Eventos en Andorra

Discover all that awaits you in Andorra this summer

We have no doubt that if you are reading this blog it is because you love the mountains, the outdoors and all activities related to nature. Well, we have good news! Because in summer there are endless events in Andorra. From top-level sporting competitions to concerts, festivals and parties that will liven up the days and nights of the whole family. So we bring you the agenda so you don’t miss any of them.

Trail running for mountain lovers

Mountain running lovers will find many challenging proposals.

– The Casamanya Extrem

This vertical race will allow you to crown one of the most emblematic peaks in the country on 11 June. You can choose between two routes: one of 5 kilometres and a vertical drop of 1,440 metres starting from the centre of Ordino and another of 3.5 kilometres and a positive vertical drop of 760 metres starting from the Coll de Ordino. There is also a race for the youngest members of the family (from the age of 11) who want to take their first steps in mountain races.

– The Spartan Race

The same weekend Encamp hosts the Spartan Race, the obstacle course race par excellence. It is made up of 4 races of different distances where the participants will have to face different obstacles, as well as a Kids Race for girls and boys. The Spartan Race scores points for the European Championships and the village offers activities for all ages.

– Trail 100 Andorra by UTMB

A challenge for the most demanding mountain runners. The event has 4 races of varying difficulty and will start in the village of Ordino, from 22 to 25 June. It is one of the most successful mountain running events in Andorra every summer.

– Merrel Mountain Festival Comapedrosa

The 15th edition of the most classic trail running event in Andorra will be held on 23 and 24 July. The Skyrace Comapedrosa and Skyrace Arinsal are joined by a new competition: the Vertical Comapedrosa. This year the Comapedrosa Mountain Festival will be launched and, in addition to the races, it will also offer activities for the whole family in the natural environment of the Comapedosa Park.

– The Pas de la Casa Crossing

From 12 to 13 August, a new trail running event with three distances (3km, 6km and 10km) will start and finish in Pas de la Casa.

Cycling championships and cycle-tourist rallies

One of the big stars of the summer is cycling, so there are many events in Andorra related to road cycling and mountain biking.

– Naturland Enduro Race

This is a mountain bike race that will take place at the Naturland Bike Center on 24 and 25 June. It is part of the Enduro World Series Qualifier, an international competition that qualifies the best riders for the Enduro World Series. It consists of four timed sections in the La Rabassa forest, with an advanced technical level. There will also be a race for children aged 2 to 14, the Enduro World Series Kids.

– The Andorra Epic Pyrenees

This is a mountain bike race in pairs, in the men’s, women’s and mixed categories. It has 4 stages, a total of 220 kilometres and 7160 metres of elevation gain. It is part of the Epic Series and will take place from 5 to 8 July.

– La Volta als Ports

This is the most historic cycling tour in the Principality. It includes 5 different routes, all starting from La Massana. It will be held on 23 July.

– Vallnord World Cup MTB

The Vallnord Pal bike park hosts this MTB competition which counts towards the UCI MTB World Cup from 22 to 27 August in the Cross-Country, Short-Track and Downhill categories. It is one of the most eagerly awaited events in Andorra by mountain biking fans and attracts a large number of people in summer.

– The Tour of Spain

On 28 August, the Grandvalira Resorts’ Arinsal resort will be the finish of the third stage of the Vuelta, starting from Súria. The following day, the day will start from the Parc Central in Andorra la Vella and head for Tarragona. The Vuelta a España is another of the cycling competitions that attracts the largest crowds, along with the Tour de France.

Other events in Andorra

– Outdoor Trial World Championship

From 16 to 18 June in Sant Julià you can see the best riders in the world competing in two rounds, with Toni Bou as the favourite.

– Ironman 70.3 Andorra

Yes, when we say we have everything, it’s true! The Ironman will take place on 2 July. As in previous editions, the swim (1.9km) will take place in the Engolasters lake, followed by the 90.1km road bike section in which the runners will have to climb the Coll de Ordino. The running section (a 21.1km half marathon) will start from the Parc Central in Andorra la Vella.

Parties and open-air concerts

After the sports competitions in the mountains, it’s time to relax and have fun.

