The Sanctuary of Meritxell is is located in the village of Meritxell, within the Parish of Canillo and in the Principality of Andorra.
Andorra is an independent country with an extension of 181 square miles and more than one thousand years of history. The country is located in the heart of the Pyrenees, in the southwest side of Europe, between Spain and France. It is known internationally by its ski resorts, its trading tradition and its modern hotel infrastructures and services. It receives annually near 8 million visitors. Andorra is also a paradise for nature lovers as 90% of the country is forest territory.
The Parish of Canillo is one of the 7 parishes in the principality. The other six are Ordino, the Massana, Andorra la Vella, Escaldes-Engordany, Sant Julià de Lòria and Encamp.
Andorra is well communicated by highway with both Spain and France. The road accesses are the best routes of communication. On a private car or using public transportation, the arrival to the Principality is done in a comfortable and pleasant way. If you arrive with a private vehicle, we recommended that you plan the route by clicking in the following link:
How to get to Andorra by road By road
If you arrive on a bus (public transportation), there are several regular lines that connect the Principality with the different European cities. In order to obtain additional information, click on the following link (Government of Andorra official website, section “International Regular Lines”; information offered only in Catalan)
How to get to Andorra by bus by bus
Getting to the Principality by train is not possible. However, a good part of the route can be done using the mean of transportantion. The final part of the passage must be done by car or by bus.
RENFE (Spain train system) or SNCF (French train sysstem) can get you closer to Andorra. The closest train stations are L’Hospitalet-prés-l’Andorre, Toulouse, Lleida and Barcelona.
For additional information in regards to train stations, click on the following link: Nearby Train Stations
For additional information in regards to train options (itineraries, schedule, ticket prices…), click on the following link:
There are several international airports in a 200km radio from Andorra. The closest ones are Barcelona, Girona and Toulouse. Just as it happens with the train system, the last part of the trip will have to be done on the road (car or bus).
For a map with the closest airports, click here: By plane
Airport information:Barcelona Airport Girona Airport Toulouse Airport