From skiing to cycling, museums and nature to golf, Romanesque churches to gondola lift… La Massana is waiting for you all year round. Find out about it here!
La Massana parish is at the peak, in every sense of the word, from the quality of its services to its geographical location, as the ceiling of Andorra—the 2,942m high Comapedrosa—is within its territory. But the area is also steeped in history, with many of its customs and traditions still alive today, some with museums especially about them, as we'll see below. Here we describe the highlights of this parish, including its high quality infrastructure, such as the La Massana gondola lift, to help make visiting the main sights so much easier.
Sports in Vallnord, with the gondola lift in La Massana and Arinsal
La Massana, which shares a border with Ordino, Encamp, Andorra la Vella, Spain and France, is synonymous with sports all year round, thanks to Vallnord. Most of the slopes of this ski resort are in the parish, specifically, the Pal and Arinsal sectors. In winter, both the La Massana and Arinsal gondola lifts will take you to the 43 skiable slopes of all levels. Snowboarding, freeriding and cross-country skiing are other disciplines that sports lovers can try at La Massana.
In summer, the activities leave the snow behind and enter the exuberant verdant forests of the parish. Vallnord becomes a Mountain and Bike Park, full of adventure and excitement. And beyond the confines of these facilities, all kinds of activities are available: hiking, canyoning, climbing, cycling, horse-riding and much more. Many of these fascinating routes are in the Valls del Comapedrosa Nature Park, in the western most part of the parish. And for people who wish to enjoy panoramic views without breaking a sweat, there's the gondola lift in La Massana or the one in Arinsal to take them there.
History and popular culture, also in La Massana
Not everything is active tourism in La Massana, quite the opposite! This parish is home to some of the most interesting historic and cultural sites, such as the church of Sant Climent de Pal, dating from the 11th century, evidence of how far back Andorra's history goes. Built close to the church is the Romanesque Andorra Interpretation Centre, which will help you understand this religious architecture and its historical significance.
Beyond its great historic buildings, in La Massana you'll find beautiful examples of traditional architecture, such as “bordas” (buildings for livestock), forges or country cottages, one of which has been converted into the Casa Rull Ethnographic Museum, taking you back in time to discover what life was like for an Andorran peasant family.
If you want more information on the parish, such as details of hotels and restaurants, audiovisuals, prices of the La Massana gondola lift and other services in the area, you can browse this website or visit the Local Tourist Office.
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- Surface 61 Km2
- In La Massana there are 10.359 (2015 census) people, which gives a population density of 169.8 hab. / km2
- Maximum altitude 2.942 m
Minimum altitude 1.230 m