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What to do in the Pas de la Casa in summer

Near Els Llacs Mountain Apartments lies Pas de la Casa, an Andorran town on the border with France, which in both winter and summer is full of fun and activities.

In winter, skiing and snow sports; and in summer, mountain routes and hiking. All year round, one activity that is a must in Pas de la Casa is shopping, which perfectly complements the rest of the activities on offer.

Today, we’ll tell you about the main attractions you’ll find to enjoy a day or more in this town.

Excursion to Les Abelletes Lake

If you are looking for nature, you will also find it in Pas de la Casa. We suggest an excursion on foot to the lake of Les Abelletes, the natural border between Andorra and France. The curious thing about this lake is that half of it belongs to the Principality and the other half to the neighbouring country. 

The starting point is the Coll dels Isards chairlift in Grandvalira. Following the mountain track you will reach the lake, which is situated at an altitude of 2800 metres. The route is 8 km long (round trip) and it only takes 1 hour to get there. It is a path that you can’t miss, easy to access and can be done with children.

We recommend you check the weather conditions before starting the walk to avoid surprises, as the weather in the mountains can change quickly.

Shopping in Pas de la Casa

If there is one thing the town of Pas de la Casa is known for, it is its wide range of shops. You can do all kinds of shopping: perfumes and cosmetics, clothes to create your best outfits, electronics or motorcycling accessories. In fact, it is very common for French tourists to come to Pas de la Casa to buy these products. In summer, you’ll find sales from 23 June to 5 September, and you can also buy snow equipment in the outlet sports shops.

All over Pas de la Casa you will find cafés, bars and restaurants where you can stop for a drink and a bite to eat. It should be noted that the climate in summer is much more pleasant than in other places (and even more so in recent years when the heat has become much more intense in many towns). In Pas de la Casa the climate is high mountain, cool in the morning and evening and hot at midday. Although it is not unusual to see snow in August.

The sports centre

Pas de la Casa has a sports centre with gymnasium, swimming pool, solarium, paddle tennis and squash courts which is open to the public for an entrance fee. It is used by many sports teams for pre-season training at altitude. This winter it has even hosted the filming of the movie 42 seconds, by Dani de la Orden, starring Jaime Lorente (La Casa de Papel).

 

The Envalira Mountain Pass

To get to Pas de la Casa you can go through the tunnel or through the mountain pass of Envalira and enjoy the views. At the top of the pass you will find a viewpoint. Stop for a moment to admire the landscape. It has a small parking area, benches to sit and breathe in the fresh air and a small hut made from the wood of the first hut in Pas de la Casa. From there, on one side you will see the town centre and on the other, the mountains and peaks that form the Pessons glacier.

The Envalira pass is the highest pass in the Pyrenees. It is at an altitude of 2,400 metres and has seen the fastest riders in the 2021 Tour de France.

El Pas de la Casa is a village surrounded by mountains at the foot of the slopes and in summer it is the starting point for many hiking excursions. It is near Els Llacs Mountain Apartments and is one of the visits you can make while staying in the flats.

If you want more plans like this, be sure to read our blog.

 

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Discover Andorra on two wheels this summer

It’s time to park your car and get on your bike to make the most of the good weather and ride along mountain paths and mountain passes. If you love two wheels, you’ve come to the right place! Cycling in Andorra has a lot to offer you whether you like cycling on tarmac or on dirt.

Enjoy cycling in Andorra

Summer is for enjoying outdoor activities, nature and the mountains. And what better way to do it than practising sport and cycling in the company of the whole family.

– Road cycling in Andorra

The Principality has no less than 21 mountain passes of different levels with countless routes spread throughout the country. When the good weather arrives, it is very common to see other enthusiasts emulating the riders of the great cycling events by cycling up the mountain passes on road bikes. Els Llacs Mountain Apartments is located in the perfect place to start super interesting routes and just a short distance from the Envalira Pass (2,409 m), the highest pass in the Pyrenees and the stage for the 2021 Tour de France. And best of all, with a bit of luck it won’t be difficult to come across one of the professional cyclists who train regularly in the country. Can you imagine?

– Mountain biking brings you closer to nature

In Andorra you can practise all mountain biking disciplines with your mountain bike on more than 200 kilometres of mountain trails. But also in the Vallnord Bike Park, which hosts the MBT world championships. Enjoy with the whole family, even with small children, as you can choose the route depending on the level of difficulty you are looking for. From spectacular descents to easier and quieter routes that will allow you to get deep into nature. 