– The fire nights of San Juan and San Pedro

This year the festival of the summer solstice of San Juan could not be more perfect. It’s the perfect excuse to organise a weekend getaway to Andorra and experience its fire night traditions. The whole country, from Canillo to Sant Julià, celebrates it with the traditional burning of the fallas and lighting of the bonfire. If you want to enjoy the fire festival again, you can do so on 29 June in Ordino with the burning of the Mai and its village festival.

– The Escaldes Engordany Jazz Festival

The Sala Prat del Roure, where the festival’s headliners will be performing; the Plaça Coprínceps with the “Jazz al Carrer” sessions, where you can enjoy the terrace while listening to an open-air concert or attend sessions and masterclasses for jazz lovers. This music event has been a reference point since 1984.

– The most authentic Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil presents a new show exclusively for Andorra: FESTA. This time acrobatics take centre stage to commemorate the company’s 10 years of collaboration with the Principality. We advise you to book your ticket before you come, as all seats are numbered. The shows run from Tuesday to Saturday from 1 to 30 July at 10pm.
– Evenings at the museums
The museums organise very special visits in the evenings, with small concerts, themed tours or small tastings of local beers and wines.

These are the events in Andorra that you can attend during the summer months. In case we’ve missed any, here’s the agenda for you to consult.

Whether you come to participate actively in these events or to enjoy them as an audience, you can book your flat in Andorra with us.


Copa del Mundo

Grandvalira: venue for the Alpine skiing World Cup finals

We are getting closer to the date when the best skiers will gather in Andorra to compete in the most important championships in the world of skiing. From 13 to 19 March, Grandvalira will host the Alpine Skiing World Cup finals for the second time in its history. At Els Llacs Mountain Apartments we love sporting events of all kinds, especially when they are so close to home. Our exceptional location, in Bordes de Envalira, just 5 minutes from Soldeu by car and 10 minutes from El Tarter, makes us the ideal accommodation to enjoy the competition. If you are a fan of the king of winter sports, keep reading to find out all the details of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals Andorra 2023.

The 2023 World Cup tracks 

The event will take place in the Soldeu and El Tarter sectors of Grandvalira, on whose Avet and Áliga slopes respectively, the world’s best riders in the men’s and women’s categories will compete for the title.

The Avet slope, in Grandvalira’s Soldeu sector 

The most technical slalom events, with a 210 metres vertical drop, and the giant slalom, with 416 metres of vertical drop, are held on this track. The end of the slope ends in a large skiable platform of 14,000 square metres, which connects it with the village of Soldeu. The platform was built for the first World Cup finals in 2019, with the aim of making braking easier for the participants and offering a space in which to house all the services needed for this type of event.

The Àliga slope, in the El Tarter sector of Grandvalira

This slope is the venue for the speed events: the downhill and the supergiant. The track is 2.7 kilometres long, 60 metres wide and has a gradient of 751 metres, along which runners can reach speeds of up to 120 km/hour. It has a direct finish in El Tarter, making it easy for spectators to reach the finish line and enjoy the competition.

Accredited slopes with a seal of sustainability

This summer, the company that manages the Soldeu and El Tarter sectors of Grandvalira received the “Llum Verda” seal from FEDA, the energy supply company in Andorra. This label certifies that the energy consumed is of renewable origin and that it reduces the CO2 emissions generated by up to 50%.

Competition programme

So that you don’t miss any detail of the Alpine skiing World Cup, here is a day-by-day account of the races that will take place each day on each slope:
Monday 13/03/23: 
– Àliga slope, el Tarter sector: o 10h00 DH Training Men o 11h30 DH Women training sessions – In Soldeu at 19h30: opening ceremony of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals Andorra 2023.
Tuesday 14/03/23:
– Àliga slope, El Tarter sector: o 10h00 DH Women’s training sessions o 11h30 DH Men’s training sessions
Wednesday 15/03/23:
– Pista Àliga, el Tarter sector: o 10h00 DH Men o 11h30 DH Women
Thursday 16/03/23:
– Pista Àliga, el Tarter sector: o 10h00 SG women o 11h30 SG men
Friday 17/03/23: 
– Pista Àliga El Tarter: o 12h00 Mixed Team Parallel (MTP) At l’Abarset, located in El Tarter, the public bib draw will take place.
Saturday 18/03/23:
– Pista Avet de Soldeu o From 9h00 to 12h00: GS men o From 10h30 to 13h30: SL women From 10h00 to 17h00: World Cup Village will be open in Soldeu
Sunday 19/03/23:
– Pista Avet in Soldeu o From 9h00 to 12h00: Women’s GS o From 10h30 to 13h30: Men’s SL o At 13h00: prize-giving ceremony From 10h00 to 17h00: the World Cup Village in Soldeu will be open.

