For those in the know or winter sports buffs in search of every more wonderful slopes this little known European country will not disappoint when it comes to hundreds of kilometers of world class ski runs packed into a tiny area.
Since Andorra is nestled at such a high altitude once you’re there no matter where you’re staying there’s bound to be a ski resort within a couple minutes drive and its not uncommon to see loads of people hitch hiking or taking one of the country’s vast network of gondola’s around the mountains.
In reality there are actually just three main resorts:
Where you might get confused when trying to figure out where to stay is what all the other names might be. In fact all the other towns you can see are access points to one of these three main resorts. The mountains around are so high and steep that little towns sit at the many faces of the slopes within minutes of each other.
Grandvalira is certainly the most reliable for snow, the largest network of runs and gondolas and it connects to areas called: Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, El Tarter, Canillo, Encamp and Soldeu. An excellent feature is that all resorts can be accessed with the exact same pass, making an exploration of the mountains seamless.
We’ve stayed in several of the towns around these runs and by far Soldeu has been our best experience thus far. Part of what makes it spectacular is that it is home to the country’s most fantastic luxury and wellness hotel Sport Hermitage. Soldeau also boasts one of the most charming village setups with alpine style buildings, convenience and luxury shops within a short walk of each other.
Another great feature of the altitude is that these mountains are so high and compact that there are around 300 sunny days per year available in addition to the abundant snow. The proximity to the Spanish and French border means that some of Europe’s best gastronomy is right within reach and that’s evident by the high concentration of Michelin starred chefs one can see dotting the alpine panorama.