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Andorra Walking Holiday
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Andorra Walking Holiday

  • 7 Night Holiday
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Nestled between the French and Spanish border, Andorra is one of Europe’s best kept secrets for outdoor enthusiasts. With 65 peaks that stand at over 2,000m high, Andorra is well known for its ski resorts, however what many do not know is that it is the perfect destination for mountain walking in the warmer months.

While Andorra is one of the smallest countries in Europe, it has so much to offer from rugged landscapes, beautiful lakes, towering peaks, lush countryside, steep valleys and charming medieval villages.  Based in the mountain village of La Massana, you will spend four days exploring the Andorran Pyrenees by foot with our expert local guide. Embark on walks which include Lake Moreno, Griu Summit, Siguer Pass, Blue Lake, Thoumasset Peak, Comapedrosa Peak and Estanyó Lake as well as having ample free time for further independent exploration in this walker’s paradise. So lace up those walking boots and come join us on this 7 night Walking Holiday and discover the best that is the hidden gem of Andorra. 

The daily walking distance on the moderate walks is between 7.6 km – 9 km with climbs of up to 700 meters. The daily distance on the challenging walks is between 12.5 km – 15 km with climbs of up to 1400 meters.

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Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy. 
Airport
Flight duration is approx. 2 ½ hours. Barcelona–El Prat Airport is located 12 km southwest of the centre of Barcelona city and your coach transfer is approximately 3 hours to your hotel in Andorra.
Climate

The weather in Andorra should be pleasant, expect temperatures of 18 to 26 degrees. 

Food & Drink

Cuisine in Andorra tends to be quite simple, and blends influences from the surrounding areas of France, Spain & Catalonia. Spanish food itself is delicious, healthy, and full of flavour. Tapas, paella, fresh fish, grilled meat, seafood and chorizo are just some of the many things you can expect to find on the menus here. The food of the region is perfectly complemented by local wines. There are countless shops and markets throughout Barcelona where you can pick up meats and cheeses to bring home. 

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Sun cream
  • A sun hat
  • Sturdy walking boots with ankle support
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

 

Andorra: A Novel by Peter Cameron

Holiday highlights

 La Massana

Although La Massana is known for as a skiing destination during the winter season, the picturesque mountains and forests surrounding the town are just as beautiful during the summer; perfect for walking enthusiasts and nature lovers.     

Andorran Pyrenees 

Andorra is an extraordinary country, completely surrounded by the stunning Pyrenees mountain range. Due to its relatively isolated and non-strategic location, Andorra has never participated in any major wars for 1,000 years. The Andorran Pyrenees offers endless hiking opportunities for all abilities amongst the rugged mountains.

Coma Pedrosa Natural Park

A protected national park in the western part of Andorra which contains the highest peak in the country, Coma Pedrosa. Exploring the park you’ll discover forests of birch and pine, waterfalls, valleys, meadows and glacial lakes. 

Sorteny Nature Park 

Covering an area of over 1,000 hectares, rich in flora and incredible wildlife such as wild boars, deer, chamois and marmots, Sorteny Nature Park truly is a nature lover’s paradise. You can enjoy the park to its fullest using the abundance of walking trails.

Estanyo Lake

Located within Sorteny Nature Park at an altitude of 2,339 metres Estanyo Lake is definitely worth the trek. You can enjoy spectacular views in a tranquil setting and if you’re feeling brave, you can have a refreshing dip in the lake.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy. 
Airport
Flight duration is approx. 2 ½ hours. Barcelona–El Prat Airport is located 12 km southwest of the centre of Barcelona city and your coach transfer is approximately 3 hours to your hotel in Andorra.
Climate

The weather in Andorra should be pleasant, expect temperatures of 18 to 26 degrees. 

Food & Drink

Cuisine in Andorra tends to be quite simple, and blends influences from the surrounding areas of France, Spain & Catalonia. Spanish food itself is delicious, healthy, and full of flavour. Tapas, paella, fresh fish, grilled meat, seafood and chorizo are just some of the many things you can expect to find on the menus here. The food of the region is perfectly complemented by local wines. There are countless shops and markets throughout Barcelona where you can pick up meats and cheeses to bring home. 

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Sun cream
  • A sun hat
  • Sturdy walking boots with ankle support
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

 

Andorra: A Novel by Peter Cameron

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Andorra

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Morning

Travel to Andorra

Begin your walking holiday with a flight to Barcelona Airport, Spain. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representative and will travel by coach over the border to the landlocked country of Andorra. (Approximate transfer time: 3 hours. Approximate driving distance: 204 km). Your hotel is located in the mountain village of La Massana, home to the highest mountain in Andorra, Coma Pedrosa.