Venue to host the World Championships in 2029

As mentioned at the beginning, Grandvalira has extensive experience in hosting this type of event, having organised European Cup and World Cup events, as well as finals in both competitions. The resort’s next goal is to host the 2029 World Championships. We will have to wait until May this year to find out which candidate has been chosen by the FIS (International Ski Federation). Fingers crossed!

If you want to experience the Alpine skiing World Cup Finals up close, book your flat at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments. In this link you can buy tickets to attend the races.
actividades de navidad

Christmas in Andorra: discover all the activities that are waiting for you

Discover all the Christmas activities that await you in Andorra at this time of year. From the typical Christmas markets, to the giant nativity scene in Canillo, the attractions and the decorations and lights that fill the streets. Everything is ready for the festive season and a host of family activities. 

Christmas activities in Andorra la Vella

If you have already been to the country at this time of year, you will surely remember that Andorra la Vella hosts many Christmas activities in its streets. 
In the Christmas village, located in the town square, you’ll find the traditional market with products from artisans from the principality, an artificial skating rink and the magic post office (ideal for the little ones to send their letter to Santa Claus). There is also a carousel and a little train for the little ones in the old fire station.
The Christmas village will be open until 31 December. 

The life-size nativity scene in Canillo 

Make the most of these days to stroll through the streets of Canillo and discover the life-size Nativity Scene that is displayed throughout the village. On the river walk you’ll find the Three Wise Men, the shepherds and animals await you, and in the church of Santa Creu you’ll be able to see the nativity scene. You will have more time to enjoy this Christmas activity as the figures will be installed until 15 January. 

The Forest of the Menairons 

In Les Fontetes square in La Massana you will find a space where the little ones will have fun with Christmas activities specially designed for them, as well as enjoying concerts and shows. There, they can play to find the 10 Menairons and Menaironas who have come down from their forest and are hiding all over La Massana. You can win prizes!
You can find more detailed information here

Santa Claus parades 

On the evening of 24th December Santa Claus will announce his arrival in the country with parades through all the parishes. The two parades closest to our apartaments are the one in Canillo and the one in Pas de la Casa. Following the Christmas customs, on Christmas Eve the main churches of the country celebrate the traditional midnight mass of the cockerel. 

Start the year with music

Another tradition we don’t miss in Andorra is the famous New Year’s concert. It takes place in the National Auditorium in Ordino on 1 January at 7 pm. It is conducted by the ONCA, the Andorran National Classical Orchestra, which this year will revisit the history of the Vienna New Year’s Concert. 

The Three Wise Men’s parade

And if you are one of the lucky ones who spend the Three Kings’ long weekend in the Principality, you will also be able to enjoy the traditional parades of their majesties. In Andorra it is traditional for a royal page to announce his arrival with a page boy on 4 January. And on 5 January, from 5 or 6 p.m. onwards, the carriages will fill the streets of the country’s seven parishes, so that young and old alike will be filled with magic. Check the timetables

Enjoy the Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Epiphany festivities in Andorra and let yourself be enveloped by the halo of magic that fills the country and that can only be felt on these special dates. If you don’t want to miss any of these Christmas activities in Andorra and experience them with the whole family, book accommodation at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments



Discover what’s new in Grandvalira for the 2022-23 season

The slogan “What winter do you want to experience?” launches Grandvalira Resorts’ new winter season. In today’s post, we tell you all the news so that you’ll have everything ready for 2 December. 

Grandvalira Resorts and the unique Andorra Pass ski pass

Grandvalira Resorts is born, a new brand that brings together all the resorts in the country: Grandvalira, Pal Arinsal and Ordino Arcalís. However, each of them retains its own features and distinguishing characteristics. With the new union, from this season onwards you will be able to ski all the slopes with a single ski pass. The Andorra Pass is the season ski pass to ski the more than 300 kilometres of Andorran slopes, and you can also do so with the multi-day ski pass. 

