There's no shortage of ways to enjoy the great outdoors of Andorra this summer – from hair-raising downhills for mountain bikes to high-altitude hiking trails and vast adventure parks for families where every imaginable adrenalin-fuelled activity is on offer.
Andorra has some of the most dramatic scenery in all of the Pyrenees, and now the snow has melted why not go discover it? We've rounded up three of the best activities for families, mountain bikers and hikers in Andorra this summer.
Three of the best family days out in Andorra . . .
This large open-air leisure and adventure park is located in the la Rabassa forest. It is home to the longest alpine slide (5.3km), a sky trail, pony trekking, archery, paintball, an animal park and miniquads.
An open-air leisure park for families. Highlights include a children’s area with slides, walkways, hanging bridges, inflatable castles and a ball pool. A nature area for archery, tubing, devalkarts, acrojumping, donkey and horse rides, vehicle circuits, and a lake for paddle boats and canoes
A large summer activity centre in the mountains with easy and medium hiking, rope riding, archery, mountain cart descents, laser combat, electric karts, pony riding, quads and the Vallnord Bike Park (22 circuits of different levels).
Three of the best activities for mountain bikers in Andorra . . .
As the the largest mountain bike park in the Pyrenees, it provides bikers with freeride, endurance, cross-country and rally downhillls. Freeride is the park’s star attraction, with 13 freeride routes over an altitude of 2,450-1,800m. There’s also a bike school with instructors and guides.
The 40km of tracks features downhill circuits, a wood park cross country and four cross, in addition to a children’s wood park (6-10yrs), and a bike trial area desgined by world champ Xavi Casas.
This extreme sports event comes to the Parc Central in Andorra 27-29th June, 2014 and promises thrills, excitement, adrenalin and acrobatics. Free to spectators and a must-see for mountain biking enthusiasts. The FISE high-level competition is open to professionals and amateurs.
Three of the best hiking trails in Andorra . . .
This medium difficulty hiking trail starts at the Ordino pass, taking you up to an alatitude of 2,740m and spectacular views of the whole country. If you’re lucky you may even see a vulture or two flying over the summits.
This difficult two-day circular hiking route takes you around the parishes of Encamp and Escaldes-Engordany, with a night spent in a free mountain hut. Along the way you’ll pass a number of lakes and climb the Pic dels Pessons (alt. 2,858) and the Pic de l’Alt del Griu (alt. 2,874).
Classified ‘very difficult’, this hiking route is not for the faint-hearted. At 2,942m, it is the highest peak in Andorra and takes around seven hours to climb. But once at the top, you are rewarded with beautiful panoramic views over the Pyrenees.