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Everything you can do in the parish of Canillo in summer

Canillo is the parish where Els Llacs Mountain Apartments is located. It is the largest in Andorra and this is reflected in the large number of activities it offers in winter, but also in summer. With the mountains close at hand, it has a lot to offer. Today we tell you what you can do for fun this summer in Canillo. With proposals for all tastes and close to the flats, you won’t get bored!

 

Splash: the new summer sensation

The Palau de Gel is located in the centre of Canillo, about 10 minutes by car from our flats. It has recently launched a new attraction, ideal for cooling off in summer (and all year round). The Splash activity includes 3 giant water slides where the whole family will have a great time. Plus the chance to skate on Andorra’s only ice rink. As we were saying, this is a very refreshing activity for summer afternoons, after spending the day in the mountains.

 

Hiking routes in Canillo

This is the ideal parish if you want to go hiking, with many routes and excursions for all levels.
If you go with the family, we suggest the Camí del Gall route, which goes from the town of Canillo to Soldeu (although you can also start the other way round, going all the way down and going up by bus to Soldeu). This is an accessible trail for children, well signposted and with indications explaining the flora and fauna you will encounter along the way.
Not forgetting the well-known Vall d’Incles, where you can go on countless excursions to lakes, such as Juclar, the largest in Andorra, Siscaró or Cabana Sorda.

 

Soldeu Golf

Did you know that Andorra has the highest golf course in Europe? It is located in the Soldeu sector of Grandvalira at an altitude of 2,250 metres. It has 9 holes, a par 33, 16 hectares and a length of 2,590 metres. It also has a school with professional instructors, equipment hire and a restaurant. It is usually open from the end of June to September.
This time you don’t have to go very far, just to the 8-seater cable car in Soldeu, which is the only place to access the course.

 

Cycling routes in Canillo

If you are a fan of cycling, you are in the right place. Andorra has routes for road cyclists and mountain bikers.
We suggest a moderate route that leaves from the centre of Canillo to El Forn, where the Grandvalira Family Park activity centre is located. The route is about 5 kilometres long, with a difference in altitude of 388 metres.
You’ll also find mountain bike and e-bike circuits in the Grandvalira sectors.

 

Family activities to enjoy the mountains

In summer there are many ways to enjoy the mountain.

Grandvalira’s Family Park is the ideal place to enjoy an unforgettable day out with your children. It offers outdoor activities for the whole family.

Discover Andorra’s adventure parks.

 

Eating well in Canillo

Gastronomy is another must on a trip, especially if you come to Andorra. In Canillo it is easy to sample the local gastronomy in some of the typical restaurants such as the bordas. But you can also sample international cuisine. Don’t miss the two restaurants at the Park Piolets hotel: Kao Soldeu and the new Trattoria by Andrea Tumbarello. In the former you will savour the delights of Italian haute cuisine and in the latter you will travel to the most authentic Italy thanks to its dishes.

Tibetan bridge and the Roc del Quer

You’ve probably already heard that one of the longest Tibetan bridges in the world is in Andorra. And we also have it in Canillo and next to the Roc del Quer viewpoint. Undoubtedly two of the most emblematic spots to enjoy the views of Andorra. 

Museums in Andorra and cultural activities

Finally, if your trip must include a cultural visit, we recommend the church of Sant Joan de Caselles, a fine example of Romanesque architecture in Andorra, which is open in summer.
Without leaving Canillo, you can enjoy the motorbike museum, where you will find a collection that reviews its evolution since 1896 with iconic pieces.
And to round off the cultural visits, don’t miss the Meritxell sanctuary, dedicated to the patron saint of Andorra and part of the Marian Route.

These are just some of the activities and visits you can do in Canillo.
After a day of emotions, we are waiting for you at Els Llacs Mountain Apartment, where you will enjoy your well-deserved rest, in holiday flats with everything you need.

 

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7 Reasons to choose Els Llacs Mountain Apartments this Easter

Discover why our apartments in Andorra are the perfect choice for an unforgettable Easter in the mountains with your pet, with unique spaces, spa and more!
Els Llacs is the ideal place for those looking for comfort and proximity to the ski slopes. If you are planning a family holiday this year and you don’t want to leave your dog at home, discover why booking our flats is your best option. And with the recent snowfall at the beginning of March, this year’s long weekend promises to be a great one, so get your suitcase ready!