New snow activities coming up

Grandvalira is planning new activities, one of which will be the creation of a giant ice and snow slide down which large doughnuts will slide. For the moment, the opening date has not been confirmed, although we already know the location, which will be in the Les Abelletes area in the Pas de la Casa sector. It will surely be a very fun activity, as we are used to from the resort. 

Sports competitions calendar 

Make a note of these dates and experience first-hand the great sporting events that will take place in Grandvalira during the 2022-23 winter season.  

– Alpine skiing World Cup Finals

The Avet slopes in the Soldeu sector and Àliga in the El Tarter sector will host the finals of the men’s and women’s alpine skiing World Cup for the second time in their history. It will take place from 13 to 19 March 2022, just 5 minutes by car from the flats. 

– KTM Cup Finals

The fastest skiers in the world will meet on the Riberal de Grau Roig piste on 29 and 30 March. Grandvalira has already hosted several competitions of this type and in 2017 the piste record was reached with 199.56 kilometres per hour.

– Freeride World Tour

Ordino Arcalís will once again host a Freeride competition from 30 January to 5 February in both men’s and women’s skiing and snowboarding. The junior competition will take place on the 5th and 6th.  

Electronic music festival 

Another event that could take place this winter on the Grandvalira snowfields is an electronic music festival coinciding with the dates of the Alpine skiing World Cup finals. We are awaiting confirmation of the event, but if there is a rumor there must be something to it.

Green light label: a commitment to renewable energies 

The management company of the Soldeu and El Tarter sectors has been the first in the country to receive the “Llum Verda” (green light) seal awarded by the Andorran electricity company FEDA (Forces Electriques d’Andorra). With this certificate, the Soldeu and El Tarter sectors guarantee that the energy they consume is 100% of renewable origin. 

Discover all the novelties of Grandvalira in first person with our offer with ski pass and night in Els Llacs Mountain Apartments.


Andorra Shopping Festival

The Andorra Shopping Festival is back

Once again this year the most eagerly awaited event of the autumn is back: the Andorra Shopping Festival. Itinerant shows, open-air concerts and activities for young and not so young are waiting for you as you go shopping in downtown Andorra from the 4th to the 20th of November. 
Today we tell you about all the activities you’ll find at the shopping festival. 

The Andorra Shopping Festival takes to the streets 

Over three weekends a variety of concerts and shows will be held on the main shopping streets. 
On Saturdays from 7 p.m. onwards, after-shopping sessions are scheduled with Andorran groups and singers. Take the opportunity to get to know the country’s music scene while you enjoy a drink in one of the bars in the capital’s old town.
You can also attend concerts held in different venues in the centre of Escaldes and Andorra la Vella on Fridays and Saturdays. There are a wide variety of proposals such as 80s covers, a tribute to Raffaella Carra or British rock covers, among others, as well as DJ sessions. 
The street entertainment will be completed by parades of original travelling shows that will liven up the afternoons and mornings of the weekends. 

Kids at home will have a great time

The Andorra Shopping Festival is for the whole family. So the little ones will also take part in the shopping festival with a host of children’s activities. Families can’t miss the shows aimed at the little ones, such as the Cinderella and Coco musicals. They will also be able to create their own puppets, key rings, snow globes or decorate pencils in the workshops that have been organised especially for them. 

And there are also workshops for adults!

Put yourself in the hands of experts in the express make-up areas where they will advise you with tips and tricks for you to apply yourself in your day-to-day life. Personalise your totebag and give it a new life by changing its appearance thanks to stamping, sewing or trimming techniques. Or create your own bracelet with the help of a jeweller who will guide you and help you to make the most of the artist in you.
And while you stroll and shop, you can stop at the stand of Café el Conseller to have one of their coffee and tea drinks or try their new products, or visit the Andorran producers’ stand to sample some of the products of the Andorran land. 

