Don’t be fooled by the fact that Andorra is the sixth smallest country in Europe, covering only 468 square kilometres. This beautiful territory is nestled in the Pyrenees mountain range, and is perfect skiing with more than 300km of slopes. Just 200km (three hours) from Barcelona by car, here you will find yourself in a different country and immersed in an entirely different culture. Although Andorra is independent from the European Union, you can still spend your euros in this tax-free haven. And in addition to skiing, it offers great cuisine, delicious wines, luxurious spas and good company.
The Grau Roig Hotel and Spa is situated perfectly, a snowball throw away from the ski lifts of the Grandvalira mountain. Skiing is not the only activity the hotel coordinates. In addition to the traditional forms of enjoying the snow, the hotel’s guides and experts can also help you design your perfect exciting winter adventure. Options include mushing, riding snow mobiles, a panoramic helicopter flight, learning how to build an igloo, downhill skiing and trekking across the Pyrenees in snowshoes. Well, why not?
The Grau Roig Hotel and Spa
There are different restaurants for you to explore onsite: authentic market cuisine in La Marmita restaurant and traditional Andorran cuisine in La Vaquería. You can also enjoy a special moment (and meal) in El Teatre del Vi which is all about exclusive, creative cuisine, wine and champagne tasting. The spa at the Grau Roig is designed for extreme relaxation with elements of wood and warm colours. You will find a full range of treatments to calm your body and mind.
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The beautiful and exclusive Xalet Bringue Hotel can offer you some of the best skiing in Andorra on the mountain Vallnord. If you are a beginner, it’s a good place to start at the ski school. For the more experienced, the Vallnoord Ordino on Arcalis mountain will keep you interested. Adrenalin junkies can try speed riding (flying with a small parachute just above the slopes) or heli-skiing (they will drop you by helicopter in a location impossible to reach by foot and you ski down untouched snow). Such adventures are only for the well-seasoned skier and you will need to pass an advanced skills test before attempting these.
Pyrenees Mountain Range
Inuu offers a brand new wellness centre attached to Caldea Resort. Here you will find special U-Spaces for relaxing in absolute peace and quiet, a range of extensive treatments as well as innovative architecture to make your visit one to remember.
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Andorra is the ideal location for an active winter holiday. In addition to classic winter sports, its facilities include the animal park Naturländia, museums revealing the area’s tradition, high-mountain fishing, hiking, and, for a select few, the 2900 Alpine Run, which links the seven highest peaks in Andorra (14-16 October). For further information, see visitandorra.com