Plan your holidays in Andorra beyond skis!
Often the first thing we think about when we hear ''winter holidays in Andorra'' is skiing and snowboarding, but there is much more to explore in the freezing winter world. Enjoy a new way of the frozen landscape, take a deep breath and enter a world of peace, surrounded by snow and the tranquility of nature. We present you with our ideas for winter holidays without skis or a snowboard.
A dog sled is a glorious and traditional way of seeing the mountainous landscape at a good speed without having to put oneself on skis. It is also more comfortable, as you will be sheathed in furs and blankets. It also gives an insight into the local culture, your guide, the so-called «musher», can answer all your questions about life in the mountains and the history of transport.
You can find great variety in this sport in the Principality of Andorra, in different stations such as Vallnord.
These strange utensils that are attached to the boots are one of the funniest activities to do on snow. Snowshoeing opens up a whole new world of beauty on the outside, making the breathtaking scenery and some of the most photogenic views in the world accessible on foot. Explore frozen lakes, long mountain paths and quiet forests at a pleasant and relaxed pace. Many of the ski resorts offer snowshoe crossings as an alternative to skiing, you can also rent them to the multiple equipment rental shops, and if you discovered that you were too busy, buy them and come frequently to enjoy!
From Engel & Völkers Andorra we suggest you to visit with snowshoes the formidable Vall d'Incles, a very pure valley of the Principality of Andorra, not much urbanized, with spectacular views and constructions that seem to be taken from a Nativity scene, where you can enjoy and relax, with a nice walk.
Hot air ballooning
It's not the first thing you imagine when you think of ideas for winter vacations, but it's a totally new way to admire the frozen show that winter offers. Going by hot air balloon is special in any season of the year, but the Pyrenees from the sky, covered in snow, the spectacular peaks of the Cadí - Moixeró in the Cerdanya, while it is served with cava, is an experience that you will not forget. The Alps are also a great destination for winter. Fly over beautiful villas and traditional villages, spread over a snow-covered landscape with the dark mountain peaks here and there.
There is something that is irremediably magical about an ice hotel. One enters in a winter paradise, surrounded by ice but at the same time comfortable and warm. Hotels like the Igloo in Canillo, at 2,350 meters altitude, is an ideal place to relax: few tourists, very exclusive, some villagers and a lot of fresh air in these white and icy places.
In these luxury hotels it is very possible that you can contemplate the stars that unfold with their spectacular show of lights. You can also try some of the other winter activities.
Andorra has a wide variety of adventure parks with many activities, from archery, obstacle courses in height (you have to be secured with a harness) to the legendary "tobotronc" of Naturlandia. 5.3 kilometers of vertiginous high speed descent, with incredible views over the valleys of the Principality!
Karts on ice
If you are a motorhead, and yo enjoy drifting and driving differently, Andorra also have the solution for you, at the Canillo Ice Palace, there is the fun and exciting activity of driving karts over a track marked on ice, an activity that generates a lot of adrenaline and it's very fun.
Thermo-leisure centers, wellness and spas
And why not, to rest a little after so much activity, go to one of the thermal centers which the Principality of Andorra have, which offer a large number of services, massages and treatments of all kinds, which will make your holiday the perfect plan to enjoy, feel emotions, and then relax and come out brand new.
If you think of a unique winter vacation, why do not you dare doing everything we have described above? Listen to one or two of our ideas for the winter holidays, once you have been delighted with Andorra, we can help you find a holiday home in the right place so you can come every year and enjoy the magic of the Andorran winter.