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Discover mountain biking in Andorra 

Ski resorts aren’t just for skiing! With the arrival of spring in Andorra, a host of activities are opening up for lovers of outdoor sports and contact with nature. Hiking, climbing and canyoning are just some of them… and also mountain biking. The latter combines descents with routes along quieter paths. Whether you are an expert or you want to get into the world of mountain biking, we tell you about the options offered by the mountain biking resorts in summer, to enjoy mountain biking or e-biking.

Grandvalira mountain biking circuits

This summer, explore Grandvalira on two wheels on its 94 kilometres of e-bike circuits, divided into 12 itineraries that cross the Soldeu, Grau Roig, Encamp and Canillo sectors. The circuits are designed for cyclists of all levels, with clearly differentiated routes by colour (as is already done on the ski slopes), guaranteeing a safe and tailor-made experience for each cyclist:

E-bike Circuits:

Green and blue: for beginners, with 30 kilometres of easy routes that will allow you to enjoy the landscape without worries.
Blue and red: for those with some experience, offering 50 kilometres of medium-difficulty routes.
Red and black: designed for more experienced cyclists, challenging them along the most technical trails.
In addition, the station is equipped with facilities for you to enjoy your E-Bike, such as pressurised water hoses and recharging points (remember to bring your own charger). And to make the most of the experience, the resort offers you the Bike Pass. This allows you to use up to 3 lifts between the Encamp, Canillo and Soldeu cable cars.

Pal Arinsal Bike Park

Andorra has the 4th best Bike Park in the world, according to the Red Bull ranking. Its location, in the heart of nature, its tracks and its facilities make the Pal Arinsal Bike Park a benchmark. And for this reason it hosts one of the MTB World Cup races every year.

– A reference point for mountain biking

It has 32 circuits totalling a total of 40 kilometres, signposted according to difficulty (green, blue, red and black) and of different MTB disciplines. It has 24 downhill routes (DH), 2 of which are Wood Park type, equipped with modules, footbridges and other elements. As well as 4 Cross-Country (XC) routes, 2 enduro, 1 Four-Cross and 1 e-Bike.
In addition, you can also practice balancing on ramps and other irregularities of the terrain on the Pump Track.
The youngest members of the family can play and learn in the Fun Zone.
To access the Fun Zone, you will have to buy a ski pass that allows access to 4 ski lifts in the resort, including the La Massana cable car.

Naturland Bike Center

Discover the world of mountain biking at the Naturland centre in Sant Julià de Lòria. This cycling paradise is perfectly equipped to welcome cycling enthusiasts, offering more than 60 kilometres of varied circuits. In total there are 14 routes with different levels of difficulty so that you can choose the one that best suits you. In addition, you’ll find technical areas and jumps designed to test your skills and increase your adrenaline. Whatever your experience, you’ll have the perfect challenge for you in spectacular natural surroundings.

Apartaments in Andorra to enjoy the summer

Open all year round, Els Llacs Mountain Apartments are ideal for you to make the most of every moment of your stay. In summer, nature surrounds you and offers access to hiking trails, mountain biking and road cycling circuits as well as many other outdoor activities.
For your convenience, we have included a variety of services, making sure you lack nothing. Among them, we highlight our cycling room equipped with camera surveillance, to store your bike.
Our holiday flats are fully equipped and designed to comfortably accommodate the whole family, including your pet. Spacious and cosy, they are the ideal place to relax and enjoy an unforgettable holiday. Book your flat in Andorra.

And finally… We highlight our commitment to the environment.

We have received the “Llum Verda” (green light) seal which guarantees that the energy we use in the flats comes from renewable sources. It is more sustainable and thus reduces CO2. This certification is issued by the main electricity company in Andorra, FEDA (Forces Elèctriques d’Andorra).

Enjoy Andorra on two wheels, we are waiting for you!

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Andorra is a destination to visit all year round

Andorra is a country to be experienced 365 days a year, and each season has its own special charm! In spring, nature awakens, in summer the sun and the good weather invite you to extend your days in the mountains, and autumn is ideal to escape from routine after your holidays. And the first snowfalls are the first sign that winter is approaching, marking the start of the ski season.
Each season offers different experiences to enjoy in your own way and with whoever you want, whether you are travelling as a couple, with your family or with friends.
Here we tell you all about it!