Accomodation in Andorra for Easter

Els Llacs are not just a place to stay; they are your second home in the heart of Grandvalira. Big, beautiful, and comfortable. Each space is designed to meet your every need. The typical mountain decoration, with the use of noble materials such as wood, creates a warm and cosy atmosphere that invites you to relax after a day of activities in the snow.

Complete equipment for a carefree stay

From fully equipped kitchens to modern bathrooms and bedrooms with high quality bedding, everything is designed for your comfort. Imagine preparing a hot meal after a day’s skiing or curling up in your bed with a view of the snow-capped mountains.
And because we like to take care of you, we’ve put together a welcome pack with everything you need to make you feel at home.

Apartments in Andorra with spa and gym

The spa, with its outdoor jacuzzi and mountain views, is simply spectacular. It’s the perfect place to relax once you get back to the flats. If you want to keep active, the gym offers a range of workout options. What you’ll be most pleased to know is that the spa and gym are included in the price of your stay.

Pet Friendly: your pets are welcome

At Els Llacs Mountain Apartments you can come with your pet and enjoy your holiday together. We understand that your four-legged friend is part of the family, which is why we accept pets in our flats in Andorra.

Flats in Andorra with excellent location

You’ll be just a short drive from Andorra’s best ski slopes. The location, in Bordes de Envalira, is ideal for those seeking the tranquillity of the mountains, but who also want easy access to the slopes, activities and entertainment.
The nearest sector of Grandvalira is El Peretol, but Grau Roig and Soldeu are also close by, just 5 minutes away by car. From both you can start snow activities to combine with skiing or to dedicate a whole day to it. In Soldeu, you can also enjoy après-ski in restaurants and nightlife venues. Another nearby town is Pas de la Casa, where you can ski or spend an afternoon shopping in its many shops. It is another of Andorra’s important commercial hubs.

Activities and entertainment in Andorra at Easter

From skiing to exploring the rich local culture and gastronomy, Andorra offers a wide range of activities for all tastes and ages.
The resorts offer all kinds of snow-related activities, excursions, igloo building, zip-lines and sledging tracks, among others. But the country also offers a variety of museums and cultural activities suitable for all ages. There is also a wide range of restaurants, cafés and bars. And of course, the shopping that combines perfectly with the rest of the activities.
You won’t get bored and you won’t run out of things to do!

Book your Easter break

Choosing our flats in Andorra for your Easter break is a guarantee of an unforgettable experience. We offer you all the facilities to make sure that your Easter break is exactly as you imagined it. Booking your stay at Els Llacs Moutain Apartments is easy, flexible and you get a 10% discount when you book through our website, book your flat now!

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Ski circuits in Grandvalira: discover them!

Have you heard of Grandvalira’s special ski circuits? They are a series of itineraries, differentiated by level and discipline, designed to explore the slopes in a different way and at the same time be a real challenge. We’ll tell you about them here.

Fun Cross ski circuits

The little skiers will test their skills on the boards with lots of curves, jumps, turns and tunnels. As well as having a great time, they will gain agility and experience with 5 different circuits specially created for this purpose.

The Fun Cross circuits are spread over the El Tarter and Soldeu sectors.

For beginners there is the Marmota Fun Cross, at the foot of Soldeu ski slopes, with a length of 332 metres and 25 metres of vertical drop. The Òliba Fun Cross is also in this area and is for more experienced skiers, with a blue level. On the other hand, to ski the Astor Fun Cross Ride you need a very high level to be able to overcome its obstacles.
In El Tater, the resort offers the Guineu Fun Cross circuit, with a ride of 880 m. and 165 m. of vertical drop on red pistes. And finally, the Ós Fun Cross Ride for very experienced children who can enjoy the longest circuit with a length of 490 m. and 175 m. of vertical drop.

Easy Way, Fun Way and Skimo Way ski circuits

Following these circuits is another way of discovering the resort. To complete them you need to have a minimum level of skiing, as you’ll be following medium/high level pistes. They are also ideal for families. The circuits are in the Grau Roig, Pas de la Casa and Encamp sectors.

– Easy Way

This ski circuit crosses 6 blue pistes and 8 lifts. You should estimate an approximate duration of 4 hours to complete it.

