Ski Resort in Andorra


Soldeu and El Tarter lie in the parish (administrative division) of Canillo some 17km NE of the capital of Andorra between Andorra La Vella and the French border at Pas de la Casa (2085m). Arguably the best known area in Andorra for skiing, Soldeu and El Tarter (neighbour villages) are lively, good value for money, modern and friendly, with great skiing and snowboarding facilities. In summer, Soldeu is popular with walkers and golfers who make the most of the beautiful scenery. In winter the Soldeu weather conditions change dramatically with excellent snow conditions providing excellent terrain for skiing and snowboarding.

Soldeu is the ski capital of Andorra. Centrally situated in Grandvalira, Andorra’s biggest ski region, at a base altitude of 1,800m Soldeu is a charming village and vibrant ski resort, and considerably less boisterous than nearby Pas de la Casa.

Together with Pas de la Casa, Soldeu and El Tarter make up the Grandvalira which is the largest, highest and most popular ski area in Andorra. Soldeu is the larger and livelier of the two villages, with El Tarter retaining a more traditional feel. Although just around the corner from Pas de la Casa, there is a much more relaxed and family friendly vibe in Soldeu and El Tarter, and they have successfully distanced the villages from the cheap and cheerful heavy partying reputation that Andorra built up in the nineties.

The resorts now presents themselves as a serious alternative to the higher Alpine resorts, and we find it increasingly hard to disagree. With over 200 kilometres of slopes, a dizzying array of off slope activities, and a blossoming reputation for freestyle and freeriding, there is more than enough to keep everyone entertained for a week’s holiday.

Most of the off slope activities and amenities are located along the main street in Soldeu, whilst El Tarter is more residential, making it the perfect location for a quieter family trip. Both villages remain relatively compact (especially compared to some of the monstrosities in the Alps) and with lifts and runs terminating right in the centre you’ll never find yourself far from your hotel (or a bar!) at the end of the day.

Transfers are on the long side - averaging 3 ½ hours - but you’ll gain this time back with interest when you arrive in resort, and will soon learn to love the efficient lift system and relative lack of crowds. It’s a great place to learn to ski too. There are strong English and antipodean contingents in all of the local ski schools, so kids taking to the slopes for the first time will be right at home.

Soldeu info card

Resort Altitude1800m
Highest Lift2640m
Total Piste210km
Longest Run9km
Directions of SlopesN
Uphill Capacity94500
Total Lifts67
Gondolas/Cable cars4
Drag Lifts26
Snow Parks2

Skiing in Soldeu

There really is something for everyone in Soldeu. With over 60 green and blue ski runs and designated beginner areas at Soldeu and El Tarter there is plenty of pistes for beginners and progressing skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Intermediate and advanced skiers will appreciate the 210km of varied slopes, including 38 red pistes and 22 black pistes, across the large ski domain as well as exploring the 6 different ski sectors. The journey and range of slopes between Soldeu and Pas de la Casa is superb.

El Tarter has a huge freestyle park with great selection of kickers, rails, boxes and features. There is a chairlift and a drag lift that runs up alongside the park for easy access. The El Tarter snow park has a fantastic park team that keeps the freestyle areas well maintained and ready for the professional competitions held throughout the season.

Snowboarders will love the variety of slopes on offer across the Grandvalira ski area and the park, boardercross and freeride areas.

Snow conditions in Soldeu

The best skiing in Soldeu takes place between December and April. Snowfall is generally good across Grandvalira where snow bases peak at around 200cm in March. Over 1 billion Euros has been spent across the Grandvalira ski domain in recent years to improve ski lifts, creating new facilities and increasing snow cannon coverage (now 65% of the ski area).