The gastronomic days also return

The dates of the Andorra Shopping Festival match those of the culinary days where you can sample the dishes selected for the occasion. Andorra’s restaurants offer menus ranging from €30 to €45 which usually have a common local ingredient. Andorra a Taula” starts at the same time as the Andorra Shopping Festival, but in this case it is extended for another week, until 27 November. A new feature this year is the chance to try the dishes in the form of tapas for just €5, accompanied by a beer. 

Art is represented at the Andorra Shopping Festival

As in other editions, this year there is also a place for the performing arts. This time they enter some of Andorra’s museums to perform “De Ferro i Fang” (of Iron and Mud), a work of music and dance that will show you that the natural world and modernity are two pillars that make up the identity of the Principality of Andorra.
This piece can be enjoyed at the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the CAEE, the Motorcycle and Electricity Museum and the Casa Cristo. Admission is free but you will have to book as seating is limited. 

Come and celebrate autumn at the Andorra Shopping Festival and have fun with all the activities programmed while you go shopping.
The guarantee that you will enjoy a good rest surrounded by mountains in a quiet area is on us in our flats Els Llacs
See you there?

restaurantes de andorra

Gastronomic guide for a foodie autumn getaway

Autumn starts today! To celebrate, we propose a gastronomic tour to discover Andorra’s restaurants. You’ll find a wide range of options to suit all budgets. It includes everything from traditional Andorran cuisine to a wide variety of quality international dishes. No matter what your motivation for visiting us is, don’t worry about where to eat, because you’ll find a good restaurant in every corner of the country.  

Delight yourself with the best flavours of the Orient

Discover Chinese haute cuisine at Kao Soldeu, one of Andorra’s oriental restaurants that has gained renown and fame in just a few years. It is very close to Els Llacs Mountain Apartments and is located in the Park Piolets hotel in Soldeu, just 5 minutes away by car.  
Try the restaurant’s best-known dishes, such as Peking duck, the star dish on the menu. Be sure to try their assortment of Dim Sums of all tastes (meat, vegetables or seafood), which you can choose steamed, crispy or boiled. Combine them with pasta and rice dishes to recover your energy after a day of activities in Andorra and leave room for dessert. Check the opening times here

Traditional autumn gastronomy 

In Andorra you can eat well all year round, but autumn is one of the seasons that gives us the most fruits of the earth with which to prepare delicious recipes. If you are a super foodie, don’t miss any of the succulent seasonal dishes based on mushrooms (such as chanterelles, boletus or perrechicos), stews based on game such as wild boar or chamois, or grilled meat or trout. The best way to enjoy traditional Andorran cuisine is in a Borda. Many of Andorra’s typical restaurants are located in these unique buildings where livestock used to be kept, and which have been exquisitely refurbished to become the perfect place to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner. Combine these culinary delights with a hiking route, or you can even go mushroom hunting in the forest. 

Made in Andorra

Delight yourself with Andorra’s products with designation of origin. Taste the cured meats made in the country, the different varieties of cheese, the 100% natural jams that do not lose their fruity flavour, honey harvested 100% in the country or the chocolate produced in Andorra’s only factory. You can also enjoy different varieties of beers and traditional liqueurs, among others. In addition, some local producers also offer the chance to visit the place where they produce these local delicacies. So don’t miss out on a visit as soon as possible.  

An experience for all the senses

Andorra also boasts the production of high altitude wine. There are currently 4 wineries between 1,000 and 1,200 metres above sea level: Borda Sabaté, Casa Auvinyà, Casa Beal and Celler Mas Berenguer. Almost all the wineries offer guided tours of their facilities, which are very popular with wine lovers. 

Restaurants in Andorra to suit all tastes

As we said at the beginning, in Andorra you will find a good number of restaurants, with the option of a daily menu or à la carte, market cuisine, international cuisine, tapas… And also options to suit all tastes, with vegan or gluten-free menus. Eating in Andorra is easy and you won’t have to travel far to find a good place to eat, whether you’re going to enjoy a day in the mountains, going shopping or going to one of the monuments you’re visiting.  

So now you know… this autumn, liven up your getaway with culinary stops and try all kinds of dishes in Andorra’s restaurants. 


In July 2022, Cirque du Soleil is back in Andorra with a new show

By now, you’ve probably heard that Cirque du Soleil is coming back this summer with a new show. It’s called MŪV and it will only be available in Andorra. It’s one of the most eagerly awaited big events of the season, especially because we haven’t been able to enjoy it for two years. So we are already counting the days to see the new production of the Canadian company.

