What To Do in Andorra: In Summer or Winter

What to Do in Andorra: In Summer or Winter

Vivek Shingada

Written by: Vivek Shingada

Content Manager, Andorra Escapes

Vivek Shingada

Reviewed by: Vivek Shingada

Content Manager, Andorra Escapes

Last updated: April 9, 2024

Andorra’s a quaint alpine town that attracts tourists and globetrotters from all walks of life, with varying definitions of “a good vacation”.

Some visit the principality to bet their mortal flesh at the altar of adventure while others come here to bask in cultural explorations.

Whether you’re visiting for adrenaline-fueled outdoor pursuits or to slow down and take a load off your weary mind, there’s something for everyone in this mountain paradise.

Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the myriad delights of Andorra, whether it’s under the summer sun or amidst the winter snow.

Activities for Outdoorsy Folk

Heli skiing

Leisure and endeavour are two sides of the same coin; you cannot fully appreciate one without the other. Andorra embodies this idea perfectly—it’s a playground for outdoor enthusiasts and a haven for relaxation in equal measure.

Its topography lends itself to near-perfect conditions for alpine adventures. Whether you’re a planker, a snowboarder, or someone who feels naked without a 50-litre rucksack, you should give this place a go.

Join us as we delve into the exhilarating possibilities that await in the Pyrenean paradise.

Summer Adventures

For anyone wondering whether Andorra is worth visiting in the summer, the answer is a resounding yes.

Andorra is best known as a winter holiday destination but despite its ski-haven status, it offers many activities to enjoy under sunny summer skies.

From physically and mentally demanding excursions to relaxing lake-side trails, the principality beckons travellers to embark on unforgettable summer adventures amidst its alpine landscapes.

Via Ferrata

Via ferrata Andorra

Via Ferrata roughly translates to iron route. Contrary to rock climbing, these routes feature cables, steps, ladders, and staples to aid the climbers in their progression and enhance security.

Andorra’s Via Ferrata routes are accessible to everyone free of charge. Experience a thrilling blend of rock climbing and hiking; strap on your harness and traverse along iron pathways while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.


Hiking in Andorra

With its diverse terrain and well-maintained trails, Andorra is a hiker’s paradise. Explore the lush valleys, shimmering lakes, and rugged peaks as you embark on unforgettable treks through the principality’s stunning natural beauty.

Explore Andorra’s diverse landscapes through its extensive network of hiking trails, ranging from easy strolls to challenging mountain treks for experienced adventurers.


Riding the tobotrunc

Wind your way through forests and mountainsides on this exhilarating alpine coaster, perfect for adventurers of all ages. Tobotrunc epitomises alpine summer and is easily one of the most memorable activities you can engage in.

If this interests you, then a trip to Naturland Adventure Park is in order. The alpine slide is 5.3 kilometres long, making it the longest in the world!

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in Andorra

In Andorra, when the snow melts away and exposed trails are finally visible, the bikes come out. During summer, the ski paradise turns into a mecca for mountain bikers from around the world, and that’s partly thanks to Pal Arinsal Bike Park (previously Vallnord).

With 46 kilometres of rideable trails featuring downhills, enduro tracks, cross-country terrain, and a dedicated wood park, the bike park is the ultimate playground for riders. The diverse terrain accommodates riders from varying skill levels.

Winter Escapades

As the snow blankets Andorra’s picturesque landscapes, the country transforms into a snowy tourist magnet ripe for exploration.

Wondering what to do in Andorra in winter? Carve fresh tracks on powdery slopes, embark on snow-covered trails, and head out for post-dinner snowmobile excursions; there’s no shortage of adventures here.

Join us as we uncover the experiences that await in Andorra’s snowy wonderland.

Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing

Nordic skiing in Andorra

Andorra boasts world-class ski resorts that cater to skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, you’ll find pristine slopes and top-notch facilities at resorts like Grandvalira and La Rabassa.

Spanning over 308 kilometres, the Grandvalira domain in Andorra has the largest skiable area in both the Pyrenees and Southern Europe. It features 216 slopes suitable for a range of skill levels, offering not only alpine skiing but also an abundance of cross-country trails.


Snowshoeing in Andorra

Snowshoeing is an excellent way to explore the blanketed Pyrenean landscapes of Andorra on foot. It’s a low-impact, low-energy activity that large groups can engage in safely.

