Andorra Parks and Natural Highlights
Your guide to all of the Andorra Parks and Natural Highlights.
Andorra's parks and natural spaces make up some of the most dramatic and stunning scenery in the Pyrenees mountains.
And with all kinds of fun activities for families, routes for rambling, mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking and more; you'll never be bored on holiday here.
This exceptional valley of glacial origin is located in the southeast of Andorra, covers the parishes of Encamp, Andorra la Vella, Sant Julià de Lòria, and Escaldes-Engordany.
And, with its 4247 ha, covers about 10% of this country’s total surface area.
UNESCO has given the valley, which is dotted with ancient stone walls, pens, barns and cabins, World Heritage status in the category of cultural scenery.
Signs of the old iron working, and charcoal industry of Andorra can also still be spotted in the woods of this park.
There are lots of treks of varying lengths and levels throughout. Including parts of the GR7, GR11, and GRP, plus three refuges for optional accommodation.
One of the most characteristic routes, and one of the most beautiful of all Andorra parks, is that which follows the old stone path, joining Andorra to France and Spain.
Sorteny Valley Nature Park:
This 1,080 hectare Nature Park is within the Andorran parish of Ordino. It is a wonderful reserve which boasts a great level of biodiversity with over 700 different species of flowers and plants, 50 of which are endemic to the Pyrenees mountains.
For centuries in Andorra locals have collected many of these species to be used for their medicinal properties (eg. arnica, cumin, gentian, thyme, etc.), and others to be eaten (wild rasberries, red currants, kermes oak, water cabbage, etc.)
Traditional life in the Ordino Valley, and the picking of Pyrenees mountains plants and flowers, can be explained by Andorra park mountain guides and flora specialists, or by simply reading the various explanatory signs posted throughout the hiking trails and at the botanical garden.
Estanyó Lake is located at 2,339 metres high, has some spectacular views over one of the prettiest Andorra parks, and is definitely worth the trek up.
This is one of Andorra's parks which has enormous ecological value and lots to be discovered.
In winter there’s skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding.
Comapedrosa Valley Nature Reserve:
Six mountain lakes, waterfalls, natural springs and various peaks, including the highest in all Andorra parks- Comapedrosa (2,942 metres), create a grand glacial landscape that is the Comapedrosa Valley Nature Reserve.
The Reserve is in the parish of La Massana, in the north west of the Andorra Pyrenees mountains.
There are vast networks of paths for trekking and 3 mountain refuges- one at Les Fonts (2,230 m), the Joan Canut refuge (2,400 m) at Pla de l’Estany, and the Comapedrosa refuge with a warden (2,260 m) near Les Truites lake.
All kinds of Andorran alpine and subalpine flora and fauna are found here. Along with evidence of early settlers in the area, in the form of old huts, cabins, troughs, terraces made around the mountains, and dry-stone walls.
If you’re lucky, while here, you might catch a glimpse of the Pyrenees mountains Chamois, a mountain goat, golden eagle or bearded vulture.
In summer you’ll most likely see some of the sheep, cows and horses that are still come to graze here today.
Nature Activity Parks
Naturlandia – La Rabassa
Naturlandia is an eco-friendly mountain theme park located in the Andorran parish of Sant Julià de Lòria.
There are lots of activities in any season for children of all ages, and adults too.
The Tobotronic, which is the worlds longest alpine sled is in Naturlandia.
Here’s a list of some the activities to be found in this eco-friendly, theme land of Andorra parks:
- Trekking (with or without guides for forest orientation techniques)
- Nordic walking
- Mountain bike circuits and descents
- BMX bike balance circuit and foam pit
- Wood Park- forest bike route for beginners or children
- Horseback riding- routes and courses
- Quads, and children’s quads
- Clay Pigeon shooting
- Individual Paintball trail with targets
- Group Paintball
- Inuit park adventure play area for children
- Climbing for children
- Artificial ice rink
- Tobotronic Alpine coaster
In winter... Cross-country skiing Snowshoeing Inuit infants park Caterpillar vehicles Fun-lift snow toboggan Nordic dog village/ dog sledding and cross-country skiing with dogs Snowmobiles Snow Quads Snow Ride- Mountain biking in snow Ice skating
Naturlandia offers services and special packages for groups of adults, school children, seniors or people with reduced capacities. It also has customized motivational activities for companies, plus packages for corporate events.
Vall Nord Mountain Park
The Vall Nord Andorra Mountain park has three different sectors in; Arcalís, Arinsal and Pal.
This mountain resort is one of the most popular of all Andorra parks, and has lots to offer in every season.
Here’s a selection of the Vall Nord highlights:
- Skiing and Snowboarding
- Bike park- mountain bike rentals, circuits, and descents
- Go Karting
- Adult Quads
- Amphibious vehicle
- Horse and pony riding
- 4x4 vehicle
- Guided trekking
- Iron ways – Via Ferrata
- River descents
- Rock climbing
- Rope park
- Cable car and chair lift
- Pitch and putt
- Cart descents and electric carts
- Trampolines and inflatable castle
- Children’s quads
- Electric train ride
- Cable descent
This resort in Canillo has much more than just skiing and snowboarding. There are tons of all season sports on offer here.Including a 9-hole, par 34 golf course which is the highest in Europe.
Here’s a list of activities for all ages:
- Skiing and Snowboarding
- Horseback riding
- Acro jumping
- Barbecue and picnic area
- Children’s adventure activity area
- Trampolines and Inflatable castle area with ball pools
- Giant board games
- Nature circuit
- Water polo
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