– Fun Way

This route requires a higher level of skiing, as it only runs along red pistes. It lasts between 3 to 5 hours depending on how you choose the 11 pistes and 10 lifts. The effort will be well worth it as it will take you to discover the most unique places in the resort.

– Skimo Way

In this case we change the equipment from alpine skiing to ski mountaineering. It is a route that runs through emblematic points of the resort linking Pas de la Casa with Encamp and is suitable for all levels.

How to get to the slopes from the apartments?

El Peretol is the closest sector to Els Llacs Mountain Apartments. Located in Bordes de Envalira, it gives access to the slopes via the Pla de Pedres chairlift. In this area of the resort you will find a car park with limited spaces and also a free shuttle service for guests staying at Bordes de Envalira, which runs every 20 minutes when the slopes are open. You can consult the timetables here.

Tips for skiing in Andorra

Some of the circuits require a good level of skiing to enjoy the harder slopes. To enjoy a full and safe experience, start gradually on simpler routes. Each one is duly signposted with the corresponding level: the green runs are the easiest, followed by the blue ones, which are intermediate, the medium-high level red ones and the black ones, reserved for the most experienced skiers.
If you are new to skiing, we recommend that you take some lessons. The resort has ski schools in all sectors. Starting with an instructor will allow you to acquire technique and good practice from the first moment you step on the boards. You can book individual or group courses in alpine skiing, snowboarding or ski mountaineering, both for adults and children.

Now that you know the Grandvalira ski circuits, you can’t miss the chance to try them out.
Book your accommodation now at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments with your ski pass in Grandvalira and enjoy the snow in Andorra.

Planes de Semana Santa

Promising Easter holidays this year! Coming early at the end of March

As the bank holiday approaches, we invite you to discover a selection of Easter plans that combine sport, leisure and comfort in Andorra. We hope this guide will inspire you for your getaway! Whether on skis or a snowboard or just enjoying a moment of peace and quiet in a cosy flat, this holiday will be unique.

Day 1: Arrival in Andorra at Els LLacs Mountain Apartments

Your Easter getaway begins in one of our mountain apartments that offer the warmth and comfort that your family and your pet need. Not only are they 100% equipped with every comfort, but they are also large, spacious, and they will surround you in a cosy mountain atmosphere. After your arrival, you can set off to explore the surrounding area or go to Soldeu, the nearest town, or to Pas de la Casa, where you can take the opportunity to do some shopping and stroll around. Take it easy on the first afternoon, rest from your trip and get your strength back for the Easter plans that await you.

Day 2: First day of skiing in Andorra

After a hearty breakfast, get ready for your first day in Grandvalira. Remember: buying your ski pass beforehand will save you time, as you will save this procedure when you get to the slopes. If you book the apartament with ski pass from our website, you will get the complete pack with the days of pass you want, plus an exclusive 10% discount on the accommodation for buying on our website.
Grandvalira offers a wide variety of slopes for all levels, from beginners to expert skiers. If you want to improve your level or start with a good base, you can book individual or group lessons.

Apartments with spa 

Back at the flat, we suggest you try our spa (to which you have free access throughout your stay) and especially the outdoor jacuzzi surrounded by mountains. If you wish, you have the possibility of rewarding yourself with a massage, with prior reservation ( payable service).

Day 3: more skiing and more Easter plans

Continue your adventure with another exciting day of skiing or snowboarding. Take note: if you’re looking for alternatives to skiing, Grandvalira offers many snow activities, such as snowmobile tours, snowshoeing or mushing.
In the evening, it’s time to explore the après-ski options.

Splash! The latest attraction

Andorra has something for everyone. On this occasion, we’ll tell you about the newest one. We are talking about Splash: the water slide at the Canillo Ice Palace (Palau de Gel de Canillo). This winter, you will be able to enjoy this brand new activity, 10 minutes by car from the flats. It has three 7-metre-high slides and a 53-metre-long course that runs partially along the outside of the building. It’ suitable for children from 10 years of age and over, with a minimum height of 1.20 metres. For the youngest children, from 3 to 12 years old, you will find slides adapted to their age in the indoor pool. And of course, you can also go ice skating on the recently renovated Olympic ice rink.