– Cycle touring with an electric bicycle

For some time now, e-bikes have also been a permanent fixture in Andorra. It’s a fun and enjoyable way to discover Andorra’s most beautiful landscapes and take mountain trails at your own pace. And all this without being extremely demanding, allowing you to enjoy every minute of your cycling trip, even if the gradient is steep.

 

Accommodation with cycling offers in Andorra

Make the most of your summer holidays to cycle along mountain trails or test yourself on the mountain passes that have seen the fastest cyclists in the Tour de France or the Vuelta a España.

At Els Llacs Mountain Apartments you can book the flat with the bike included in your stay. Choose from our offers if you prefer road bike, MTB or e-bike. Of course, your bike won’t sleep with you, because although our flats are spacious, we also have a cycling room where you can store it in total comfort.

Cycling events in Andorra

In summer the country hosts a multitude of competitions and races, and many of them feature cycling as the protagonist. Here are some of the most important events:

The Andorra 21 Ports by Ironman: from 24 to 26 June 2022, a road bike race takes place through the most important mountain passes in Andorra.

Andorra MTB Classic: an MTB competition from 29 June to 2 July.

The MTB World Cup: Vallnord hosts a new edition of this championship from 12 to 17 July.

Multisegur Volta Als Ports 2022: this is the most traditional cycle-tourist race in the country and will take place on 24 July.

La Purito: the routes through Andorra’s most demanding mountain passes will be back on 6 and 7 August.

Andorra is cycling territory and hosts stages of both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España.

If you want to enjoy cycling in Andorra this summer, come to Els Llacs Mountain Apartments and book a flat with a road, mountain or electric bike.

 

 

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In summer, enjoy the mountains with your dog in Andorra

Andorra is undoubtedly a pet-friendly destination, ideal if you’re travelling with your dog. Summer is the season to enjoy the mountains, nature and the great outdoors. So that you can do it with the whole family, here are some tips for hiking with your pet and making the most of the experience.

Tips for hiking with your dog

Here are some recommendations to make the most of hiking in the mountains with your pet. 

– Plan the route before setting off

Before starting out, you need to know the terrain, the duration and the distance in order to plan the necessary equipment for both you and your dog. It is also best to avoid steep slopes, via ferrata areas or suspension bridges as these can be difficult for your pet to access. Areas with water are ideal for them to have fun.

– Take into account the physical endurance of the animal

Start with easy hiking routes with your dog if he is sedentary or has never been in the mountains before, so that he can get used to them little by little.

– Check the type of terrain

When choosing a hike, make sure that the type of terrain will not damage your dog’s paws and pads. Avoid paved areas – at least in central hours of the day when it gets very hot – or very rocky or icy areas.  You also have the option of protecting his pads with specialised dog equipment. 

– Plan for water

When you’re hiking with your dog, you’ll need to take your provisions with you and your dog. Don’t forget that he also needs to be hydrated

– Keep your dog on a leash

It is advisable to keep your dog on a leash at all times, as there may be routes where they may cross paths with other animals, or they may get lost if they don’t know the place.

Routes for hiking with a dog

Andorra offers endless options. Today we tell you about two excursions that you will love:

– Montmalús Lake

This is a hiking route that starts at the Grau Roig resort, near the flats. It is about 5 kilometres long and has a gradient of 600 metres.  You will reach an altitude of 2,700 metres and enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Pessons glacial cirque in Andorra. And when you get there… Reward! Your dog can take a dip in the lake. Before doing the route we advise you to check the weather forecast.

– The iron route

This route is easy to access and very entertaining. The path is full of sculptures and monuments dedicated to metallurgy, a very important industry for Andorra until the end of the 19th century. It is located in the other valley in the parish of Ordino and runs almost all the way along the side of a river. It is ideal to do with the whole family or with dogs not used to long walks.

Travelling to Andorra with your pet

You probably already know this information by heart, but it’s a good idea to keep it handy.

Pets (dogs, cats or ferrets) in Andorra must have:

– Identification by chip.

– Rabies vaccination.

– The pet passport.

If you come from a country outside the European Union you will also have to present a health certificate and declare it at customs. If you are travelling with any other type of wild animal, whether native or not, you will have to request a permit from the Andorran Government.

