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Andorra Family Holidays & Breaks

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Capital City Andorra la Vella
Flying Time 2hrs
Carbon Footprint 1.02 CO2
Timezone GMT +1
Currency Euro

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Overview

Squeezed between Spain and France, the Catalan-speaking principality of Andorra in the Pyrenees mountains is a great place for relatively inexpensive but action-packed summer activity or winter family adventure holidays, or for family ski holidays.

Things to do with kids in Andorra

Go downhill and cross-country skiing. Enjoy 200km of varied piste in the GrandVilara ski area, which links the resorts of Soldeu-El Tarter (Andorra's charming ski capital, including a snowpark) and Pas de la Casa/Grau Roig, and also includes Encamp and Canillo.

Alternatively, base yourself in the Vallnord ski region, spanning 63km of pistes and including the resorts of Pal, Arinal and Arcalis

Try out a wide range of snow-based activities, including snowmobiling, dog-sledding and snowshoeing. You can also learn igloo-building and avalanche rescue techniques. 

Enjoy a summer family activity holiday (see Trips tab), experiencing the best of the region by walking to the beautiful Siscaro Lakes and in the stunning Incles Valley, mountain-biking in the Cortals Valley and downhill into Spain, and white-water rafting down world-class rivers near Sort. You can also get off the beaten track with a 4X4 excursion along old smugglers’ routes. The mountain scenery is fantastic, the climate perfect and the experiences thrilling.

Eat

Andorran food is mainly Catalan Spanish, with some Italian influences – think pasta, meat and fish, including trout from mountain streams. Typical local dishes include escudelles (chicken, sausage and meatball stew), xai (roast lamb), trinxat (bacon with cabbage and potatoes), and cunillo (rabbit in a tomato sauce). Except in the main ski resorts in season, eating out in Andorra is generally very good value.

When to go to Andorra

Heavy snowfall is almost guaranteed in winter, but this tiny principality is also blessed with regular sunshine, which means much of the time there are spectacular views of its steep mountains and plunging valleys against a backdrop of clear, blue sky.

Andorra is warm in summer and cold in winter, though temperatures vary considerably by altitude. In summer the average maximum temperature is about 24°C, cooling off to about 10°C in the evenings. As with all mountain regions, the weather can change quickly and you should be prepared for this.

Soldeu’s weather can be quite extreme due to its 2135m altitude; when it is sunny, temperatures go up into the 30°Cs, but there are often afternoon thunderstorms with hail or heavy rain, bringing temperatures down to 10°C or below. However, it generally has a Mediterranean climate through the summer months, with plenty of sun. 

Cost

Andorra is a relatively cheap family ski holiday destination, although prices, as everywhere else, are higher during the school holidays. It also makes for a great spot for good-value summer holidays with kids.

By Rhonda Carrier

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