Hit the slopes
Reliable, high-altitude skiing and tax-free shopping make Andorra ideal for a good-value ski holiday. With 300km of slopes and 183 runs, you’re never far from a ski resort. Each has its own unique feel with Pas de la Casa having the full-on party vibe and Arinsal more laid-back. Perfect for beginners and intermediates especially, it has award-winning ski schools, modern, efficient lifts, and accommodation to suit all tastes and budget.
Heaven on two wheels
Andorra is fast gaining a reputation as a hotspot for mountain bikers, with 200km of trails and two great bike parks – at Grandvalira-Soldeu and Vallnord. Vallnord is the biggest bike park in southern Europe, while Grandvalira, carved into the slopes of the ski resort, is a mecca for freeride, enduro and cross-country. Road cyclists can ride some of the Pyrenees’ most spectacular routes, including the epic climb up to Arcalis – a famous Tour de France finish.
Nature meets history
Andorra has a rich heritage made up of beautiful Romanesque churches, museums and themed routes, with each of the country’s seven parishes offering its own cultural circuit combining local history, nature and Andorran culture. The country is also home to some of Europe’s rarest flora, as well as a variety of wildlife including brown bear, eagles, vultures and wolves. The three beautiful protected areas of Andorra’s national parks are wonderful places to discover this rich biodiversity, with one, Sorteny Valley Nature Park, home to more than 700 species of flowers and plants.
Andorra’s active pursuits don’t stop at walking or biking. Don’t miss the chance to pit your mind and body on the via ferrata or ‘iron roads’. A challenging combination of hiking and climbing, these prepared trails incorporate rung ladders scaling sheer cliffs, awkward overhangs and wire and rope bridges spanning dizzying drops. For another cool adrenalin rush, try canyoning – a mix of abseils, water slides and jumps among the ravines of Segudet.
• Andorra has the world’s longest life expectancy – 85 years!
• At just 80,000, the country’s total population would not even fill Wembley Stadium!
• A co-principality, it has two ‘foreign’ princes as its official rulers – the President of France and the Bishop of Urgel in Spain.
• Peace-loving Andorra has never been in a war in almost 1,000 years.
• Andorra is the only country in the world with Catalan as its official language.