The Spanish ski season has already started, which means that ski holidays are just around the corner. The Spanish ski resorts are some of the most popular in Europe, thanks in part to their temperate climate, which means you can enjoy skiing throughout the year. If you are unfamiliar, Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula, and its geography is fascinating. Across the country, you will find the snowcapped peaks of the Spanish Pyrenees, the beautiful mountain scenery of the Serra de Tramuntana, and the rocky coastline of the Balearics. This last bit is known as the Costa Brava, which is one of the most popular Spanish holiday destinations. If you want to combine a visit to a Spanish resort with some exploring, head for the Balearic Islands, specifically for Majorca and Formentera. You will find everything you need for a relaxing or adventurous holiday in Andorra, including accommodation, food, and transport. In this article, we will tell you about the best places in Andorra to ski and how to get there.
The Spanish Pyrenees, which are located at the northeastern end of the Iberian Peninsula, are a breathtaking sight. The chain of rugged mountains stretches for hundreds of kilometers, and while it might not seem like a lot of elevation, the ranges are incredibly high. In the south, the mountains drop down to a region known as the Valleys of the Pyrenees, which are incredibly picturesque. One of the best ways to experience the majestic peaks of the Pyrenees is to take a hike or a stroll through the popular Picos de Europa mountain range. If you want to catch some air, you can certainly take a cable car to the top of one of the majestic peaks. You will get a spectacular view of the entire city of Barcelona, as well as the Mediterranean Sea beyond.
Barcelona is the biggest city in the region, and it might be a bit far to travel just to get to the nearest ski resort, which is only 16 kilometers away. However, there are other resorts located nearby, such as Analagua and Risca. The two main towns, Olonga and Colostrinho, are each surrounded by breathtaking, snow-covered scenery.
The Val d’Aran is another region in Spain that features some stunning skiing, particularly toward the end of the year. The slopes in the area are magnificent and vary in size from gentle to very challenging. One of the best known resorts in the area is Nentire, which bills itself as Europe’s youngest ski resort. It opened its doors in 1995 and features three beautiful, ski-in/ski-out chalets as well as a snow park with rails and boxes. Another spectacular resort in the area is Ses Salines, located between the villages of Sallent and Sa Planada. The resort features a Snow Park with rails and boxes, and the Hotel Ses Salines has a spa with a pool and a gym. If you want to check out some extreme sports, you can take off for the Ses Sauzes du Tourist business center, featuring a bungee jump and other adventure sports for those looking for an adrenaline rush.
The rest of the Spanish resorts are just as attractive as the ones discussed so far. For instance, in the Catalonia region, you will find a charming resort called Múra, which features 3,500 meters of slopes, seven hotels, and 14 restaurants. Its highest elevation is 900 meters, and there are 17 trails, including a snow park with rails and boxes, which is just one of the reasons why Múra is Spain’s longest ski resort. Across the country, you will find smaller resorts such as Tremolosa, where you can take the train to in 45 minutes from Barcelona, or Font Fabra, located between Barcelona and Girona. The latter resort is actually the smallest in the country, with 2,400 meters of slopes and 7 hotels. This makes it ideal for families, and it also features a snow park with rails and boxes. If you want a change of scenery after skiing, you can head for the Costa Brava, where you will find some of the most attractive Mediterranean beaches, perfect for a swim and some relaxation. The Spanish beach resorts are some of the most popular in Europe, and you will easily find the perfect place for you.
Andorra also offers some fantastic skiing opportunities, with the country’s highest peak, the Pico del Pastor, being the highest point in the western hemisphere. The resort itself is actually quite small, with only 4.8 kilometers of slopes and one ski run. The largest town, Andorra La Vella, has a medieval Old Town with cobbled streets and stone taverns, as well as 19th century houses with wrought-iron balconies. The resort also has a swimming pool, a children’s playground, and an adventure park with zip lines and a bungee jump. For those who love to shop, the entire country is filled with antiques and high-quality items from all over the world, making it a great place to shop for some souvenirs.
Where To Stay?
Accommodation in Andorra is extremely varied, with everything from four-star luxury resorts to self-contained chalets. If you are looking for a high-end accommodation option, you can opt for a stay at one of the luxury hotels, such as the Park Hotel Olengade in Andorra la Vella, which features a spa, 15 restaurants, and a pool with views of the Mediterranean Sea. Another popular choice for hotels is the Santa Fe in Andorra la Vella, which is a four-star establishment surrounded by an 18-hole golf course and has a spa, 14 restaurants, a pool, and an 18-hour library.
More modestly-priced options include the Residence L’Urdaneta in La Urdaneta, which is located just 15 kilometers from the center of Barcelona and has a restaurant, bar, pool, and bikes to rent. For families, there is the four-star Residence L’Urdaneta, which has two pools, a children’s playground, and spacious apartments with fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. The resort has direct access to the Ses Salines ski train, and it also provides free valet parking.
Andorra’s international airport is located in the city of Andorra la Vella, and it features direct connections to Europe and North America. The airport has a limited number of direct connections via low-cost carriers, making it ideal for budget-conscious travelers. You can get to the airport by driving about 45 minutes from Barcelona or Madrid. Flights depart frequently, which means you can travel easily, and it also gives you the flexibility to change your travel plans last minute if you encounter any problems.
Skiing in Andorra is easy and relatively safe, and you will have the opportunity to enjoy some high adrenaline sports, particularly if you visit the smaller resorts, where you can bet on the skill and courage of the local mountain shepherds.