Best time to visit Soldeu and El Tarter

The shorter winter in the Pyrenees means that the best time to visit Soldeu-El Tarter (and Andorra in general) is often during the height of the season. The snow is at its best between January and March, and you shouldn’t notice the crowds as much as you would in the Alps. Recent improvements in the snowmaking facilities ensure that the snow tends to hang around of longer these days and, if the snow’s a bit sketchy later on in the season, then you best remember to pack your sunnies and some sunblock. With a reputation for some of the best weather in Europe, you’ll almost be tempted to simple crack open a cold one and soak up the sun for the day.

Families in Soldeu and El Tarter

We love Andorra’s family friendly ski resorts and Soldeu-El Tarter is one of the best around. Get the whole clan booked into a cheap ski package and spend the week progressing quickly and – more importantly – enjoying the slopes.

Soldeu’s and El Tarter's ski schools are known for their excellent Brit-run lessons, so anyone learning for the first time will feel right at home.

Just above Soldeu is a huge area of cruisey blue runs to build confidence on, and if more experienced skiers fancy a challenge on some of the highest pistes in Andorra, the Grandvalira is theirs to roam (look out for the Avet World Cup slope and El Tarter’s snowpark).

Keep your eyes peeled for special family deals in the resort - the ticket office and ski school have worked together in previous years to offer cheap packages for 6-12 year olds, while under 6s can sometimes get a free lift pass if you show ID at the ticket office.

The nurseries in Soldeu and El Tarter look after 2-4 year olds, with an indoor play area and supervised snow games, while the Snow Garden club provides 4-5 year olds with a gentle introduction to the snow – with fun ski lessons and outdoor play. The ski school teaches 6-11 year olds and kids over 12 can book into snowboard lessons if they want to learn something new.

For more experienced skiers and snowboarders, Snowpark El Tarter (the biggest park in the Pyrenees) and the Encamp freeride area should more than suffice, when you want a change from Grandvalira’s 200km+ of skiing.

Group Holidays Soldeu and El Tarter

With the biggest ski area in Andorra to explore, Soldeu and El Tarter are superbly based for a cheap group ski trip. Beginners are well-catered for with plenty of easy blues and lessons with British instructors, while for more confident skiers and snowboarders, the area has over 200km of pistes, 3 snowparks (El Tarter’s is the biggest in the country) and specially designated freeride areas.

Of the two villages, El Tarter is the smaller and slightly quieter, while Soldeu has more choice of bars and restaurants: The Harp is everything you could expect from a proper Irish tavern and the Aspen stays open until the early morning. We have a huge selection of hotels in both villages - and they’re a great option for groups if you want the privacy of your own rooms but big communal areas to chill out in. Another option is self-catering, which keeps costs down and makes the week flexible enough to cater to everyone’s individual needs. If your group’s the right size, book out a catered chalet and have the rule of the roost, with six days of sit-down dinners taken care of.

If you’re thinking of inviting any non-skiers along for the ride, they should find plenty to do. A half hour bus ride takes you into Andorra’s capital city - Andorra La Vella – for duty free shopping and historical sites like Andorra’s oldest church, 9th century Església de Santa Coloma and the 16th century Casa de la Vall (now used for parliament).

Transportation - Get In

By plane

The nearest airports to Andorra, with daily bus service, are Tolouse in France and Barcelona and Girona in Spain

Bus Transfer

Novatel runs a daily mini bus service from all three airports.

There are 5 departures throughout the day (starts 10:30 then 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 and 19:45) from Barcelona to Andorra and a similar number (05:00 then 08:00, 10:00, 12:30 and 15:15) running in reverse from Andorra to Barcelona. A single Novatel bus service daily from Girona and Andorra at 15:00 and leaving Andorra for Girona at 09:30 and there are two Novatel buses daily from Toulouse to Andorra (10:30 and 19:00) and from Andorra back to Toulouse (05:30 and 14:00).

Eurolines offer similar 5-6 bus departures daily in each direction between Barcelona and Andorra.

