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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 mountainous principality of Andorra is a good place for a relatively inexpensive but action-packed summer or winter family adventure holiday. And it’s also good-value for novice skiers.

Things to do with kids in Andorra

Come for a summer family activity holiday (see Trips tab), when you and the kids can experience the best of the region, including walking to the beautiful Siscaro Lakes and in the stunning Incles Valley. There’s plenty of scope for mountain-biking both in the Cortals Valley and downhill into Spain and the chance to get the adrenaline pumping as you shoot the rapids 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.

In winter, arrange an independent skiing holiday or consider an escorted adventure holiday including a wide range of snow-based activities, such as snowmobiling, dog-sledding, snowshoeing, and downhill and cross-country skiing. You can also learn igloo-building and avalanche rescue techniques, build snowmen or have the inevitable snowball fight. 

If you are planning a family skiing holiday, you can enjoy 200km of varied piste in the GrandVilara, which connects the Soldeu-El Tarter ski area to Pas de la Casa.

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 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 inexpensive family ski holiday option, although prices, as everywhere else, rise during the school holidays.

By Rhonda Carrier

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