With hundreds of km of hiking trails to choose from, it can be challenging to decide where to hike in Andorra!
The good news is, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with any hike around here. One of our favourite things about Andorra is the amount of variety in hiking trails and scenery. You can hike up to the rocky peaks, visit alpine lakes, admire wildflower meadows, or get lost in lush forests.
In this guide, you won’t find an exhaustive list of all the hikes in the country (would be endless!), but 15 cherry-picked routes that we’ve hiked over the years and that cover all hiking levels, from beginners to seasoned hikers.
With options for leisurely strolls, strenuous climbs, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone here.
This guide has all the important information you need about each route, so all you need to do is choose your next adventure, lace up your hiking boots, and hit the trail!
Andorra is fantastic to visit year-round, though we recommend visiting from late May to October for summer hiking and lake adventures. Keep in mind that some higher-elevation trails can hold onto snow even into the beginning of the summer.
Beginner-friendly hikes in Andorra
These hikes are perfect for the whole family, beginners, or when you want to take things easy. They are lovely walks with no more than 300 m of elevation gain, which usually take between 1 and 3 hours.
Ruta del Ferro
The Ruta del Ferro (Iron route) is an easy walk that combines nature and culture. Along the trail, you’ll discover the importance of the metal industry in Andorra through the sculptures explaining the extraction, transformation, and sale of iron in Andorra. The statues are made, of course, of iron!
This route begins at the Mina de Llorts, an old iron mine that goes 30 m deep, which can be visited in summer.
The first part of the trail is mostly flat, whereas the second is slightly uphill. The trail ends at La Cortinada, where you can visit a beautiful church and two old mills. To return, you can either walk through the same path or take the bus of the Ordino Parish connecting La Cortinada with Les Mines de Llorts.
👌🏼 Our tip
Hungry after the hike? Cross the street in front of the Llorts mines and grab some food at the cosy restaurant Braseria La Neu (open from 1 to 3:45 pm). It couldn’t be easier!
We’ve eaten several times there, and love it. The food is delicious, and the decoration makes you feel at home from the moment you step in.
Bear in mind that it tends to be crowded, especially in summer, so booking in advance is better.
🥾 Want to make this route longer?
Once you reach La Cortinada, you can continue walking until Ordino, following the Camí Ral. We highly recommend it!
If you’ve parked the car in Llorts, you can take the bus from Ordino to get back to the car.
Llac d’Engolasters and Circuit de les Fonts
📍Starting point: Engolasters parking lot
↔️ Distance: 5.61 km
⬆️ Elevation gain: 136 m
🟢 Level: Easy
🧭 Wikiloc route
Engolasters Lake is one of the most well-known and accessible lakes in Andorra, but not because of this less beautiful. The lake itself is worth a visit, but what we really love are the surroundings: lush green forests, picnic areas, and a lookout that overlooks the country’s capital.
Only 10 minutes by car separate the city centre of Andorra La Vella from the lake. Because of this and its accessibility (the parking lot is only a short walk from the lake), it tends to be pretty crowded in summer.
The hike we propose combines circling the lake with a walk through the forest and exploring the Circuit de les Fonts later. This is a circular flat circuit through the woods with a lookout and a picnic area. So the route is definitely varied!
If you want to complete your day, there are several activities you can do without moving the car at all. Fans of climbing will find their place in the Circuit de les Fonts, which has several climbing routes along the trail. If you would rather ride your bike, there is a bike park next to the parking lot. Finally, children (and adults too!) can have fun at Bosc Aventura, an adventure park with four aerial circuits featuring zip lines, bridges, and other cool obstacles!
Camí del Gall
This walk is easy, beautiful, and fun!
It starts in Canillo and is signposted with a red rooster. Along the route, you’ll find a Romanic church and several lookouts, from where you can admire the surrounding villages and mountains.
Although easy, the walk is definitely entertaining! It has a tunnel, some wooden bridges, and a section equipped with chains.
The route ends in Soldeu, another mountain village. You can either return walking through the same path or take the buses L3 or L4 connecting both villages (the stops in Canillo are Plaça de l’Areny or El Molí).
🧒🏼 Going with children?
