CULTURAL TOURS IN ANDORRA

Iron Tour

 

The Iron Tour invites the visitor to discover the what was used in the processes of obtaining, processing and commercialising iron from the beginning of the seventeenth to the end of the nineteenth centuries. Mines, charcoal-production sites, forges, and the dwellings of miners and ironworkers are some examples of what you will see on this tour.

The tour takes us up close to points of interest such as the Rossell Forge, the Iron Interpretation Centre, the Llorts Mine, the mule-trains' old route and the Men of Iron Tour, Sant Marti de la Cortinada and the Casa d'Areny-Plandolit Museum. Part of this route can be done unguided, as it makes for a pleasant and interesting walk through a cultural landscape of high mountains.

The Iron Tour can also be undertaken on horseback from Ransol to the Meners Mine and to Arans. The horseback excursion can last from one to four days, depending on the itinerary chosen and the physical condition of the rider.

 

Ordino Tourist Office

• Tel.: (+376) 878 173
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La Massana Tourist Office

• Tel.: (+376) 835 693
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Horseback tour

• Tel.: (+376) 325 540
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Advance bookings for tours with a guide:

• Farga Rossell forge
Av. del Traves, s/n
AD 600 - La Massana
Tel.: (+376) 839 760

Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

 

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004

In 2004, UNESCO declared this valley a World Heritage Site in the cultural landscape category where only 64 natural spaces are included from around the world. Andorra offers visitors the chance to discover this treasure, a spot shaped over time thanks to the harmony between nature and mankind. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is located to the south-east of the Principality and covers a surface area of 4,247 ha. This area represents almost 10% of Andorra's surface area and runs over Escaldes-Engordany, Encamp, Sant Julia de Loria and Andorra la Vella. The place is highly valued by Andorrans and has maintained its organisation and management structures intact since the Middle Ages. A diversity of landscapes, dry stone walls, cottages and country houses, flocks and the uninterrupted presence of human activity recall, without interruptions or alterations, significant periods in individual history. At present, cattle raising is the only traditional activity with a major presence in the valley, making a vital contribution to maintaining the area's cultural landscape.

The herder cottages, a way of living
The natural beauty of the glacial cirque harbours small structures which have formed part of human existence in the valley. Whatever trail taken in the Madrui-Perafita-Claror Valley, the traditionally restored herder cottages, the old orchards marked out by walls and the pasture areas for herds are examples of the valley's cultural landscape which have made it worthy of its international recognition.

Guided trails on prior reservation:

Escaldes-Engordany Tourist Information Office

• Tel.: (+376) 820 963
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Sant Julia de Loria Tourist Information Office

• Tel.: (+376) 744 045
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Andorran National Commission for UNESCO

• Tel.: (+376) 825 700
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Rural Dwelling walking tour

Many elements of the Andorran countryside are the product of a culture based on intensive and rational exploitation of the resources offered by the mountains. It is still possible to see this culture - maintained by peasants and shepherds, builders of paths and boundaries, blacksmiths, coalmen, carpenters and weavers –underneath the vertiginous forms of the urban models. Andorra offers the chance to visit three houses that open the door for us on a past that is close: the Casa Cristo in Encamp, the Casa Rull in Sispony and the Casa d'Areny-Plandolit in Ordino.
These houses have been set up so as to give the contemporary public an idea of the experiences that were hidden behind their walls. They show us the social and economic differences that existed in Andorra of the late-nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. They are also a good starting-point for discovering the urban environments in which they are found.

  • There is a passaport de 3 museus (3 museum ticket), which includes entry to any three of the centres that make up the network of national museums.
  • The museums that are part of the Rural Dwellings walking tour are covered by this type off ticket, and it can be bought at the ticket office of any of the country's national museums.
  • Passaport de 3 museus : €6.