Reservations are necessary and be sure to check websites for latest timetables and prices

Tel: +376 803 789
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Tel: +376 805 151 and Barcelona +34 934 903 000
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By car from Spain

Madrid - Zaragoza - Lleida - Ponts - Andorra 613km Barcelona - via the Cadi Tunnel 185km (Toll / péage) via Cervera 208km Girona - Olot - Puigcerdà - Andorra 219km

By car from France

Paris - Toulouse - Foix - Ax les Thermes - Andorra 882km Toulouse - Foix - Andorra 196km Perpignan - Bourg Madame - Pas de la Cassa - Andorra 128km

Transportation - Get Around

The national bus service runs through Soldeu both in the direction of Pas de la Casa and the French border, and in the direction of Andorra la Vella (the capital city of Andorra) where there are frequent connections nationally and internationally. There isn't a train service in Andorra and there is no airport, the closest being La Seu d'Urgell in Spain, although this is very small.

There isn't a taxi rank in Soldeu, the nearest being in Andorra la Vella.

Accommodation & Hotels

This luxurious hotel is located next to the Grandvalira Ski Lifts in Soldeu. It offers a modern spa and attractive rooms with free Wi-Fi and a private balcony with mountain views.

    • Guests recommend this as a wellness hotel
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Professional service
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
    • Great view
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, wellness & sports facilities and Vibe.

Property Location: With a stay at Parador Canaro in Soldeu (Incles), you'll be minutes from Bosc and Soldeu Ski Resort. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of TSD4 Tarter and TC10 Tarter.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 64 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Enjoy the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this hotel, which also features a fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and ski storage. The complimentary ski shuttle makes getting to the slopes a breeze.

Dining: Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and room service (during limited hours) is provided. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.

    • Spacious bathroom
    • Professional service
    • Spacious rooms
    • Impressive bathroom
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 88. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and comfort.

Sport Hotel Village is in Soldeu, right next to Grandvalira’s Ski Lifts. It offers a gym, a seasonal outdoor pool and a large children’s section with a soft play area and a ball pit.

    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Nice building
    • Great view
    • Professional service
    • Great menu
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 87. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and breakfast.

The Hotel Piolets Park & Spa is a modern mountain hotel located in Andorra, at 300 metres from the Grandvalira ski slopes, in which it is possible to enjoy pure Nature the whole year round. An impressive spa area is available & wellness and a Kids' Club for the enjoyment of children. Owing to its location, the Hotel Piolets Park & Spa is ideal for mountain and Nature lovers, and for families who look for tranquillity and comfor.

    • Great menu
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Affordable parking
    • Rooms need regular maintenance
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 85. Guests recommend it because of its food, service and location.

This hotel is located in Soldeu, northeast Andorra in the heart of the Pyrenees, just 100 metres for the Soldeu ski lift. Although it is in the heart of the Ski region it can offer a number of exciting outdoor activities for all seasons. Besides the usual trekking and hiking in the region there are a number of mountain biking tracks and a golf course less than 3 km away. For little pampering guests can visit the nearby spa and wellness centre, which has special arrangements with the hotel. Afterwards one can simply head back to the onsite restaurant and enjoy a delicious meal with his companions. All of the warm and comfortable rooms are decorate in a cosy mountain style, with rustic furniture and everything needed for a good night sleep.

    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Affordable parking
    • Friendly service
    • Great menu
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • With a very good TrustScore of 86, this hotel is one of the best 18% in the city. Guests recommend it because of its location, service and value for money.

Property Location: With a stay at Hotel Galanthus in Soldeu (Incles), you'll be convenient to Soldeu Ski Resort and El Tarter Snow Park. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of Sant Joan de Caselles and Sant Serni Church.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 55 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages and body treatments. A spa tub and a sauna offer a relaxing way to wind down after a day on the slopes. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). The complimentary ski shuttle makes getting to the slopes a breeze.

Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

    • Guests recommend this as a wellness hotel
    • Nice building
    • Could be quieter
    • Modern Hotel
    • Parking is rare
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 83. Guests recommend it because of its service, location and wellness & sports facilities.

Set in a stunning natural landscape in the north of the Principality of Andorra, with the Spanish and French borders nearby, this hotel is an ideal base to go skiing in the region.

