
• garlic
• bacon
• oil and salt

Trinxat is a simple, healthy, easy-to-make dish, usually eaten in the winter. Ingredients from the garden such as cabbage, potatoes and garlic make up this tasty delicacy. It can be accompanied with either bacon or salted herring.

Preparation

1. Cook the cabbages in boiling water for approximately 20 minutes.

2. Once done, add the potatoes cut into pieces.

3. In a saucepan, fry lightly the cloves of garlic. When golden brown, withdraw and fry the bacon.

4. Drain the vegetables and put them in a casserole with remaining frying oil. Mash with a spatula until you get a homogeneous purée.

5. Serve accompanied with the fried bacon.

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