Dan Fox - Managing Director"Andorra's answer to Val d'Isere - this upmarket, exclusive resort boosts some great hotels, excellent dining and easy access to the slopes. Modern stone faced building line the main road in this compact very Spanish village, with a good choice of shops and bars. The Grandvalira ski area has extensive skiing for all standards."
Soldeu, at 1800m altitude, is situated on the valley road between Pas de la Casa and the capital of the principality, Andorra la Vella. It’s an attractive, compact village with smart hotels and apartment blocks lining the main road, with a distinctly Spanish feel in the style of buildings and atmosphere. Soldeu is considered the well-to-do cousin of neighbouring party town Pas; you’re unlikely to see as many big groups of youngsters as it tends to attract a more refined crowd and it’s a lot smaller too. Soldeu has a slightly more exclusive vibe with higher-end hotels, including one of the finest in Andorra, the 5* Sport Hermitage. Soldeu can be accessed for a ski break from airports in both Barcelona and Toulouse, with transfers taking 2.5 or just under 3 hours respectively. The high-speed gondola leaves from inside the Sports Village hotel and can be reached on foot from most places around the resort. You can expect to find good standard 3-star hotels offering both bed and breakfast or half-board, some impressive 4-star hotels with inclusive spa facilities and one beautiful 5-star hotel. In the village centre close to the base of the slopes there are a number of places for sunny lunches and après-ski, although it’s not as vibrant as nearby Pas there are a few lively bars. You’ll find a selection of restaurants in Soldeu, most offering Spanish or Catalan cuisine or alternatively treat yourself to a special meal in one of the hotel restaurants.
SKI AREA OVERVIEW
Soldeu is a fairly upmarket village in one of 6 linked valleys (Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, El Tarter, Soldeu, Canillo and Encamp) forming the impressive Grandvalira ski area high in the Pyrenees. Offering a combined ski area of over 200km, it’s an excellent choice for a short ski break or ski weekend in Andorra. Given its impressive scale, the ski area offers something for all abilities; beginners can benefit from the excellent tuition on offer at the English-speaking ski schools, while there is extensive and varied terrain for intermediate skiers and boarders, off-piste tree skiing and steeper runs for the more advanced and a choice of excellent snow parks to practice your tricks. Soldeu has previously hosted the skiing World Cup and will once again play host to the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup finals in 2019, which further enhances its credentials as a resort worth visiting for a ski holiday with Ski Weekends.
- Soldeu has become the home of snowboarding in the Pyrenees, so if this is your bag you’ll find plenty of off-piste terrain and snow parks to while away the days.
- Enjoy a leisurely tapas lunch, Catalan delicacies or a quick snack and a glass of Spanish wine on the sun terrace of Sol I Neu, next to the base of the gondola station.
- Save some energy to take on the Avet black run back to resort; it’s the slope used in the World Cup so keep your wits about you!
- Head to the Riba Escorxada slopes to experience an excellent variety of terrain coupled with lovely views.
- Highly popular with tourists and locals alike, get your groove on at Fat Albert’s for après-ski or later in the evening when they serve meals and crank up the tunes.