This summer, visit one of the natural treasures of Andorra: the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley. It is a protected geographical area, occupying a fifth of the country’s territory, located between the parishes of Encamp, Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra la Vella and Sant Juilà de Lòria. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site since July 1, 2004 in the category of cultural goods. It is a very rich natural territory that you have to visit at least once in your life.
What to do in the Madriu Valley
The most frequent access point is on the way to Engolasters, where you can arrive by car from Escaldes. But he’s not the only one. There are other starting points to follow endless hiking routes adapted to all levels: easy, moderate or difficult. You can climb mountains, make circular routes through the lakes and crown some of the most famous peaks in the country such as the Pic de Pessons. Or go through one of the 3 major roads the GR11, GR7 and GRP that pass through it. You can also practice climbing, in different areas and via ferrata. It is the ideal place to start but also for the more experienced climbers who can practice sport climbing and more difficult climbs. With prior reservation you can hire horseback excursions with a diploma guide.
What to see in the Madriu Valley
You will come across natural landscapes that are well preserved and cared for, with abundant vegetation and native fauna. The lowest point is 1056 meters and the highest is 2,905 meters, so there is a wide variety of terrains, vegetation and microclimates due to its large area and the 1,900 meters of altitude difference.
Along the way you will also cross over traditional houses, shepherd’s cabins and dry stone walls… the footprint left by man in these lands. In addition, throughout the valley you will find signs that will help you situate yourself and interpret the environment. And also panoramic viewpoints, most natural, where to stop and admire the views.
To discover this valley with more depth there is a website with information to the visitor: http://www.madriu-perafita-claror.ad/es/turismo-en-el-valle/informacion -util / el-portal-de-la-vall /.