Gerry CarsonAndorra, Europe

The Ultimate Getaway

Gerry CarsonAndorra, Europe
The Ultimate Getaway

Hiking in Andorra 29 July – 12 August, 2012

The walking was simply superb. The trip I was on offered walking at D+ and C+ grades, and although I kept to the C+ option it was clear the D+ walkers also enjoyed fine walking and scenery each day. The walks I did took us through numerous attractive valleys and up to the tops of many of Andorra’s major summits.

 

This included reaching the top of the region’s highest mountain, Pic de Coma Pedrosa, at 2,939m, and like so many other of the peaks it gave superb views of the surrounding landscape and across to France and Spain as well.

The deep valleys and high mountains have another effect: you can largely take a rest from your mobile phone and email, as although the hotel had WiFi it was patchy at best and I never really succeeded in using it, and the only mobile phone signals I could get were when I was on top of a mountain somewhere, receiving signals from either France or Spain. Now there’s a good excuse if work complains they couldn’t reach you!

And the mountains aren’t the only attraction. The side valleys seem to be lost in time, and appear just as nature intended. Although all of them were really beautiful, the Madriu and Pessons valleys with their many lakes were positively outstanding.

 

So, if you enjoy fine mountain walking, I’d highly recommend this holiday. And if, like me, you enjoy scrambling and ridge walking, there are some good options for that too.