For holidaymakers with a sporting inclination and perhaps more specifically, skiing and snowboarding, the tiny Kingdom of Andorra, on most maps a mere spot on the border between France and Spain, in the Pyrenees, offers great possibilities. High altitude skiing and tax-free shopping provides a heady mix in this bargain winter getaway location.
Skiing from December – April and great deals
This is a great ski area, at altitudes ranging between 1,500 and 2,640 m, with good hotels, great family environment and the availability of last-minute deals. If you do not have your own equipment or simply do not want to carry it with you, there are some great deals to be had on ski and snowboard rental.
Choice of value for money areas
The great resorts in the area include Arinsal, a perfect family resort, with great hotels; Pas de la Casa, which offers real value for money; it is part of the Grand Valira ski area and Soldeu and El Tarter.
Ski instruction is available on the lower nursery slopes, while more advanced winter sports fans have a selection of intermediate and difficult runs to test their skills. “In-resort” teams help to make any stay more enjoyable, in terms of both skiing and après ski activities.
At most resorts, evening baby-sitting and all-day kid’s clubs facilities are also available.
There are flights to Toulouse, a mere three hours away, from 17 regional UK airports. A selection of all-inclusive holidays is also available.