Andorra

Walking the Rugged Pyrenees of Andorra

Trip code: W07RP 3 (1 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
twin centre

Level: 4
Challenging

Headwater
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SUMMARY

  • Add extra nights in the vibrant city of Barcelona before or after your holiday!
  • Witness spectacular views and ever-changing scenery
  • Medieval villages, isolated refuges and soaring mountain passes

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Andorra is well known for its unique mountain walking, offering unforgettable views over vast lakes and lush countryside with its highest mountain Coma Pedrosa, standing at a sizeable 2943 metres! This intriguing landlocked principality situated high in the Pyrenees offers all the spectacular views of ever-changing scenery a walker could wish for, some of the most dramatic in all of the Pyrenees. Boasting isolated refuges, medieval villages, soaring mountain passes and the beautiful tranquillity of a thousand lakes.

We have carefully selected our routes to ensure you truly experiences the best the Andorran Pyrenees has to offer. With its independent character, wildflower meadows and towering peaks, Andorra offers some of the finest paths in the Pyrenees making it a walker's paradise. The variety and quality of paths is quite exceptional.

Our two centres have been chosen for their accessible locations, high standard of hotels and of course the quality of the surrounding walks. You will first be based in Encamp, a lovely parish located on the stunning Valira d'Orient River with good bus links. You can then opt to either walk or be transferred to your second centre in El Serrat. The walking is more mountainous in this village and has a surplus of beautiful wildflowers framing deep lakes.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival at Encamp

Arrival in Barcelona airport. Bus transfer (3 hours journey) to Encamp.

An optional introductory walk takes you up above Encamp and along ancient paths following the line of the underground aqueduct to the lovely rebuilt Basilica of Meritxell via Prats. If you don't have time, an out and back walk to the Basilica of Meritxell and then to Prats is possible. Both routes offer a good introduction to the immediate location, a taste of the hiking in Andorra and a level of orientation.

You stay at Hotel Guillem.

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Hotel Guillem, Encamp

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Located in the pretty village of Encamp, very close to the town hall, the 4* Hotel Guillem is very comfortable and friendly. There is a bar and a well-lit restaurant serving tasty dishes. The hotel also offers an indoor pool, steam room, sauna and hot tub to enjoy after a long day walking. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower, bath and hairdryer.

Day 2: At Encamp - Vall d'Incles (13km/8.1mi or 15km/9.3mi)

Etangs de Fontargente

This serene valley walk follows an (infamous) trade/smuggling route leading to an ascent of the Port de Fontargente from where you drop down into France for a lakeside picnic at the Etang of the same name. Superb views, jagged peaks and a well-marked trail make for a very enjoyable day's hike.

Val de Juclar

Alternatively, you can enjoy the popular walk to the pair or largest lakes in Andorra. You will be elevated into a land of waterfalls, rugged peaks, alpine flowers and glistening lakes. Pic de Noe and Pic d'Escobes set a stunning backdrop for the two lakes and the Refugio de Juclar.

Breakfast Included.

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You stay at Hotel Guillem.

hotel details

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Hotel Guillem, Encamp

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV


Located in the pretty village of Encamp, very close to the town hall, the 4* Hotel Guillem is very comfortable and friendly. There is a bar and a well-lit restaurant serving tasty dishes. The hotel also offers an indoor pool, steam room, sauna and hot tub to enjoy after a long day walking. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower, bath and hairdryer.

Day 3: At Encamp - Grau Roig (12km/7.5mi)

This is a challenging high-level walk crossing via Pic de Pessons. The highest point reached is 2890 metres so check weather predictions carefully and do not attempt if there is any doubt. This is an incredible walk; high rugged mountains, strings of lakes, tumbling waterfalls and stunning views of peaks in Spain, France and Andorra. At the Coll below Pic de Pessons, the landscape becomes lunar with soft gravel, huge boulders of granite and alpine flowers. The latter part of the descent presents a narrow ambling path leading through cooling forest with streams and flowers like nature's own rock garden.

