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10 places you can’t miss in Andorra (Part 1)

Let’s take a look at our ranking of 10 places you can’t miss on your next trip to Andorra. The order does not alter the product, in other words, we haven’t put them in any particular order: we’re just giving you some ideas so you can make the most of your next visit to the country. There are many more, but these are some of the most representative. What they have in common is that you can do them whether you come with your family, your partner or your friends.

 

1) The Roc del Quer (Canillo)

This is undoubtedly one of the attractions that has generated most interest in recent years. I’m sure you’ve heard of it on Instagram or Tik Tok. It is a viewpoint with a 20-metre footbridge that flies over the valley, with a sculpture of a thinker at the end and impressive views of the mountain.

Located in Canillo, in the heart of the Montaup Valley, it is accessible by car from both Canillo and Coll de Ordino. The scenery of this mountain pass is stunning and you will find that it is very popular among cyclists. So if you are a regular of this sport, we challenge you to climb it on your bike. The prize is the magnificent views from this strategic point.

 

2) The Xocland chocolate factory (La Massana)

In La Massana you will find the only chocolate factory in Andorra. Although we are not cocoa producers, we do have the ideal climatic conditions for processing it. You will discover how the best chocolate is produced from cocoa beans coming from tropical countries such as Venezuela and Colombia. You will attend the entire roasting and production process and discover the machinery needed to process and make bars, chocolates and nougats, among other things. An ideal sensory activity for the whole family.

 

3) The Juberri gardens (Sant Julià)

To visit the third of the TOP 10 places on our list in Andorra, you have to go almost to the border with Spain, in Juberri, towards Naturlandia.

Once you get there, you’ll fall in love with this curious and beautiful spot. Find all the animal-inspired sculptures scattered around this contemporary garden, perfectly in harmony with nature. 

 

4) Caldea (Escaldes)

Depending on the time of year you come to Andorra, you’ll be able to do some activities or others. But you can always take a dip in the thermal waters of Caldea whether you come in summer or winter.

The Thermoludic is your spa if you are travelling as a family with children over 5 years old.

If you come as a couple and want a more intimate experience, we suggest you Inúu, Caldea’s spa for adults only, with entrance from 16 years of age. You can also complete your visit with relaxing massages or beauty treatments, as well as lunch or dinner at the thermal centre.

 

5) Santa Coloma

Among the top 10 places in Andorra, you can’t miss a visit to one of the jewels of Romanesque architecture: the church of Santa Coloma. It has the particularity of being one of the oldest in the country and the only one with a round bell tower. You can also see the video-mapping recreation of the frescoes that were torn from the apse of the central nave of the church. Now, after a long journey, the original paintings have returned to the country and are on display in the Columba Centre next door.

 

We are sure you will love these sites and they will make your next visit a top experience. Remember that Els Llacs Apartments are open all year round and you can stay with us.  For now we leave you with 5 of the 10 must-see places in Andorra, in the next post we will tell you more.

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Snow activities you can’t miss this winter

In Andorra there are many snow activities that you have to try at least once in your life. That’s why we at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments are offering you 2 offers with activities that you can’t miss out on. It is possible to enjoy the valleys, peaks and snowy landscapes in Grandvalira without having to put on your skis or snowboard, and what’s more, these proposals are very close to us!

Mushing: the winter sensation

From the flats we propose you an offer with nights stay combined with a dog sledding excursion. Feel as if you were in Lapland while you travel through snowy landscapes and pine forests. The dogs, properly trained, will pull the sledge guided by a professional musher. It is an ideal snow activity for the whole family, as there is capacity for a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children. Choose the flat that best suits you and book your offer.

Snowmobiles are a must

A snowmobile tour is ideal to let off some adrenaline while you drive yourself. An ideal snow activity to try this winter or to repeat if you already know it. You can do it as a couple and also with your child if he/she is older than 7 years old, but driving is for people over 18 years old. Let yourself go, control the speed and enjoy the typical Pyrenean landscapes. You can book the pack of nights in flats and snowmobile excursion on our website. You will find this activity very close to the hotel in the Grau Roig sector of Grandvalira, just 2 minutes by car from the accommodation.

Other snow activities

In Andorra you’ll find more alternatives to alpine skiing that you can do this winter. Such as guided snowshoeing excursions or going on your own. If you feel like sliding down the snow, you can do it after ski mountaineering or try cross-country skiing. These activities are perfect for enjoying nature while practising outdoor sports.