In this article we tell you everything we know about MŪV.


Relive the magic of Cirque du Soleil

Music is the storyline of the new show created by the Canadian company through the adaptation of great pop and rock hits. The story revolves around two worlds that are separated from each other, until one of their citizens decides to bring them all together by using music as a link. The audience will be an important part of the show and will be involved in the plot.

Of course, MŪVwill offer the great performances of acrobatics and impossible pirouettes we are used to from Cirque du Soleil. In this edition we will be able to see break dance and hip hop choreographies combined with skateboarding, aerial pole dance, bungee with ropes, slackline and parallel bars.

And that’s all we can say for the moment!


MŪV’s incredible staging

To make us relive its magic, Cirque du Soleil has an incredible set design that will make you part of the action. The set is inspired by the atmosphere of big cities. The two worlds will be separated and placed one on each side of the audience to end up linked by a circular walkway, on the central stage, creating the sensation that the audience is part of the story.

The lighting is also a very important element of the show’s scenography and will feature lighting reminiscent of nightclubs. The changes of light will follow the rhythms of the songs, adapting the colour, intensity and energy.

The costumes will be in keeping with the staging, with an urban and eccentric style. Each world will be dressed in a different one, with different colours. 


When will Cirque du Soleil take place?

As usual, July is the month chosen to enjoy Cirque du Soleil in Andorra. A total of 22 performances will take place from Tuesday to Saturday, from 2 to 30 July, with a special show on Sunday 31 July.

MŪV starts at 10pm and lasts one hour, although you can arrive early to avoid last-minute queues, as the venue will open earlier and there will be a 1-hour pre-show.


Where can you see MŪV in Andorra?

This year a new covered space has been set up, close to the old one. Specifically in the Prada Casadet car park, in front of the Government building in Andorra la Vella. The venue has a capacity for 5,000 people, both seated and standing. It also has a restaurant area where you can buy drinks and food.


Els Llacs Mountain Apartments with Cirque du Soleil offer

To see MŪV you only have to book our offer with the night in one of our mountain apartaments and the ticket with reserved and numbered seat. In addition to the show, you can also enjoy beautiful views from the balcony of the accommodation. As well as the spa which is included in the price.

Combine your visit to Andorra to see Cirque du Soleil with excursions to the mountains or with the activities of the summer adventure parks. At Els Llacs Mountain Apartments we manage and process your bookings so that you don’t have to worry about anything.


This summer will be very special, because the most awaited show is coming back.

Don’t miss it!


Grandvalira hosts the finals of the Speed skiing World Cup

The finals of the Speed skiing World Cup will be held near Els Llacs Mountain Apartments in Grandvalira. From 31 March to 2 April, don’t miss one of the most eagerly awaited events in the Grau Roig sector of the Andorran resort.

Find out all the details here.


The Riberal piste in the Grau Roig sector

This is the only Grandvalira slope with the necessary technical characteristics to host a competition of this kind. It has a total length of 900 m, with a braking area of 450 m. The starting point is at 2,538 m. and the finishing point is at 2,238 m. It has a gradient of 200 metres, a maximum inclination of 74%, as well as a tower 10 metres high and a length of 18 metres from where the runners start. This World Cup course can reach speeds of almost 200 km/h. In fact, in 2017 the Swiss runner Philippe May broke the track record reaching 199.56 km/h.

Grandvalira has already hosted 6 World Cup events in consecutive years, as well as 2 World Championships in this discipline. It is an official event on the calendar of the International Ski Federation (FIS).


The finals of the World Cup in speed skiing

On March 31st will be a training day while on April 1st and 2nd the direct downhill (SDH) and Speed One (S1) events will take place. 