Day 4: last day of skiing and farewell dinner

Make the most of your last day on the slopes. You can explore new slopes or repeat your favourites. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in one of the most emblematic restaurants in the area. For this occasion we propose the Kao Soldeu restaurant at the Park Piolets 5* hotel, part of our hotel group, where you can enjoy traditional Chinese haute cuisine and toast to an unforgettable Easter.

These Easter plans are ideal for both ski enthusiasts and those looking for a unique getaway. They ensure 4 exciting days of skiing, snow activities, après-ski and relaxation in cosy, pet-friendly flats.
No one in the family will be left behind and you’ll have a great time.

Novedades de Grandvalira

Discover what awaits you this season in Grandvalira

Winter is finally here and the ski season has begun. Maybe you’ve already done a few runs in the snow or maybe you’re still counting down the days until your getaway to Andorra. If you are about to plan your holidays in the snow, get ready to discover the new features that await you this year in Grandvalira. We tell you everything you need to know for your next ski trip.

Grandvalira grows with more kilometres of slopes

That’s right! This year you will be able to enjoy 3 new red pistes in the Canillo sector, which have been built in the Encampanada area next to the Seig chairlift, which is also new. The resort has now grown to 140 pistes and 215 kilometres.
On the other hand, it has also implemented improvements in the high section of the Port-Grau piste in the Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig sectors, in the Port d’Envalira – Antenes area. This area will be the entrance to the future ICONIC high-altitude sports performance centre.

Ski mountaineering and snowshoeing circuits

Ski mountaineering and snowshoeing enthusiasts will also see their opportunities in the snow increase. It is true that alpine skiing is the king sport, but Grandvalira is committed to a good number of snow sports and activities and incorporates new ones every season.
In Soldeu you will find a new ski mountaineering circuit and 6 new snowshoeing circuits in the Soldeu, El Tarter and Canillo sectors.

Improvements in infrastructures and services

The resort is making improvements to its facilities to ensure a comfortable and pleasant stay for all skiers.
Pas de la Casa inaugurates a new multifunctional building, the 2,222 Costa Rodona, with ski lockers and 230 lockers.
In the 3 Grandvalira snowparks, up to 8 modules have been added and 2 more have been improved. This gives freestyle lovers a new inventive way to enjoy their favourite discipline.
It also offers renewed proposals for families at the Pas de la Casa and Cortals children’s school, with improved circuits, and at the Kids Forest in Pas de la Casa, where a new circuit with more modules and play elements suitable for children has been opened. For its part, Soldeu has refurbished the nursery and has also extended its crèche.

Events in the resort

Once again this year, Grandvalira has a calendar of great sporting events and festivals that you can’t miss. Put them in the diary!
– On 10 and 11 February, the Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup returns in the Slalom and Giant Slalom categories on the Avet piste in Soldeu.
– From 12 to 14 March, the finals of the KM Launch World Cup will take place on the Riberal piste in the Grau Roig sector.
– From 4 to 7 April, Snowrow, the music and sports festival, will be back for the second time in the Grau Roig sector.

Come and see what’s new in Grandvalira

If you are planning a ski getaway for the first months of the year to discover what’s new in Grandvalira, we make it very easy for you: book your ski pass with Els Llacs Mountain Apartments and… get ready to enjoy the ski season to the fullest!

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Make the most of the last long weekend of the year and start 2024 in Andorra

Are you ready for a unique experience to end the year? Andorra is known for its breathtaking mountain scenery and friendly atmosphere. And of course, during the festive season it is the ideal destination. If you want to know why; read on and we’ll reveal the best plans to spend the New Year’s long weekend in Andorra. We propose a getaway to start 2024 in the snow in the best way possible.

Start the year on the slopes

Wake up in a mountain apartment with views to the slopes and just a few metres from the access to Grandvalira. Prepare yourself a delicious breakfast, load your boards, boots and the rest of your ski equipment in the car, get to the resort quickly and ski – it’s as easy as that! On the first day of the year 2024, your first act will be skiing in Grandvalira. 😊
But to make sure everything is ready, don’t forget to buy your ski pass beforehand. Book your flat with ski pass in advance and don’t let anything ruin your big day.

Eat your grapes with a view of the snow-capped mountains.

