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Best Hiking Trails in Andorra

Overview

Andorra is a teensy weensy little principality sandwiched between France and Spain, nestled in the Pyrenees.  While known for its skiing and tax-free status, it is actually a fantastic place to hike, with hundreds of km of trails to explore. You can base yourself in any town and explore the many stunning valleys, peaks and mountain lakes along well marked trails.  There are three natural parks: Comapedrosa Natural Park, Vall de Sorteny Natural Park, and Madriu-Perafita-Claror Natural Park, all of which have great hiking trails. As well there are trails outside of these parks leading from the many villages nestled in the mountains.  The best time to hike in Andorra is the summer months.  Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Andorra. 

Capital: Andorra La Vella

When To Hike in Andorra?

June – Sept
May; Oct
Nov – Apr: Snow in the mountains
Climate: Continental – warm/hot summers, cold, snowy winters

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy – Many marked trails and mountain huts.  There are guidebooks and maps. 

Transportation required: Car; public transit. No airport, so you have to drive in

Where to stay in Andorra for hiking:

  • Andorra La Vella
  • Arinsal
  • Ordino
  • Canillo
  • La Massana

Most popular hikes in Andorra

The whole principality is amenable to hiking since it is entirely contained within the Pyrenees. The map shows the three natural parks. There are many towns that make good bases including La Massana, Ordino, Arinsal, Andorra La Vella, Escaldes-Engordany, Sant Julià de Lòria, Encamp, and Canillo. Highest Mountain: Coma Pedrosa (2943 m).

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Andorra

Three Natural Parks: 

 Cities/Towns that make good bases

  • La Massana
  • Ordino 
  • Arinsal 
  • Andorra La Vella
  • Escaldes-Engordany
  • Sant Julià de Lòria 
  • Encamp
  • Canillo

Long Distance Trails of Andorra

There are 6 long distance trails, known as GR’s (Grand Randonees) – Check our map of GRs and mountain shelters in Andorra 

  • Coronallacs Trail: Discover the route taking in the four manned refuges | Coronallacs
  • GRP Andorra – encircles the whole country
  • GR7 – 40 km
  • GR11 – 40 km 
  • ARP (High Pyrenean Route)
  • GRT Three Nations – crosses Andorra, Spain, France
  • GRT Volta als Ilacs 
  • ELS 2900, hut-to-hut mountaineering/running event that goes across the 7 highest peaks in Andorra

Long Distance Trails in Andorra

Andorra's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Andorra Hiking Books:

  • Andorra Trails Hiking Guide: available at tourist offices in Andorra
  • Andorra Mountain Guide: MUNTANYA (from the Visit Andorra site listed below)
  • The Mountains of Andorra: Walks, Scrambles, Via Ferratas and Treks, by Alf Robertson & Jane Meadowcroft, Cicerone Guide, 2012, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3TmQBU6
  • Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees: Walks, Climbs and Multi-day Treks, Cicerone Guide, by Kev Reynolds, 2015, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3IvW6uy

 

Andorra Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hikes in Andorra: There are so many fantastic hiking trails in Andorra that it’s hard to choose a handful, but here are a few

  • Coma Pedrosa
  • Pic de Sanfons
  • Estany de Siscario
  • Pic de Médécourbe
  • Estanys i Pic de Pessons and Estanys de la Solana
  • Coronallacs Trail
  • The Casamanya
  • Estanys de Juclar

Easy Hikes in Andorra:

  • Tristaina Lakes
  • Circ de Pessons

Andorra Hiking Websites:

 

Andorra Weather Website: 

 

Andorra Hiking Companies:

  • There is a list of guiding companies in the Andorra Mountain Guide

 

Andorra Official Tourism Site:  

 

Andorra Hiking Apps: 

 

Andorra Hiking Maps: 

  • Mutanyes d’Andorra (1:10,000), published by Andorran government; available in hiking shops and some supermarkets 
  • Pyrenees and Andorra Maps (National Geographic Adventure Map, 3308), 2022 – https://amzn.to/3wSdjf0
  • Andorra – Cadi (1:50,000), produced by French Rando Editions, 2005 – https://amzn.to/3wSdA1w
  • Andorra (1:40,000), by Editorial Alpina – https://amzn.to/49Pqc8b

What Else To Do

  • Skiing (some of the best ski resorts are here) if you come the opposite season of hiking
  • Ronda dels Cims – one of Europe’s most prestigious ultra marathons
  • Duty-free shopping
  • Visiting Romanesque churches

Other Important Points

  • There’s no airport, you have to drive in
  • With about 10 million visitors to this tiny area every year, many of whom want to stock up on ‘cheap’ goods, it can be quite crowded here