Spring bursts out in all its splendour

It is the favourite time of the year for many. Temperatures are more pleasant when it comes to taking advantage of the last of the snow to go skiing before the resorts close, ski touring or snowshoeing. But it is also a perfect time for cycling without getting cold or going for a walk or run in the city or the mountains when the snow is gone.
In May and June, the first sporting events and open-air music festivals begin in Andorra and continue until the beginning of autumn.

The quietest season

Another reason to be a fan of this season is that it is less crowded compared to summer or winter. After Easter and before July, there are fewer visitors to Andorra. You’ll be able to stroll and go shopping at your leisure, and you won’t have to stress about booking a table in one of the country’s busiest restaurants. But what’s more, if you get away in spring, you’ll enjoy better prices 😉. Book your spring break on our website and benefit from an extra 10% discount.

In summer you won’t stop!

Parties, festivals and outdoor activities, as well as trail running, road cycling and mountain biking competitions are always on the agenda – check out the events calendar to make sure you don’t miss a thing!
The word that best defines summer in Andorra is: active. These are the days to pack your backpack and go hiking. It doesn’t matter if you climb a peak or reach a lake: nothing compares to having breakfast or lunch surrounded by the sounds of nature. In Andorra, you’ll find hiking trails available for all levels and with durations that are affordable for everyone.

Much more than hiking

You can also set aside a day for the endless activities in the heart of nature offered by the ski resorts during the summer months, perfect for children, without forgetting to make time for culture! Summer gives you the chance to visit the Romanesque churches that are only open at this time of year, or to attend museum nights with small concerts, performances and cultural routes.
And to round off the summer season: an essential part of your visit is a sunset over the mountains from one of Andorra’s viewpoints, an impressive souvenir to take home with you!

Autumn is all about colours, flavours and lots of shopping

During this time of year, getaways to make the most of the weekends and long weekends in autumn are commonplace. Temperatures are still pleasant and there are enough daylight hours to stroll through the streets of the country and have a drink on the terraces.
At the end of September, nature begins its transformation and changes its colour palette from green to ochre, orange and reddish tones. Undoubtedly, a visual spectacle that captivates everyone who sees it.

The shopping festival

In November, the Andorra Shopping Festival is held, a festival for shopping lovers. During the weekends, in the country’s shopping centre you can attend live performances, travelling shows, as well as take advantage of discounts and special promotions. This is the time to get ready for the coming winter season and renew your ski equipment.
For foodies, Andorra Taula is also here, the country’s culinary days whose proposals will delight you 😉.

And then comes the star season of the year: winter.

Skiing, snowboarding and snow activities are the things to look forward to in December in Andorra. This season is synonymous not only with snow sports, but also with celebrations. Christmas, New Year and Epiphany festivities fill the streets with a festive spirit. Lights, Christmas markets and decorations create a magical atmosphere, ideal for enjoying with family or friends. In winter Andorra also celebrates Carnival, a great opportunity to discover local traditions and the much-desired Valentine’s Day.

The après-ski in Andorra

Of course, no snow day is complete without après-ski. A tradition that turns afternoons and evenings into moments of relaxation and entertainment. Andorra offers a wide variety of options.

Plans to do 365 days a year

In Andorra you’ll find activities to enjoy all year round. From shopping in its commercial hubs, to visiting museums that tell the story of the country’s history and culture, to relaxing or having fun in Caldea. Ice skating is an option at any time of year, while visiting the picturesque Andorran villages allows you to discover the rustic charm of the Pyrenees. Each activity offers a unique experience, making Andorra the perfect place for those looking for variety and charm all year round.

Year-round accommodation

Els Llacs Mountain Apartments are also for year-round enjoyment and the pace of the plans Andorra has to offer. They are located in Bordes de Envalira, just 2 minutes from Soldeu by car and opposite the Grandvalira ski resort. Here you will feel at home, in holiday flats that stand out for their uniqueness and are fully equipped with all the comforts you can imagine. We also have a children’s mini-club and a spa, so that everyone can make the most of their holidays in Andorra, whether in summer or winter.
Get ready for adventure and book your flat in Andorra!