Pet-friendly flats all year round

At Els Llacs Mountain Apartments your pets are welcome so that you can travel with the whole family and leave no one at home.

The flats are spacious and comfortable with a capacity for 2 to 11 people and with differentiated spaces. Located in front of Grandvalira, they are the ideal choice if you come hiking with your dog, so you don’t have to worry about anything! The accommodation is equipped with everything you need for your holidays, whether you come to Andorra during the summer or for skiing, as we are open all year round.

With these routes and tips for hiking with a dog in Andorra, all you need to do now is book your flat.

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Top 5 activities for your spring break in Andorra

While waiting for the big summer holidays to arrive, take a break and treat yourself to a spring break in Andorra. After winter, make the most of the spring season to get to know the country more calmly, spending a few days disconnecting with trips to the mountains, spas, shopping and eating well…. but very well!

 

Read on and take note of the plans we recommend to enjoy spring in our Pyrenean country.

 

Hiking in Andorra

When the snow melts, it’s time to swap your ski boots for hiking shoes to explore the paths and trails that lie beneath the snow. In Andorra you’ll find trails of all levels of difficulty: to do with children, with your pet and for more experienced mountaineers. There are excursions to lakes and high mountain peaks, as well as more accessible itineraries with hardly any gradient to make the most of a well-deserved spring getaway. Discover the landscapes of Andorra’s 3 natural parks: Comapedrosa, Sorteny and the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, the only one in the Pyrenees declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Els Llacs Mountain Apartments are well located in Bordes de Envalira to enjoy hiking in Andorra.

 

Shopping in the centre

In the afternoon, change your mind and head down to the shopping streets in the centre to take a stroll around the shops. Discover the spring-summer fashion trends, the latest in technology and, why not, make yourself a nice present. Take advantage of the “mid-season” sales in many shops between April and May. Above all, take it easy and relax on an outdoor terrace to regain your strength and continue your afternoon of shopping.  

 

Relax at the spa

After a day of so much activity, complete your spring break in the best way in the free spa in our tourist flats. You don’t even need to leave the building, as here you will have a spa with indoor and outdoor jacuzzi with views of the mountains. It also has a sauna and hammam and you can book massages and treatments.

If you want more, stop by the Park Spa Mountain Wellness Club, a design wellness centre open on weekends in spring. It is the spa of the Park Piolets hotel, which belongs to the same group as Els Llacs Mountain Apartments, and is located in Soldeu (just 5 minutes from our holiday apartments

 

Eating well in Andorra

A gastronomic experience is a must on your spring getaway. In Andorra you will find an endless number of restaurants with different types of cuisine that offer you the chance to try new dishes and flavours. If you haven’t already done so, discover Andorran cuisine in a typical “borda” or book a table in a restaurant with international cuisine. We recommend the Kao Soldeu restaurant where you will be delighted by the delights of haute Chinese cuisine.  Among many other dishes you can try their assortment of Dim Sums, their imperial egg and their star dish: Peking duck. You’ll want to come back for more!

 

Spring Break at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments

All year round you are guaranteed comfort and convenience in your accommodation in Andorra in front of Grandvalira. Our holiday flats can accommodate up to 11 people and they are fully equipped with everything you may need. You can also come with all the members of your family as we are a Pet Friendly accommodation in Andorra. And as we like to take care of you, breakfast on the first day is on us: we will prepare a varied welcome pack for you. In addition, if you wish, you can do your shopping in advance at the online supermarket, so that your shopping is ready for when you arrive.

 

Book your mountain accommodation at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments and discover the best of Andorra on your spring getaway. 

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5 Easter plans to enjoy with your family in Andorra

We’re already looking forward to the Easter long weekend and we’re sure you are too. There are 4 days off to disconnect from routine and enjoy family experiences. And what better way to make the most of them than in the snow and end the ski season in style.

We have 5 fun snow activities for you that you will love to do with your family and that you can complement perfectly with your ski day on the slopes.

1. Become an igloo builder

Have you ever wondered how igloos are made?

During the whole season, including Easter, Grandvalira offers you an ideal activity for families where, young and old, you will work as a team to build an igloo. You will be taught the different techniques to adapt them to the state of the snow and you will build your own igloo which you will be able to visit inside and feel as if you were in the North Pole. This proposal is available very close to Els Llacs Mountain Apartments in the Grau Roig activity centre.