Casa Cristo Museum

• Carrer dels Cavallers, 2
La Mosquera - AD 200 - Encamp
Tel.: (+376) 833 551

 

Casa Rull Museum

• Tel.: (+376) 839 760
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ANDORRA ON TOURIST BUS

The tourist bus operates two annual seasonal itineraries adhering to a single philosophy, which is to bring visitors in contact with the culture and nature of our country, offering them a more original way of enjoying their stay in Andorra. Visitors will discover the Principality's history, combined with visits to museums, Romanesque churches, scenic landscapes and shopping areas.
There are 6 routes available to visitors in the summer, which will show Andorra at its most scenic, combined with the culture and history of each district. In winter, the Tourist Bus offers 4 routes to visitors, giving an outline of Andorran traditions, architecture and society. Each route offers greats occasions to discover the Romanesque in areas like Santa Coloma and Sant Marti de la Cortinada, to learn about traditional society and its trades in the Tobacco Museum or the Casa Cristo Home Museum, and to enjoy the best panoramic views from Roc del Quer or from Engolasters.
The routes will also include a tourist guide, with explanations available through an audio-guide in 4 languages (Catalan, Spanish, French and English). The routes operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in the mornings and afternoons, and take half a day.

Autocars Nadal Buses - Reservations Centre
Av. Tarragona 44-46
AD500 Andorra la Vella
Tel.: (+376) 805 151

Prices:
Advanced purchase and prior reservation required:
Ticket for one route: €12
Ticket for two routes: €18
Services:
Self-guided tours and tours accompanied by a tourist guide. Limited places, prior booking required.

 

Tours in the parish of Andorra la Vella

Interpretative tours in the Green Ring
The Green Ring is synonymous with sustainability. The restoration of the capital's irrigation channels has paved the way for tours to be put together that give everyone the opportunity to see various features on the edge of the city. These are valuable from the environmental, historic and cultural points of view, as well as just being nice landscapes.
• Transformation of the agricultural landscape. A short route in the Rec del Sola irrigation area to interpret agricultural and livestock values, and the power of water.
• Growth and urbanization in the valley. A route to interpret the evolution of urbanization in Andorra la Vella and changes to tradition and the economy.
• Humankind and adaptation to natural risks. A route that interprets how humans live with natural risks, like flooding and rock-falls.

Outdoor Geology Museum. Roques al Carrer
You can admire the Garden of rocks on a walk through Central Park, discovering the geological diversity of Andorra. The visit is complemented by a geological tour of the city's streets.

Cultural route
History, tradition and culture on a walk in the historic centre of the capital city, taking in the architectural, sculptural and pictorial legacy.

Night time route
The dramatised night time visit to the old quarter recreates the Andorran adventures of Don Francisco de Zamora, a judge in the Royal Court of Barcelona, transporting us for a few moments to 18th century Andorra.

Visit to Santa Coloma Church
A look at the outside and inside of the oldest and most emblematic pre-Romanesque
churches in the Principality.

Services:
The interpretative tours can be guided or self-guided. Advance booking is recommended.

Opening hours and prices:
All three tours can be undertaken for free from the middle of June to the middle of September. The rest of the year they can be undertaken with advance booking.
Self-guided walking tours of the Green Ring: €1.

Information:

Tel.: (+376) 873 103
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Tours in the parish of Escaldes-Engordany

Placa Coprinceps, s/n
Escaldes-Engordany
Escaldes-Engordany - AD700

Tel.(+376)820 963

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Engordany Tour:

This tour aims to show the parish's rural origins and contrast it with the tourist centre that Escaldes is today. The route goes around the houses of the historic centre of Engordany and accompanies your visit with all the anecdotes and explanations that you could need to guide you and inform you about the economy, society politics and culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, through to the present day. It begins in the Placa de Santa Anna and ends on Avinguda del Pessebre; it lasts approximately one hour.

