Information & Facts
Vallnord offers more to holidaymakers than just a great variety
of slopes to ski and snowboard on, but there are also activities
like mountain bike trails, bungee jumping, horse trails, canyoning,
quadbiking, fly fishing and hiking to enjoy, which are highly
popular during the warmer summer months. During the winter months
though, Vallnord's pistes are arguably some of the best in Western
Europe and skiers of varying abilities from beginners to
experienced will enjoy a day on the slopes.
The official language of Andorra is Catalan (used in
administration and business). More than half the population speaks
Spanish, and French and Portuguese are also spoken.
The unit of currency in Andorra is the Euro, divided into 100
cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change and
to avoid additional charges it is best to have travellers cheques
in Euros. Most major credit cards are accepted, including
Eurocheque cards and ATMs are widely available in Andorra La
The après-ski in Vallnord is lively despite the resorts small
size with favourites such as the Rocky Mountain Bar, Surf Bar and
the plentiful English and Irish pubs provide the perfect
environment for a great night out after a long day on the slopes.
In Vallnord, food and especially drinks are much cheaper than in
other parts of Europe, making it the perfect destination to begin a
night out at a restaurant, before heading out for a night on the
town at one of the resort's many clubs, discos and bars until the
wee hours. L'Origen and El Pub de l'Hotel Magic in La Massana are
two great options for a fun night out, while Bogart and El Cisco's
in Arinsal are sure to heat things up. Pal is more laid back for
those looking for a quieter holiday.
Food and drink in Vallnord is much cheaper that in any other
European resorts, and it's not surprising that eating out is a
favourite pastime while on holiday here. There is a huge array of
restaurants to choose from, offering all kinds of fare, from
Italian and Mexican to Chinese and French, visitors will not be
disappointed. Many of the finest restaurants in Vallnord are
located in the very swish hotels, but there are also plenty of
other eateries to choose from catering to all kinds of tastes.
Like other ski resorts in Andorra, there are a few specialist
shops, fashion boutiques and sports stores scattered throughout the
town, but since Vallnord is located just 3 miles (5km) from the
capital of La Vella, many keen shoppers choose to head through to
this mountain town for a day of duty free shopping where items such
as perfume, designer wears, electronic goods, alcohol and tobacco
can be scooped up at bargain prices. With thousands of stores and
boutiques, shopaholics can shop to their heart's content in one of
the world's greatest shopping Meccas.
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