Andorra is a tiny principality between France and Spain, well known for it’s skiing and tax haven status that means shopping is duty free.
Andorra la Vella
Andorra La Vella is the capital of Andorra.
There’s something for everyone in Andorra la Vella, capital of the Principality of Andorra. Take a stroll through the historical centre and discover the Casa de la Vall (the former parliament) and the avant-garde modern parliament. If you like Romanesque art, visit the church of Santa Coloma and the Margineda medieval bridge. Nature lovers can enjoy an urban hike at the Rec del Solà or the Rec del Obac or be seduced by the Enclar Valley’s remarkable fauna and flora. Need a shopping fix? Peruse the popular Meritxell shopping area.
Santa Coloma is an Andorran town in the Parish of Andorra La Vella near to the Grand Valira river and 2km away from the capital.
Thinking of booking a laid back city trip? Want to immerse yourself in an unknown European destination – that is nor overrun with tourists? Look no further than this delightful undiscovered gem! Les Escalades offers the very best of both worlds; offering a contemporary urban area to explore and delight in while offering a laidback and chilled out atmosphere that is gloriously untouched by too much tourism!
Nestled in the Vallnord ski area, La Massana gives you one of the more family-oriented ski holidays in Andorra. You won’t find the lively après of nearby Arinsal – it’s a resort for those who prefer a slower pace to their ski holidays.
The town of Ordino lies on the footslopes of Casamanya (2740 m), a mountain which has spectacular panoramic views from its summit being located almost exactly in the centre of Andorra.
The ski slopes in the Canillo sector are perfect for families and beginners who want to come and enjoy their first contact with the snow, thanks to its easy slopes.
This sector can be found in the town of Canillo, a peaceful mountain village without the hectic rush of traffic. It has a cable car that can carry up to 8 people to the Valle del Forn, one of the most outstanding natural settlements.
In winter, children can enjoy Mont Magic circuit and along with adults one of the longest zip lines of southern Europe.
This is where you’ll find the Family Park in summer, a place where you can enjoy a range of activities such as mini-golf (from 3 years of age) and the children’s play area (outdoor play area for boys and girls from the ages of 4-11) free of charge.
Our two favourite things about this area have to be the amazing quality ski school and its safe, enclosed slopes. Arinsal is part of the Vallnord ski area, so you can also explore neighbouring Pal and Arcalis. Beginners will spend their first couple of days on the lower parts of the Arinsal sector, while intermediates can hop on the cable car to the wide, tree-lined runs of Pal, the next valley over. When you’ve run your legs out, the decent après ski scene starts right at the bottom of the slopes.
The Arcalis sector is only accessible via the free shuttle bus from the resort centre. It’s an area known for its relatively empty slopes and good off-piste potential. With free lift passes for kids up to 11 years, an amazing ski school and great slopes, it’s well worth making the slightly longer transfer to get to this affordable Andorran resort.
There’s a pretty big après ski scene in the area, with an almost constant party happening at the bottom of the slopes. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and venues to choose from.