Every step matters
One of the most inexpensive and healthy activities that Andorra offers is hiking. Its mountains and valleys are full of corners and roads to discover that offer a different day of walking and full of surprises. You will find routes for all levels: family, amateurs, professionals ... Each of them offers a different uniqueness and is nourished by the best of nature. On most of the routes you can observe the country's most representative flora and fauna. On top of that, most of them end up in fascinating places, such as lakes, peaks, viewpoints or green spaces where you can relax.
FLAT AND LEVEL ROUTES
The Entremesaigües route, located in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror valley, is a path 4 kilometres long and 280 metres of positive and negative slope, making it an easy route. It starts about 100 metres above the start of the road from La Plana to Engolasters and runs close to the river Claror and Perafita. It is an ideal route to complete with the family and to enjoy the surroundings, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Located between the parishes of Ordino and Canillo, the peak of Casamanya enjoys a privileged location, as it is in the center of the country. Despite its medium difficulty, it is one of the most frequented routes in the country thanks to the magnificent views that can be seen from the top, at 2,740 meters. For those less accustomed to hiking, the ascent path can be completed in approximately two hours and the return is made by the same route.
From 2.915 meters high, the Estanyó peak is Andorra's second highest mountain. Located in Ordino's parish, inside the Sorteny's Valley Natural Park, this territory was declared Biosphere's Patrimony since October 2020. The route is 11.7 kilometers long and an ascension of 1.175 meters, which allows the entire route to be completed in 4 or 5 hours.
it is a multiple parish route that links Andorra la Vella, Escaldes-Engordany and La Massana. It is a very flat route and very nice. During the whole route you can see the nature's contrast with Andorra's most modern civilization. It has multiple rest zones and a couple viewpoints. You can access the route from all tree of the parishes.
The route is located between Ordino and the Arcalís ski resort. The road allows you to discover a valley that was exploited by its iron mines. The route extends along a mountain river and is decorated with numerous statues and metal works made by international artists.
The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley extends over more than 12 km and is considered one of the largest in the country. It is part of Encamp, Andorra la Vella, Sant Julià de Lòria and Escaldes-Engordany and houses a wide variety of animal species, among those we can highlight the roe deer, the mouflon, the wild boar, the fox or the marmot. Its highest point is the Portalleta's peak (2,905m).
4h 40 min
It takes its name from the grouse (forest roosters) that live in that habitat. It has all the elements that make a perfect hiking day: a beautiful route, rivers, streams, Tibetan bridges, waterfalls, forests, pegs and thick vegetation, all located in the parish of Canillo. The itinerary is marked by a red rooster that can be found painted on rocks, posters ...
PATH FROM CANILLO TO MERITXELL
This path starts in the town of Canillo, from the chapel of the Holy Cross. You can also start from Prats, near-by the church, where it is marked as a royal road or Meritxell. It is an ancient pilgrimage path where you can find several cruises (stone crosses that indicate the path to follow to reach the sanctuary). It is an ideal tour to enjoy with family and friends calmly.
This path has a large parking area. It can be accessed from Encamp, by the Corts road. The road goes to the Engolasters' Lake, one of the most prominent in Andorra. It has a maximum altitude of 1,620 m and the trail is simple and easy to do. It is ideal to do with young children, since almost all the way is flat. During the path you can also see Les Pardines botanical garden and several viewpoints and rivers of interest.
This route has a large parking area. It is accessed from Encamp, by the Corts road. The road goes to Lake Engolasters, one of the most prominent in Andorra. It has a maximum altitude of 1,620 m and the trail is simple and easy to do. It is ideal to do with young children, since almost all the way is flat. During the trip you can also see the botanical garden of Les Pardines and several viewpoints and rivers of interest.
It is a semi-circular route just over 14 km long that leads us to Andorra's highest peak. The itinerary goes through different types of roads and trails. It does not show a very high technical difficulty. But the distance and constancy of the road make it a route for people who are used to hiking all day and on mountain terrain.
THE SOURCES'S CIRCUIT
The journey begins in a parking lot located just before reaching the Engolasters' Lake. From the beginning of the road you will find a panel with route information and several interesting data. One of this route's most outstanding features is that it is the first path enabled for blind people throughout Andorra. On top of that, along the route you will find several natural sources, hence the name of the route.
The Sorteny Valley's Natural Park, declared a Biosphere Reserve since October 2020, has a 1080 hectares area and stands out for its great floral richness. In this area you can find more than 700 plant species (plants with seeds necessary for reproduction) and, adding it all, more than 50 are endemic species of the Pyrenees.
Going into the Incles Valley is always an occasion to discover unique landscapes. In the narrow road's 1.5 kilometer is marked the beginning of the path that leads us to the Cabana Sorda's Lake. Located 2.290 meters high, it has a refuge near-by with a capacity of 20 people.
The Tristaina's lakes are a group of 3 small lakes located in the parish of Ordino. This route is not a challenge, since the unevenness is not too high, but it is better to be prepared, since in the mountains you never know what weather you will face. The starting point of this tour begins at the Vallnord ski resort, in Arcalís.
To reach the lake we find a path of moderate difficulty on which we can see a very rich and interesting landscape variety. The route is located in a beautiful valley in the parish of Encamp and begins in the El Cubil car park, at the Grau Roig ski resort.
The route is of medium difficulty. It is a beautiful natural itinerary that begins in the Cubil car park, in the Grau Roig sector of Grandvalira. You have to climb the Montmalús's ski slope (following the ski lift line in the south direction) until you reach the hill (2,704m altitude), where the lake and the mountain refuge are located. Along the way you can see other lakes and other natural formations.
This lake is part of Andorra's iconic interest points, for its easy access and for the incredible views that surround it. The lake is 178 meters long and is used to generate a large amount of electricity in the country from the use of hydraulic energy. It is also an ideal location to spend a quiet family weekend and surrounded by nature.
The Truites pond is located right next to the Coma Pedrosa refuge, at an altitude of 2,250 metres. The path that we must follow to get there is the GR11, which begins in Prats Sobirans, Arinsal. The route has a total difference in altitude of about 680 meters and is of medium difficulty.
LA ANGONELLA'S POND
This tour begins in the charming town of Llorts. Along the way a red pine forest is crossed, which is gradually replaced by a black pine one. At 2,234m you can find the Angonella refuge in a charming environment, from where you can enjoy the magnificent glacial circus surrounded by the peaks of Arcalís, Cataperdís, and Las Fuentes.
LA NOU'S POND
To access the route, you must park a little higher than km 4 of the Comella road. From there, you take a path to the Prat Primer pass, passing through the shelter by the same name. And, following the GRP signs, you will reach the lake. The water of the latter, unlike that of other lakes in the Pyrenees, is not completely freezing, since it feeds on the groundwater that circulates in the subsoil.