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Andorra: the ideal destination for a holiday in the mountains with your dog

Discover a dog-friendly hike with your dog in Andorra!
If you’re a lover of outdoor activities and you also have a loyal four-legged friend, then you can’t miss hiking with your dog in Andorra. The country offers a unique and diverse natural environment, where both you and your furry companion will enjoy yourselves to the full.

Dog-friendly hikes in Andorra

Andorra has a large number of trails and paths that are perfect for walking with your dog. From quiet walks in the forest to more demanding excursions in the mountains. There are options for all levels and tastes: inform yourself thoroughly before starting a hike and choose one that suits your physical condition. It is also important to be properly equipped with mountain clothing and footwear, a hat, sun cream and good hydration. Remember to keep your dog on a leash at all times.
Here is an itinerary that you can do well with the whole family.

Excursion to the Estanyó Lake

The hike starts in the Sorteny nature park in the Ordino biosphere reserve, the starting point for this and other hikes.
From the information hut you will have to climb almost to the top of the Borda De Sorteny refuge. On this first stretch you will come across the sculpture commemorating the stripagecs, by the Andorran artist Pere Moles. Five 8-metre-high figures recreate the iron bars that were once placed on the windows of houses to protect them from thieves. Right next to it you’ll find a small botanical garden with some of the species found in the park. If you take the route with your dog and your children, they will enjoy learning the names of the plants and flowers.
As we said, you have to continue until you almost reach the refuge, which is open in summer and has a restaurant service (if you are interested in staying for lunch, we recommend that you make a reservation beforehand). A little further on you will find a turning on the right that shows you the way to the Estanyó lake. First there is a short descent to the river and then a path that climbs up through the forest. This is the steepest climb of the entire route, with about 200 metres of ascent. Once you leave the trees behind, the path is gentler and follows the river upwards until you reach the lake.
It takes about 2 hours one way and 2 hours return, with a moderate difficulty.
To get to the Sorteny park, you have to go to the parish of Ordino. In the summer months the car park is payable from 8.30 am (€4). If you arrive before that time, you can park for free and avoid the hottest hours of the day.

Pet-friendly flats

After enjoying this trail with your dog, you’ll need a comfortable and cosy place to rest. In our spacious and comfortable flats we welcome guests with pets, where you can relax and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.
In this article you will find tips for enjoying the mountains with your dog and the information you need to know about travelling to Andorra with a pet. Please note that we apply a surcharge of €10 per pet per night.

There’s no better way to enjoy a holiday than doing what you love with your pet. So don’t think twice, get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Andorra! Explore its wonderful routes, admire its natural beauty and stay in pet-friendly flats to enjoy a perfect stay. Your dog will thank you and you’ll have unforgettable moments together, so pack your bags!

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Adventure Parks in Andorra

The perfect way to end the month of August is to visit Andorra’s adventure parks. Are you up for it?
In this article we tell you what you can find and what dates the Mon(t) Magic and Vallpark of Grandvalira Resorts and Naturland will be open until.

The adventure park closest to the apartments

Located in the Canillo sector of Grandvalira, it is a family park surrounded by mountains and nature that offers leisure activities for all members of the family. The activities are classified by age.
Its facilities include a 550-metre zip line that can reach up to 80 km/hour, with the possibility of flying over the lake in tandem with your child. The Magic Gliss is a spectacular two-seater slide 550 metres down and 180 metres up, which will become an even more exciting experience with the augmented reality glasses. The BigAirbag is a platform where you can free fall.
Complete your summer activities in Andorra with trampolines, acrojump, archery and mini-golf. There are also proposals for exploring nature such as an escape room and a hiking route adapted for all the family to discover the legends and fantastic characters of Andorra.
In the park you will also find a lake, El Forn, which contrasts with the surroundings and offers a peaceful environment for water activities in a comfortable and safe way.
It is open every day until 24 September, from 10am to 6pm, and has different types of entrance.
No doubt, it is a place with exciting attractions that will surprise you.

