Every year since I was a kid, I’ve been going at least once to Andorra. The quality of their ski stations, shopping streets and nature activities had been more than enough reasons to visit my neighbour country in the Pyrenees. An example of what could be a winter escape for a weekend or few days.
Our original plan was to be four days right after New Year, but “unluckily” we had to postpone our family trip to the week after winter holidays. It was the best that happened to our plans. Moving our dates, the hotels had lower prices, the shops less crowded (even during sales season) and the ski resorts practically empty. The forecast announced heavy snows during the night of our arrival, and that was again, good news for us. We arrived to our hotel in Sant Julià de Lòria. The morning after, we went to GrandValira ski station, and the quality of the tracks and the snow was splendid. No waiting times almost in any track, on a monday.
After our hearts were filled with snow, we moved back to the center of Andorra, going around window shopping, searching for new gadgets for our cameras and see if they had sales.
Our second day was a bit of sliding drive to Naturlandia, just to be told that it was closed due to the heavy snows of the recent days. Our plans had to change once again, and I wanted to try the winter activities, like snowmobile riding. Still, if you want to know some of the things you can do in Naturlandia, I had been there, for summer activities. A fun way to spend your day with friends or family.
Instead of the whole day of activities we had in mind, we changed for a more relaxed day in Caldea-Inuu. The huge thermal resort in Andorra. All our worries gone with a long afternoon in the pool, sauna, a welcome smoothie, and a one hour massage.
Our trip couldn’t be complete until we had our family dinner in a perfect spot for cheese lovers. The Cheese’s Art restaurant. The varieties of cheese fondues is enough to make you hesitate for an hour until you decide. And if you are not a cheese aficionado, the meat dishes are amazing as well.
Our last day of snow I was so sick (I caught a cold before the trip) and my leg just said that it was enough. So badly that it got me two weeks out. A last quick look into some shops, specially the Cheese House. Did I mention I love cheese? Time to go home and recover for the great next adventure. The year just has started.