Full competition schedule:

– 31/03/22: Grandvalira World Cup I & II

o 10h30: Training

o 12h00: Qualifying race

o 13h30: Captains’ meeting

– 01/04/22: Grandvalira World Cup I

o 9h00: Qualifying race

o 10h30: Semi-finals

o 12h00: Finals

– 01/04/22: Grandvalira World Cup II

o 13h30: Prize-giving ceremony

o 14h00: Captains’ Meeting

– 02/04/22: Grandvalira World Cup II

o 9h00: Qualifying race

o 10h30: Semi-finals

o 12h00: Finals

o 13h30: Prize-giving ceremony

You can get there by skiing from the Coma Blanca chairlift via the Menera piste from Grau Roig or from the Pas de la Casa sector via the Pista Llarga on the Font Negre chairlift.


A sport with a long history

The first speed skiing competition dates back to 1930 and took place in the resort of Saint-Moritz, in the Swiss Alps. At that time, the first winner reached 105 km/h (it was not until 1978 that 200 km/h was reached for the first time). Currently the world record stands at almost 255 km/h and dates back to 2016. 


Els Llacs, very close to the Grau Roig sector

Whether you are a big fan of snow sports or you have not yet attended a big competition, this is a good opportunity to surprise you again. 

Take advantage of our privileged location in Bordes de Envalira to book a ski getaway for the weekend of 31 March to 2 April. Els Llacs Mountain Apartments offer much more than other holiday flats. Fully equipped holiday homes with all the comforts where you will also enjoy a jacuzzi with views of the mountains (included in the price of the flat), the possibility of booking massages, transfer to the slopes and a welcome pack with everything you need for breakfast on the first day.


This season, experience the atmosphere of Grandvalira’s big competitions first hand. Choose the flat that best suits you and book your accommodation near the Speed Skiing World Cup finals here.


Grandvalira hosts new European Alpine Ski Cup finals

This year major competitions are back in Grandvalira. In March we will once again vibrate with the European Alpine Skiing Cup Finals. So that you don’t miss a thing, we’ll tell you all the details.


The European Alpine Skiing Cup Finals

From 14 to 20 March the action is in Grandvalira, on the two World Cup slopes Avet in Soldeu and Àliga in El Tarter. So get ready to feel the thrills of the big events first hand. This is your chance to see Europe’s best skiers competing in Andorra.

In recent seasons, Grandvalira has already hosted other alpine skiing competitions such as World Cup events, European Cup events and will host the men’s and women’s World Cup finals in 2019. It is also the annual venue for the Kilometro Lanzado events on the Riberal de Grau Roig piste. And the Snow Park in the El Tarter sector has hosted high-level competitions such as the Total Fight Masters of Freestyle.


The World Cup slopes

The proximity of Els Llacs Mountain Apartments to these slopes makes them a good choice for attending the European Cup Alpine skiing finals. Located in Bordes de Envalira, the Avet piste in Soldeu is only 5 minutes away by car and 15 minutes from the Àliga piste in El Tarter.

– The Avet slope, in Soldeu

It is the first piste to obtain the homologation of the International Ski Federation (FIS). In 2008 Grandvalira hosted its first important European Cup event. It has two technical runs: the slalom and the Giant.   

Thanks to its north-west orientation, it guarantees excellent snow quality. On the occasion of the 2019 World Cup finals, a 14,000 square metre ski platform was built to connect the piste with the village of Soldeu. This section, as well as allowing the arrival area to be extended by 100 metres, is where the grandstands for the competitions are located.

– The Àliga slope, in El Tarter

It hosted its first major event in 2014 with the men’s and women’s European Cup finals. It is the slope on which the speed events take place: downhill and super giant. It is 2.7 kilometres long, has a maximum gradient of 751 metres and its highest starting point is 2,476 metres above sea level. Thanks to these conditions, skiers can reach speeds of up to 120 km/h. Moreover, it is the slope that represents the X logo of Grandvalira. 


The programme of the Europa Cup Finals 2022

The finals will take place from 14 to 20 March and will host a total of 4 events.


– Competitions on the Àliga sector El Tarter slope            

14/ and 15/03/22: women’s downhill training sessions 

16/03/22: Downhill women

17/03/22: Supergiant women

18/03/22: Supergiant men

19/03/22: 2 Men’s downhill training sessions

20/03/22: Downhill men


– Competitions on the Avet slope, Soldeu sector

15/03/22: Giant Slalom men

16/03/22: Slalom men

19/03/22: Women’s Giant Slalom

20/03/22: Women slalom


Future competitions in Grandvalira

We already know that a new edition of the World Cup Finals will take place in March 2023, thanks to the good reception of those of 2019. In addition, Grandvalira has also applied to host the 2027 World Alpine Ski Championships. It is up against other major resorts such as Crans Montana in Switzerland, Garmisch Partenkirchen (Germany) and Narvik (Norway). The FIS will announce the winner in May this year.