If you want to make the walk more effortless, you can do it in reverse. Start from Soldeu and end in Canillo. This way, the whole route will be downhill instead of uphill.
🥾 Looking for more easy hikes?
It was difficult to choose only three of them, so we’ve decided to write a whole blog post only with beginner-friendly hikes.
Intermediate hiking routes in Andorra
Those hikes are perfect for people in good shape or who want to take on a challenge. You don’t need to be a seasoned hiker, as the terrains are not technical, but need to be used to do exercise and, above all, have the motivation!
They are all high-altitude hikes with an elevation gain between 500 and 800 m, which usually take between 3 and 5 hours.
Estanys de Juclar
Estanys del Juclar is a classic Andorran hike for a good reason! The trail to the Juclar Lakes is the most popular in Vall d’Incles, one of the most breathtaking valleys in the country.
It winds through forests, waterfalls, and stone bridges before arriving at two gorgeous alpine lakes surrounded by craggy mountain peaks.
If you’re up for a drink to boost your energy, there’s a mountain hut next to the first lake. This is also an excellent option if you’re planning on sleeping in the middle of the mountains but don’t fancy sleeping in a tent.
Keep in mind that this isn’t the hike to escape from crowds, but it is an excellent one to work on your cardio and hiking legs while climbing the switchbacks to the lakes.
It’s only possible to park in the Centre d’Interpretació de la Vall d’Incles from mid-Sep to mid-June. During summer, the road is closed to vehicles from 9 am to 6 pm, so you’ll have to park at the parking lot Vall d’Incles and walk through the road or forest (which takes 45 min to 1 h), or take the electric train to the starting point. You can buy the tickets at the info booth beside the parking lot.
Mirador solar de Tristaina and Llacs de Tristaina
Although being the newest lookout here in Andorra, the Mirador Solar de Tristaina is already quite popular. It’s located at the peak of Peyreguils, providing epic views of the mountains and several alpine lakes.
The hike to the lookout is steep, but the panoramic views are absolutely worth the effort.
There are several ways to get to the lookout, but our favourite (and the most epic) is to hike to the Tristaina lakes, then go up to the lookout, and go down passing by the Creussans lake. This way, you get to pass by four stunning alpine lakes.
Bear in mind that the area is pretty crowded in summertime, as people can get to the lookout via a cable car. We recommend doing it early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
👌🏼 Our tip
If you’re up for a sunset adventure, we can’t recommend this hike enough. We did it last summer, and OMG! The sunset from the lookout is just spectacular! Also, the way down is not difficult, even if you do it when it’s dark. Remember to take a headlamp and some layers, as it gets colder when the sun disappears.
It’s only possible to park in the Ordino Arcalís parking lot from mid-Sep to mid-July. During summer, the road is closed to vehicles from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, so you’ll have to park at this parking lot and walk through a path next to the road (which takes 30 to 45 min) to the starting point.
Estany de l’Isla and Estany de Cabana Sorda
In our opinion, this is a highly underrated trial in the Vall d’Incles. Although lake Cabana Sorda is pretty well-known, few hikers venture to lake Estany de l’Isla and don’t know what they’re missing!
Estany de l’Isla (Island Lake) is a beautiful alpine lake with a little islet in the middle, hence the name. You can get there by crossing the lake via a path made of rocks (a great way to test your balance!).
Add a visit to the nearby lake Cabana Sorda, and you have a stunning route. Hiking both lakes makes a good combo for spending a day exploring this breathtaking valley.
During the hike, expect a strenuous climb, mainly through rocky terrain, until reaching the first lake.
Estanys de la Vall del Riu
Go for this hike if you’re looking for scenic landscapes and epic views of the Ransol Valley, alpine meadows, and Grandvalira ski resort.
It starts in Els Plans, behind some stone houses with red windows that seem straight out of a Heidi episode. During the first section, the path unwinds gently, following some dry stone walls and crossing the river. After a while, it gets inside a pine and aspen forest, gaining altitude with each meter passed.
You’ll pass a non-guarded mountain and continue over a scree until finally reaching two small lakes and the big lake, Estany Gran de la Vall del Riu. This is one of Andorra’s largest lakes, with a surface of 4 hectares.
This hike is not as popular as others in Andorra, so you can escape the crowds that tend to flock to Vall d’Incles or Llacs de Tristaina.