Or celebrate it your way! Do you know what the advantage of staying in a flat is? You won’t be tied to a pre-established menu or restrictive schedules. You will be able to prepare whatever you feel like during the whole New Year’s Eve long weekend and New Year’s Eve as well. In addition, you will only be surrounded by your loved ones.
However, we have just one small recommendation: don’t forget to buy chocolate with churros to start the year in the sweetest way! 😉

The New Year’s long weekend is also a time for shopping

Unlike in Spain, where the sales start after Christmas, in Andorra they start on the first Friday before Christmas. So from 22 December you can go shopping and buy whatever you like at the best price. From electronics to prestigious fashion brands, sports clothing and equipment, cosmetics and perfumery. In all the shops you will see signs with discounts and promotions. However, remember that 1 January is one of the few days when shops do not open their doors, and on 31 December they will close their shutters a little earlier. So you will have to leave this activity for the days before.
But don’t worry, there are more proposals for the 1st of January.

Après-ski activities for the long weekend at the end of the year

Over the long weekend, you’ll be able to enjoy activities and events designed to make the most of the long weekend, especially on Saturday and Sunday.

– Christmas activities

In Andorra la Vella you can stroll through the Christmas village, ideal if you’re going with young children, as there you’ll find a skating rink, a carousel and travelling shows in the evenings. La Massana has a brand new experience: the Estelàrium. A space with a temporary planetarium where you can see the moon and the solar system through immersive films, and where you can also enjoy food trucks, concerts, shows and workshops. In Canillo you can’t miss the giant nativity scene, with life-size figures distributed all over the town.

– I just want to relax

If you’re still here on 1 January, the best suggestion, of course, is to go skiing in Grandvalira. But afterwards, to complete the day, you can recover your strength in the spa of the flats (included in the price). Or go to Caldea, which also opens on 1 January (we recommend you book in advance).

– The New Year’s concert

Framed under the theme “The colours of Strauss”, the Orquestra Nacional de Cambra d’Andorra (ONCA), conducted by Albert Gumí, will be the star of the New Year’s concert, with the aim of discovering the greatness of Johann Strauss Jr. It will take place on 1 January 2024 at 7 pm in the National Auditorium in Ordino.

Gastronomic plans for the last night of the year

Of course, an excellent way to spend New Year’s Eve is to go out for dinner with family and friends. Andorra’s restaurants offer special menus and, although you’ll find a wide variety of options all over the country, Soldeu is the closest place. The best way to make sure you don’t run out of tables is to choose where you want to go and get in touch to make a reservation beforehand, otherwise you run the risk of being left without a table.

Nightlife

Soldeu also has a good range of bars, restaurants and nightlife, both during the winter season and over the long weekend.

From skiing in the largest resort in the Pyrenees, to relaxing in spas and enjoying the delicious local gastronomy, Andorra has everything you need for a great New Year’s Eve weekend. To make your stay even more special, we suggest you stay at Els Llacs Mountain Apartments, where you can rest and recharge your batteries after a day in the snow.
We assure you that this getaway in Andorra will be a unique gift for you and your family.

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Have fun in the snow with original activities in Andorra

Do you want to know everything Grandvalira has to offer in winter? We’ll tell you about the top snow activities you’ll find in the resort this winter to combine with skiing and snowboarding, or if you prefer to enjoy your holidays in the snow in a different way. Are you up for trying out new proposals?

Which snow activities to choose in Andorra?

In addition to ski-related sports, Grandvalira offers other snow activities during the winter season. The options are varied and suitable for all ages, to do as a couple, with the family or with friends. Although most of them take place during the day, some others can be booked at night.
As these are snow activities, make sure you wrap up warm with gloves, trousers, jacket and sunglasses to protect you from the cold and the sun.

Here are some fun and easy snow activities beyond skiing and snowboarding.

Snowmobiling

This is a unique way to experience the snowy landscapes of the mountains. Snowmobiles can usually accommodate two people, and you must be at least 18 years old and have a driving licence (children aged 6-17 must be accompanied by an adult). Prices vary according to the rental time: you can choose between 30 minutes, 1 or 2 hours. The excursions start from the Grau Roig activity centre in the Moretó forest near the flats, or in Pas de la Casa. They are available at night but only from Grau Roig.

