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Arinsal is a village in Andorra, a small mountainous country in the Pyrenees mountains in Europe. It is located at the head of a valley. The old village part is clearly evident but due to the fact it is also a ski resort it has grown a lot and has quite a number of hotels catering to this trade. As a result though outside the ski season the place is pretty much closed up including some of the bars and restaurants. This resort is very popular with English speaking skiers.
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There is great mountain scenery all around and it is a really good location for starting out on any hiking or climbing trip.
The highest mountain Pic de Coma Pedrosa in Andorra at 2942 metres (9,665 ft) is located in this area.
During the ski season which is approximately December to March or so, you can go skiing. There is a cable car up to the Arinsal ski area which is located quite centrally in the village.
Arinsal and Pal
Arinsal and nearby Pal offer good skiing for both the novice and the intermediate skier, and first time skiers often head for Arinsal and Pal for their first holiday or two before heading for Soldeu and Pas de la Casa.
Arinsal is a little different from Soldeu and Pas de la Casa too in that it has quite a few full-time residents and the villages are 'year round' while the others are fairly seasonal. For this reason Arinsal and Pal can be the perfect answer to those who are embarking on their first ski holiday as there is more than just skiing, Ordino and her first class sports centre is easily accessed for example, and if you decide skiing isn’t for you, you do have other choices too.
Also the capital Andorra La Vella is reachable by public transport, and the duty free shopping and department stores.
Arinsal is good too for snowboard activities with a freestyle area.
Outside of the ski season you can hike around the mountains.
- Trekking in and near Arinsal (Hola Andorra SL), c/Arinsal, ☎ +376 869 181. There are many treks and walks that start right from the the village of Arinsal. If you are planning on going to Andorra for a walking holiday, Arinsal is your best choice as the resort lies at the foot of Andorra's highest mountain, the Coma Pedrosa (2'942m). There are also 3 mountain huts and 7 mountain lakes all within a 2-hour hike from the village. For more details on the hikes and on accommodation in Arinsal itself, please visit http://www.hola-andorra.com/arinsal/english/randogb.html
- Adventure activities (Adventure activities). There are lots of adventure activities available in the surrounding area such as via ferrata, purpose bult adventure circuits and horse riding. You can find more information about the activities at http://www.arinsal.co.uk/summer-activities.php
There is a very good range of restaurants in Arinsal. If you want to try the local Catalan cuisine, there are several options including El Bosc, 360, and The Rocky. For international tastes, there is Surf (Argentinian Steak), Cisco's (Mexican), El Moli pub & restaurant (pizza, pasta, burger, salad, thai curries, kids menu) and Quo Vadis (Pub Grub & Italian) to name just a few.
Arinsal has many bars to choose from, and most are family friendly. Starting from the top, you have...
- The Rocky.
- El Moli, Situated right in the centre of the Arinsal Village opposite the Gondola, ☎ +376 835281. special prices on beer, après ski, live music, international Dj's, Sky Sports, free Wi-Fi ...
- Quo Vadis.
- El Cau.
- Black Bull.
- The Derby.
- Bar Solana.
There are ski and snowboard shops in Arinsal as well as a couple of supermarkets, but for the best shopping head for Andorra la Vella.
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