2. Have fun on the Magic Gliss

The Magic Gliss is a giant slide located in the Family Park in the Canillo sector of Grandvalira. With a 555-metre descent and 180 metres of ascent, it can reach speeds of up to 40 km/h. If you want to make it even more amazing, try it with virtual reality goggles. As well as enjoying the ride, you’ll be able to see the recreation of typical Andorran animals and the mythological Tamarros. Children will have a great time, but adults will also be surprised.

3. Enjoy new experiences at Easter

Without leaving the Family Park in Canillo, don’t miss the chance to discover the snowy landscapes of Grandvalira from a bird’s eye view as you fly over the Forn Lake. Get your adrenaline pumping on the zip line, where you can slide sitting down, stretched out or in tandem with your child. The route is 550 metres long, at a height of 40 metres and can reach 80 km/h.

Spending the day at the Family Park is also a good option as it has a wide range of activities, especially for children, and a restaurant where you can stop for lunch to recharge your batteries. Access is via the cable car from the village of Canillo.

4. Sledging down the Soldeu slopes

The Snake Gliss is another activity worth trying at least once in your life. You will slide down on an articulated sledge guided by a monitor, from El Pla de Espiolets to the village of Soldeu, crossing the slopes of Astoret, Os and Bosc Fosc. Best of all: it takes place when the resort is closed, from 17:30 onwards. The Easter long weekend is a good time to do this snow activity as the days are longer and we can enjoy more daylight hours.

5. Get your adrenaline pumping with a snowmobile excursion.

This activity is a classic and you may even have already done it. In any case, you’ll never get tired of going through the forests of Grandvalira on a snowmobile. Enjoy it as a couple or with your child (children must be accompanied by an adult) and choose between day or night excursions. For children, the Kids Forest in Grau Roig has a special snowmobile circuit for them, where they can drive their own snowmobile.

Grandvalira’s activities are close to Els Llacs Mountain Apartments. An ideal accommodation for families in its comfortable, spacious and well-equipped flats. Visit our website and book your getaway for Easter.

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Romantic Valentine’s Day in our mountain apartments

Valentine’s Day can also be romantic in our flats.

February is the month to plan a romantic getaway with your partner and come and see for yourself. We’ll provide you with accommodation and a host of things to do in Andorra. Choose the one you like best and make your own Valentine’s Day.

For the most romantic

If you love Valentine’s Day plans that include the classics: accommodation and spa, this is the place for you. The services we offer are unusual for holiday apartaments.

Relax in the indoor or outdoor jacuzzi spa or spend some time in the sauna and hammam after a day in the snow while enjoying the views of the snowy mountains. You can also book a massage in the apartment.

And if you want more: we suggest the mountain spa at the Park Piolets Mountain&Spa Hotel, located in Soldeu and from our same chain. Discover its water circuit, the outdoor jacuzzi surrounded by nature and an extensive menu of massages and duo massage treatments.

Valentine’s Day plans for foodies

For gastrolovers, any occasion is a good time to try new flavours.

So we suggest you discover the Kao Soldeu restaurant at the Park Piolets Mountain&Spa Hotel. Its setting, location and exotic flavours make it ideal for an occasion like Valentine’s Day. And afterwards, there’s nothing more chic than a drink in front of the fire on the outdoor terrace of the Moët Terrace.

Another great plan to match the occasion is a high-end dinner in a restaurant on the slopes. The experience alone is worth the effort just to go up and down the slopes on ratraks, mountain skis or snowshoes under the moonlight and accompanied by the stars. Tip: take advantage of a full moon to make it even more spectacular.

For ski lovers

The highlight of winter is skiing and it’s a must for snow lovers. Make the most of Valentine’s Day to enjoy your passion as a couple. Els Llacs Mountain Apartments are located in front of Grandvalira, which you can reach with our transfer and start skiing through the newest access to the resort, the Peretol, inaugurated for the 2019-2020 season. Don’t worry if you leave anything at home, in our ski shop you can buy or rent ski equipment.

Book our flat offer with ski pass.

For those who want to live new experiences

If you want to take advantage of any getaway to try new activities, you are also in the right place, because here you can find unique Valentine’s Day plans. Book a night in one of our holiday flats Els Llacs with a snowshoeing excursion to discover the snowy forests of Grandvalira. Or go mushing, dog sledding or snowmobiling and get your adrenaline pumping.