Mushing: dog sledge rides

This is one of the most popular snow activities. It is an excellent option for families or couples in which you can ride as a passenger, but if you dare you can also drive. In Grandvalira, the sledges have 2 seats and there is the possibility of booking it as a family with 2 adults and 1 or 2 children from 3 to 11 years old. Children under 3 years of age do not need a seat, as they ride in the arms of an adult and do not pay, children from 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The excursions are 2, 3 and 5 km in the marked circuits of the adventure centre of Grau Roig and Riba Escorxada in El Tarter.

Snowshoeing with a guide

Exploring the mountain on snowshoes is a unique experience. Delve into the beauty of nature, walk on the snow and discover breathtaking landscapes. This is one of the perfect snow activities in Andorra for the whole family, groups of friends or couples. In Grandvalira you can book guided excursions for 2 hours, half a day or a whole day in the Grau Roig sector. If you want to make it even more special, sign up for a night outing under the stars.

Snow activities are also après-ski

Indeed, as we have seen, many of these excursions can be done at night, but there are more.
In Pas de la Casa, the La Solana/Tubs piste is still open from Thursday to Saturday until 20h, so you can experience the sensation of skiing at night on a completely illuminated piste.
In the Peretol sector, the one closest to the flats, there is the Sunset Park Peretol, the freestyle area that opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 15h to 21h.
And finally, if you want to spend a super fun afternoon after the resort has closed, you just have to go to Soldeu and go down the slopes on an articulated sled, the Snake Gliss, guided by a monitor.

Holiday apartaments to enjoy snow activities

Els Llacs Mountain Apartments are located 700 metres from the Peretol access to the resort. They are unique mountain flats with all the comforts you can imagine. They also have a children’s area and a spa so that everyone can have a good time after a day of snow activities. Would you like to try them out?

Andorra Shopping Festival

The Andorra Shopping Festival is back

Once again this year the most eagerly awaited event of the autumn is back: the Andorra Shopping Festival, now celebrating its 10th edition. From 3 to 19 November, travelling shows, open-air concerts and activities for young and old will accompany you as you go shopping in the centre of Andorra. The activities are mainly concentrated at weekends.
Today we tell you everything you’ll find in this new edition of the shopping festival.

The Andorra Shopping Festival takes place in the street

Over three weekends a multitude of concerts, shows and workshops will be held in the main shopping areas.
On Saturdays from 7 p.m. onwards there will be after-shopping sessions with Andorran groups and singers. Take the opportunity to get to know the country’s music scene while you have a drink in one of the bars in the old quarter of the capital. The performances will take place on Saturdays 4, 11 and 18 November from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Plaza Guillemó and Plaza Sant Esteve.
You can also attend open-air concerts in different locations in the centre of Escaldes and Andorra la Vella on Saturdays. You’ll find a wide variety of proposals such as rock cover bands and a tribute to Rita Turner, among others, as well as DJ sessions.
The street entertainment will be rounded off by parades of original travelling shows that will liven up Saturday afternoons and mornings.
Check out the full programme of performances here.

The little ones at home will have a great time

The Andorra Shopping Festival is for the whole family. So the little ones will also take part in the shopping festival with a host of children’s activities. Families can’t miss the activities aimed at the little ones, such as concerts, a holographic puppet show or a visit to the caravan set up as a cinema, where they can discover animated short films. They will also be able to attend the workshops that have been specially organised for them. For example, they can leave their mark on the Andorra Shopping Festival’s large mural, where they can learn how to draw vertically, create a fluorescent sheet, make fabric bags or personalised bracelets. There will also be fantasy make-up and face painting.
With so many activities you’ll find it hard to go back to the flats 😉.

There are also workshops for adults!

Put yourself in the hands of experts in the make-up workshop where they will advise you with tips and tricks so you can apply them yourself in your day-to-day life. Take part in the beauty area and discover the secrets of simple or more artistic make-up, as well as a nail art workshop to learn how to make unique designs on your nails, or discover how to keep your shoes looking like new. Or take home a unique AI-generated souvenir in our photo booth: all you have to do is take a photo and choose a character option.
And while you’re strolling and shopping, you can stop off at the Café el Conseller stand to have one of their coffee and tea-based drinks or try their new products, or visit the Andorran producers’ stand to sample some of Andorra’s local produce.