    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Friendly service
    • Great view
    • Great menu
    • Rooms could be larger
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 84. Guests recommend it because of its service, location and breakfast.

This charming ski hotel is situated at the on the main road of Soldeu. It is just 150 metres from the ski lifts, which provide access to the ski resort of Grand Valira. Andorra La Vella is 19 km away and can be reached in half an hour by car. This establishment is a hotel with features typical of an Andorran high mountain chalet, with a lot of wood and stone. It is recommended for a romantic holiday or for fun among friends and comprises a total of 40 guest rooms. Guests are welcomed into a lobby with 24-hour reception and a hotel safe. On-site facilities include lift access, a café and bar. WLAN Internet access and room and laundry services are provided. Guests arriving by car can leave their vehicles in the nearby car park or parking garage (fees apply). The hotel's guest rooms all come with a south-facing private balcony, which overlooks the ski slopes, as well as a complete bathroom with shower and hairdryer. In-room facilities include satellite TV, a direct dial telephone, double beds, central heating and in-room safes are available for a fee. The hotel does not have any triple rooms, interconnecting rooms or extra beds. The hotel has a fitness centre with a heated indoor swimming pool, a hot tub and a sauna, and fees apply to all of these activities. A gym and massage service are also provided.


Ski Area

Historically, the six village resorts that make up the “Grand Valley” were unable or unwilling to cooperate with each other meaning that, potentially, you needed a different pass for Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo and Encamp.

But that was before the government in Andorra la Vella insisted that the families who ran these resorts start working together. Grandvalira is the result - the union of Pas de la Casa - Grau Roig and Soldeu El Tarter to create a unified 1,926 hectares ski area with 110 runs and 193km of skiing and boarding served by 64 lifts, 972 snow cannons, 2 ski and snowboard schools with 450 instructors and a total of 33 mountain restaurants and eateries,

The entire ski area spreads above Soldeu (1,800m) and five nearby villages - Encamp (1,300m), Canillo (1,500m) and El Tarter (1,710m), Grau Roig (2,120m) and Pas de la Casa (2,100m), rising to 2,640m and besides 193km of pisted runs includes 4 off-piste ski routes, 2 competition areas, 3 freestyle areas, 2 permanent boardercross and an adventure activities centre.

It's not in the same extent nor as high as the biggest ski areas in the Alps, but with 193km of skiing and a lift system carrying 99,600 skiers per hour Grandvalira is by far the biggest ski area in the Andorra and Spain - Baqueira Beret has 104km, Sierra Nevada 84km and Aramon Formigal 64km.

Skiing out of Soldeu begins at TSD6 Soldeu or TC8 Soldeu from which it is possible to connect with all the other runs in the Grandvalira once you reach Tossal de la Llosada. If you get to the northern end of the run (Pas de la Casa) or the south (El Forn) and decide you don't want to ski back, there is a bus (free if you show your ski pass) from any point on the Grandvalira all the way home. To make matters simpler still, the bus displays the word "Grandvalira" in very big letters so it won't be mistaken for the local service.

Snow cannons cover 68km of 193km (35%) of the ski area and with Soldeu and most villages in Grandvalira at an altitude above 1,700m and the skiing mostly between 2,000 -2,680m the ski area is reasonably snow sure.

With 18 green slopes, 38 blue, 32 red and 22 black runs all categories of on-piste skier are catered for, but it's predominantly best for beginners and intermediates, but there's plenty of opportunity for advanced skiers including skiing off-piste between the trees.

Soldeu Beginners

The Grandvalira region has a total of 18 green runs and 38 blue of which 6 green runs and 13 blue are above Soldeu.

There is a "beginner zone" next to the ski school at Espiolets at the top of the two Soldeu lifts which is served by the Escola button lift.