Granite Architecture Tour

Escaldes-Engordany is one of the villages where examples of Andorra's architectural style known as granite architecture are best preserved. This style bears witness to the socio-economic changes that shook the country in the mid-twentieth century.
Granite architecture developed between 1930 and 1960 and is related to several important events in the country's history, such as the birth of tourism relating to the thermal springs and the electrification of the country. Of the large number of examples that we could cite, Casa Lacruz, designed by the Catalan architect Puig i Cadafalch, as well as the Hotel Valira and the Hotel Carlemany stand out as examples of the first establishments that used thermal springs as a tourist attraction.

Services:
Granite architecture: there is no guide service; the parish's walking tours are unguided.

Engordany Tour: guided tour of the parish; advance booking is recommended.

Opening times:
Granite Architecture: every Tuesday 4:30pm to 5:30pm, as well as Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00am to 12:00pm and 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

Price:
Free

Information:

Tel.: (+376) 820 963

 

Tours in the parish of Sant Julia de Loria

Tour of Lauredia
A walk round the centre of social and cultural life in Sant Julia de Loria, a town also known by the name of Lauredia. Its inhabitants are known as Lauredians. See the architecture that shows how the town has evolved from the 12th century through to the present day.

Humankind and raw materials
People tame elements and materials not only to ensure their survival but also as a way of expressing themselves. Sant Julia de Loria is a small mountain village that for centuries has made use of the valley's abundant water supply in creating links between its religious, social and domestic lives. As well as water, stone and metal have also submitted to use by humans, always in need of useful recipients, always in need of the expression provided by sculpture.

Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday 9:00am to 12:00pm and 3:00pm to 5:00pm (advance booking necessary).

Prices:
Tour of Lauredia: Normal price with Tobacco Museum: €5, Reduced price with Tobacco Museum: €3.50 (young person card, magna card and groups of more than 20 people). Normal price without Tobacco Museum: €2, Reduced price without Tobacco Museum: €1

Humankind and raw materials: Normal price: €2, Discounted entry: €1 (young person card, magna card and groups of more than 20 people).

Information:

Tel.: (+376) 744 045 – 843 298
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Tours of the parish of Encamp

Itinerari del Romanic
This tour takes us back to the medieval period by discovering the parish's Romanesque architecture. It starts in the Placa del Consell and includes visits to everything historic that the village of Les Bons has to offer, including the churches of Sant Miquel and Sant Joan de la Mosquera and culminating with a visit to the parish church of Santa Eulalia. This is complemented with a visit to the Museum of Sacred Art, where you will see some of the most important pieces found during the restoration of Santa Eulalia.

Romanesque Tour

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am, with advance booking.

• The tour is run during the months of July and August.

• The tour can be run throughout the year if you book in advance.

Normal price: €3

Free for children less than 6 years old.

Casa Cristo

• Carrer dels Cavallers, 2
La Mosquera - AD 200 - Encamp
Tel.: (+376) 833 551
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Tours of the parish of La Massana

Routes by car in Valls del Nord

The Valls del Nord valleys offer various routes showing us the way of life of a country strongly attached to its customs and traditions. We suggest the following routes to get to know our valleys:
• Old houses: visit the Casa Rull Home Museum in Sispony and the Casa d'Areny-Plandolit Home Museum in Ordino, where you will discover how inhabitants of the valley lived in the 19th century.
• Jewels of the Romanesque: discover the Romanesque Andorra Interpretation Centre in Pal and examples of the Romanesque to be found in the valleys of Andorra, such as the churches of Sant Climent in Pal, Sant Cristofol in Anyos and Sant Marti in La Cortinada.
• The power of water: discover the importance of water in the valleys. On the tour you will visit the Tristaina Lakes, the waterfall and bridge at Les Salines, the iron font, the Cal Pal mill and sawmill and the Sole Mill, the Rossell Forge and Sant Antoni Bridge, among other places.