More attractions to end the summer in style

To get to the Mountain Park you will have to go to La Massana and from there either take the cable car (included in the ticket price) or drive up to the Pal sector. In summer, the Mountain Park offers activities for children from 6 to 16 years old, as well as activities for adults in the heart of nature. In the Peque Park children will enjoy inflatables, slides, climbing walls, ball pool and more, all in the open air. Other activities in which they will have a great time are tubbing or jumping, where they can jump to a great height and even do somersaults in the air, and the children’s zip line. They will also be able to explore nature and the environment through orienteering circuits or a labyrinth. For mums and dads, there are exciting activities such as the Big Zip, a 338-metre zip line 28 metres above the ground. Other great attractions include the go-karting circuit, buggy rides and summer retracks.
The Mountain Park is an incredible adventure that awaits you in Andorra if you want to have as much fun as possible during your holidays with the whole family.
It is open until 11 September.

Downhills, jumps and circuits for mountain biking enthusiasts

The resort also has a Bike Park in Pal. It has 40 kilometres and 32 different circuits for practising different mountain biking disciplines with your mountain bike. Two of them are equipped with modules, there are also descents, others for Cross-Country, Enduro and Four Cross. It also has routes for e-Bikes and for children.
The Pal Arinsal Bike Park is considered to be the 4th best in the world and hosts the MTB World Cup events (In this article you can consult the agenda of the major competitions in Andorra).
Open every day until 11 September, from 10h00 to 18h30. From 16 September to 8 October, only on weekends and for the Pilar long weekend it will be open from 12 to 15 October from 10am to 5pm.

Family fun continues in Sant Julià de Lòria

Naturland is the third open-air adventure park which, like the first two, also offers a wide range of activities for the whole family. It is located in the Rabassa forest, in the parish of Sant Julià de Lòria. It is divided into two completely separate areas, but with a common factor: nature. The first area, located at an altitude of 1600 metres, has an esplanade where the centre’s main activities take place. The other area, located at 2000 metres, is an area designed to encourage activities in the heart of nature and is the starting point for some guided hiking routes. In addition, you will also find the Naturland Bicycle Centre and the equestrian centre, among others.
In summer it is open until 3 September every day from 10am to 6pm. From 9 September to 26 November it is only open on weekends and public holidays. From the December long weekend onwards it will offer winter activities.

There’s still time to enjoy Andorra’s adventure parks and outdoor activities. Do you know them all?

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Andorra’s Natural Parks: a haven of biodiversity in the Pyrenees

Join us on a tour of Andorra’s three natural parks that will make you fall madly in love with nature.

The Madriu Perafita and Claror Valley

This is the first on our list of natural parks. This impressive area was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004. It covers 4,247 hectares, which represents 10% of the country’s total territory, and it spreads over the parishes of Encamp, Andorra la Vella, Sant Julià de Lòria and Escaldes-Engordany. Here, nature is intertwined with history and culture, creating a unique landscape. Explore the trails that cross ancient shepherds’ paths and let yourself be captivated by the landscapes of mountains and green meadows.
As natural attractions you can enjoy peaks such as the Portella, the highest in the park (2905 m.) or the Pic Negre. There are around thirty lakes, such as l’Illa, the second largest in Andorra, and Montmalús. The park is also home to 70% of the Principality’s flora and fauna species.
On the other hand, the cultural heritage in this area preserves vestiges of the traditional life of the inhabitants of Andorra. Such as old stone huts, orris (shepherds’ huts) and ancestral paths. Not surprisingly, it has been recognised as a treasure.
Finally, here’s a curious fact: thanks to the Madriu river, 15% of the country’s electricity is produced and it supplies drinking water to 20% of the population.

The Comapedrosa Natural Park

We continue on our circuit and we cannot miss another of the country’s natural parks. It is located in the parish of La Massana, has a total surface area of 15.42 km2 and is home to the highest peak in Andorra: Comapedrosa at an altitude of 2,942 metres. Walking along the paths of this park is a paradise for lovers of hiking in Andorra. You will be captivated by its imposing peaks, valleys and waterfalls. You can enjoy different routes such as the Pla de l’Estany, reach the top of the country (only suitable for experts) or walk along the Pollós river. You’ll also have the chance to see native species of flora and fauna.
Among the three natural parks, it is the only one that has received the Starlight Reserve distinction. This is a recognition awarded by the foundation of the same name, which considers that an area has optimum conditions for the preservation of darkness. It is considered to have the darkest sky in the whole country, ideal for organising astronomical observation trips.