Bonus: for the most foodie families

We have an extra proposal to complement the snow activities to enjoy good gastronomy: a stay with dinner at the Winter pop up restaurant Kao Soldeu. It is located in the Park Piolets hotel, in Soldeu, just 2 minutes by car from our mountain flats. Here you can taste the delights of Chinese haute cuisine, including the famous Peking Duck, the restaurant’s star dish. As well as the traditional dim sum and dishes based on rice, noodles, meat and fish, you will love it!

Tourist flats that lack nothing

Our flats are the best option to rest after a day of snow activities. They are very well located, in Bordes de Envalira, between the Grau Roig and Soldeu sectors of Grandvalira. They are comfortable, spacious and very well integrated with the environment, as they are decorated in the style of mountain chalets. In addition, they are 100% equipped to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

They have services that few flats offer such as spa (free), gym and an area for the little ones to have fun. In addition, to make things easier for you, on your arrival you will find a welcome pack for breakfast on the first day and we give you the possibility to do the shopping before your arrival with delivery to the flat.

And if you have a pet, you can bring it with you because we are pet friendly.

If you are planning a getaway in the snow or you want to spend your winter holidays in Andorra, these snow activities are ideal. Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice.

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Enjoy an irresistible romantic getaway at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments

A romantic getaway in a holiday apartament? At Els Llacs Mountain Apartments it’s possible to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style! Read on and you’ll find out why.

 

A change of scenery and a break from routine

The holiday appartments are located in an incomparable setting surrounded by mountains that you can see from your balcony or terrace. Each accommodation is different from the other, but all are comfortable, spacious and 100% equipped with everything you need – you won’t miss a thing! Not forgetting the typical mountain chalet décor, ideal for a romantic getaway in the snow with your partner, completely forgetting the stress of the city!

 

Guaranteed comfort for your romantic getaway

Find services that will make your stay much more comfortable and that are not usually found in all holiday flats. We have a spa, with free access, to relax as a couple. Enjoy the indoor and outdoor jacuzzi with views of the mountains, sauna and hammam. Not forgetting the gym so you can continue with your daily training routines. If you wish you can request a spa treatment (extra charge).

In addition, for your first breakfast we have prepared a welcome pack. So you won’t have to worry about anything. For your convenience, you can make your purchase online and have it delivered to the apartment before your arrival to make your stay easier.

And if you want “hotel services” but with the flexibility of a flat, don’t hesitate to try our catering, where you can order a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner to surprise your partner 😉.

 

Don’t leave anyone at home

Don’t worry about your four-legged friend, as you can travel without any problem and stay with them in the Els Llacs flats. In this section you can find out what you need to travel with pets in Andorra.

 

Mountain apartaments with 4-star hotel services

If you want even more for your romantic gateaway: we recommend you visit the 4* Hotel Park Piolets where you will find its spa, opened in December 2019, with the Green Salon, a hairdressing and beauty salon. As well as the Kao Soldeu Chinese haute cuisine restaurant. It is located in the village of Soldeu just 2 minutes from the mountain flats and is part of the same group.

 

Activities in Andorra for your romantic gateaway

These days you will find open snow activities such as mushing, snowmobiling or snowshoeing (except alpine skiing). Take note that restaurants in Andorra are open and other activities, such as museums, are also open. Inside the Andorran territory there is no curfew, nor mobility restrictions (you can check here all the anticovid measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus). From the flats we can advise you and help you to make a reservation if you wish.

 

Don’t wait any longer and make your reservation to live a different kind of romantic getaway in unique mountain flats: Els Llacs, in Bordes de Envarlia, Andorra.

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5 benefits of Mushroom Hunting in Autumn

One of the best seasons for those who love to eat well has arrived. It is the time of the most expected fruits and vegetables for stews and seasonal dishes, without forgetting tasty mushrooms. Besides being delicious and nutritious, going to the mountains to look for mushrooms is one of the best activities to do in autumn.

We tell you 5 benefits for body and mind of going mushroom hunting: 

  1. Disconnect and breathe clean air

To begin with, you must travel to the mountains and spend a few hours away from home. This allows you to completely change the scenery and disconnect from your routine. It’s like a day of “mini-breaks” without thinking about the daily problems and enjoying nature. Besides, you get oxygen and breathe pure air.  

  1. Increase creativity and concentration

Most of the time you will forget about your mobile phone, emails, notifications and other technological distractions and focus on the present moment. You’ll only hear the sound of birds, the wind or the branches and fallen leaves of trees when you step on them, so you’ll increase your attentiveness. 

