Taking in the scenery around us is not just a case of enjoying its charm. Some imagination is required to go on a journey through time and understand that what we see now is the product of the passing of time, which has inexorably altered the elements around us, transforming our surroundings. One of the natural wonders in reach of anyone staying in Andorra is its wealth of lakes and ponds with glacial origins. Scattered over the country’s geography, there are over 100 lakes measuring over 1,000 m2 and some 200 ponds at around 500 m2. To discover them is to discover the immense beauty of our mountain scenery.
On these pages, you will find a selection of routes that will take you to some of the country’s most quintessential lakes. Enjoy!
Lake and pond walks
The Llac d’Engolasters is undoubtedly the most accessible lake in Andorra. Located in Escaldes-Engordany, with a surface area of 7 hectares, it is the only great lake in Andorra at an altitude of less than 2,000m.
The Estanys del Juclà, is one of the must-visit routes to explore iconic natural spaces such as the Incles Valley—immortalised in the poem “Canigó” by Father Cinto Verdaguer—from which the ascent begins up to the first lake which holds the honour of being the biggest lake in the country (21 hectares).
The Estanys de Tristaina make up one of the most emblematic lake sites in the country. From the Coma d’Arcalís, you can take in the untamed mountain surroundings. The walk around the first, middle and upper lakes—named after their positions—at an altitude of over 2,300 m, is one of the best-known and most accessible routes in Andorra.
If you are looking for more of a challenge, head to the Cercle de Pessons. Surrounded by wild, rocky scenery, the group of lakes that constitute this circle are a clear example of the role of ice ages in their configuration.
Climbing up to the Estany de les Truites will give you a first-hand experience of the Comapedrosa Nature Park, where the lake is located. All the exuberance of the local flora and fauna will be within your reach. Next to the lake, you will find the manned shelter of Comapedrosa, which, in the summer, offers accommodation and food.
The route to the Estany de la Nou is rather demanding, but it is worth the effort. It is found in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Unlike most of Andorra’s lakes, its water temperature is not icy, as it feeds from the groundwater that runs beneath the area.
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