The third of the nature parks: Sorteny

Last but not least, we turn to the Sorteny nature park, which covers an area of 1080 hectares. It is the first nature park to be created in Andorra in 1999. Located in the parish of Ordino, it was declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in October 2020. It is a paradise for botany lovers and photography enthusiasts. It has a botanical garden where you can observe part of the diversity of flora with more than 700 species of flowers and plants. It is the starting point for many hiking routes and in winter it is famous for its snowshoeing routes. This natural park is home to two of the highest peaks in the country: Estanyó (2,915 m) and Serrera (2,913 m).
It is also part of the Three Nations Pyrenean Park, together with the Comapedrosa, Pyrénées Ariégeoises and Alt Pirineu parks. One of the most emblematic points is the peak of Medacorba, which is the point of confluence between Andorra, France and Catalonia.

Activities in the natural parks

From the imposing grandeur of Comapedrosa to the exuberant beauty of Sorteny and the historical charm of Vall del Madriu. All the parks have a particularity that makes them unique and different from the others. What they all have in common is that they are areas of great natural value that deserve to be preserved and cared for. The natural parks offer a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking trails, with the possibility of hiring professional guides. They also have climbing and via ferrata routes, horse riding and mountain biking routes, and even ski mountaineering in the winter months.

So don’t hesitate any longer, put on your hiking boots and venture into these natural paradises, and don’t forget your camera, because you’ll find postcard-worthy snapshots here!
Don’t worry about your rest, we provide it in our flats: Els Llacs Mountain Apartments in Bordes d’Envalira 😉.

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Andorra: ideal destination to enjoy nature on E-bike

If you’re passionate about cycling, we’ve got just what you’re looking for! We’re sure you won’t run out of the more than 150 kilometres of E-Bike circuits that Grandvalira has prepared for this summer.

New E-Bike routes in Grandvalira

Grandvalira has launched new signposted circuits for electric bikes. It’s the perfect opportunity to go cycling along more than 94 kilometres in Grau Roig, Soldeu, Canillo, Pas de la Casa, El Tarter and Encamp sectors. There are different types of trails depending on the difficulty and gradient. Like the ski slopes, they are marked by colours: green, blue, red and black, from the easiest to the most technical. So you can enjoy the routes depending on your level, whether you’ve never tried an E-Bike before or you’re an expert and want to test yourself on more demanding routes. All you have to do is plan your outings and choose the circuits that best suit your needs.

Complete facilities to enjoy the E-Bike

If we add to these routes the circuits of the Pal Arinsal Bike Park, Grandvalira Resorts has a total of 150 kilometres designed for electric bicycles.
The circuits are complemented by new charging points for all electric bike models in Soldeu, Canillo and Encamp, as well as areas with basic repair tools and pressure hoses for cleaning your bike.
To facilitate the access, Grandvalira has launched the Bike Pass, a day pass, which allows you to use the Encamp, Canillo and Soldeu cable cars. If you already have the Andorra Pass or the Nord Pass for the 2022-23 winter season, you have free access to all the ski lifts open in summer.

Enjoy the mountain on wheels

To make the most of the experience, Grandvalira has classified the routes by levels:
Green and blue: the simple ones. 30 kilometres of routes with hardly any difficulty, designed for cyclists who are just starting out.
Blue and red: the challenging ones. To enjoy these routes you will need to have a good basic knowledge of mountain biking. A total of 50 kilometres of trails, each one longer than the previous level, with slopes of medium difficulty.
The red and black ones: the complex ones. These are for very experienced riders, capable of overcoming climbs and obstacles of greater difficulty and steeper slopes.

Want more adrenaline?

The Pal Bike Park awaits you. Located in the northern valleys, it can be accessed from the La Massana cable car. It has more than 60 kilometres of circuits for all mountain bike disciplines, routes for electric bikes and a children’s area to introduce the youngest members of the family to your favourite sport.
From 22 to 27 August it hosts the UCI MBT World Cup, in the Cross-Country, Short-Track and downhill events, in the men’s and women’s categories. It has become one of the most eagerly awaited events for MTB lovers.