Discover the selfie spots at the Andorra Shopping Festival

While you’re shopping, stroll around and find the 7 different structures scattered around the capital and Escaldes so you can take a photo of yourself and upload it to your social networks, leaving a record of your time at the festival. Each structure is 2 metres tall, created with an original artistic effect and background. You can see yourself swinging on the clouds, floating among thousands of rubber duckies or reflecting on a diamond, among others. The selfie spots are open every day from 3 to 9 November.
Will you find them all?

The water, light and music show of the capital’s new fountains

Since last summer we have a new attraction in Andorra la Vella. The new fountains located on the Paris Bridge in the Plaza de la Rotonda square light up and can create more than two thousand choreographies thanks to the combinations of music, lights and the 6 water jets. Don’t miss it every Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm.

The gastronomic days also return

The Andorra Shopping Festival dates also match the dates of the culinary days, where you can taste dishes made with local produce and local products from the country. Andorra’s restaurants offer gastronomic menus ranging from €35 to €45. You can check the guide to the country’s participating establishments and choose the one you fancy trying. Andorra a Taula” starts at the same time as the Andorra Shopping Festival, but in this case it is extended for another week, until 26 November.

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

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What do you need to enjoy the snow with your children?

Organising a snow holiday in Andorra with the whole family is an activity you can’t miss in winter. However, there are some points to bear in mind, apart from accommodation, planning the trip and meals. One of them is how to dress the little ones properly to protect them from the cold and damp when skiing or doing activities in the snow. In this article we tell you about the ski equipment you will need so that you have everything ready.

What clothing does your child need for the snow?

The important thing is that you travel with what you need so that you don’t lack anything, but that you don’t carry unnecessary clothes either. As you will see, one of the basic premises is to dress them in layers, protecting them from the cold and at the same time being able to take clothes off when they are hot and prevent them from sweating.

– Thermal clothing

Start with a T-shirt and thermal tights. They need to fit snug but not tight, otherwise they won’t be able to move freely. Make sure they are breathable so that the garment stays dry at all times. There are tops with high collars, but if they have a neckwear, you won’t need them.

– Anorak and ski trousers

The jacket and trousers should be waterproof so that water doesn’t get through when they fall or play in the snow. If you feel they are not warm enough, you can add a middle layer, such as a polar fleece, between the thermal T-shirt and the anorak. It is very practical that the wrist of the anorak has velcro so that you can adjust the jacket to the arm and keep out the cold. For younger children, you can dress them in ski overalls, which are easier to put on as they have fewer zips and buttons.

– Ski socks

It is essential that their feet are well protected and with the right material to avoid the cold and chafing from the boots.

– Gloves

It’s best to play it safe and have two pairs. Children love to play in the snow, they end up getting them wet, even if they are waterproof. Always carry a second pair with you so they don’t get their little hands wet.

– Goggles

Check that they fit and hold their face well and that they have good visibility for both cloudy and sunny days.

Boards, boots and poles for the little ones

As they are still growing, consider whether you prefer to buy the equipment or rent it, which is also a good solution. Boards, bindings and poles depend on their weight and height and may not be suitable for them from one year to the next.
You can rent or buy ski equipment in the shop of Park Piolets Mountain Hotel&Spa, the 5* hotel that belongs to the same group as the apartaments.

Sun protection

You probably already know this, but it’s worth remembering the importance of applying sun cream and lipstick to protect yourself from the sun. At the chemist’s they will help you find the one that best suits your child’s skin.

Skiing with children in Grandvalira

And now that you’ve got everything ready, all you need to do is put your suitcase in the car and come! In Andorra there are many options for enjoying the snow.
Obviously, the first is skiing. In the ski resorts you’ll find endless possibilities for your children to learn to ski. From schools and classes adapted to their age and level, so that they can get started in this sport or improve their technique. In this article you will find information about skiing with children. But you can also choose from a wide range of activities, we’ll tell you all about them here, so you’ll have a great time!

Don’t wait any longer and book Els Llacs Mountain Apartments with accommodation and ski pass in Grandvalira to enjoy a family ski holiday.

World-Ski-Awards

LLacs Mountain Apartments, nominated for another year’s World Ski Awards

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?

Here we tell you about these distinctions that recognise the best companies in the ski industry in different fields.

The renowned World Ski Awards

This award recognises 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 eleventh edition and 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 13th. 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 1993, 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, however 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.

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.

Of course we also have a covered and supervised parking, 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 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 13 October.

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