Pic de Casamanya
📍Starting point: Coll d’Ordino
↔️ Distance: 3.75 km
⬆️ Elevation gain: 750 m
🟠 Level: Intermediate
🧭 Wikiloc route
A classic amongst locals, this hilly peak is a relatively easy adventure for the warmer months. The trail doesn’t present any technical difficulty except for the cumulative gain.
The views from the top are absolutely mind-blowing, as the peak is located in the heart of the country, from where you can admire all the surrounding mountain ranges.
We’ve done it so many times we’ve lost count! With our families, to watch the sunset, as a training for a trail running race,… Our favourite thing about Casamanya is the variety of landscapes: green forests at the beginning that disappear later, giving way to otherworldly rounded hills.
If you’re interested in this hike, check out our in-depth Casamanya guide, with indications on how to get there, what to expect, and what to pack for this adventure.
Estanys i Pic de Pessons and Estanys de la Solana
Love mountain lakes? Then, this hike is for you!
Pessons are 6 alpine lakes, one after the other, located in a breathtaking granitic glacial cirque, and surrounded by mountains more than 2.800 m high.
The beginning of the hike can be pretty crowded in summer, as it’s an easy path suitable for everyone. Also, it unwinds through the ski resort, so we’d say it isn’t very interesting. But don’t despair! As soon as you start climbing, things get better. You’ll leave most people behind, and the landscape will change completely. The further you get, the lonelier you’ll be!
This hike covers a decent amount of elevation gain, so we would say it’s moderate, but it leans towards strenuous. We know the climb is challenging, but we can’t recommend getting to Pessons Peak enough. From there, you’ll have views of all the 6 lakes, plus other alpine lakes located nearby. It’s stunning and worth all the effort!
To make it more entertaining, the way down can be down through a nearby path which will allow you to admire two more lakes: Estanys de la Solana.
Challenging hiking routes in Andorra for seasoned hikers
Those hikes are perfect for seasoned hikers and people in good physical shape.
They are all high-altitude hikes with an elevation gain of more than 1000 m, which usually take between 6 and 10 hours to be completed.
Also, some sections of the routes below can be technical, needing to scramble or climb some rocks.
Estanys d’Ensangents and Alt del Griu
Alt del Griu is, without any doubt, one of our favourite hikes in the country. With its 2.879 m of altitude, this peak is a natural lookout with incredible views of the Ensangents lakes, the Casamanya, and the Colells glacial cirque.
The trail there isn’t technically tricky; you don’t need to scramble rocks. However, as we’re talking about the sixth-highest peak in Andorra and the highest one in the parish of Encamp, you can imagine the elevation gain is considerable.
It’s one of those hikes where the journey is as impressive and breathtaking as the destination. You’ll admire alpine lakes, green meadows, black pine forests, and wildflowers. Lots of colourful wildflowers!
Also, the hike passes by the Ensangets hut, a non-guarded mountain shelter located in an idyllic setting.
Estanys de l’Angonella
Don’t be fooled by the short distance of this hike. The cumulative gain is more than 1000 m in less than 5.5 km, so the trail goes up non-stop! Having done this hike a few times, we can confirm it!
The trail starts in Llorts, a tiny charming mountain village with traditional stone houses that, in summer, cover its balconies with colourful flowers. After walking through its cobbled streets for a few minutes, you leave the village behind and head up the mountains.
The trail unwinds through pine forests, and halfway up the hike, you’ll emerge from the forest to beautiful views. Here, the lush vegetation disappears, giving way to green mountain meadows where you can often spot wild horses roaming free.
Keep pushing for a while, and you’ll finally be rewarded with fabulous views of the three emerald lakes. Because few people venture there, the landscape is wild and virgin.
Pic de l’Estanyó
The hike to Estanyó Peak is strenuous at around 23 km roundtrip and 1100 m of elevation. But if you’re up for a challenge, this is an excellent choice for an amazing hike in the natural park of Sorteny!
The trail meanders into the Sorteny Valley, passes by an alpine lake, and has incredible 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks from the top.
The Estanyó Peak is one of the 7 peaks in Andorra exceeding 2.900 m of altitude, so the views hardly get any better!