Afternoon

Orientation meeting

Upon arrival at your hotel you will have an orientation meeting with your local expert walking guides. On each walking day throughout your holiday there will be a moderate and a challenging walking route. During the orientation meeting your local expert walking guides will discuss the kind of distance and terrain you can expect for both walking routes, and the level of physical fitness required for the moderate route and the challenging route. You will have some free time at leisure for independent exploration before joining your fellow group members for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Overnight

Accommodation

4 star hotel in La Massana (7 nights)

Day 2 – Lake Moreno, Ensagents and Alt del Griu

Full day

Lake Moreno, Ensagents and Alt del Griu

Today there is a moderate and a challenging walking route. Both routes set out on a circular path in the Ensagents area in the Andorran parish of Encamp. Both routes will pass through a black pine forest until the pretty Lake Moreno is reached. This is a very tranquil location, set at 2365 metres above sea level. From Lake Moreno the both routes will continue towards Ensagents shelter. Upon reaching Ensagents shelter the moderate route will head back towards the starting point on the circular path and the challenging route will continue climbing high in to the mountains to reach the magnificent open views of the peaks and crests in the area. The challenging route’s ascent will lead to the Ensagents Lakes and then finally the summit of the Alt del Griu at 2874 metres before taking a different downhill route to finish the walk. (Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 8.5 km / Duration: 5 hours / Incline: 560 m) (Difficulty: Challenging / Distance: 13 km / Duration: 5 hours / Incline: 1000 m)

Day 3 – Siguer Pass, Blue Lake and Thoumasset Peak

Full day

Siguer Pass, Blue Lake and Thoumasset Peak

Today there is a moderate and a challenging walking route. Both routes will embark on a walk along the Rialb Valley towards Siguer Pass which is at an altitude of 2395 metres. From here the group will cross over the border in to France descending towards the magnificent Étang Blaou (Blue Lake) located in the French region of the Arège. From Blue Lake the moderate route will begin their descent to end their walk while the challenging route will continue to trek onwards, climbing the area around the Blue Lake to reach the summit of Pic de Thoumasset which is situated at an altitude of 2742 metres. To end the day’s walking the challenging route will walk downhill on the same path that was taken for the ascent of Thoumasset Peak. (Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 9 km / Duration: 5 hours / Incline: 630 m) (Difficulty: Challenging / Distance: 13 km / Duration: 5 hours / Incline: 1020 m)

Day 4 – At leisure

Full day

At leisure

You will have one full day at leisure to experience the great outdoors in Andorra as you wish. Andorra offers some of the finest walking paths in Europe, many of which are well way-marked and clearly signposted so they are perfect for independent exploration. Or perhaps you would like to soak up some of the local culture. If so, we recommend checking some of the other nearby small towns and villages to experience their unique medieval charm. Eating local food is one of the best ways to discover a destination, and the Andorran cuisine takes on many influences from its neighbouring countries so make sure you try some of the delicious dishes the region has to offer.

Day 5 – Coma Pedrosa

Full day

Coma Pedrosa

Today there is a moderate and a challenging walking route in Coma Pedrosa Natural Park. Both routes will embark on walks through forested areas filled with various plants and flowers, ideal for any botany lover. Both routes will lead to the Coma Pedrosa shelter, and it is from here that the moderate route will begin the descent to finish their walk. The challenging route will continue further with an ascent to the Estany Negre (Black Lake) which sits at 2636 metres above sea level. From Black Lake begin the last push towards the peak of Coma Pedrosa. Coma Pedrosa is the highest mountain in Andorra standing at 2942 metres and is extremely popular with mountain climbers. Its ascent is technically straightforward, but also strenuous, offering the ideal challenge for those who want to test themselves. Once the Coma Pedrosa’s peak has been reached the reward is the excellent panoramic viewpoint of the rest of the Pyrenees. (Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 7.6 km / Duration: 5 hours / Incline: 700 m) (Difficulty: Challenging / Distance: 15 km / Duration: 5 hours / Incline: 1400 m)

Day 6 – At leisure

Full day

At leisure

Today you will have another full day at leisure for independent exploration in the Andorran Pyrenees. We suggest taking the gondola lift from La Massana to explore some of the other nearby mountain resorts. Your local guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your taste, but you will certainly be spoiled for choice of outdoor pursuits in this spectacular landscape.

Day 7 – Sorteny, Estanyó Lake and Estanyó Peak

Full day

Sorteny, Estanyó Lake and Estanyó Peak

Today there is a moderate and a challenging walking route in Sorteny Natural Park, which is home to more than 700 species of flowers and plants, 50 of which are exclusive to the Pyrenees. Both routes will embark on a walk towards the glacial lake of Estanyó. Upon reaching Estanyó Lake, which sits at 2330 metres above sea level, the moderate route will begin tackling their descent. The challenging route will continue from Estanyó Lake with an ascent to the crest of Roc del Rellotge (The Clock Rock) and from here will then follow a path along the ridge until Estanyó Peak is reached. Standing at 2915 metres Estanyó Peak offers a magnificent viewpoint of the surrounding areas. (Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 8 km / Duration: 5 hours / Incline: 550 m) (Difficulty: Challenging / Distance: 12.5 km / Duration: 5 hours / Incline: 1125 m)

Day 8 – At leisure & return home

Morning

At leisure

You will have one final morning at leisure in the mountain village of La Massana to spend as you wish. This is the perfect time to do any last minute exploring or simply soak up the tranquil mountain surroundings of La Massana.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Magic Ski Hotel 4

Hotel Magic Ski offers the perfect base for outdoor enthusiasts. Situated in the heart of the charming mountain village, La Massana, the hotel enjoys prime location close to the cable car that gives access to Vallnord Mountain. Rooms are rustic and comfortable offering guests the... read more read more read more

Hotel Magic Ski offers the perfect base for outdoor enthusiasts. Situated in the heart of the charming mountain village, La Massana, the hotel enjoys prime location close to the cable car that gives access to Vallnord Mountain. Rooms are rustic and comfortable offering guests the chance to unwind after spending a day exploring the Andorran Pyrenees. With restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops all within close proximity this hotel lets guest enjoy all Andorra has to offer.

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Magic Ski Hotel
Avinguda el Ravell
1, AD400
Andorra
Andorra
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