Adventurous beginners who take the blue run "gall de bosc" as far as Riba Escorxada will find another "beginner zone" served by the Riba lift. From here it is possible to take the blue "esquirol" run down into El Tarter and get the Grandvaliar bus back to Soledu (free on production of your ski pass) or take the TSD6 Tosa Espiolets lift up to Tosa dels Espiolets and then any one of a number of blue runs back down to Soldeu. There are no green runs back into town.

Soldeu Advanced

For those who fancy clocking up 193km in one day there is the new Explore Grandvalira tour itinerary which gives you the option to cover the whole ski area from Pas de la Casa to El Forn which passes through Soldeu.

Conditions permitting there are also good opportunities off-piste skiing from Pic D'Encampadana (black and red runs) but getting to this is an effort. From Tossal de la Lossada take the blue run Llosada to where the pistebasher will tow you across the saddle to the Pic D'Encampadana. The alternative is to take three lifts up from Canillo.

Three graded off-piste ski routes (2 red and 1 black) converge at Riba Escorxada from which there is a snowshoe route down to El Forn then take the TSD4 Portella ski lift back up to Portella and ski down the blue run "daina" to start over again.

The Grau Roig sector is noted for its scenic mountain landscapes and as one of the largest of the six sectors comprising Grandvalira offers extensive off-piste skiing and boarding opportunities.

To find the best snow and the best off-piste opportunities in Grandvalira, which is mostly given over to piste skiing, and to do so safely you'll need to hire a guide and be prepared to do some skinning to get away from the main ski runs.

Soldeu Boarding & Freestyle

There’s no restriction on snowboarding within the Grandvalira which is keen to be “cool” and increasingly the authorities are investing to expand and improve the existing snowparks and freestyle circuits.

Already there are 8 freestyle areas - three above Pas de la Casa, two at Grau Roig, another two above Soldeu and the ACG Snowpark above El Tarter. Of these "collibri" on a red run descending from Cortals (2,502m) is probably the most spectacularly positioned but getting up is tediously complex (it's actually easier to get there from Grau).

Alternatively "bordercross solana" is a permanent boardercross freestyle area below Tossal de la Llosada is accessed without too much difficult from Tosa dels Espiolets if you take the "cucut" black run down to the TSF4 Assaladors lift. The circuit includes cambers and jumps so whether on skiing freestyle or boarding you need to be agile and learn to control the speed of your descent which makes it's a good place to practice and sharpen up your skills.

The ACG Snowpark, El Tarter, is exclusively for freestylers with six big jumps, a permanent pipe, rails, including a wave-shaped hand rail, pyramid, two boxes and a kick zone for beginners. Freestyle instructors are on hand to offer advice on how you can better your tricks and jumps and a dedicated maintenance team is in charge daily throughout the season. Not surprisingly given the size and quality of installations the ACG Snowpark is allegedly the best snowpark in the Pyrenees and the venue for a number of high level competitions and exhibition events during the season. Get to it from the Pla de Riba Escorxada by the TK Font Roges or TSD6 Tossa Espiolets.

Ski lifts & pass

All the ski lifts in Grandvalira have both a code and a name. There are 64 ski lifts – 1 funitel (twin cable car), 3 cable cars, 14 detachable high-speed chair lifts, 16 fixe grip chair lifts, 16 ski lifts, 9 overhead cable lifts and 5 magic carpets with a combined transport capacity of the 99,600 skiers per hour.

Each ski lift has a numeric code as well as a name which is clearly marked on the piste map in capitals. The ski pistes themselves just have names, not numbers, some of which sound curious to Anglophones ("clot", "muflo". "llop", "cucut", "fagina" and "tubs") but you quickly get used to them.

The TSD6 Soldeu is a new 6-seater detachable chairlift that starts on the far side of the Valira river (crossed by a new bridge) and allows skiers to arrive at Pla d'Espiolets with their skis on. The TC8 Soldeu is an 8-person cable car from the village side of the river just behind The Villager pub.

