HOLIDAYS IN THE MOUNTAINS
When we think about summer holidays, it’s always beach, sun and relaxation. But why not switch up the beach for the mountains? In addition to the good weather, there are loads of outdoor activities that will have you enjoying nature like never before.
We suggest a 7-day itinerary to discover the interesting sights, practice sport in nature, and admire the beauty of the incredible mountain scenery.
So what are you waiting for? Switch it up and enjoy 100% natural holidays in Andorra.
Sant Julià de Lòria
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Start the week with some outdoor activities at Mont Magic Park in Canillo. It is a sector of the Grandvalira ski resort which in summer becomes a giant adventure park for all ages. You can spend the whole day there, choose the activities that interest you most, and eat lunch at one of its restaurants. You’ll love it!
When it’s time to head back, you can stop on the way to visit the Electricity Museum. It is an interpretation space where you will learn about the impact this invention had on the history of the Principality, and you can experiment with electricity at its workshops.
Mon(t) Magic Family Park in Canillo is a park for experiences and adventures with the whole family. Find out about all their activities here
The MW Museum of Electricity is housed in the FEDA (Forces Elèctriques d’Andorra) building and is considered part of Andorra’s cultural heritage.
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On the second day, get ready to discover some alpine scenery and lakes. You can explore the Tristaina Lakes in Arcalís on an easy trail that takes just over two hours, which will help familiarise you with the area’s natural setting.
Afterwards you can do the Verdaguer route, a trail that pays tribute to the Catalan writer Jacint Verdaguer, who toured the Ordino Valley in 1883 to document his epic poem “Canigó”. It is a slightly more difficult route starting at the Creussans chairlift and providing views of singular landscapes and a visit to Creussans Lake.
To end the day, you can get your strength back in the village of Ordino, where the past is reflected in its traditional houses.
Walk this popular trail past three major high-altitude water masses in the Ordino parish
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The tourist bus lets you tour the country in comfort. Route number 2 brings you to some of the best preserved examples of Andorran Romanesque: Sant Miquel d’Engolasters and Santa Coloma. You will also visit Engolasters Lake, the only artificial lake in the country, where you’ll get wonderful views of the capital.
In the afternoon, relax at the Caldea spa centre, the largest of its kind in southern Europe. Its facilities include extensive water circuits and many different options for massages. And if you’re travelling as a family, there’s also the Likids space, exclusively designed for the relaxation of children.
When you leave Caldea you can take a stroll down the capital’s high street, where you’ll find a great variety of stores and shopping centres to treat yourself to a purchase or two.
The Andorra Bus Tour, with 7 different itineraries, will take you to discover the most interesting places in the Principality. Relax and enjoy yourself!
Kids now have their own exclusive spa at Caldea: Likids.
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At the midpoint of your holidays in the mountains, it’s time for an adrenaline rush at the Vallnord Bike Park in La Massana. It offers mountain bike descent circuits to get started or hone your skills. The bike park has different routes suitable for all levels. Vallnord also has the Mountain Park, an adventure park where you can try the Bigzip, descents on karts, the wooden canals, archery... loads of activities await you!
You can get to the Vallnord Mountain Park via the chairlift from the centre of La Massana that leaves you at the base of the Pal Sector.
Vallnord Bike Park is one of the most spectacular mountain bike areas in southern Europe, thanks to the facilities at the Pal-Arinsal ski resort
Vallnord Mountain Park is an activity centre offering leisure, sport and adventure options perfect for the entire family!
This summer don’t miss this fun game of ingenuity for the whole family and prove your skill in the Vallnord's Mountain Park wooden canals!
In the La Caubella sector of Vallnord-Pal Arinsal, there's an area with two zip-lines that descend down the mountainside, along the drag lift.
This summer, challenge your friends to give archery a go at Vallnord Mountain Park!
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One of the most famous valleys in Andorra is the shallow Incles Valley, home to several traditional mountain chalets, or “bordas”, that have stood the test of time. The trail is very easy and you can do it by foot or on the electric train (only in summer).
The valley is also where the trail to Juclar Lake, the country’s largest, sets off. You begin the ascent up to the lake at the end of Incles Valley; the trail is not very difficult and in just a few hours of walking you will arrive at the lake. You can take the entire day to enjoy the beautiful landscape and the flora and fauna you’ll find along the way.
The lake has a staffed refuge where you can have lunch and rest before walking back. The Juclar Refuge is one of the few that offer food and lodging to hikers, so it is a good option for those who want to do longer hikes.
The Incles Valley is one of the most attractive natural sites in Andorra, full of surprises all year round. Discover it for yourself!
The Juclà Hut is next to the Estany Primer dam in the Juclà Valley in the parish of Canillo.
Discover the Valley is the perfect family activity. You will get to know the 6 most important paths in Incles while having heaps of fun!
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Today you have the option to discover the Pessons cirque glacier, one of the most spectacular valleys in the Principality and home to the Grandvalira ski resort. You can get to the valley from the Grau-Roig sector or take the Funicamp funicular up.
Either way, you can do a 4x4 route exploring the area around Cubil Lake or walk the Pessons Lakes trail. It is a long-distance hiking trail that takes 6 hours, but can be shorter if you only want to visit the first 3 lakes. You can hire a mountain guide to go with you.
This summer, let the mountains take you away with Funicamp to intensely enjoy nature and its scenery.
Explore an incredibly unique rocky landscape through a trail along this cirque and pass in the Encamp parish
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A fun day is the best way to end your holidays. You can go to Naturlandia, an adventure park where you’ll find loads of activities like the Tobotronc, the world’s longest alpine slide in nature. You can also experience the habitat of bears and lynx in the animal park or learn about the area’s flora with the guided excursions offered by the centre. Naturlandia has two restaurants where you can get your strength back before continuing with the day’s activities.
On your way back to the city centre, you’ll pass near the Roureda archaeological site in La Margineda. It is one of the most important Medieval sites studied to date in Andorra and in the south slope of the Pyrenees.
5.3 km long with a 400 m drop! The Naturlandia Tobotronc will leave you breathless. It's the world’s longest alpine toboggan run!
Much more than just an animal park. This is Naturlandia, with many more attractions for all the family. Find out more here.
At Naturlandia’s Nature Classroom, you will learn to identify the flora and fauna of the La Rabassa woods, in Sant Julià de Lòria.
Naturlandia park is a leisure area for the whole family: you’ll discover the plants and native Pyrenean fauna at the same time as enjoying attractions for both young and old!
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The Borda de Conangle is very close to the la Rabassa cross country ski slopes at an altitude of 2,000 m in Naturlandia.
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