Escape the crowds and discover the serene beauty of Andorra’s winter wonderland on a snowshoeing excursion! Hike through snow-covered forests and valleys, and immerse yourself in the peaceful solitude of nature.


Mushing dogs in Andorra

If you’ve never tried dog sledging before, you’re missing out. Gliding across dense forests and traversing valleys with no noise other than husky paws pattering away into the snow is truly an experience to remember.

It’s not a slow journey by any means, these canines are absolute units and they’re fast. So be prepared to feel the rush as you embark on a dog-sledging adventure through Andorra’s snowy landscapes.

Snowmobile Excursions

Snowmobile excursions

Whether you’re seeking an action-packed ride through challenging terrain or a leisurely cruise along scenic routes, snowmobile excursions are an excellent way to experience Andorra’s snowy landscape.

If you’re not fully confident about riding snowmobiles all by yourself, you can still experience the activity by opting for a guided excursion. These excursions cater to a wide range of skill levels, from beginners to experienced riders, with instructors providing safety instructions and tips for manoeuvring snowmobiles with ease.

Wondering what it’s like to ride one? Some say riding a snowmobile is the best thing ever and similar to riding a Jetski, others say it’s like wrestling a 400-pound snow leopard in quicksand.

In a straight line, it’s just like riding a motorcycle, but it gets tricky in the turns as the countersteering effect won’t be as pronounced.

Itinerary Points of Interest

Exploring Andorra in its entirety isn’t possible if you’re visiting only for one or two weeks. You could spend years exploring it and still find easter eggs you’ve previously missed.

With that in mind, we’ve curated some of the most notable points of interest that you should check out during your time here.

Spend a Day at the Caldea

Caldea Spa

After a day of outdoor adventures, relax and rejuvenate at The Caldea, Europe’s largest thermal spa. Immerse yourself in thermal pools, saunas, and Jacuzzis while soaking in panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

The Caldea spans 40,000+ m2 and is divided across 4 specialised zones:

  • The Thermal Spring Leisure Spa: Complete with an indoor lake that utilises water from thermal springs. Expect aqua massages, saunas, and Indo-Roman baths
  • Inúu: Caldea’s exclusive adult-only zone where peace and tranquillity reign supreme
  • Origins Spa: Relaxing in an Aztec bath and a steaming outdoor jacuzzi while enjoying snow-capped mountain views
  • Likids Spa: Caldea’s special zone designed for the little ones

Experience a Roller Coaster of Fun at Naturlandia

Naturland Adventure Park

Thrill-seekers won’t want to miss Naturland Resort, an adventure park that boasts a massive catalogue of curated outdoor activities.

Spend a day zipping down mountain slopes and enjoy activities like riding moon bikes, N’boscat, Squirrel Circuit, Airtrekk, and the legendary Tobotrunc; the longest alpine coaster in the world.

Spend a Night at Hotel Iglu

Hotel Iglu

For a truly unique lodging experience, spend a night at Hotel Iglu, one of the best boutique hotels in Andorra nestled amidst the snow-capped peaks of Grandvalira.

Snuggle up in a cosy igloo and marvel at the starry sky above for an unforgettable night in the mountains; it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

It’s worth noting that the hotel can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests in 5 separate rooms, so if you’re travelling with a large group or family, we recommend booking well in advance.

Explore the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Andorra, is celebrated for its breathtaking natural beauty and cultural importance. As you hike through the wilderness, you’ll encounter ancient stone cabins, expansive meadows, and serene glacial lakes.

You’ll also come across restored shepherd’s cabins, bordas, and walled plots that were historically used for vegetable gardens, huts, and livestock grasing.

Accessing the valley is best done via the road to Engolasters, and visitors are encouraged to stay overnight in one of the five refuges within the valley.

See the Margineda Bridge

La Margineda Bridge

The ancient Roman bridge of la Margineda is a testament to Andorra’s architectural heritage; it was built in the 15th century and remains one of the largest intact medieval bridges in the world.

Situated in the parish of Santa Coloma, the bridge spans across the Valira River, serving as a crossover point for travellers and traders for centuries back in the day.