From Espiolets there are a number of runs that will take you down to either TSF4 Assaladors or TSD 6 Llosada. Both of these lifts will get you on to Tossal de la Llosada from where it's possible to join the Grandvalira. You can either head south towards El Tarter and Canillo or north towards Grau Roig.

All the ski lifts are shown on the piste map in capital letters while the ski runs are in lower case.From Tossal de la Llosada there is a lift simply known as Cortals which takes you up on to the Solanells ridge. Because it is a button lift, it isn't prefixed by a number.

Ski passes in Soldeu are as for the rest of Grandvalira, range from around 35 euros (1 day) to around 180 euros (6 days) in high season and are only marginally (10%) cheaper in low season. Beginner ski passes are for Soldeu only and cost 22 euros, regardless of season or age.

The cartel which runs Grandvalira is putting a lot of money into developing the lift system (spurred on by its rivalry with Vallnord in the west of the country) so things are likely only to get better. There's a lot of money in Andorra and ski tourism is a major priority for the locals.

Lifts open at 9 am in the morning and officially close at 5pm although some (two above Grau, two above Soldeu, one above Canillo and one above Encamp) start closing from 4:15 pm onwards. There will be signs on the lifts in question warning you, but check in advance so not to be caught out.

Grandvalira Lift Pass Prices
1 Day€48
(RRP €49)
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2 Days€88.80
(RRP €90.80)
(RRP €82.60)
(RRP €62.20)
3 Days€133.20
(RRP €136.20)
(RRP €123.90)
(RRP €93.30)
4 Days€177.60
(RRP €181.60)
(RRP €165.20)
(RRP €124.40)
5 Days€212
(RRP €217)
(RRP €194)
(RRP €148)
6 Days€254.40
(RRP €260.40)
(RRP €232.80)
(RRP €177.60)
+ Days€42.40
(RRP €43.40)
(RRP €38.80)
(RRP €29.60)

Non-Consecutive Lift Pass Prices
3 from 5€139.50
(RRP €142.50)
(RRP €131.70)
(RRP €101.10)
5 from 7€221
(RRP €226)
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7 from 10€309.40
(RRP €316.40)
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Activities & Things to do


The skiing in Soldeu is good for all levels, and there are some advanced descents for the more experienced skier through the powder fields below Pic d'Encampadana.

For snowboarders, Soldeu’s half pipe and an additional natural half-pipe makes the resort a popular choice. Allso has an excellent bumps stadium for the advanced skier.

Adventure Activities

There are ice-climbing opportunities in the area, but if you are not experienced in the craft of ice-climbing it would be worthwhile undertaking a guided tour in other places of New Zealand such as the Fox Glacier.

Cave Stream Scenic Reserve is about 5 minutes drive east of Flock Hill Lodge. The open country surrounded by the limestone rocks makes for a perfect picnic spot or a great place to head for some gentle walking. Tours into the cave are self-guided and take about one hour. The water in the cave is normally waist level, but you’ll need to keep an eye on it. If planning on going into the cave, you’ll need to take a torch, warm clothing and sturdy footwear.

If you’re staying at Flock Hill Lodge, you can go mountain biking within their land. The working farm is 14,000 hectares, and in addition to checking out the sheep, cattle and deer, the land has geological features that make for an interesting ride along many kilometres of tracks. They hire out mountain bikes and can show you where to go. They can also show you various spots to go on a tramping adventure.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Soldeu Apres Ski

Whilst the nightlife in this neck of the woods is overshadowed by nearby Pas de La Casa, there’s still enough variety for a one week ski holiday. And if this doesn’t prove to be the case, then Pas is just a short bus ride away…

With a good range of tapas and assorted pub grub, as well as the usual suspects drinks wise, the Villager is the first port of call after big a day on the mountain.

Fat Albert’s (Fatty’s to the locals) serves a range of local specialities and European staples. The nightclub upstairs is open until three or four all week if you’re after a solid twelve hour après session… if you’re up for the first chair after this, you’ll even earn the respect of the resorts seasonaires. The Harp’s the local Irish Bar, and as you would expect offers a traditional British menu, live entertainment, and of course, Guinness.