  1. Doing physical exercise

Walking in the mountains is a great exercise to keep fit. The climbs and descents in the mountains have nothing to envy to a good cardio session in the gym. So, you’ll burn calories while you’re in good company and filling your basket!

  1. It is suitable for everyone

It is a fun activity that you can do alone, if you are an expert mushroom hunter, or accompanied by your family or group of friends, including children.

  1. Take advantage of the outing to eat well

Now that you know some of the benefits of going mushroom hunting for the body, we’ll tell you about the benefits for the palate 😉.

Certainly, when you finish you will be hungry and the excuse is perfect to discover the Andorran gastronomy. There is nothing better than going to a Borda, a typical Andorran restaurant, to try their seasonal dishes with mushrooms. Accompany grilled meat with milk caps or a cream of mushrooms. Don’t forget to try the “ceps” in carpaccio or risottos.  They are also very tasty in omelettes and scrambled eggs or as an accompaniment to a game stew.

As you can see, there are infinite combinations for all tastes.

Enjoy your meal!

Well-equipped for the mountains

Ideally, when you go looking for mushrooms, you should use a wicker basket: they will keep better than if you put them in a plastic bag, as the latter is where they are moistened. It is also necessary to carry a small knife to cut them, because if they are pulled out by the roots they will not grow back.

One very important thing: if you don’t know the type of mushroom or you are not sure, don’t pick it. There are poisonous species and you could get intoxicated. It is always better to consult an expert. 

Do not forget that you are going to the mountains and that you have to be well equipped and have suitable shoes. It’s a good idea to get hold of some mountain poles, which will help you to lean and check the ground before you step on it. Remember that it’s the rainy season and the land can be damp under fallen leaves.

Looking for mushrooms in the mountains is an ideal activity to disconnect, do physical activity, eat well… and a lot of other benefits. Another one is that you can take advantage of the occasion to have an autumn break in Andorra. The good location of our holiday appartments and the fact that we are open all year round makes us the best option. Moreover, when you arrive at your accommodation you will be able to cook for yourself the fruits of the day’s outing.

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LLacs Mountain Apartments, nominated for the World Ski Awards 2020

We have been nominated by the renowned World Ski Awards in the category of mountain accommodation in Andorra. At the same time, Grandvalira has also been chosen to win the award for the best ski resort in the country. A perfect match, don’t you think?

In case you don’t know them, we’ll tell you what these prestigious awards are about.

 

The renowned World Ski Awards

This award recognizes excellence in the world of skiing, a sector that involves some 400 million skiers a year in more than 2,500 resorts worldwide and approximately 6 million hotel beds. This is its eighth edition and will take place from 20 to 22 November in the Alps, with a gala included. The World Ski Awards have 5 different categories: Best Ski Resort, Best Ski Hotel, Best Ski Boutique Hotel and Best Ski Chalet. 

The winners will be voted and the deadline is September 27th. On the one hand, the industry professionals are voting, and on the other hand, the general public is voting through their website.  

These awards belong to the prestigious World Travel Awards. Created in 1995, their aim is to reward the excellence of companies and brands in each of their sections in the world of tourism.

 

And we are in the category: Best Ski Chalet.

We love the idea! Because we do all that is possible to make our accommodation a reference spot in which to spend a perfect holiday.

We have 25 vacation apartments ideal for families and groups of friends, all year round. None of them are the same, the only thing they share is the typical mountain style and decoration with noble materials such as wood and stone.

If you like to enjoy nature, you will appreciate the balconies and terraces of the apartments with views to the mountains. In summer you will see everything in green and in winter you will enjoy watching the snow fall while you drink a cup of hot chocolate. 😉

Moreover, you will not lack anything as they are 100% equipped with all the necessary equipment.

Take note that your holiday will also be safe. We have adopted new hygiene and safety measures to prevent the spread of covid-19.

 

Apartments with hotel services

In Els Llacs Mountain Apartments you will find services and facilities at your disposal to improve your stay and your comfort level.

We have a spa and outdoor jacuzzi, ideal to rest after a day in the mountains or shopping and a fitness room to continue with your daily training. We don’t forget about the little ones, who will be able to have fun in the playground.

So that you don’t have to worry about anything, you can make your shopping online before your arrival and have it delivered to our apartments, and as a novelty this winter we will also have a catering service in case you don’t feel like cooking.

Of course we also have a covered and supervised parking, transfer to the slopes in winter, rental of clothes and ski equipment, ski storage and a room for storing bikes in summer.

Comfort is assured here!

