Almost entirely mountainous, Andorra is a small state in the middle of Spain and France. The state is well known as a tax haven and for its low-cost tourism options, especially winter tourism.
The location is particularly attractive for singles and young couples looking for entertainment in duty-free clubs, bars, snowboarding and the wildly popular Andorra skiing.
The capital Andorra la Vella deserves a visit for its excellent selection of duty-free shopping venues. Just outside the center, there is the Caldea spa at Escalades-Engordany that offers visitors a splendid array of baths, treatments, and pools.
Andorra is fast moving up the market and it offers visitors beautiful entertainment ski spots with excellent beginner, intermediate and advanced terrains.
Go Skiing in Andorra
Vallnord Arcalis and Pal-Arinsal
The Vallnord ski area covers about 56 miles of excellent slopes featuring top-notch ski conditions. Located in the western region of the country, Pal-Arinsal is a resort offering high-speed lifts and gondolas connecting neighboring resorts. The Arinsal is a ski-in, ski-out resort where you ski from your hotel without even having to take the lift.
Arinsal offers visitors four black runs, seven green runs, 15 blue runs and 16 red runs that are perfect for the intermediate and beginner skiers out there. The resort is also home to free-riders, snowboarders, and visitors looking to take in the Andorra nightlife.
Arcalis is a favorite spot for nature lovers with beautiful valleys, dramatic gorges and lots of forest cover – in combination with great snow conditions. The resort is home to seven green runs, six blue rungs, two black runs and 10 red runs, which is a good selection for the beginner and intermediate skier.
Apart from having one of the longest beginners run in Andorra as well as a great ski school, your kids will fall in love with the Arcalis Family Park that offers them teddy bear mascots and rides.
Grandvalira Soldeu and El Tarter
The Grandvalira is Andorra’s largest ski area with a massive 30 ski resorts that cover just over 130 miles of piste and the first official resort outside of the Alps to offer visitors more than 130 miles of ski runs.
The area has 66 lifts that include 29 high-speed detachable quads and six-seater chairlifts, gondolas, giving the area the capability of handling over 100,000 skiers an hour. The largest ski areas are Soldeu and El Tarter, which are small villages that offer you direct access to the slopes.
Both villages give you access to 16 green runs, 19 black runs, 42 red runs and 51 blue runs, meaning that they are the ideal spots for the beginner, intermediate and advanced skier. The resorts also offer visitors a great selection of ski schools, nurseries and snow gardens with El Tarter hosting the El Tarter Snowpark – a great place for the snowboarder and the kids’ snow circuit. Facilities in El Tarter and Soldeu offer you a huge range of nightlife and accommodation options featuring self-catering apartments and hotels.
Pas de la Casa Grandvalira
Pas de la Casa is the party town known for its high-quality nightlife – also earning the nickname “Ibiza on Snow.” Also, the resort is suitable to all types of budgets and, of course, gives you access to the fantastic Grandvalira.
Located in the far west Grandvalira area, Pas is perfect for intermediate skiing with enough options to challenge skiers both on and off the piste .
Plus, it offers skiers two-star apartments for the budget conscious and four-star accommodation in case you would like to pamper yourself with a little luxury.