Roc del Quer viewpoint

ROC DEL QUER VIEWPOINT

The Mirador Roc del Quer viewpoint is one of those places that one never forgets. Not only does it afford views that are etched into one's memory forever, it also offers the unique experience of being suspended in mid-air surrounded by the magnificence of the Pyrenees. It's not surprising that, even though it wasn't inaugurated long ago, it has already become one of Canillo's most renowned attractions. It's open to all, free and an unbeatable spot to take in the grandeur of our small country. Don’t miss out!

What is Canillo’s viewpoint like?

The Mirador del Quer or Mirador de Canillo viewpoint, as many call it, is a 20-metre walkway, of which 8 metres are on solid ground while the other 12 seem to stretch into the scenery itself: this part of the walkway is a platform that is suspended in mid-air, creating the impression that you're levitating above the valley. Not only will the magic of this place make you feel like you're presiding over the Pyrenees; part of the walkway is made of transparent glass, further reinforcing the sense of height.

You're also sure to notice the sculpture at the end of the walkway: The Ponderer, by artist Miguel Ángel González, whose calm and meditative attitude invites visitors to do the same. Sitting on a beam, undaunted, it appears as if the height causes him no fear whatsoever. And in fact, it doesn't: it fills him with strength and confidence.

Nonetheless, what makes the Mirador del Quer truly unique is its spectacular view. The valleys of Montaup and Valira d'Orient unfold below you; they're a vibrant green in summer and a glistening white during the winter. You'll also find a brief description of the surrounding scenery and the geological process by which the mountains were formed so you can better appreciate the view in front of you.

How to get to the Roc del Quer viewpoint

Getting to this breathtaking spot is, in fact, quite simple. Although it's not directly by the roadside, the path that leads there can hardly be considered a hike: The Roc del Quer viewpoint is just 300 metres from the car park and the path is easy and accessible. Just drive 6.5 km along road CS340, in the direction of Coll d'Ordino. There you'll find a car park, which is easily identifiable thanks to the three wooden totems erected in 1991 by Mexican sculptor Jorge Dubón, called “Estructuras Autogeneradoras” (The Self-generating Structures).

The Mirador Roc del Quer isn't the only modern, accessible infrastructure that blends in with the Pyrenean landscape: in the 70s the Basilica of Our Lady of Meritxell was erected just two kilometres South of Canillo. It's devoted to the patron saint of Andorra, Our Lady of Meritxell.

You will find more information about this and other guided walking routes in the Andorra Mountain Guide.

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