Arinsal (Catalan pronunciation: [əɾinˈsaɫ], locally [aɾinˈsaɫ]) is a village in Andorra, set at an altitude of between 1550 and 2560 metres, close to the border with Spain at Tor, Pallars. In the summer Arinsal is home to walkers and bikers, as well as those who just want to relax in the mountain scenery. In the winter, it offers skiing and snowboarding for beginners, as well as a good selection of runs for intermediates.
Restaurants in Arinsal
4.5 based on 141 reviews
We decided to drive to another city, Ordino from Soldeu (where we checked in) in order to avoid the Tour de France that took place on that day. There are two options to get onto the lakes, one from the ski station area, and another one which is about 100m down the road. We took the latter option to avoid the 'crowd' but ended up this is the much steeper trail despite shorter, which I would not recommend for those with children. Nonetheless, the views on the top which 3 lakes with cascading streams are just amazing. Highly recommended!
4.5 based on 749 reviews
We visited during half term, very busy, but we all had a fab time. Three skiers and one non skier and we all enjoyed ourselves. I utilized the Spa at our hotel, walked and popped up the mountain to watch, hubby and kids enjoyed their lessons. Staff at The ski school were very helpful, it turned out to be great for beginners. The village is compact, with some nice restaurants, just wish Andorra itself was a little easier to get too.
4.5 based on 154 reviews
Authentically Irish with live entertainment, Guinness and good apres ski food. No place for a romantic dinner, depending on the crowd I guess will set the mood. The staff are awesome, the owners and welcome are genuine. Highly recommend - lost a point for the awful wine we had to drink.
5 based on 28 reviews
4.5 based on 44 reviews
We didn't do any of the activities or ride the bikes but did find it a great place for hill walking. Lots of options - go up on the gondola and then walk up the peaks and down the pistes and take the gondola back down, (5.80 one way or 10 euro r/t or you can even walk back down all the way to Sispony and over to La Massana ( we covered about 14km doing this). Just be alert to sharing some trails with mountain and motorbikes, and that the free walking map available at the tourist office is absolute rubbish. The map from the gondola ticket desk is slightly better.
4.5 based on 22 reviews
A trekkers paradise. Trails are very well marked out and is very reassuring especially of you are alone. Refuge ideal for a quick rest and a bite to eat.
4.5 based on 9 reviews
This walk takes you into high mountain scenery, culminating in the flat grassy floorof an immense corrie, surrounded by spectacular crags.
The lake itself is almost dried up in August, but makes a perfect natural stop for a peaceful picnic lunch while you take in the grandeur of the surrounding peaks, and wallow in the loneliness.
The climb to the lake area begins in the village of Arinsal, and climbs steeply through the forest for almost 600m ascent, the feeling of achievement is quite something when you reach the corrie on a hot summers day.
Return to Arinsal via the Bordes dels Prats Nous for some excellent views of Coma Pedrosa, and Arinsal.
The round trip took us five and a half hours, was done on our first day in Arinsal, and set us up for a wonderful weeks holiday.
On your return to the village I would recommend relaxing with a refreshing drink at Status Quo, where you can generally find more like minded people to swap tales with, and get tips for your stay in Arinsal.
This walk is one of many based on Arinsal, and has just about everything you could hope for, if there is a down side it is the climbing at the beginning, but once you reach the Corrie you know it is all downhill. We had the services of a local guide, through Inghams, and she really made the walk worthwhile with her local knowledge, although British, she has lived in Andorra over 20 years.
Good walking boots, plenty of water, a picnic lunch, and waterproofs (just in case ) are necessary on this walk, and a camera is a must have.
Definitely an all day event !
4 based on 6 reviews
This is a pretty Church in the middle of Arinsal the Bell seems to go off fairly regularly around mid day.........not sure what that’s all about. The person who said it’s on the way to France must be major climber at it’s up a valley with no access to anywhere unless you climb the highest peak in Andorra !
4.5 based on 5 reviews
This is a great place to walk, jog, run ♀️or just stroll and enjoy the Mountain View’s, the lake, the paths. You can either drive all the way up or walk from the bottom to the lake or drive halfway. We have done it all and it’s up to how long and how high you can walk. Perfect place to take a walk even in the rain or snow ❄️
5 based on 3 reviews
This is a blue walk according to the guide book (it goes from green, blue, red then black) so it is quite an easy walk. Boy, let me tell y'all it was up the mountain from the bottom to the top then coasting all the way down. There's weren't anything special to see except for the views from time to time on the way or on the mountain top you can see the town la Massana. It was nice but if you have bad knees then this is not for you since the way down is quite steep, just saying.
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