What to do and see in Pal, Andorra: The Best Places and Tips

October 22, 2017 Janette Largent

Discover the best top things to do in Pal, Andorra including Vallnord Ski Area, sector Pal, Sant Cristofol d'Anyos Church, Pitch & Putt Xixerella, Santa Coloma Church, Mirador del Roc del Quer, Roc de la Coma d'Erts, Illa Carlemany Shopping Center, Museu Casa Rull, Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, Centre D’interpretacio Andorra Romanica.
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1. Vallnord Ski Area, sector Pal

Pal AD400, Andorra +376 878 078
Excellent
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Vallnord Ski Area, sector Pal

Reviewed By mohiki79 - Barcelona, Spain

Very good ski court. It is comunicated with Arinsal which double the size of the area. Also it is well comunicated as there is a cabin which goes from la Massana straight to the court. Also a free bus is available from some points in the area. Restaurants are good but expensive. Snow was good most of the day as there was a snowfall the day before...despite this...the wind removed the best snow and left some icy patches. A good ski day

2. Sant Cristofol d'Anyos Church

Anyos, La Massana AD400, Andorra +376 835 693
Excellent
57%
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Sant Cristofol d'Anyos Church

Reviewed By FoxDylan - El Tarter, Andorra

This is a lovely looking church/building, it is so old especially if you are from Australia where a 20yr old Atco hut is almost considered a Heritage building, well, I'm slightly exaggerating but I'm sure you get my picture.
I often drive up to the little carpark near the church & walk my dogs out along the hiking trail leading down the hill from the church, it crosses a stream & will take you practically to Ordino.
Some times on hot days, I go up there & sit on the little bench behind the church drinking a cold bottle of water & enjoying the views across La Massana.
I often run into other people walking their dogs & we stop to chat, the locals are remarkably patient with my 'Spatalan' a dodgy mix of Spanish & Catalan & sometimes when I'm really lost for words, the occasional French or English word slides in & they smile & nod in understanding.
I once met a man exercising his 3yr old, female pet eagle up there, she was not restrained in any way & after sitting & chatting with him on the sunny beach I left to walk my dogs on the hiking trail, I came back hours later & he was still patiently sitting & waiting for his raptor to finish her meal of fresh caught rodent & I smiled at his obvious love, pride & genuine care of an animal that should never be caged. They obviously had a bond & no other ties except affection kept them together.
There is an old, gorgeous cemetery attached to the church, it is very small, well kept & achingly lovely to look at, time & weather have worn the headstones & you know they would be rough, cool & crumbly if you could run your hand along the stone. Sadly (but understandably, there is an old wooden & metal gate which is always locked. It would be the work of a moment to jump the wall or climb the gate & despite not being particularly religious, I respect the rules in this place because it has such a tranquil feel to it & I would never disturb something so obviously sacred to many.
The steps leading up to the little rounded church door are made of slate & lizards scamper across & in between the cracks as you approach, in some small gaps, golden headed dandelions poke out & add a bespoke charm. The top step is offers a gap of shade & it is here that I like to sit with my back leaned up against the solid old door & contemplate life & the world around me. The view is incredible regardless as to the season & to see it covered in snow is like entertaining a children's tale, like Narnia.
At night, it is quite well lit & it's a pleasant place to stop & survey the lights of La Massana twinkling in the distance & I can imagine it would be a romantic spot if you were looking for somewhere quiet to spend time or speak with a loved one, just don't turn up on McDonalds night when my son & I have the fun habit of getting take away & sitting up there with our dogs, I'm pretty sure, that could ruin the ambience .
You can see the church on the right hand side as you exit the big tunnels that connect La Massana & that valley to the town of Andorra La Vella & other places.
At night, the church has fairy lights highlighting its shape & it is quite striking. If you come to Andorra & you are interested in beautiful old buildings, religion or just somewhere peaceful to sit with great views then head up the hill to towards Anyos & give the church of Sant Cristofol a look, I personally have never seen it opened but that is hardly an issue for me & I'm sure tourist information could suggest something if you really wanted to go inside. Definitely worth a visit, if only to lay on the grass in the Sunshine & admire the views.

3. Pitch & Putt Xixerella

s/n Carretera de Pal, Xixerella AD400, Andorra +376 738 613
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5 based on 2 reviews

Pitch & Putt Xixerella

Reviewed By barcaranger - Andorra la Vella, Andorra

This is like learning to drive in an F1 car. It’s probably the most difficult pitch and putt in the world being played in a highly wooded valley with a stream and very acute angles. I am an ok golfer and I lost loads of balls , if you don’t hit the green forget it. It’s loads of fun, highly challenging my only criticism is it’s expensive but I guess probably worth it. The cost really racks up as they charge for club hire etc.