Once upon a time the Pussycat Cocktail Bar & Night Club was a regular old barn, but no more. With different themed nights each day, a sensational sun terrace, and a kaleidoscopic mix of drinks, you’ll be assured of a warm welcome day or night.

Dylan’s in El Tarter has a great menu for families- pizzas, burgers, and tex mex is the order of the day. Later on, the relaxed cocktail bar cum chill out lounge is perfect for a less intense drink and a game of pool.

Non skiers are well catered for - Andorra La Vella (the capital city) is half an hour’s bus ride away and serves both discerning shoppers (duty free galore) and history buffs (Andorra’s oldest church Església de Santa Coloma and the 16th century Casa de la Vall are two attractions). The Caldea Spa is also worth a visit whether you ski or not, for all kinds of wellness.

Soldeu Mountain Restaurants

Grandvalira has 33 on-mountain eating and drinking places offering a wider range of cuisine and eating experiences, from full-service restaurants to cafeterias and small huts where you can easily pit stop without even taking off your skis.

Whether you want to lunch on outdoor terrace with great panoramic views of the Andorran Pyrenees or you snuggle up around a warm fireplace in a traditional mountain inn or just want to grab a bite to eat on the fly, there's a good choice and Grandvalira has codified its mountain restaurants into five categories to ease selection and budgeting:

Top of the tree are 6 full-service 'Restaurants with charm', one in each resort sector, mostly with good views of the ski area and serving international cuisine at a cost of around 36 euros per head.

Restaurants with charm
Solanelles (Encamp) Tel: +376 759 008
Roc de les Bruixes (Canillo) Tel: +376 890 696
Pi de Migdia (El Tarter) Tel: +376 890 500
Gall de Bosc (Soldeu) Tel: +376 890 607
Refugi dels Llacs dels Pessons (Grau Roig) Tel: +376 759 015
Costa Rodona (Pas de la Casa) Tel: +376 800 870

Less expensive at around 22 euros per head are 7 self-service cafeterias (Grau Roig has two) serving salads, pizzas, basic fish and meat dishes:

Self-service cafeterias

Solanelles (Encamp) Tel: +376 759 008
El Forn (Canillo) Tel: +376 890 687
Pi de Migdia (El Tarter) Tel: +376 890 500
Espiolets (Soldeu) Tel: +376 890 581
El Cubil (Grau Roig) Tel: +376 872 930
El Piolet (Grau Roig) Tel: +376 759 190
Costa Rodona (Pas de la Casa) Tel: +376 800 870

Cheaper still at around cost 6-10 euros per head are 3 Fun Food (for which read 'fast food') establishments for burgers, salads, sandwiches and drinks:

Fun Food

Canillo (Canillo) Tel: +376 890 662
Riba Escorxada (El Tarter) Tel: +376 890 662
Gall de Bosc Tel: +376 890 604

And if you just want a mid-morning coffee break (or breakfast) or a drink during the day there are 9 Espress'Oh! Cafeterias throughout Grandvalira, mostly situated in and around the main restaurants and Fun Food locations:

On a mission to clock the maximum amount of skiing and too busy for anything but a fast pit stop? Then you can pit stop at one of 16 'Xirixuca (small wooden shelter or stone hut) for a quick bite to eat or a drink sometimes without having to dismount from your skis or your board.

In Soldeu Gall de Bosc is worthy of its place in the Charm category and can be found at the top of the TC8 Soldeu ski lift in Pla Espiolets. There is a set menu for 27 euros and the a la carte starts at 36 euros. The view of the slopes is excellent as is the service.

In the same building you'll also find Fun Food Gall de Bosc, Espress'oh! Gall de Bosc and out on the terrace there's a XiriXuca known as XiriCrepes Gall de Bosc.

At the end of the Astoret blue run which descends from the TSD6 Solana there is a handy Xirixuca known as XiriPizza la Solana.


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