ELS CORTALS D’ENCAMP VIEWPOINT
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This is a viewpoint of the 'bordes' and els Cortals d’Encamp. The 'bordes' were made of stone, wood and slate to store the grass cut from the meadows and to close in the animals at harvest time. The 'cortals', which were a set of 'bordes', were built away from the village and were inhabited by families of peasants from spring to autumn, while they looked after the herds and worked on the fields.
Another variety that can be seen from this viewpoint is the black pine forest, which grows between altitudes of 1,700 and 2,400 metres. A special feature of these pines is that they are trees that grow on acid lands and are capable of surviving extreme cold and heat.
Finally you can see the undergrowth of the black pine, dominated mainly by 3 bush species: The alpenrose, the bilberry and the juniper.
This viewpoint is adapted to facilitate universal accessibility and information. It offers content in Braille, palpable reliefs and QR codes, which offer descriptions in signs language and locutions for people with visual and hearing disabilities in various languages. In addition, its design allows the access of people with reduced mobility.
You will find more information about this and other guided walking routes in the Andorra Mountain Guide.
MORE FUN ACTIVITIES...
We will leave Andorra la Vella and Les Escaldes towards France and the Valira d’Orient Valley formed by the parishes of Encamp and Canillo.
Stay at one of Andorra’s rural houses and bordas, oases of peace a stone’s throw away from the activities you like best.
The Natura Pass is a global pass that lets you enjoy skimo and snowshoeing at any of the Principality’s ski resorts. Get all the details here!
The route invites you to explore eight orris (barns) found at various spots around the parish of Encamp.
This summer, the Grandvalira and Ordino Arcalís 4 Valleys pass is an opportunity to enjoy leisure activities for the whole family over several days.
ROUTES WORTH TRYING...
This medium difficulty route takes us to the Ensagents mountain hut and lake .
The circular mountain bike route 20 Encamp - Coll de Beixalis - Vila - Encamp is of high difficulty.
A route mainly over wide tracks on which we discover the Cortals d'Encamp area
A very demanding route due to length and changes in altitude, but you won’t need any special skills. You’ll go from valley to valley through the mountain passes.