Andorra, a small state located between France and Spain, offers a wide range of activities. This principality is often visited because of the prices that are offered, but is travelling to Andorra just that?
Skiing in Andorra
Skiing in Andorra is a must-do activity during your holiday.
First of all, the most attractive things to do in Andorra are, of course, the ski resorts.
Some of them are even a must!
First of all, the Grandvalira Ski Resort; it is the largest resort in the Pyrenees, and has about 200 km of groomed ski runs. In total, there are 110 ski runs of all kinds.
There are also several snowparks in this ski area where young and old can have fun.
VallNord is an Andorran ski resort made up of three former resorts: Ordino-Arcalis, Pal and Arinsal. It is a ski resort with about 90 km of ski runs and a capacity of more than 50,000 skiers.
If you are one of those who appreciate the human treatment, the good condition of the slopes and the excellent catering more than the kilometres offered by other resorts, Vallnord is without a doubt your resort.
In addition, Vallnord is a 2.0 season, as they say, with free wi-fi access from several points in the season and will be extended this season. Don’t forget to disconnect your data on your mobile when you cross the border if you don’t want any surprises on your bill.
What else can you do besides skiing?
Shopping is the number one activity in Andorra
Andorra has over 1,200 commercial establishments where you can buy everything from the latest fashion trends to the latest technology.
The most prestigious international companies are concentrated in streets such as Meritxell in Andorra la Vella, and Carlemany in Escaldes-Engordany. Sought-after items such as classic alcohol and tobacco and the most exclusive products can be purchased in shops such as the Pyrenees Shopping Centre.
Visiting the villages
Some activities other than skiing are available, such as visiting authentic villages.
First of all, you can visit the village of Ordino. This small village is located in the northwest of the mountain, at an altitude of about 1300 metres. Here you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
A second village is essential to visit, the village of Canillo. It is crossed by the river Vallira, and has two old monuments, the Harnero mill, and the church of San Serni.
Old Romanesque churches
As far as churches are concerned, some are worth visiting without delay. The church of Sant Joan de Caselles, which dates back to the 11th century, and the church of Sant Climent de Pal, which also dates back to the 11th century, but was rebuilt in the 17th century.
Other unmissable visits
There are also some truly unique places to see, such as the Sanctuary of Meritxell, which can be compared to a cloister. It is filled with mirrors, which gives the impression that the rooms are infinite, especially when the light fills the rooms.
The House of the Valleys, once the seat of the Parliament of Andorra, is also a historical monument to visit. It dates from the 16th century and you can see a courtroom on the first floor and one of the parliament chambers on the second. This monument is really unique, so some guided tours are organised during the summer. You just have to go there!
Finally, you can do more modern activities, which do not involve historical visits. For example, the Naturlandia park, which is a unique amusement park. You can see animals, but also games for young and old. You can even go quad biking, buggy riding, or see the Pyrenean bears during a snowshoe walk.
In winter, snowmobiles, snowshoeing, igloo building, etc. complete this attractive offer.
Caldea to recharge your batteries
Finally, the Caldea Spa Centre, which is the largest spa in Europe and also one of the most beautiful in the Pyrenees. You can also take part in nightly sessions of shows on the water.
These are the top ten things to do in Andorra, although there are many others that you should take the time to see. This makes it a great place for winter sports. There are many activities for the whole family:
- cross-country skiing,
- cross-country skiing,
There are large ski areas with miles of slopes. For beginners, you can go to a ski school. For your holiday rental, you can rent a chalet, a flat or stay in a hotel. There are also many other activities for those who don’t enjoy skiing: amusement parks, shopping, sightseeing, …