From beautiful architecture housed on incredible streets, to an amazing beach almost 5 kilometres long Barcelona really has it all. It is very easy to fall in love with the city and forget to venture out to the surrounding regions. However, if you do journey outside Barcelona you will not be disappointed with the vast amount of beautiful landscapes the city has such direct access to, regardless of the season.
While the ski season just ended a couple of weeks ago, next season is right around the corner, so whether you’re a snow junkie or you’d like to try out some winter sports Andorra is definitely worth the trip. Only a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Barcelona lies Grandvalira in the awe-inspiring Pyrenees.
There are bus services for less than €60 for a return ticket that run throughout the season and they can accommodate groups and individuals alike. The pick up points in Barcelona are Sants Train Station and Terminal 2 in the Airport both readily accessible by Metro from anywhere in the city. Online bookings can be made on www.andorradirectbus.es.
There can be a preconception that a skiing holiday has to be expensive but with some foresight, it is possible to get the biggest bang for your buck. For people looking to meet people and let loose on a budget, hostels are the way to go. In the small village of El Tarter in Andorra the Mountain Hostel Tarter do affordable Sleep and Ride packages. Like 2 nights accommodation in the hostel and a 2-day ski pass, for example, will only cost you €120.
For beginners, a 2-day lesson package is only €76 and a whole 5 days is less than €150, which will give you a taste of what is to come with some practice. Once you get on the snow white blanket and start to manoeuvre your way down the slopes, you will be in love.
If you’re looking for adventurous activities there is plenty to choose from in Grandvalira. From snowshoeing and snowmobiling to dog sledding, there is something for anyone who wants to experience a new challenge on the slopes of the Pyrenees.
The views from the top are absolutely breath-taking and the panoramic scene will leave you with an appreciation of nature and the beauty therein.
After you’ve had your fill of scenery and thrill-seeking, it’s time to head to one of the many bars around the mountain and enjoy some après-ski with a cold beer or a nice cup of hot chocolate.