Do you prefer to test yourself with your road bike?

In Andorra you won’t get bored riding through its landscapes and mountain passes. A total of 21 challenges await you, many of which have been the setting for epic stages of the Tour de France and La Vuelta a España. In fact, the latter returns to the country at the end of August. We tell you about it here, along with the rest of the sporting competitions that will take place in the Principality.

Flats in Soldeu

Our holiday appartments are ready to welcome you on your cycling holidays in Andorra. We have flats with an unbeatable location to enjoy the mountains and summer sports, with large rooms and 100% equipped so that you lack nothing. We also have a spa so you can relax after a day of adventures with your bike. And of course, we have a cycling room, a guarded room with a camera to store your bike.

If you’re looking for the perfect place for your cycling holiday in Andorra, you’ve found us 😉.
At Els Llacs Mountain Apartments we will be delighted to welcome you, book your flat now.

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Electric motorbike tours: a new way to enjoy Andorra

This summer we have a new proposal that we are sure you will love. You will discover incredible landscapes and ride along mountain trails in a different way: riding an electric motorbike! You will be in direct contact with nature, respecting the environment and enjoying the benefits of an outdoor activity.

Guided excursion on an electric motorbike

If you like the thrill of riding a motorbike and you love the beauty of the mountains, you’re lucky! We offer you a new activity that combines the best of both worlds: an electric motorbike tour in the mountains of Andorra, ideal to do with friends!
The route starts at our flats heading to the Grau Roig slopes of Grandvalira accompanied by a guide. Once there, you will get to the foot of the Montmalús peak, in the glacial cirque of Pessons.
The excursion lasts 50 minutes, during which you will enjoy nature and feel the fresh air in your lungs. Thanks to the electric motorbike you will be able to get close to the fauna and flora of the area, in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way, and without damaging the natural environment.

What do you need to ride an electric motorbike?

As a requirement, you only need to know how to ride a bicycle or motorbike, but it is not compulsory to have a driving licence. The organiser of the route provides the loan of the bike, helmet and gloves. On the other hand, it is compulsory to wear long trousers and shoes tied for safety, and minimum height of 1.50 m. and a minimum of 4 people.
Get ready to walk along trails and paths that will lead you to discover breathtaking views!

Book the excursion with Els Llacs Mountain Apartments

To make things easier for you and to offer you the best possible price, we have created an offer that will allow you to enjoy this adventure. It includes the circular route with a guide and one night in the flats located in Bordes de Envalira (to which you can add as many extra nights as you wish).
Booking is very easy: just choose the flat of your choice, select the number of nights and make the reservation. What’s more, by booking through our website you will benefit from an additional 10% discount.

Combine nature with many other activities

When you get off the bike you will still have 1000 more experiences to live.
Here are just a few to inspire you:

– Hiking in the mountains

Combine the routes on an electric motorbike with hiking excursions. Near Els Llacs you will be able to cross valleys, climb lakes and peaks of Andorra that will leave you open-mouthed.

– Play golf in Andorra

Grandvalira is home to the highest golf course in Europe, which can only be reached by the Soldeu cable car. It has 9 holes and a par 33, and is completely integrated into the surroundings.

– Spend a few hours at the spa

It’s time to visit the spa! Our flats have a spa for the exclusive use of our guests, included in the price. Here you can bathe in the indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, and relax in the sauna or Turkish bath. And if you want more, you can book a massage or discover the Mountain Spa Mountain Wellness Club in Soldeu (both options at an additional cost).

Relax in our holiday apartments

After so much excitement, come back to your comfortable and cosy mountain flat to recharge your batteries – you’ll feel right at home! The rooms are equipped with comfortable beds, while in the kitchen you won’t miss anything to prepare your favourite meals.
We have everything you need, whether you come as a family, with friends or as a couple at any time of the year… and without leaving anyone behind as we are pet friendly and accept pets.

If you are already planning your holidays in Andorra, don’t hesitate to book our offer with flat and excursion with electric motorbike, we are waiting for you!