Adjacent to the bridge stands a contemporary sculpture by Valencian artist Vicenç Alfaro, created to honour the First Congress of Language and Literature of Catalonia. The dual arches symbolise the historical and contemporary eras of Andorra.

As one of the oldest structures in the principality, it serves as a tangible link to a bygone era, inviting travellers to admire its graceful arches and withered stones that offer a glimpse into Andorra’s past.

Mountain Golf, Anyone?

Golf Soldeu

Tee off amidst the breathtaking mountain scenery at Golf Soldeu, one of Europe’s highest golf courses. Enjoy a round of golf surrounded by stunning vistas and the crisp air of the mountains!

Designed by the internationally acclaimed British architect Jeremy Pern, Golf Soldeu is a unique golf course situated 2250 metres above sea level, featuring 9 holes and a par of 33.

Despite Soldeu’s challenging topography, the course design doesn’t feel forced. On the contrary, it has been seamlessly integrated with the surroundings, enhancing the overall experience.

Art, History, and Culture

Salvador Dali Melting Clock sculpture in Andorra

Andorra may be closely associated with adventure and outdoor activities, but it’s also brimming with cultural treasures waiting to be discovered.

You’ll be surprised by the vastness of artistic avenues offered here. Explore museums, galleries, and historic sites that offer insights into the principality’s rich heritage.

Explore Museums and Art Galleries

Andorra’s strong cultural ties with neighbouring regions of Catalonia, La Cerdanya, and Alt Urgell combined with its own storied history has shaped its heritage over the years.

Art gallery in Andorra

From contemporary art spaces to repositories of ancient artefacts, visitors can immerse themselves in Andorra’s vibrant cultural scene by visiting the following places:

  • National Automotive Museum: Vintage auto enthusiasts should have this on their radar. The National Automotive Museum is home to a collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles spanning decades of automotive history.
  • Nicolai Siadristy Miniatures Museum: Marvel at the intricate miniature sculptures of Ukrainian artist Nicolai Siadristy, housed in this unique museum in Andorra la Vella.
  • Carmen Thyssen Museum Andorra: Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Carmen Thyssen Museum Andorra, which showcases a stunning collection of 19th and 20th-century Spanish art.
  • Reig Factory Museum (Tobacco Museum): Learn about Andorra’s tobacco industry and the history of cigarette production at the Reig Factory Museum, located in Sant Julià de Lòria.
  • Arenys Plandolit House: Step inside this beautifully preserved historic house in Ordino and discover Andorra’s traditional architecture and way of life.
  • Romanesque Interpretation Center: Gain insight into Andorra’s Romanesque heritage at this interpretive centre and embark on guided tours of the principality’s churches.
  • Escaldes-Engordany Art Centre: Immerse yourself in contemporary art at the Escaldes-Engordany Art Centre, which hosts exhibitions, workshops, and cultural events.
  • Museu d’Art Sacre de Santa Eulàlia: Discover the religious art and artefacts of Andorra at the Museu d’Art Sacre de Santa Eulàlia, housed in a historic church in Encamp.
  • La Llacuna Cultural Centre Gallery: Experience Andorran culture through art exhibitions, concerts, and performances at this vibrant cultural centre in Andorra la Vella.
  • Comú d’Encamp Exhibition Hall: Check out rotating exhibits of contemporary art and photography at this cultural space in Encamp.

Learn About Romanesque Architecture

A Romanesque church in Andorra

Pre-Romanesque and Romanesque art are among the most significant artistic expressions and characteristics of Andorra; its 40+ Romanesque churches are a testament to this fact.

Like us, if you’re a sucker for historic landmarks, you’ve got to see the old churches in Andorra and marvel at their intricate, centuries-old craftsmanship. Our top recommendations include the following:

  • Sant Climent de Pal
  • Sant Miquel d’Engolasters
  • Sant Antoni de la Grella
  • Santa Eulàlia d’Encamp
  • Sant Marti de Nagol
  • Sant Serni de Nagol

Andorra’s Gastronomy

A chef in Andorra

No visit to Andorra would be complete without indulging in its delicious cuisine. From hearty mountain dishes to gourmet delicacies, the principality offers a culinary experience like no other.

Despite influences from its distant Italian and French neighbours, Andorra’s gastronomy is mainly Catalan,

Typical dishes include quince all-i-oli, which is a tarty pome fruit dish served with a garlic-infused cold sauce; duck with winter pear, roast lamb with nuts, pork civet, duck confit; and most notably Escudella, which is a traditional Catalan stew.