The parish of La Massana suggests the following routes in order to get to know its territory:

  • Journey to the nineteenth century: we will visit the Casa Rull Museum and other spots which will shed light for us on the way of life of the valley's inhabitants during the nineteenth century.
  • Pal, a Romanesque jewel: we will discover the Romanesque Andorra Interpretation Centre and an example of the Romanesque architecture that we find in the Andorran valleys.
  • Comapedrosa, a natural park to be discovered: we will enjoy some of the country's flora and fauna on the highest mountain in Andorra: Mount Comapedrosa, which is 2,942m high.
  • The Iron Route and the Valls del Nord Circuit are some of the routes that run through the parishes of Ordino and La Massana. We will find out about the processes of producing and commercialising iron, as well as about the most important villages of Valls del Nord.

La Massana Tourist Office

• Tel.: (+376) 835 693
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Ordino Tourist Office

• Tel.: (+376) 878 173
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Theatrical visits

In La Massana: Fridays in July and August (from 9 July to 20 August)
In Pal: Saturdays in July and August (from 10 July to 21 August)
*Limited places. For visits on other dates, contact the Ordino Tourist Information Office.
Ticket sales:

 

La Massana Tourist Office

• Tel.: (+376) 835 693
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Tours of the parish of Ordino

Verdaguer in Ordino Tour
Mossen Cinto Verdaguer was one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century revivalist movement in the Catalan language, and a major Catalan literary figure. He was also keen hiker and in 1883 he walked all over the Andorran valleys. During his travels here he discovered the geography, the history, the folklore and the legends that then existed in the valleys.

Discovering La Cortinada
On a route lasting two and a half hours: we take the district mini bus to La Cortinada, visit the Nature Centre, take a short walk in the centre of the town of La Cortinada, visit the Romanesque church of Sant Marti, the Cal Pal Mill and Sawmill and the old Cal Sole Mill. Then we take the district mini bus again to the town of Ordino.

Feudal Ordino
On a route lasting around two and a half hours: we visit the town of Ordino, seeing its old streets, Sant Corneli i Sant Cebria Church, the gardens of Casa Rossell and Casa d' Areny Plandolit Home Museum, and we take a walk to the Santa Barbara royal highway to reach the open air gymnastics area or the Segudet path.

 

Verdaguer in Ordino Tour

Valls del Nord Tourist Office in Ordino

• Tel.: (+376) 878 173
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There is no guide service; the tour is unguided.

Route is free except for the use of the cable car.

Prices for the chairlift to Creussans:

• Return: €8.20 adults / €6.25 children

• Single: €6 adults / €4.40 children

Other routes in Ordino

Discovering La Cortinada: July and August. Wednesday and Saturday mornings, depart at 9:50 am from Ordino Tourist Information Office. Prior reservation required.

Feudal Ordino: July and August. Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, depart at 3:30 pm from Ordino Tourist Information Office. Prior reservation required.

Walking tour through the parish of Canillo

12 steps on the path through Canillo
Discover the parish's most emblematic spots and monuments on the “Twelve steps on the path through Canillo” walking tour. The route takes us up close to the cultural and religious heritage of the valley and allows us to enjoy the beauty of Canillo's countryside.

It is a pleasant route that is not difficult and can be done on foot in roughly three hours.

You will be able to visit the following points of interest en route :

1. Sant Joan de Caselles.

2. Sant Bernat de Menthon Chapel.

3. The Creu de Ferro Forjat (cast iron cross).

4. Sant Serni Church.

5. The Statue of Charlemagne.

6. Santa Creu Church.

7. The Creu dels Set Bracos (seven-armed cross).

8. Sant Miquel de Prats.

9. The Creu de Carlemany (Charlemagne's cross).

10. The chapels of Meritxell.

12. The Sanctuary of Meritxell.

Canillo Tourist Office

• Avinguda de Sant Joan de Caselles
AD 100 - Canillo
Tel.: (+376) 753 600
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Unguided visit.

Free route.