Andorra is a small landlocked principality located in the heart of the Pyrenees, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Europe. Because of its location, Andorra is immersed in nature.
All its towns and the capital city of Andorra la Vella are surrounded by mountains, which means that a hiking trail is only minutes away no matter where you live!
Andorra is truly a country that is defined by its Nature. It boasts from one of the best weather conditions in Europe. The average temperature in the winter months is around 4 to 10 degrees Celsius, whereas the summers are mild with an average temperature of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius.
90% of the territory is nature and forests. There are three national parks: “Vall del Madriu” (declared a world heritage site by UNESCO), “Comapedrosa” and “Sorteny”. With more than 70 lakes to visit and over 60 peaks that are taller than 2000 meters the country truly is a nature lovers paradise.
Andorra has a park specifically dedicated to its nature: Naturlandia, where exhibitions on Andorra’s fauna and nature are held. Naturlandia is a great place to spend the day as a family. There are a wide range of activities such as archery, a bike park, sledging in the winter and of course the tobotronc: a roller coaster that soars through the trees. There is also a zoo where animals such as bears and wolves can be observed and many more activities. For more information on Naturlandia, you can visit their website by clicking here.
The highest mountain in Andorra is the Comapedrosa, it stands at 2,943 meters tall, and mountain climbers usually spend 1 to 2 days to reach its peak. Although the first half is generally considered to be fairly accessible even to beginners, the second half of the trail to its peak can be much harder and some experience and physical prowess may be necessary. Reaching the peak is only possible in the summer months. There is a “Refugi” or “hut” located halfway up the mountain at 2,260 meters where climbers can spend the night, organize meals and benefit from other services. Many climbers will spend the night in the Refugi so as to split the hike into a two day trip. You can find more information by clicking here.
Another popular nature destination within the country is the Engolasters lake, located in the parish of Encamp. An easily accessible lake by both foot and by car, there is a short light walkable trail that goes around the lake. There is a restaurant right next to the lake that serves traditional Andorran food. On warm days the lake is often visited by families, couples and picnic enthusiasts who will often spend the day basking in the sun and enjoying the views.
These are only some of the examples of what can be explored in Andorra’s vast and beautiful natural landscapes.