Andorra, the Endless Joys of Snow

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Andorra, crowned in winter by its white diadem, reveals its most elegant face and its most sumptuous landscapes. It boasts the largest ski area in the Pyrenees, Grandvalira Resorts Andorra, comprising three resorts (Grandvalira, Ordino Arcalís, Pal Arinsal) with over 300 km of slopes – more than roads! Grandvalira alone offers over 200 km of slopes with 140 runs catering to all levels. This exceptional setting, with its captivating purity, adds to the pleasure of a constantly renewed experience: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, mushing are all on offer.

For those inclined towards freestyle, the area has three snowparks. Families are not forgotten, as children have specially designed circuits in the Kids Forest areas and can engage in activities to share with their elders, such as zip-lining or the spectacular Magic Gliss toboggan with its 555 m descent. Auvinyà is also worth a visit for its evocation of the Middle Ages, even though the buildings were recreated in the 21st century. Then there’s Ordino, home to the Areny-Plandolit house museum: a must-see landmark of Andorra’s identity, nestled in one of the best tourist villages according to the World Tourism Organization, already labeled as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.

Ski enthusiasts can extend their day by skiing in the dusk on the La Solana slope, in Pas de la Casa, and hikers can embark on snowshoeing adventures in the Incles Valley. The darkness offers optimal conditions for stargazing enthusiasts and the opportunity to experience an astronomical and gastronomic adventure at the restaurant Coll de la Botella, at an altitude of 2,069 m. Borda de Sorteny in Ordino offers another unique experience that is worthy of merit, as visitors must reach the refuge on snowshoes or skis. But its spacious terrace with a panoramic view of the valley, its cozy ambiance by the fireplace, and the (seasonal) typical Andorran cuisine reward body and soul alike. Not all stars shine in the sky; some illuminate the eyes of the diners before entering their memories.

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