Andorra in summer

So, we’re back from our four weeks away this summer.

Our first trip was to Andorra. We’ve been several times in winter to ski but even though it’s only down the road from us really, we’d never been in summer before. The main reason for finally getting round to it was that for the past three years, Andorra have been putting on FREE shows by Cirque du Soleil, so I booked tickets online.

As it happened, Alex then injured his knee and had to have an op so we had to get seated tickets after all, but at 15 euros a go, this was a fraction of the cost of a usual show.

The show was only an hour long but had all the spectacle and thrills of a full-length show – if it’s on again next year, we definitely plan to go back.

But that wasn’t the only reason to visit. Andorra is also home to the longest summer luge in the world – at 5.3 km it runs through a forest and is a lot of fun. It’s part of the Naturlandia amusement park, which is set across two sites at 1600 metres and 2000 metres altitude. Once you’ve paid for your ticket everything inside is free – the kids also particularly enjoyed the mini jeeps and the Air Trek accrobranche and zip wire.

Up at the 2000 metre site there’s an animal park in a very natural setting – there was even a miniature pig snuffling freely about – plus there were brown bears which had recently had babies. Awww.

We also enjoyed Caldea – Europe’s largest spa with indoor and outdoor pools filled with natural thermal waters – and found eating out surpringly inexpensive (usually under 20 euros for three courses).

Holiday inn Andorra Kids suite Holiday inn Andorra Kids suite2

We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Andorra La Vella which has a great central location (an easy walk from Cirque du Soleil) and larger than average family rooms. As well as a small indoor pool and a sauna, there’s a little soft play area and supervised children’s activities every afternoon during the school holidays. There are also five themed differently kids’ suites (space, circus, forest, maritime and oasis) which have a separate room and bunk beds, but you’ll need to get in early as they’re very popular.

Disclosure: We were hosted by Visit Andorra who provided all activities and accommodation was provided by Holiday Inn.

 

 

About catherinecooper

Journalist and author specialising in travel with children. I write for several national publications and am author of Travelling with Children: A Parent's Guide. You can see some of my articles at www.catherinecooper.net
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