Andorra is a tiny, almost entirely mountainous state sandwiched between France and Spain. It built is prosperity on the twin-pillars of tax-haven status and low-cost tourism - particularly winter tourism, and particularly in the UK market. Andorra used to be seen primarily as a cheap and cheerful holiday destination, attracting singles and young couples looking for a good time in the duty-free bars and clubs, as well as learning to ski or snowboard. But the place has changed radically over the last 25 years and has tried to move upmarket.

The main ski resorts are Soldeu and Pas de la Casa, which share the fairly extensive Grandvalira ski area, as well as Arinsal which is linked with Pal as part of the Vallnord ski area. These resorts are covered in more detail in their own sections on the site.

Also in Vallnord is Arcalis, tucked away at the head of a long valley with no accommodation at its base. For non-beginners, it makes a worthwhile day trip, particularly from Arinsal and Pal, with which it shares a lift pass. The terrain is varied and scenic, the slopes usually deserted except at weekends, and the snow is usually the best in Andorra. There is excellent intermediate and beginner terrain including lots of off-piste.

The capital, Andorra la Vella, is choked by traffic, but worth a visit for its duty-free shopping and the splendid Caldea spa at Escaldes-Engordany, just outside the centre, with a fantastic array of pools, baths and treatments.
Pros

Friendly locals, great nightlife.

As you’d expect, it’s generally sunnier here than in the rest of the mainland, so pack some mirrored lenses.

Despite moving more upmarket, the resorts still offer far better value than many in the Alps, especially when compared to high profile French resorts with which the Grandvalira rivals in size. 

Cons

Check the snow before you go.

Some antiquated lift systems, although this part of the world is catching up quickly.

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