Village of Canillo

Canillo Ski Resort

Part of the extensive Grandvalira ski area, Canillo is a haven for ski enthusiasts, blending breathtaking natural beauty with fun ski experiences.

Here, you’ll find a high-level overview of everything Canillo has to offer, ensuring your holiday is unforgettable.

Canillo’s Facilities and Amenities

Many people come to Andorra for a ski holiday thinking that Arinsal and Pas de la Casa are their only options, but they’re missing out on what resorts like Canillo have to offer.

Yes, Canillo is a little quieter than some of the other resorts, but there’s a nice bit of charm to be found in Canillo as a result.

This in no way means that there are limited options when it comes to what Canillo has to offer…


Canillo’s range of accommodation caters to all preferences and budgets. If you want a full-service hotel, that’s absolutely doable, or if self-catering is your thing, there are plenty of apartments on offer.

Some popular options include:

  • Hotel Ski Plaza: Renowned for its alpine charm and luxurious amenities.
  • L’Ermita: Offers contemporary designs and panoramic mountain views.
  • Budget-Friendly Hotels: Provide cost-effective options without compromising comfort.

Dining Options

Like most ski towns, you’ll find a good range of places to eat, with both typical Andorran style and international options.

  • Upscale Dining: L’Enoteca offers gourmet dishes paired with fine wines.
  • Casual Eateries: El Solà is known for its hearty traditional meals.
  • Quick Bites: La Tarterie serves pastries and sandwiches, ideal for skiers on the go.

If you’re visiting with kids, be aware that the Family Room doubles as a cafe and an indoor playground.

Ski Hire and Equipment

Canillo may be a a little smaller than other areas, but it’s extremely well supported in Winter, and access to neighbouring zones is easy, with both easy connection via road, as well as connections via snow.

The resort offers:

  • Beginner Area: Perfect if this is your first ski trip.
  • Freeride Areas: Though sizeable themselves, with the connection to neighbouring El Tarter, you have loads of options.
  • Ski and Snowboard Rentals: Shops like Esports Roc Vertical and Pic Negre offer high-quality equipment.
  • Ski Schools: Typically provide lessons for beginners and intermediates.

Canillo Ski Map and Trails

The ski area in Canillo is linked to the larger Grandvalira resort, offering a wide range of pistes suitable for all levels. Detailed piste maps are available online and at the resort, guiding skiers through various sectors, including Soldeu, El Tarter, and Pas de la Casa.

Grandvalira piste map, including Canillo sector

Canillo’s extensive ski area includes:

  • Linked Resorts: Soldeu, El Tarter, and Pas de la Casa.
  • Diverse Trails: Catering to 80% intermediate and 20% advanced skiers.
  • Terrain Parks: For those seeking more adventurous skiing experiences.

Nightlife in Canillo

Canillo’s après-ski scene is a blend of lively and cosy venues:

  • Bars like Aspen and The Harp: Offer a relaxed atmosphere with live music and sports screenings.
  • Clubs like Barcode and Popaire & Pussycat: Feature DJ sets and vibrant party scenes.
  • Pubs like Iceberg and Picadilly: Provide unique local experiences.

Additional Resort Features

Canillo isn’t just about skiing. It also offers:

  • Halfpipes and Terrain Parks: For snowboarding enthusiasts.
  • Non-Skiing Activities: Such as snowshoeing trails, ice skating at Palau de Gel, and scenic gondola rides.
  • Family-Friendly Activities: Including the Family Park with tubing and sledging.

Cultural and Non-Skiing Activities

Explore Canillo’s rich cultural heritage and alternative activities:

  • Historical Sites: Like the Church of Sant Joan de Caselles.
  • Museums: The Motorcycle Museum is a highlight for history and motor enthusiasts.
  • Scenic Beauty: Gondola rides offer stunning views of the Pyrenees.

Events and Festivities

Canillo hosts various events throughout the season, including:

  • Winter Sports Competitions: Attracting skiers and snowboarders from around the world.
  • Cultural Festivals: Celebrating Andorran traditions and heritage.
  • Live Music and Entertainment: Organised at various venues across the resort.

Wellness and Relaxation

After a day on the slopes, relax and rejuvenate with:

  • Spa Facilities: Available in many high-end hotels.
  • Wellness Centers: Offering massages and therapies to soothe ski-weary muscles.

Planning Your Trip

Consider the following when planning your trip to Canillo:

  • Season Dates: Typically from 5th December to 14th April.
  • Package Deals: Including accommodation, ski passes, and equipment hire.
  • Family and Group Offers: Tailored packages for different group sizes and preferences.

Visit Canillo!

Canillo ski resort is more than a skiing destination; it’s a comprehensive holiday experience with diverse skiing opportunities, vibrant nightlife, rich cultural heritage, and an array of activities for all ages.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned skier, Canillo promises an experience that combines adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion in the heart of the Pyrenees.