Andorra, much more than nature

Andorra is also a summer destination. With its mountains, lakes, nature parks, Pyrenean towns and Romanesque art, Andorra has a lot to offer when you want to take an active trip with your partner, family or friends. In this article we’ll give you some tips about things you can do in the Principality when the Pyrenees are no longer covered in snow. There’s something to do for everyone, sometimes very active, other times less dynamic or even super relaxed. And there also activities for those who need that adrenaline kick.

Hiking. An activity that is not too challenging is to visit the Tristaina lakes. You can start the route at the parking lot of La Coma restaurant at the Ordino Arcalís ski station, which is just 20 km outside Andorra la Vella which can be reached by the CG-3 highway. This 4,400-meter trekking route goes in a circle and you pass three mountain lakes in less than three hours.

Climbing. Andorra has climbing possibilities for all levels. If you have never climbed, don’t worry, you can hire a professional guide who’ll make you sure you’ll have all the necessary equipment. Good options for beginners, especially for kids, are Tossal Grande d’Aixovall in Sant Julià de Lòria and Els Clots de l’Aspra near Cortals d’Encamp and Creu de Noral. The difficulty level of Coll dels Isards, near Pas de la Casa in Encamp, is medium and freely accessible. The more challenging rock Roc del gos, in Canillo is suitable for more experienced climbers.

Relaxing. Andorra is the perfect place to relax after having exercised or if you just want to spend a laid back day. You can completely de-stress and let go of all your worries at the internationally famous thermal spa Caldea. You can buy entry tickets for Caldea atIlla Carlemany.

Romanesque art. Discover villages with stone houses, slate roofs and Romanesque churches all around Andorra, especially Les Bons, Pal, Llorts and Ordino. A not-to-be-missed highlight is the Church of Santa Coloma. Through the use of video mapping, murals are virtually recreated in the ‘Espai Columba’. This spacewas recently opened and is believed to be the best representation of Andorran Romanesque art.

Andorra offers very varied accommodation possibilities and during the summer there is more availability. There are multiple options, ranging from cheap hostels, luxury spa hotels and camp-sites to apartments. Make the most of this summer by enjoying the other side of Andorra, because you’ll certainly love the summer charm of the Principality.

There are also other activities to enjoy, such as the FIVA World Rally 2019 – Andorra, from July 1 to 7, which is organised by the Andorran Association of oldtimers and the FIVA. People from around the world come to Andorra to show their oldtimers.

The highlight of this event takes place on Saturday, July 6, when all the oldtimer cars ride along the Carlemany and Meritxell avenues, the main shopping streets of the country.

Also, early July, Vallnord hosts the BTT World Cup, one of the world’s most important cycling championships.

If you think you don’t have enough time to see all the places you wanted, hop on the Andorra Bus Tour to discover the main places of interest in Andorra. You can purchase tickets at Illa Carlemany. There’s so much to see and do, you won’t get bored when you visit Andorra!

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