We’ve already said hello to autumn. Some may think Andorra is mainly a winter destination, but there many activities to enjoy and undertake in Andorra during the autumn months.
For example, a very popular autumn activity in Andorra is exploring the trekking routes through the mountains and sleeping in different mountain huts. One of the most recommended routes is a long-distance route (GRP) consisting of 7 stages with trails spanning more than 120 kilometres. One of the most interesting parts of the route is the trail through Vall de Madriu, Perafita and Claror. This valley is a UNESCO world heritage site since 2004. The trail also leads to Campedrosa, the highest mountain in Andorra (2,942 metres).
Another fun autumn activity is mushroom hunting. Since 90% of Andorran territory is nature, there are many different forests in the principality. Which forest to choose depends on the type of mushroom you want to find. For example, if you want to find Yellow Footed Chanterelles (rossinyol in Catalan), you should go to forests with mostly oak trees. But if you want to hunt for rovellon mushroom, you should go to forests with mostly pine trees.
If you’re looking for a cultural excursion, Andorra, even though it’s a small country, has a lot to offer. One of the most famous museums is the Carmen Thyssen Art Museum. The museum regularly organises workshops, debates and exhibitions to complete your visit. If you’re more interested in history, Andorra hosts several Museum Houses that tell the story of the traditions of its inhabitants. Such as, for example, the House of Areny-Plandolit in the centre of Ordino. This is the only Andorran stately home that is still intact. The former owner was Mr. Guillem d’Areny-Plandolit, the First Syndic of the General Council of the Andorra Valleys, who led the New Reform of 1866. He’s also known for his work in the iron forges.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed activity, you can visit Caldea. It hosts the largest thermal space in southern Europe with more than 30,000 m² of thermal-recreational facilities where you can enjoy different thermal circuits and massages to disconnect from the stress and hustle and bustle of the city. Also, if you buy your entrance tickets at the Illa Carlemany shopping centre, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll also get a bracelet with a QR code that gives you faster access to the facilities.
Finally, if none of these options tickle your fancy, you can always enjoy a day of Christmas shopping at Illa Carlemany well in advance for the high season when the shopping centre is packed with people. We look forward to seeing you!