Andorra covers an area of 468 km2, 90% of which is mountains, forests and grassland. The principality boasts three natural parks, which are departure points for hiking routes of all levels where stunning views, nature and the great outdoors can be enjoyed with the whole family. And the best part… they’re perfectly complemented by the thermal waters at Caldea.
We can think of no better plan than a trip to the mountains before finishing off the day in Thermoludic’s panoramic lagoon.
Andorra’s natural parks
This summer, take the opportunity to explore some of these protected areas. Choose your favourite trail and enjoy the journey. You will find options for all preferences and abilities, including some that are suitable for little ones.
Sorteny natural park
Located in Ordino, this park has been a UNESCO biosphere reserve since 2020. Over 700 species of Pyrenean plants and flowers can be found within its borders, as well as some of the country’s most characteristic animal species. In its botanical garden, around 15 minutes up the path from the car park to the Sorteny refuge, you can see nearly 300 plant species classified by habitat, with the medicinal and edible plants being particular highlights.
Also worth a visit are the Estripagecs, a set of large sculptures that can be found along the way. Pere Moles is the local artist responsible for these works, which were inspired by the estripagecs of the parish of Ordino (*an estripagec is an iron bar with branching sideways spikes that was used to prevent unauthorised access to houses through the windows).
Once you arrive at the refuge, don’t forget its amazing terrace with breathtaking views. You can enjoy a drink while you decide whether to head back or venture out to visit one of the peaks or lakes. From the refuge (which can be easily accessed via a gently winding dirt track) there are a whole host of potential hikes:
– Camí del Planell del Quer, which connects with the Rialb Valley.
– Peak of l’Estanyó
– Peak of la Serrera
– Estanyó Lake
There is an information point next to the Sorteny car park where you can find out about the options for hiking in the natural park.
Valls del Comapedrosa
Located in the parish of La Massana, this natural park boasts the highest peak in Andorra, the Comapedrosa, at 2,942 metres above sea level. The high mountain landscape is home to indigenous species of wildlife such as the alpine violet, the golden eagle and the bearded vulture. Plus, there is also an interpretation centre in Arinsal.
In July and August, the Comú de La Massana runs guided hikes led by mountain guides, as well as horseback tours through the interior of the natural park. If you come as a family, your children are sure to love this last option, both for the experience of travelling on horseback (suitable for all ages) and for the beauty of the scenery along the way. Bear in mind that on the horseback routes, you must return to the starting point on foot.
Vall del Madriu-Perafita-Claror
Last but not least, we have the valleys of Madriu-Perafita-Calror, the largest protected area in Andorra, covering 10% of the country and straddling 4 parishes: Encamp, Andorra la Vella, Sant Julià and Escaldes-Engordany. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and can be accessed from any of the 4 parishes. It also has a visitor centre in Andorra la Vella.
Caldea’s panoramic lagoon
At the end of an action-packed day, don’t miss the sunset from our panoramic lagoon. Access is included with admission to Thermoludic, and kids aged 5 and over are also allowed in.
Thanks to its transparent bottom, you can enjoy 360º views as you hover above the River Valira and immerse yourself in the thermal water.
Are you ready to experience it?
Take advantage of the summer’s best plan for hiking in the natural parks of Andorra and complete the experience with admission to Caldea.