4. Santa Coloma Church

Carrer Major, Santa Coloma AD500, Andorra
Excellent
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4.5 based on 100 reviews

Santa Coloma Church

Open from 15 July to 15 September. [ING]This pre-Romanesque building houses a rectangular nave with a woodenframed ceiling and a quadrangular apse. The circular Lombard belfry wasadded in the 12th century and is one of the few examples of its kind in the Pyrenees.The building was decorated with 12th-century Romanesque mural paintings by the master painter of Santa Coloma. These paintings left the country in 1930,and were recovered by the Andorran Government in 2007.At present, only the Agnus Dei flanked by two angels and the geometricdecoration framing the overhanging arch remain in the church. The church preserves a polychrome wood statue of Our Lady of the Remedies (12th to 13th centuries) and a Baroque altarpiece (18th-century) dedicated to Saint Coloma, the church's patron saint.The church's location means visitors can enjoy Santa Coloma old town with its traditional buildings, as well as Els Russos tower, designed by Cesar Martinell, of modernist style an example of Andorra's granite architecture.

Reviewed By Luv2Travel7723 - Woodstock, Illinois

Stopped in Andorra when on a tour that originated from Barcelona. Took time to look at this beautiful church. The surrounding grounds and stonework are amazing. Something this old is always incredible to see. The little town of Andorra itself is full of shops and it even has an outlet mall, which brings lots of people because it's tax-free.

5. Mirador del Roc del Quer

Hill of Montaup, Carretera CS340, Kilometro 6.5 km, Ordino, Andorra
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5 based on 95 reviews

Mirador del Roc del Quer

Reviewed By AlpineOwls - Wiltshire, United Kingdom

We saw this from Canillo so had to get to the top and walk out to this viewing platform. Plenty of parking (free as we found most of Andorra to be) and then we walked out to this amazing viewing point and discovered this was also totally free! A must if you ate in the area. You will find it if you drive along the pass from Ordino to Canillo.

6. Roc de la Coma d'Erts

Placa Del Quart, Erts AD400, Andorra
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Roc de la Coma d'Erts

Reviewed By 204Noggin - Andorra la Vella, Andorra

A good climb, takes 30-45 minutes, with decent views. It is not overly difficult but has some interesting points.

7. Illa Carlemany Shopping Center

70 Avinguda Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany AD700, Andorra +376 892 000
Excellent
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4 based on 298 reviews

Illa Carlemany Shopping Center

Shopping center: fashion shops, restaurants, cinema, supermarket, pharmacy, gym, services establishments , Parking opens 365 days/24 hours, car rental and coffee shops. Free wifi service. The shopping center opens 365 days a year, but on 1st January, 14th March, 8th September and 25th December fashion shops are closed.

Reviewed By barcaranger - Andorra la Vella, Andorra

If you like shopping it’s pretty good . It’s a small modern shopping mall in the middle of the main shopping trip. Andorran prices are pretty keen compared to Spain or France but do not have the great sales you have twice a year in...MoreThanks for you kind review and your visit. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit in illa Carlemany Shopping Center. We work hard, day by day making an enjoyable experience to all our visitors. It'll be a pleasure to receive your visit again.

8. Museu Casa Rull

Carrer Major, Sispony AD400, Andorra +376 836 919
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4 based on 35 reviews

Museu Casa Rull

Casa Rull was one of the most important houses in La Massana. Themale and female heirs to property and to wealth, labourers and maids,all lived under its roof.The main body of the building is from the 17th century, with later alterations to meet the changing needs of the family. In the 19th century,a fire damaged the attic. At present, it has a ground floor, two upper floors and an attic.The tour shows visitors the Andorra of the 19th and early 20th centuries, showing the Perich family's way of life, when harvesting theland and raising cattle comprised the economic basis of rural life inAndorra.

Reviewed By Doctorfancy - Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom

Fantastic museum which showed the history of the house. It was a central house of the area that had been used for generations. We were given audio version in English and walked around ourselves.
We had turned up the day before and they wouldn't let us go in because it had been an hour tour and we only had half an hour before their dinner!

9. Vallnord Pal-Arinsal

2 - Edf Casa Casa Ferre Avinguda El Traves, 10, Arinsal AD400, Andorra +376 736 350
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 749 reviews

Vallnord Pal-Arinsal

Reviewed By AJerseyBean - Jersey, United Kingdom

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.

10. Centre D’interpretacio Andorra Romanica

Era i Ereta Torres Carrer Sant Climent, Pal AD400, Andorra +376 839 760
Excellent
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Centre D’interpretacio Andorra Romanica

Open from Mai to October. The Romanesque Andorra Interpretation Centre uses audiovisualsand an exhibition to show the main features of this artistic style andits evolution in the Valleys, as well as all of its artistic expressions: from the elements of a church to paintings and the processes involved, not forgetting other art forms.Pieces on display include the keystone to an arch decorated with mural paintings from Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella Church (12th century), a wooden palette from Santa Coloma, the polychrome wood side supports for the altar from Sant Romà de Vila (13th century), a polychrome wood crown of thorns from Sant Cerni de Nagol (13thcentury), etc.[ESP]

Reviewed By cardete - Toledo, Spain

La visita se compone de un audiovisual explicativo del románico Andorrano y visita a un pequeños museo ambos en el centro de interpretación, junto a la iglesia, posteriormente una visita guiada a la misma.
Recomendable.

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