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Easy and fun hikes for the whole family in Andorra

In Andorra, there are a thousand options for young and old alike to enjoy a day out in nature. The impressive landscape of mountains and valleys with a number of routes suitable for all levels make it an ideal place for hiking with children.
Here are some of the easiest and most fun itineraries that we have thought of for you, although there are many more options available.

The Toll Bullidor Path: a stairway to the water

To get to the start of this route you don’t have to leave the parish of Canillo. All you have to do is take the car and drive to the Meritxell roundabout in the direction of Les Molleres. Once you park you can start the trail to the Toll Bullidor, from the bridge. It is an easy walk that follows the river where there is a viewpoint that allows you to see the beautiful village of Meritxell and the sanctuary. You have to go down a flight of steps to reach the viewpoint to see the waterfall.

Tristaina’s First Lake: a trail for beginners

This is a simple hike with little elevation gain lasting 40 minutes, ideal for children to make their first excursion to the mountain. The starting point is in the area of La Coma in the Ordino-Arcalís resort. The excursion can be extended to see the other two lakes, the lake of Mig (in the middle) and the lake of Més Amunt (higher up). It is a circular hike of 4.4 kilometres that can be done in approximately 3 hours.
From la Coma de Arcalís you can also access the solar viewpoint. 

The magical paths of Maraculla: an outdoor activity for the whole family

Hiking with children can also be great fun and educational. In Andorra you’ll find four themed routes specially designed for children to get close to nature. On these circular routes, objects have been placed, integrated into the environment and related to the theme, so that they can learn to interpret them while having fun. You’ll have a great time helping your children to follow the clues! The tourist offices will give you the guides to the magic paths. The circuit called “where the mushrooms are” is the closest to Els Llacs Mountain Apartments. You will have to go to the Coll de Ordino road and follow the tracks in the guide to discover the most common mushrooms in Andorra.

The Ordino Living Forest (Bosc Viu): hiking with children in an original way

You will have to go to Ordino to reach the starting point of the trail in the forest of l’Esquella. It lasts 10 minutes and is suitable for children aged 3 and over. It can also be done from the village of Segudet, with a pleasant climb that will not take you more than 40 minutes. Once you reach the forest, you will discover the tradition of the Christmas Tio walking among the tree trunks. Right next to the Bosc del Tió, and without leaving the Living Forest (Bosc Viu), you can stroll through a space where nature and art come together. The sculptor Angel Calvente integrates his works into the trees to achieve a magical and original effect.

Will you find the seven Tamarros of Andorra?

The mountains of Andorra are magical and hide many legends that are the perfect excuse for hiking with children. On this occasion we suggest you go out and find the Tamarros, fantastic beings that protect nature in Andorra. There are 7 of them distributed all over the country and they are located in easily accessible mountain spots. We’ll just give you a hint about the first one: it’s called Nilo and it’s very close to the Maraculla magic path in Canillo 😉.

Hiking routes with children
This is a very enriching activity, as it allows them to breathe pure, fresh mountain air and is an excellent way of doing sport with the whole family. The trails adapted for the little ones are designed so that they can gain knowledge while having fun and discovering the local flora and fauna. These trails are perfect for all ages and many can be done with a dog.

If you decide to introduce your children to hiking, we will provide you with the best rest for them to recover their strength after a day of excitement.

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3 Plans to make the most of the summer in Andorra

In Andorra, the hottest season of the year is packed with outdoor activities, where the mountains and nature are the main protagonists. There are many options for all tastes. To give you an idea of what you can do, we’ve prepared 3 summer plans that you won’t be able to resist, and there won’t be a second left for boredom. Would you like to discover them?

Adventures in the heart of nature

The first of the 3 summer plans starts at Naturland. For this you’ll have to take the car and head for Sant Julià, the first town you come to when you arrive from Spain. The adventure park is located in La Rabassa and offers a wide range of activities. From exploring routes on foot, in a buggy or on horseback, climbing the zip line with curves through the trees, archery, jumping on the xtrem jump or discovering the farm animals, among others. Not forgetting the famous Tobotronc, an alpine slide through the forest on the way up and an adrenaline rush on the way down. It is the star attraction of the park and is great fun.
There is no doubt that you will spend an incredible day with a variety of activities suitable for the whole family.