Now it’s time to enjoy the European Cup Finals in March, which are about to begin and are very close to Els Llacs Mountain Apartments.

So if you want to vibrate with Grandvalira’s sporting event of the year, book one of our holiday flats.


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Discover all Grandvalira’s novelties for this season

Discover what’s new in Grandvalira for the new ski season. Get ready to ski and enjoy all the snow activities offered by the resort, which will be open from 3 December until the end of Easter on 18 April.


New service to get to know Grandvalira better and better

Grandvalira is expanding its range of activities with Skiguiding. This is a service with an exclusive guide to get to know every corner of the resort. It can be done both skiing and snowboarding. You can choose between two levels: the high level, where you ski down red and black slopes, and the medium level, where you discover Grandvalira on blue and red trails. A medium, medium-high level of skiing is required.


Improvement work on the slopes

Grandvalira stands out for the work it is carrying out to improve its slopes on an ongoing basis to make them better and more accessible. This season, the Cortalet piste in the Encamp sector has been improved to make it easier for beginner skiers. The Port del Pas de la Casa piste has been improved to improve access to the Pas de la Casa sector. The Camí de Pessons piste area has been upgraded to a blue piste.


More ski mountaineering and snowshoeing circuits

Two new ski mountaineering circuits have been created: Solana del Forn and Els Maians, which allow you to reach the 4 highest points of Canillo, Soldeu and El Tarter. The signposting of the 5 existing routes has also been improved. The Soldeu and El Tarter sectors now have 22 km of circuits with a difference in altitude of 4,500 metres.

There are also 5 new snowshoe routes, which, added to the 3 existing ones, make a total of 850 km. and 850 m. of vertical drop, making it possible to do a circular route.

You will also find new circuits in the Grau Roig, Pas de la Casa and Encamp sectors for all levels.


What’s new in Grandvalira for the whole family?

This season sees the launch of Kids World, aimed at children and families. It will include all the services and products of Soldeu, El Tarter and Canillo, and will improve the experience of the youngest ones in the areas of fun and learning to ski with unified and innovative techniques. 

El Tarter also opens the Guineu Funcross, a 675-metre circuit with a 150-metre slope for all ages with fast turns, jumps, dubbies, tunnels and animations. It is located between the Guineu and Tamarro slopes with access from the Llosada chairlift.


Après-ski is back in the resort

After a major transformation and change of location, but without leaving El Tarter, Grandvalira inaugurates the new area where the country’s leading après-ski centre is located: L’Abarset. Now larger and integrated into the surroundings, it will bring together leisure, music and gastronomy.


Discover what will be Grandvalira’s most Instagrammable spot

One of Grandvalida’s new features this season is the new Photopoint in the Les Antenes area. From Christmas you will be able to take your photo next to the 15-metre sculpture formed with the Grandvalira letters and views of the Colells Cirque and the Pessons area.


Note down the dates of the big sporting events!

In 2022 Grandvalira will once again become the stage for major top-level competitions in the world of skiing.

In March, from the 14th to the 20th, it will host the finals of the men’s and women’s European Alpine Ski Cup. You will be able to see the best skiers in the world in action on the Avet slopes in the Soldeu sector and Àliga in El Tarter, near the flats. The competition will cover slalom, downhill, giant slalom and super giant. 

Another of the finals that will take place this season in Grandvalira is the Kilometre Launch World Cup, from 31 March to 2 April 2022 at the Riberal KL in Grau Roig. The track has a length of 450 metres, a difference in height of 200 metres and a 10-metre high tower that allows runners to reach a speed of 200 km/hour.

In addition, the 2023 Alpine skiing World Cup final is already confirmed and Grandvalira is also a candidate to host the Alpine skiing World Championships in 202/. The FIS will announce its decision in May 2022.


If you want to find out all the latest news about Grandvalira first hand, all you have to do is come to Andorra and stay at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments.