Activities, sports and leisure Andorra
If the skiers are more numerous in Andorra than the hikers, the country is n & rsquotality of the principality. In addition to its various valleys, which all lend themselves to this activity, the country is proud of 3 natural parks - one of which, that of Madriu, has been classified as a World Heritage site for the permanence of its mountain traditions.
Not less than 5 long-distance hiking trails (GR) cross Andorra:
Globally, most of the routes start in the valleys, and climb more and more steeply through the forest to mountain huts and lakes. No quiet succession of climbs and descents, therefore, but an effort often sustained from the start, followed by a long descent ... The journey times indicated on the signs are quite wide: they rather reflect the time of walking with the bag at the back. Good walkers for the day without their gear will rather take 10% to 30% less time.
The different parishes all publish little local guides free or inexpensive offering a wide range of routes, with mapa de camins (trail map). Discerning enthusiasts will acquire the complete collection of Andorra path sheets published by the tourist office (5 €), well done, which details 54 routes. The mapa de refugis i GR (€ 2,50) will also be very useful to you.
The Pyrenees do not estimate the possible dangers associated with hiking in the mountains. The living water of streams and torrents is generally drinkable on condition that you avoid areas where cattle graze - even if no authority will ever recommend that you drink it ... Otherwise, it is not excluded that you cross vipers on the roads.
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However, you will need to bring a mattress and sleeping bag. In principle, you can pitch your tent if the refuge is full.
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The difféArinsal and Ordino-Arcalis (93 km of slopes).
Each area has more or less defined ...
Everywhere, courses are offered and guides are available for lovers of the great outdoors.
And let's not forget the plethora of related activities that it is possible to practice: heliskiing, ski biking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or dog sledding, descent on inner tubes (tubbing), etc.
When to go skiing in Andorra?
The ski season is April, depending on the weather. But in recent years, the slightly light snowfall has rather seen the last skiers leave at the beginning of April ...
Several days off on public holidays and, of course, during the Christmas, winter and Easter holidays - a period in which, in addition to the French, many English disembark.
Each of the 2 large ski areas naturally offers its own ski pass, valid for all the resorts in the area.
Grandvalira, larger and relatively better equipped, is more expensive. The 1-day pass costs € 52 and the 6-day pass costs € 280, where the pass Vallnord amounts, respectively, to 80 € for 2 days and 216 €.
Good news (for them): those under 6 and over 70 do not pay!
You can also buy a Insurance covering medical costs and civil liability (around € 5 per day) - unnecessary if you pay for your package with a Gold or Premier payment card, these insurances being included in the guarantees. And by buying your package on the Internet in advance, you usually save money.
There are many mateski rental signs that avoid having to carry your gear morning and evening.
The prices in most shops are similar: from € 13 per day for full equipment (skis, boots and poles) or € 80 per week. The prices are a bit higher for snowboards.
It is not uncommon for some shops to require a deposit of at least € 65 per skier.
Other sports and leisure
Apart from hiking and snow sports (see above), many other activities are available in Andorra. You will find details (and ideas!) In the Mountain brochure published by the tourist office.
- Cycling and mountain biking: lovers of you, the cycling guide and its map, detailing the most beautiful passes to climb and accommodation with the "cycling" label. Mountain biking has experienced spectacular growth in Andorra, with one of the most beautiful bike parks in Europe in the Vallnord area and another in Soldeu (enduro, downhill, crosscountry ...).
- Horse: you will find centers above Sant Julià de Lòria).
- Climbing : nearly 200 sites and 3 training walls await climbers, not to mention 16 vias ferratas of varying difficulty. Andorra is also a good ground for canyoning enthusiasts, with 6 ravines to explore.
- March to October, with more or less deferred openings and closings depending on the location and type of environment (lake, river, reserve ...). The day fishing license costs between 3,50 and 16,40 € depending on the location; for the full season, count nearly 100 €.
- Let's not forget the golf course (9 holes in Soldeu and Ordino), the archery, the descents in zipline or summer toboggan (Tobotronc) in Naturlandia and of course the multiple sports facilities (the famous sports centers), all over the country, particularly sophisticated and which impressed us.