Andorra may be one of Europe’s smallest countries, but its reputation as a leading skiing destination is getting bigger and bigger. Nestled between France and Spain in the Pyrenees, Andorra’s ski resorts are ideal for both beginner and more experienced winter sports enthusiasts. Andorra’s four main ski resorts provide a great getaway for families. There are plenty of ski schools to lend kids a helping hand with those first tentative moments on the piste. With a vibrant après ski scene, plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, and the beautiful scenery of the Pyrenees, you’ll quickly see why Andorra is becoming such a popular destination for a winter getaway.
Over recent years, Andorra has attempted to create a more upmarket image. You’ll find luxury hotels here, plus state-of-the-art snow machines and ski lifts. But Andorra’s reputation as a vibrant après ski nightspot has not changed. You’ll find plenty of bars and clubs here to keep you entertained into the early hours - perfect after a tough day on the slopes. Holidaymakers don’t even have to spend all their time on a snowboard or set of skis. There’s plenty to keep visitors of all ages entertained in Andorra. Why not try your hand at ice skating, go-kart racing or a few circuits on a snow-mobile? Book a place on a helicopter ride and you’ll really get a bird’s eye view of the Pyrenees. Make the journey into the capital, Andorra la Vella, and take a look at the historic buildings found there.
If you’re a snowboarding enthusiast, then look no further than the stone-clad village of Soldeu. A snowboarding park has been developed here over recent years and now features a halfpipe, jumps and a booming sound system. Experienced skiers also enjoy Soldeu and neighbouring El Tarter, which are connected by a regular bus service. There’s a selection of blue and red runs here, along with off-piste opportunities.Arinsal
Found on Andorra’s western border with Spain, Arinsal is a lively village with excellent nightlife. There’s a good choice of bars and clubs here which stay open into the early hours. Families also enjoy a holiday to Arinsal thanks to a renowned kindergarten and good offers on the ski lift. There are several carefully prepared runs which are ideal for beginner skiers.Pas de la Casa
Commonly known as Pas, the village of Pas de la Casa is another resort boasting a lively après ski scene. The pedestrianised village centre is packed with bars and restaurants. Snowboarders will feel right at home here with a park and halfpipe to help masters those tricks. Pas de la Casa is also the highest of Andorra’s ski resorts. It usually remains open until the end of April and boasts some huge slopes.
Exploring AndorraVisit Andorra la Vella
If you’re keen to learn more about local traditions and history on your skiing holiday to Andorra, then head straight for the small capital of Andorra la Vella. This tiny town has some fascinating buildings, including the church of Santa Coloma, which dates to the eighth century. You’ll also find the headquarters of Andorra’s government in the impressive Casa de la Vall parliament building.Nightlife
Over the years, Andorra has built a famous reputation for the liveliness of its nightlife scene. If you’ve packed the glad rags along with the skis on your easyJet flight to Andorra, then you’ll find plenty of bars and clubs where you can boogie into the early hours. Those who fancy a quieter way to relax after a day on the slopes can pick a cosy corner in one of the pubs and cafes here. A cocktail in front of a roaring log fire is the perfect way to unwind.Spa treatments
Legs feeling a little sore after a day on the mountain? Never fear. Head to the huge spa complex of Caldea and ease those aching muscles. One of the largest spa centres in southern Europe, Caldea is found in Escaldes-Engordany and has lots of treatments. You can soak in indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, saunas and UVA cabins or book a massage.Shopping
One of the best things about Andorra ski holidays is that you can take advantage of the lack of taxes. You’ll find goods available at much cheaper prices than you would in other parts of Europe. Take advantage of the great deals to stock up on top-notch local products such as wine and cheese.
You’ll have no trouble refuelling when skiing in Andorra thanks to the the scrumptious local grub on offer. Despite being so close to France, there’s more of a Spanish theme to the food here. Expect plenty of fresh seafood from the Catalan coast. Those holidaymakers with a sweet tooth have come to the right place in Andorra too. The favourite desert is crema catalana - a baked cream custard topped with caramel.Restaurants in Andorra
Picture crystal-clear waters, snow-capped mountains and green valleys lying down below. There are few better backdrops for tucking into your dinner. Restaurants in Andorra tend to specialise in the food of the Pyrenees, yet the eating scene here is not simply limited to the local grub. You’ll find menus from across the world, including Asian and Italian eateries.
Whether you’re looking for a family skiing holiday or some night-time fun with your mates, Andorra is a great destination. There’s top-notch slopes here for both skiers and snowboarders, while the après ski scene is among the liveliest that you’ll encounter anywhere in Europe.
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