Breakfast Included.

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You stay at Hotel Guillem.

hotel details

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Hotel Guillem, Encamp

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV


Located in the pretty village of Encamp, very close to the town hall, the 4* Hotel Guillem is very comfortable and friendly. There is a bar and a well-lit restaurant serving tasty dishes. The hotel also offers an indoor pool, steam room, sauna and hot tub to enjoy after a long day walking. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower, bath and hairdryer.

Day 4: Encamp to Ordino (9km/5.6mi)

An easier and contrasting day to the previous two, leaving the option of a later start or our recommendation a free afternoon to explore the lovely UNESCO Biosphere of Ordino. At the start of the walk, you pass the Moorish tower and beautiful 12th century church in Encamp. Following an ancient mountain trail, the walk rises steeply up to Coll d'Ordino. From here you can see Andorra's highest peaks and pass by the country's centre. From the Coll, an enjoyable descent leads straight into the beautiful medieval town of Ordino.

Breakfast Included.

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You stay at Hotel Guillem.

hotel details

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Hotel Guillem, Encamp

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV


Located in the pretty village of Encamp, very close to the town hall, the 4* Hotel Guillem is very comfortable and friendly. There is a bar and a well-lit restaurant serving tasty dishes. The hotel also offers an indoor pool, steam room, sauna and hot tub to enjoy after a long day walking. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower, bath and hairdryer.

Day 5: Ordino to El Serrat (12km/7.5mi)

Moving to your next hotel in El Serrat, you walk from Ordino following the valley up to El Serrat. You take a higher route on the Cami Creu del Noral through pine forests as far as La Cortinada. From there the already pleasing riverside trail is made more so by the interest of it being the Ruta de Fero depicting the history of the iron mining era in Andorra. You also pass some very pretty houses on the riverside including a very old, but lovingly restored sawmill.

Breakfast and Evening Meal Included.

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You stay at Hotel El Pradet or (Upgrade Option) Hotel Bringue.

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Hotel El Pradet, El Serrat

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Hairdryer
WiFi
TV


You will find everything you need to make you feel at home at the comfortable, family run 3* Hotel El Pradet. With stunning landscape views, it offers the perfect environment to relax after a long day walking. The restaurant serves delicious Andorran food cooked in a traditional style and the sunny terrace has fantastic views of the Vall d’Ordino. All rooms in the hotel feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, bath/shower and hairdryer.

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Hotel Bringue, El Serrat

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Safe


Surrounded by mountains, the 4* Hotel Bringue is located in an idyllic position in the Ordino valley. This family run hotel is modern, warm and elegant whilst offering all the charm of a traditional mountain hotel. Enjoy a unique spa experience with spectacular views of the Andorran mountains as you enjoy the facilities including pool, sauna and Turkish bath. Taste authentic Andorran cuisine at the Bringué Hotel Restaurant, offering the grilled meats specialities of the Ordino valley. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower, bath and hairdryer.

Day 6: At El Serrat - North & West (12km/7.5mi or 12km/7.5mi)

Solar Mountain

Today's out and back walk flows along a large, wooded valley on a gravel tracks and paths and can be treated as a low-level walk to the Gondola or a more challenging walk with a climb up to the chairlift. Either way a truly special spectacle awaits on top of the Solar Mountain, with its unusual and recently constructed viewpoint.

Estany Blau

Alternatively, you have an out and back walk to the stunning blue lake Estany Blau located in France, you have the option to walk as far as you wish today as you can always turn back at any point. Of the 2 options today, this is the most challenging walk, following the beautiful Rialb valley with its rushing mountain waters, wildflowers and ancient shepherds' huts, the initial ascent is easy and relaxed. At the valleys head, a steep climb leads over Port de Siguer with incredible views into France and the shimmering Estany Blau below beckoning for a picnic and a swim.

Breakfast and Evening Meal Included.