Most restaurants here serve global cuisine while some specialise in pan-Asian, Italian, and American dishes. To try the most authentic Andorran food, you’ve got to stop at a “borda”, which is mountain-speak for an old barn turned restaurant.

Well-done steak

In addition to dishing out hearty meals, these places are stone-clad architectural masterpieces. Here are some of our top restaurant recommendations in Andorra.

  • La Borda de l’Avi: Feast on traditional Andorran dishes made with locally sourced ingredients at this cosy mountain restaurant in Canillo.
  • Can Manel Restaurant: Enjoy a taste of Andorran cuisine at this family-run restaurant in Andorra la Vella, known for its hearty stews and grilled meats.
  • Malandra: Treat yourself to gourmet cuisine at this upscale restaurant in Escaldes-Engordany, which offers creative dishes inspired by Andorran and Mediterranean flavours.
  • La Cort del Popaire: Dine in style at this elegant restaurant in Ordino, known for its exquisite Catalan cuisine and extensive wine list.
  • Refugi de Sorteny: After a day of hiking or skiing, refuel with a hearty meal at this mountain refuge located in the Sorteny Valley Nature Park.

Shopping in Andorra

If spending a day at the Caldea wasn’t relaxing enough, why not turn up the heat and indulge in some good old-fashioned retail therapy? Visit actual brick-and-mortar shops for 2x the dopamine; no more staring into screens, paying first, and waiting for your stuff.

Having a hard time getting your SO to shop with you? Remedy their lack of interest with Andorra’s lack of value-added tax. Treat yourself and your family to luxury boutiques and duty-free bargains of the century! Here are some places you should check out.

La Seu d’Urgell Market

La Seu d’Urgell Market

Though not technically a part of Andorra, La Seu d’Urgell Market is situated just a stone’s throw away in the historic town of La Seu d’Urgell.

It’s a vibrant and bustling market full of activity, with stalls selling fresh produce, local handicrafts, and artisanal goods. Visitors can wander through a maze of vendors, sampling seasonal fruits, aromatic spices, and traditional cheeses while soaking in the lively atmosphere.

From farm-fresh vegetables to handmade souvenirs, La Seu d’Urgell Market provides a glimpse into daily life in the Pyrenees, making it a must-visit destination for travellers seeking an authentic taste of Andorran culture.

Grans Magatzems Pyrénées

Grans Magatzems Pyrénées

Andorra la Vella is home to a wide range of shops and boutiques offering everything from designer clothing to electronics and souvenirs. But if there’s one place that stands out as the ultimate shopping hub in Andorra la Vella, it’s the Pyrenees Department Store, locally known as Grans Magatzems Pyrénéesl.

The iconic hypermarket spans multiple floors and sells anything and everything within the realms of beauty, home improvement, tech, groceries, parapharmacy, automotive, and fashion, making it a one-stop shop for all your retail needs.

Après-Ski, Pub Crawls, and Nightlife

Uncover Andorra's Nightlife: Après-Ski Experiences, Bars & More

Say what you will about Andorra’s traditional, family-friendly charm, the place sure knows how to have a good time post-sunset.

After a day of adventure, you can unwind and mingle with locals and fellow travellers at Andorra’s lively après-ski bars, pubs, and nightclubs. From cosy taverns to chic cocktail lounges, Andorra’s nightlife offers plenty of options.

The obvious choice for a vibrant evening would be Pas de la Casa, it’s the go-to place for people seeking high-energy après-ski experiences. If you love loud music and don’t mind a bit of organised chaos, then Pas is the place for you.

On the contrary, if you prefer a quieter, more refined set and setting, then some of the bars in Grau Roig are definitely worth checking out. We recommend the Iglú Hotel and Vodka Bar.


Andorra offers a diverse range of activities and attractions that cater to every traveller’s interests, whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, cultural immersion, or gastronomic delights.

With its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and warm hospitality, Andorra promises an unforgettable experience, whether you visit in the summer or winter.

If you want to know more about how to get to Andorra and where to stay, feel free to get in touch with us. We’ll also help you out with ski rentals, airport transfers, and lift tickets.