Did you know that almost 40% of Andorra is covered by forests? Take advantage of this unique opportunity that our little country puts at your fingertips. Enjoy nature, whether you’re doing recreational activities or exploring our flora and fauna.
The ski resorts are transformed in summer to offer a wide range of outdoor leisure activities, as well as guided trips through the surrounding area to enjoy the natural landscapes.
Andorra also has three natural parks that are well worth exploring. You will take memories of picture-postcard landscapes with you that will be impossible to forget.
In 2004, the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley was recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in the cultural landscape category. This exceptional area of Andorra is of glacial origin and occupies 10% of the country's total area, encompassing the parishes of Andorra la Vella, Encamp, Escaldes-Engordany and Sant Julià de Lòria. But before exploring the trails in this valley, we recommend visiting L’aigua i el Madriu Interpretation Centre in Escaldes-Engordany, where you can learn all about this area.
You can discover the wildlife of the Pyrenees in the Sorteny Valley Natural Park. This protected area covers more than 1,000 hectares and boasts high scientific, historical, educational and scenic value. The natural park is home to more than 700 species of flowers and plants, some of which are unique to the Pyrenees. Hikes can be tackled on your own or with a specialist guide.
In the Communal Natural Park of the Comapedrosa Valleys, you will find yourself at the foot of the country’s highest peak. Located in the parish of La Massana, it comprises a protected area of more than 1,500 hectares and is home to the highest peak in the whole country, Comapedrosa, at 2,942 metres above sea level. Its self-guided, easily accessible and educational trail is also perfect for families, as it leads to a picnic area and lets you see some spectacular waterfalls.
Your sports shop is at Park Piolets MountainHotel & Spa; there you can buy all the technical gear you need for hiking in Andorra.
Tackling all treks above 1,700 metres is recommended between the end of June and the end of September.
When you head out into the mountains it is essential to wear comfortable shoes and suitable clothing. Always wear warm clothing (the weather in the Pyrenees is very changeable) and use sun protection. And of course, don't forget fresh water and something to snack on along the way.