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You stay at Hotel El Pradet or Hotel Bringue.

hotel details

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Hotel El Pradet, El Serrat

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Hairdryer
WiFi
TV


You will find everything you need to make you feel at home at the comfortable, family run 3* Hotel El Pradet. With stunning landscape views, it offers the perfect environment to relax after a long day walking. The restaurant serves delicious Andorran food cooked in a traditional style and the sunny terrace has fantastic views of the Vall d’Ordino. All rooms in the hotel feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, bath/shower and hairdryer.

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Hotel Bringue, El Serrat

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Safe


Surrounded by mountains, the 4* Hotel Bringue is located in an idyllic position in the Ordino valley. This family run hotel is modern, warm and elegant whilst offering all the charm of a traditional mountain hotel. Enjoy a unique spa experience with spectacular views of the Andorran mountains as you enjoy the facilities including pool, sauna and Turkish bath. Taste authentic Andorran cuisine at the Bringué Hotel Restaurant, offering the grilled meats specialities of the Ordino valley. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower, bath and hairdryer.

Day 7: At El Serrat - East (6km/3.7mi or 15km/9.3mi or 14km/8.7mi)

Sorteny

The 1st of 3 choice on your last day is a simple out and back walk that follows the well-signed GRP Volta Andorra to the refuge in the flower laden Sortenay Valley. It's a gorgeous, simple walk-in and easily completed in a morning if you just walk to the refugi and back. Optionally, continue on into the valley through the meadows and return at leisure retracing your route.

Estanyo

This is a walk of two halves, the first part of the route to the small mountain lake is a good walk in its own rights.The lake makes a great place for a picnic and ponder and you have the choice to either, head back down from the lake or continue up to the Pic d l'Estanyo (2,915 m). The 2nd optional half of the route is a very, very, tough climb; initially on grassy slopes as soon as you leave the lake, followed by steep rock and scree all the way to the pyramid shaped peak.

Collada dels Meners

This out and back route heads almost due east through the Sortenay valley and reserve, before climbing along the GRP/GR11/HRP route to the impressive Colllada dels Meners. It's a long tough climb, although nowhere near as hard as the Pic de l'Estanyo, and as an out and back route, you can turn back whenever you feel like.

Breakfast and Evening Meal Included.

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You stay at Hotel El Pradet or Hotel Bringue.

hotel details

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Hotel El Pradet, El Serrat

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Hairdryer
WiFi
TV


You will find everything you need to make you feel at home at the comfortable, family run 3* Hotel El Pradet. With stunning landscape views, it offers the perfect environment to relax after a long day walking. The restaurant serves delicious Andorran food cooked in a traditional style and the sunny terrace has fantastic views of the Vall d’Ordino. All rooms in the hotel feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, bath/shower and hairdryer.

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Hotel Bringue, El Serrat

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Safe


Surrounded by mountains, the 4* Hotel Bringue is located in an idyllic position in the Ordino valley. This family run hotel is modern, warm and elegant whilst offering all the charm of a traditional mountain hotel. Enjoy a unique spa experience with spectacular views of the Andorran mountains as you enjoy the facilities including pool, sauna and Turkish bath. Taste authentic Andorran cuisine at the Bringué Hotel Restaurant, offering the grilled meats specialities of the Ordino valley. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower, bath and hairdryer.

Day 8: Leave El Serrat

Transfer by bus to Barcelona airport (3 hours journey).

Breakfast Included

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £200.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £200.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona with Vueling
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Upgrade to 4* hotel in El Serrat (nights 5 - 7)
  • Add extra nights in Barcelona
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: Vueling from London Gatwick to Barcelona, then bus to first hotel in Encamp. Return: Bus from last hotel in El Serrat to Barcelona Airport, then Vueling from Barcelona Airport to London Gatwick

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Impressive scenery, challenging walking, beautiful wild flowers and butterflies (beginning of July).

Katie Bell, 7 Jul 2024

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
twin centre

Level: 4
Challenging

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £799

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