 

An unbeatable situation

We are in Bordes de Envalira, just 700 metres far from Grandvalira, with access to the recently opened Peretol sector. With a very good location 5 minutes from the village of Soldeu and the sector Grau Roig. The tourist apartments Els Llacs are ideal for skiing from any sector and also to enjoy excursions and activities the rest of the year.

 

We will be delighted to welcome you and make sure you have the best of stays. And if we have convinced you to vote for us, you can still do so on the World Ski Award website until 27 September.

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Family activities in Andorra: find the seven Tamarros

Do you know the Tamarros? They are magic beings that live in the Pyrenees and are very difficult to see. They are hidden in the woods and mountains. Would you like to join your children to look for these wonderful creatures? It’s a great activity for the whole family. As well as taking you to discover new corners of our country, you will enjoy nature and the little ones in the house will get a reward.

Leave to find the seven Tamarros

Have fun with your family this summer by searching for the seven Tamarros who are hiding all over Andorra. Their hideouts are easily accessible and located in beautiful natural areas, near viewpoints, rivers or picnic areas.

We have been told that these beings are protecting our natural habitat from an evil troll called “Brutícia” (dirt) who is dirtying everything it finds around: forests, lakes, meadows… Each Tamarro takes care of one of the seven parishes of the Principality and the children who visit us can help them in their mission. They only have to find the magic portals and activate them with a round stone so that the Tamarros can find their way out of their magic world to Andorra.

At the end of the search, and to reward this great help, each child will receive a gift. But before starting, you have to visit a tourist office to get a notebook to fill in at each point. The closest one is in Canillo.

Let the search begin! 

End the day resting in the spa

After all that hard work, you deserve a reward too. When you arrive at the Els Llacs Mountain apartments, recover yourself in our spa with mountain views while listening to the singing of the birds or watching a sunset from the Jacuzzi.

 

This summer don’t think twice about it. Come and spend your holidays surrounded by nature, discovering the Tamarros’ hideout, an activity in Andorra for the whole family. Stay at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments and enjoy all the comfort and unbeatable location of tourist apartments in the countryside.

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Enjoy your safe summer holidays in Andorra

In a few days we will meet again! Start to imagine your summer holidays in Andorra, because in a few days we open again Els Llacs Mountain Apartments.

Summer activities in Andorra

We are not the only ones thinking about opening. There are other tourism establishments that are considering operating this summer with the relevant security measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

At the moment, these are the first news we have received and of which we are beginning to speak: this summer we will be able to enjoy Mon(t) Magic in Canillo, Soldeu Golf, located in Grandvalira and the Bike Park in Pal in Vallnord station.

For the moment, the activities and timetables have not been confirmed. But they are starting to talk about security measures.

A limited volume of people will be considered. For example, to get on the chairlifts and cable cars, the limit is set at 2 people (or more if they belong to the same family) and they will be disinfected after each use.There is also talk of making reservations and payments by internet to avoid physical contact and thus encourage minimum distance. In addition, from our apartments, at the time of booking your stay, we can also manage the tickets for these activities, as soon as we have more information. 😉

Another of the activities to be opened is the Palau de Gel, located in Canillo, where preventive actions will also be implemented to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

And if you wish, you can also take a bath in Caldea this summer. The centre is also working to adopt major safety measures in its thermal waters, as well as in all its facilities.

Not to mention that these activities in Andorra are perfectly complemented by excursions to the mountains.

Don’t forget that our tourist apartments are very well located, at the door of Grandvalira in the middle of the mountain. They are ideal for hikking in the open air and enjoying 100% of nature and are suitable for all levels!

Opening of borders

The borders with neighbouring countries have been closed during the entire coronavirus quarantine period. As of June 1, the border with France will be opened and the Spanish border is expected to open in early July. In order to allow tourists to travel to Andorra, work is underway to make it a domestic destination in both countries.

Andorra is a safe country to travel to

As in any other country, Andorra was also quarantined by completely stopping its activities and confining the entire population to their homes. It also began a gradual deconfinement in which, little by little, economic activities and businesses were resumed. In mid-April, measures were taken to ensure that citizens began to enjoy one hour every two days in the open air, with specific time slots. And so, until June 1 when these restrictions were lifted and the vast majority of economic activities were resumed.

On the other hand, it has pioneered a study of antibodies to the entire population.

As general safety measures all people must wear a mask in their daily life, as well as gloves and disinfectant gel for people facing the public, among other measures according to their activity.

In Els Llacs Mountain Apartments we will also open with all possible safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. You can check them out here. See you very soon!

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Bordes d’Envalira, Soldeu | Andorra

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