Check our offers with activities here.

For those who don’t miss a festival

The Andorra Mountain Music Winter Edition will be held on Saturdays from 5 February to 5 March. A live electronic music festival that brings together the best names on the electronic music scene with Tiësto, Don Diablo, Timmy Trumpet, Martin Garrix and Afrojack.

Buy your ticket and come and sleep in a unique setting.

For those who love shopping

Do you love shopping?

In Andorra you can also enjoy the best shopping and take advantage of the winter sales where you’ll find the best prices on top brands. You can go to the centre in Andorra la Vella and Escaldes or go up to Pas de la Casa, which is closer, and you’ll also find everything you need.

For those travelling with the whole family

If your pet goes everywhere with you, this Valentine’s Day too. We are a pet friendly accommodation and you can bring your four-legged friend with you. Check the rules for booking with a pet.

And which one do you choose? Choose one of our Valentine’s Day plans and come to Andorra to celebrate this year.

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Snow activities to enjoy the winter in Grandvalira

Write down the following snow activities you can do in Grandvalira in winter on your wish list. Some of them are very close to Els Llacs Mountain Apartments and in the other sectors of the ski resort. One thing is for sure: you’ll have just as much fun as skiing and you’ll be able to combine them with your favourite sport. What’s more, most of them can be done with your family, friends or partner… and all season long.  

You’ll love them!

 

Mushing: one of the most popular snow activities of the year

If you haven’t yet had the experience, make the most of this season to do it. Rediscover spectacular landscapes in Grandvalira through routes through the forest while comfortably seated on a sled pulled by dogs. The sledge is for two people and you can choose from 2, 3 or 5 kilometre excursions. And you can even end up driving along with the musher (the sledge guide). You can choose the adventure circuits in Grau Roig, the sector of Grandvalira that is closest to the flats, or more family itineraries to do with children from 3 years old in El Tarter (here the sledges are for up to 4 people).

Book mushing with Els Llacs Mountain Apartments on our website and get a 10% early booking discount and 10% discount for booking on the website.

 

Explore the forests of Grandvalira on snowshoes

There are a large number of signposted snowshoe itineraries outside the traditional ski slope circuits. You will go through the woods on these routes, which this year have been completed with 5 routes that allow you to do a circular route of 23 kilometres and 850 metres of vertical drop. In the Grau Roig, Encamp and Pas de la Casa sectors of Grandvalira, you’ll find routes for all levels.

Take advantage of our offer of accommodation and 2-hour snowshoeing excursion and get a 10% discount for early booking and another 10% discount for booking through our website.

 

Snowmobiling: also at night

Explore the snowy landscapes on a snowmobile in the snowy forests of Grau Roig, together with a guide. The excursions are from 30 minutes to 1 hour. This is one of the snow activities that you can do with children from 6 years old, but they must be on a two-seater motorbike and accompanied by an adult.

From this winter onwards, experience a snowmobile excursion at night in Grau Roig or a change of scenery in the Pas de la Casa sector. You’ll have a great time!

 

Skiing before the rest is a real pleasure

Grandvalira offers you the “First Snow”, an activity that will allow you to experience first-hand the sensation of skiing before anyone else. You’ll have the slopes all to yourself. You’ll just have to get up a little earlier, as the meeting point is at 8am, in the El Tarter sector. As a reward, it also includes breakfast.  It takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the season, conditions permitting. You’ll want to come again!

 

Après-ski… skiing

And if you start the day skiing before the others, you can also end it skiing until the last minute. The only slope that is open for skiing when the rest are closed is La Solana /Tubs, in the Pas de la Casa sector. You can ski from 17h30 to 20h00 under the lights of the slope that opens on Thursdays and Saturdays. Moreover, it is included in the price of the ski pass, whether it is a day, multi-day or season ski pass.

 

On our website you will find offers with ski pass to Grandvalira, snowshoeing or mushing excursion and nights in the holiday flats Els Llacs. For the rest of the snow activities we can inform you about prices and availability and make the booking when you contact us. You just worry about coming, we’ll take care of the rest 😉.  

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Enjoy the snow with your pet in Andorra

This winter, don’t leave anyone at home and enjoy the holidays with all the members of the family. During the ski season, one of the most fun activities you can do in Andorra with your dog is to go for a walk in the snow. He’ll be super happy jumping and running around in the snowy meadows and forests. What’s more, if you’re travelling with children, it’s an excellent outdoor après-ski activity to enjoy with the whole family when you stay at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments.