Recharge your energy in the hot springs

After a day of emotions, before coming to rest at the holiday flats, we recommend you to make a stop at Caldea. It is the visit that you can combine with everything when you travel to Andorra. Take a bath in its thermal waters and enjoy the Thermoludic spaces if you go with children from 5 years old or in Inúu if you prefer an Adults Only experience. In both cases you can watch the sunset while you bathe in the jacuzzi of the panoramic lagoon over the river. An experience that you have to live when you go to the thermal centre.
From reception we can arrange your booking so that you don’t miss out on this or the rest of the summer plans.

One of the summer plans you can’t miss out on

Last year Canillo opened the second longest Tibetan bridge in Europe. It is the newest activity you can do in Andorra (last summer it was a great success and this one promises to be a repeat). The Canillo suspension bridge is a metal footbridge 600 metres long, 158 metres high and situated at an altitude of 1875 metres. It is the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy incredible views of the valley and the surrounding mountains. This plan comes with a double offer because you can buy it in a pack with the Roc del Quer. Another of Andorra’s must-see places.
To buy your ticket, you can do so via the website or at the Canillo tourist office.

Rest in style at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments

The tourist flats located in Bordes d’Envalira are what you need to regain your strength after enjoying your summer plans during the day in Andorra. Here you can sleep soundly without worrying about the heat, as we are located in the mountains and the temperature is always more pleasant.
Our holiday flats are 100% equipped and very comfortable. We have spacious flats that will make you feel at home when you stay with the whole family. Besides, we are pet friendly, so you can come with your pet without any problem.

Are you already feeling the adrenaline rushing through your body? This is the sign you need to book your holidays at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments and come and enjoy the best summer plans. If you already know where you want to start when you book your flat, don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can arrange tickets for these activities or others, we’ll be waiting for you!

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift: A Family Getaway

This year, celebrate Mother’s Day in the most original way. The first Sunday in May is approaching and by now, you must be wondering what could make her happy. Forget about typical gifts and extend the day to a weekend celebration. Plan a family getaway and enjoy the best spring activities in Andorra. We propose a different experience for each type of mom.

A Family Getaway for Adventurous Moms

This plan is for moms who love spending time in nature. Did you know that Andorra has another Tibetan bridge apart from the one that was opened last summer in Canillo? It is located on the road to Cortals de Encamp, it’s more accessible and it’s also free. It’s 50m long and 5m high. It’s a good option for the whole family while waiting for the Canillo Tibetan bridge to reopen. You can also combine it with a hiking excursion in the area.

For Foodie Moms Who Want to Try New Flavors

Take advantage of one of the days to invite mom to eat or dine out. In Andorra, you’ll find a wide variety of restaurants. You can taste everything from typical Pyrenean cuisine to more gastronomic proposals, Asian food, daily menus or tapas. You’ll surely find the place that meets the expectations of the whole family.

For Moms Who Love Culture

If mom loves discovering new places, you’re also in the perfect place. We recommend a tour of the most beautiful towns in the parish of Ordino. You can do it by car or from the town of Ordino to the iron route on foot following the path that runs alongside the road. You’ll pass through mountain villages like Arans, La Cortinada or Llorts while enjoying examples of typical Andorran architecture. You’ll also pass by Romanesque churches and the Cal Pal house in La Cortinada, one of the oldest in the country, which is open to visit on Saturdays and Sundays in the morning.

For Moms Who Want to Go Shopping

Shopping fits in with the rest of the activities and can be done all year round in Andorra. It’s a good opportunity to stroll through the most commercial streets in the center of Andorra la Vella and Escaldes or even Pas de la Casa and help her choose a good gift.

Surprise Mom with an Afternoon at the Spa

Something she’ll love is spending time at the spa to disconnect. Caldea is the ideal place to book a ticket to the thermal waters and combine it with a relaxing massage or beauty treatment. And of course: you can accompany her! From the apartments, we can help you manage the spa plan.
We hope you liked these ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day in a different way. Book your apartment at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments and enjoy a family getaway at your own pace.