Andorra today is a modern and extensive ski region that has changed almost beyond recognition from the Andorra of just a few decades ago. Once the almost automatic destination for fun-loving skiers and snowboarders in search of a cheap and cheerful ski holiday, lively après-ski, and plenty of duty free shopping, the principality (just 180 square miles) took the decision a few years ago to upgrade its hotels, tidy up loose ends in its rather disparate ski areas, build a whole new generation of state-of-the-art lifts, take its snowmaking capacity to another level, and in general re-invent itself..

It now boasts a 200km connected ski area – Grandvalira – to rival many top European ski regions. The Grandvalira lift pass gives you access to 64 lifts and 118 slopes around popular Soldeu and party-mad Pas de la Casa.

You can take time out from skiing or boarding and spend a day in Andorra La Vella, the capital. Luxuriate in the Caldea Spa with its 25,000 square metres of hot springs, thermal spas, jacuzzis and saunas or browse the city’s many shops for duty-free bargains.

Flights available from Belfast or Dublin.