 

An ideal location and environment for pets

“Els Llacs” holiday flats are surrounded by mountains and nature, in Bordes de Envarlia, far from the centre and just 2 km from the access to the Soldeu sector of Grandvalira.

The location is perfect for skiing and for coming to Andorra with your dog. At the foot of the building you will find a large meadow where you can go for a quiet walk with your pet or go for a run. In winter, when it’s snowy, it’s great for him to discover the snow and play with it, he’ll have a great time! And you can take lots of funny photos of him too. Dogs generally like snow experiences as it’s something different and out of the ordinary.

Near the appartments, there is a very easy snowshoeing path that goes from El Peretol to the entrance of Soldeu, which you can also take the opportunity to do with your four-legged friend. Along the way, you will discover the impressive landscape that surrounds our accommodation, you will pass through a stretch of forest and follow the course of the river. An ideal occasion to exercise and enjoy it together with your pet. 

 

Recommendations for taking your dog to the snow

Here are a few tips to make your dog’s experience in the snow an incredible one and to ensure he has a great time.

– Protect him from the cold: you will have to keep your dog warm if he is a small breed or short-haired, or if he is still a puppy. If necessary, shorten the walks so that he doesn’t get so cold.

– Take care of their paws: their paw pads are a sensitive part of the body and it is advisable to protect them when they are not used to contact with snow to avoid burns.

– Take water with you so that he drinks and does not eat snow.

– Keep an eye on him at all times: don’t let him go too far away from you, as he can get confused and lost in new terrain.

 

With these tips, going out in the snow with your four-legged friend will be even safer.

 

Your pet-friendly accommodation in Andorra 

After a time out in the snow, there’s nothing better than coming back to one of our flats and warming up with a hot chocolate while you continue to watch the mountain scenery from your window. Moreover, in our comfortable and spacious flats equipped with everything you need, you will find the comfort you need to accommodate the whole family, including your pet. We only ask you to comply with a few small rules of coexistence that you will find here. Also, in this article you can see what requirements you need to come to Andorra with your pet.

 

Now you know!

If you are looking for accommodation to stay with your pet when you travel, you have already found it: Els Llacs Mountain Apartments.

Now you can book through our website with a 15% discount for advance sales and 10% web exclusive. See you this winter?

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An alternative autumn getaway in Andorra

Autumn is here! Still no plans to enjoy a well-deserved getaway? We suggest an alternative route around Andorra, ideal for getting away from the crowds and discovering the lesser-known corners of our 7 parishes.

  1. The hidden secrets of Canillo

The parish of Canillo is where the Els Llacs tourist flats are located. The first route is to discover the Toll Bullidor, a natural waterfall near Meritxell, along an easily accessible hiking route.

Another interesting place to discover during an autumn long weekend is the motorbike museum, located in the Canillo cable car. It has a permanent exhibition of more than 120 pieces, some of which are unique and the oldest is from 1896. Without a doubt, two activities you can do with your children.

  1. Shopping in Encamp

We continue on to the next parish: Encamp. Here we suggest you go shopping in Pas de la Casa. If you don’t know it because you always stay in the centre, the location of our holiday flats is a good excuse to visit this village on the border with France. It is closer than Escaldes and Andorra la Vella and it is an open-air shopping centre with all the products you can imagine at the foot of the slopes.

What’s more, if you access Pas de la Casa via the Envalira pass, you’ll enjoy incredible views and landscapes.

  1. Ordino in autumn is even more beautiful

You probably already know the Ordino iron route, but we can’t fail to recommend it because it is especially beautiful in autumn. In addition to the sculptures, the borda and the Romanesque bridge along the route, it’s worth it for the scenery, from where you can admire the changing colours of the season to perfection. The itinerary is very accessible, so set aside an afternoon to visit it.

  1. A very sweet visit to La Massana

In La Massana you will find the only chocolate factory in Andorra: Xocland, where this delicious food is produced and processed in the factory located in the centre of the village. This is a visit not to be missed for lovers of chocolate in all its forms, as you’ll see the entire production process from bean to finished product up close. Of course, it is also a great place to go with the little ones in the house.