👌🏼 Our tip
We can’t recommend enough making a slight detour on your way down and stopping at the Sorteny hut. Its terrace is the best place to enjoy a drink while soaking up the views! If you’re feeling hungry, the hut also offers a menu with local products. We’ve eaten there several times, and it’s delicious!
Pic de Font Blanca (through the Estany Esbalçat)
We discovered this route not long ago, and it quickly became one of our best-loved summits in Andorra!
A natural border between Andorra and France, the Font Blanca Peak offers stunning views of more than five mountain lakes.
The climb to the top is tough, but you’re distracted by the forest smells, alpine meadows, and wildflowers popping up in summer along the trail.
The way down is done following a different trail to make the route more entertaining. This unwinds through hilly terrain and passes by the Estany Esbalçat, a gorgeous lake and the perfect spot to chill and enjoy a picnic.
Estany de la Nou
Located in one of the most remote and scenic valleys in Andorra, this route will surely leave hikers speechless at more than one point. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is absolutely gorgeous, and not because we say so! It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
The Estany de la Nou circular hike will allow you to explore some parts of this valley. It starts with a well-defined path that will take you to the Fontverd hut, where there is usually to see livestock grazing. The track keeps gaining altitude slowly, passing by vast meadows inviting you to lay down on its grass, surrounded by forests and rocky peaks on the horizon.
The highest part of the hike is the Mainana mountain pass, from where the views of the Estany de la Nou are superb. Then, the descent starts! You’ll soon be in front of the high-altitude lake with crystal-clear waters. On clear days, you can see the surrounding mountains reflected in the lake. It’s beautiful!
Then comes the Perafita hut. This is a nice place to take a break and enjoy a snack.
Finally, the trail descends following the river until reaching the starting point again.
Pic del Comapedrosa and Medacorba
In this spectacular hike, you’ll climb the highest peak of Andorra, stay in 3 different countries (yes, you heard us right!), and see more than 5 lakes.
The hike takes place in the Comapedrosa Natural Park and summits the Medacorba Peak and the Comapedrosa Peak. Along the route, you’ll encounter a great variety of landscapes, from six alpine lakes to little waterfalls and craggy mountain walls. Also, get ready for the 360º views from the two peaks. They are SO gorgeous!
This route is demanding but seriously stunning. We were hiking and couldn’t stop saying “wow” every few km!
If you’re interested in this hike, check out our in-depth guide, with indications on how to get there, what to expect, and what to pack for this adventure.
The route is signed with red and white striped marks, and with yellow circle marks. However, we can’t recommend enough taking a map with you or downloading the Wikiloc track of the route.
🥾 Shorter versions of this hike
You have 5 options:
1. Hike to the Pla de l’Estany hut (🟠 intermediate): 3.5 km one way. The way back is done following the same trail.
2. Hike to the Comapedrosa hut (🟠 intermediate): 3.7 km one way. The way back is done following the same trail.
3. Hike to the Estanys Forcats (🔴 challenging): 5.6 km one way. The way back is done following the same trail.
4. Hike to the Pic de Medacorba (🔴 challenging): 6.5 km one way. The way back is done following the same trail.
5. Hike to the Pic de Comapedrosa (🔴 challenging): Climb the highest peak in Andorra. The track is 6.9 km one way.
Hut to hut hiking route in Andorra: Coronallacs
📍Starting point: Escaldes-Engordany
↔️ Distance: 92 km
⬆️ Elevation gain: 6868 m
⚫️ Level: Difficult
🗓 Days needed: 5 days
🧭 Wikiloc track
The Coronallacs is a wonderful way to discover the impressive mountain scenery in Andorra.
This circular hike links the four staffed huts in the country’s mountains, and it’s divided into 5 stages with an average of 18.4 km per day.
Each day, you hike to a mountain hut with basic facilities, including a bed, shower and, sometimes, WiFi. But the best about the huts is the mountain food! After a day of hiking, the staff will treat you to delicious soups, high-quality meat, and sweet treats.
Since most hikes mentioned above are pretty popular, we can have a huge impact on the natural environments listed here. We recommend our Stepping outdoors 101 guide for a fun read before you plan your next hike.
Planning a trip to Andorra?
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