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Observation deck Roc Del Quer

Best of Andorra self-drive

8-day self-drive from £575 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Discover the delights of Europe’s hidden jewel

Highlights

  • Enjoy spectacular mountain drives
  • Explore with an included 4WD excursion
  • Stop for ranging hikes
  • Stay in village hotels, including a Catalan country manor

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Soldeu
  • 3 Nights La Massana
  • 1 Night Tavèrnoles

About

Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Natural world | Self-drive | Summer

From sky-scraping peaks down to impossibly verdant valleys, Andorra packs a lot in to its 468 square kilometres. And, given its size, you can explore it all in just a week, stopping at quaint villages, Romanesque churches and hiking trails that weave between high-altitude lakes and wildlife-dotted forests. This summer itinerary will see you knit it all together with ultra-scenic drives and stays in cosy village hotels. For a bit of extra adventure, we’ve also included a 4WD excursion, before you cap it all off with a stay in a Catalan country manor.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Soldeu

After enjoying complimentary access to an airport lounge, fly out to Barcelona, picking up your hire car on arrival. As the city limits fade, you’ll quickly find yourself among the Catalan countryside before you wind up into the Pyrenees. Be sure to stop to admire the mountain scenery along the way, perhaps pausing for a bite to eat in one of the route’s pretty church towns. Your goal is Soldeu – a quiet Andorran village beautifully tucked away among a lush-green valley. And, after navigating the meandering switchbacks, you’ll check into your delightful, Tibetan-themed accommodation, perhaps resting up by the fire in one of the lounge’s leather, wingback chairs.

Stay: Hotel Himalaia, Soldeu (Superior)

Meals: D

Day 2
Soldeu

Soldeu is perfectly poised for exploring the Incles Valley – a great glacial trough where lonely cottages dot sweeping meadows and forests. Although over the summer months the valley is closed to vehicles, an electric buggy is on hand to transport you from your hotel to the valley floor. Our tip? Take it on the way back up to enjoy the gentle 2.5km stroll among the wildflowers on the way down. In fact, there’s a full range of walking routes on offer, with the concierge able to point you in the direction of pretty lakes, picnic spots and alpine meadows ringed by drystone walls. 

Stay: Hotel Himalaia, Soldeu (Superior)

Meals: B D

Day 3
4WD excursion

You’ll let someone else take the strain today, with an included 4WD jeep excursion. You’ll be met by an expert driver-guide who’ll bring you out among remote trails, traversing the surrounding mountains on routes once trodden by pilgrims and smugglers alike. If you’re lucky, you might just be able to spot a marmot – the giant squirrels indigenous to the Pyrenees. Then, as with every day at the Hotel Himalaia, you’ll return to soothe any sightseeing aches with complimentary access to the sauna and hot tub. 

Stay: Hotel Himalaia, Soldeu (Superior)

Meals: B D

Day 4
Soldeu to La Massana

Continuing along the valley, we recommend pausing at Encamp for a visit to the Casa Cristo Ethnographic Museum. It provides a privileged glimpse into life in a humble Andorran house in the late 19th century. You’ll then wind onto Meritxell, pausing to take in its magnificent Romanesque Church and one of Europe’s finest motorcycle museums. You’ll then arrive at the Roc del Quer. This 2000-metre-high viewpoint offers spectacular panoramas over the Montaup and Canillo valleys, where Andorran cottages dot yet more delightful meadows. We also suggest Engolasters – a high-altitude lake whose pretty rural setting is showcased by easy hikes. Then, continue to the Circuit de Les Fonts, where beautiful forest walks bring you between spectacular valley viewpoints. As you go, you’ll stumble across pretty natural springs, which give their name to the route. You’ll end the day at your mountain hotel, set in the heart of the small mountain town of La Massana.

Stay: Hotel Magic La Massana (Superior)

Meals: B D

Day 5
La Massana

Spend a relaxing day in the Ordino area, perhaps take a walk in nearby Sorteny Nature Park to spot wild boars and roe deer among its ancient forests. Alternatively, learn about the country’s mining heritage with the Iron Route, which takes in historic forges, churches and, yes, mines. You can also join one of a range of hikes organised by your hotel.

Stay: Hotel Magic La Massana (Superior)

Meals: B D

Day 6
La Massana

After breakfast today, we recommend exploring Arinsal. This quiet mountain town is a perfect gateway to the Comapedrosa Nature Park, where hiking routes weave between forests, lakes and waterfalls. Then, it’s on to Pal; dating as far back as the 12th century, it’s one of the best-preserved villages in Andorra. Before heading back to your hotel, you’ll also have time to drive the Col de La Botella mountain pass, where you’ll be treated to grand views of the Seturia Valley and the sky-scraping Alt de la Capa peak. This evening, we highly recommend making your way to Andorra la Vella for a Cirque du Soleil performance.

Stay: Hotel Magic La Massana (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 7
La Massana to Vic-Sau

Your last day in the country affords the chance for some duty-free shopping in Andorra la Vella, or a trip to the spa. Our recommendation is the excellent Caldea (pictured above) for its adults-only and family friendly options. Whatever you choose, you’ll then hop over the border and back into Spain, driving out of the mountains and back into Catalonia. And, you’ll finish your trip in style with a night in a traditional Catalan country manor, part of Spain’s parador network of historic hotels. Here, private balconies and a gorgeous swimming pool take in sweeping views over the glistening Sau Reservoir.

Stay: Parador de Vic-Sau (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 8
Depart for UK

After a last breakfast, drive back to Barcelona to drop your car at the airport and fly home.

Meals: B

Map

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

8-day self-drive from £575 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £575 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £685 pp. incl. flights

Includes

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Barcelona
  • 8 day car hire in a Intermediate vehicle with GPS
  • 3 nights accommodation on a HB basis in Soldeu
  • 3 nights accommodation on a HB basis in La Massana
  • A range of suggested walks and hikes are mentioned in the itinerary, both hotels also offers a range of guided daily hiking options which can be joined locally during your stay
  • 1 night Parador accommodation in Spain
  • Small Group 4WD jeep excursion into the Pyrenees including a snack in the mountains (3-4 hours)

Optional extras

  • Cirque du Soleil performance tickets (currently June only)
  • A range of Wellness treatments and activities at the Caldea Thermal Centre
  • Special menu at Moli dels Fanals Restaurant overlooking la Massana valley
  • Visit to the Casa Beal Visa-Tor Family winery including a cellar tour and vintage wine tasting

Andorra Bus routes

If you fancy a break from the car, Andorra is famous for its tourist bus routes which can take you between various towns and villages and we can provide you with information on various routes and services to enhance your visit.


Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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