  1. Autumn is ideal for rediscovering the capital city

We are now heading down towards the central parishes of the Principality. We suggest a very simple panoramic route on the Rec del Solà, an itinerary at the foot of the Carroi peak from where you can see the whole of Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany. At the end of the route you can go down to the historic centre of the capital to have a drink and get your strength back.

  1. Sant Julià de Lòria, the lesser-known one

In this parish you will find the Juberri gardens, a peculiar space where you will see a multitude of giant sculptures. Mostly of animals, but you will also see fountains and miniature models of Romanesque churches in the country. It is very well kept and the views over the valley are spectacular.

  1. The Escaldes hot springs

We’re sure you’ve heard of Caldea many times: but do you know about its Private Spa? It is a space for private use with a maximum capacity for 4 people with a jacuzzi, sauna, contrast showers and relaxation areas, where you can also enjoy a couple’s massage. This plan is only for couples and we recommend that you make a reservation beforehand.

These different and original things to do in Andorra in autumn are ideal to combine with the peace and quiet of staying at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments. Check the flat you like the most and book it with the 3×2 offer, which is also available for the long weekends in October, you stay 3 nights and only pay for 2!

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Discover 3 hiking routes in Andorra

Make the most of your summer holidays in Andorra. Very close to the Els Llacs Mountain Apartments you have an endless number of routes to enjoy hiking. Some are easier and others not so easy… but there are options for all levels, to do with children or for the more experienced hikers.  One thing is clear, you will discover the exuberant nature of the Andorran mountains and breathe fresh air while you exercise. So, for you to have a great time this summer, here are 3 hiking routes in Andorra. And as an extra, 1 cycling route, for those of you who love cycling.

A fun route for the whole family

We start with a very picturesque hiking track in Andorra, close to the flats and ideal to do with children: the Gall path. You can start in Canillo, at the Telecabina car park, or in the opposite direction from Soldeu. The itinerary is signposted and there are signs explaining the fauna and flora that you will come across, as well as the views. The path runs parallel to main road 2, so you can take it or leave it at various points. It also has several bridges (one of them Tibetan), a tunnel and a group of bordas (typical Andorran houses), elements that enrich the route. It owes its name to the fact that it is the habitat of capercaillies; in fact, the signposts are made of wood and marked with a red cockerel. It is a fun and accessible route for children.

Discovering the new Tristaina solar viewpoint

This summer Andorra has opened a new viewpoint in Arcalís. What makes it so special is its originality, as it is a circular structure on top of the Peyreguils peak at 2,701 metres. It is also a sundial in homage to the sundial mountain of Arcalís. From here the views are impressive over the Tristaina lakes, the rest of the peaks and the whole valley.

The excursion on foot (about 15 minutes) is well worth it, for the scenery and the contact with nature. But also to put the icing on the cake at the end of the walking route in Andorra by being able to contemplate the landscape from the new viewpoint. To get there you have to go to the Ordino-Arcalís resort. The route starts at the Coma car park near the chairlift, heading towards Creussans lake and continues to Creussans pass, ending at Peyreguils peak. If you wish, you can go up by cable car and chairlift (the ride takes 5 and 15 minutes respectively), finishing with a walk of another 15 minutes.

High altitude trekking route in Andorra

Finally, we leave you with a more difficult route that will take you to the highest peak in the Principality: Comapedrosa, at 2942 metres. The route requires a good physical preparation as it covers 14 kilometres (outward and return), with a difference in altitude of 1,300 metres and some more complicated sections. The ascent starts in Arinsal, crossing the Comapedrosa Valleys nature reserve, a protected natural area since 2006. Along the way you will be able to appreciate the changes in vegetation, passing through red and black pine forests, meadows and some lakes. 

Extra: a cycle touring route for road bikes

If you like trekking in Andorra but you’re more of a fan of cycling, you’re also in the right place. You can choose from 21 cycling routes categorised by level of difficulty. The one we’ll tell you about today is medium level: it starts in the village of Canillo and ends in El Forn, near the Grandvalira adventure activity centre. It is 5.2 kilometres long and has an average gradient of 388 metres. It is undoubtedly a good alternative to continue discovering new landscapes while cycling.

For you to enjoy the experience even more this summer at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments you have the bike included in your stay. Check our offers and choose the one you prefer, with road bike, MTB or e-bike.

These are some of the hiking routes you can do in summer in Andorra, although there are many more to do on foot or by bike. Do not hesitate to contact us to make your reservation or ask for more information.