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    Grandvalira, Andorra

    LET YOURSELF GO. LIVE. ENJOY. DARE .

    Everything is white. The first skiing enthusiasts arrive. Some are experts. For others, it is the first time. There is no greater thrill. Freestyle, snowboard. Living. Flying? Or just enjoying nature. Fine cuisine. Shopping. Moments of pleasure.

    Night falls, but the movement continues. Music, parties… Rest.

    Time passes. The sun shines more brightly. The place is transformed. Green. Where had it been it hiding?Relaxation. Bicycles. Adventure. Karting. Air. Visits. Silence. Walks, hiking. Bungee jumping.Something for everyone to enjoy.

    Summer nights may be shorter, but they are no less intense. And time passes. The wind blows colder. Snow falls. Everything is white …

    WELCOME GRANDVALIRA. THE ANDORRA OF THE GREAT EXPERIENCES.

    www.grandvalira.com

    HOW IT ALL STARTED

    It was in October 2003. The boards of SAETDE and ENISA, the companies established to operate Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig and Soldeu-el Tarter, announced their long-awaited merger. As a result, the two Andorran ski resorts formed the largest skiable domain in the Pyrenees. And the name they gave it was Grandvalira.

    Since then, Grandvalira has grown at an unstoppable rate. More and more facilities are added, season after season. Higher quality. More activities. More possibilities. In short, more experiences.

    Today, Grandvalira is a reference domain in southern Europe and a leader in creating new mountain experiences, 365 days a year. And the plan for the future is to continue developing, in all ways, at the same rhythm.

    ON THE ORIGINS OF GRANDVALIRA. PAS DE LA CASA-GRAU ROIG AND SOLDEU EL TARTER

    In 1956, the businessman and ski champion Francesc Viladomat installed the first ski lift on the peak of Coll Blanc in Pas de la Casa. Powered by a lorry engine, the lift could carry up to 450 skiers per hour. From then on, the resort grew at an average one new lift per year. Seven years later, the first ski lift was installed in Soldeu, signalling the start of a project financed by private capital launched by the Baró, Salvans and Torrallardona families. The first automatic snow cannons were installed at Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig during the 1980s, whilst the Riba Escorxada sector, accessible from El Tarter opened at neighbouring Soldeu. In 1993, the Comú (local council) of Canillo became the majority shareholder in ENSISA (the company set up to operate Soldeu Tarter), whilst Crèdit Andorrà became the second-largest stakeholder in the enterprise. The first 8-seater cable car in the Pyrenees began to operate in 1996, and a new sector, Canillo, opened. Meanwhile, the first six-seater detachable chairlift in the region entered into service at Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig, operated by SAETDE, in 1997. By 2003, the two resorts were physically connected. The rest of the story you know… it is Grandvalira.

    GRANDVALIRA CHOSE ANDORRA.

    Grandvalira could not have chosen a better place. There could be no landscape more beautiful, no surroundings more appropriate and suited to the concept and essence of the domain. Whilst visitors can enjoy hundreds of experiences at Grandvalira throughout the year, its location in Andorra multiplies the opportunities infinitely.

    Andorra, the Pyrenean country between Spain and France, is the ideal destination for all those who seeknature. Snow in winter, fresh air in summer. Incredible landscapes, natural parks, hiking routes, mountain bike and ecotourism.

    The location is ideal, too, for those who want to go shopping and delight in Andorra’s vast number of different establishments, with full product ranges embracing all sectors imaginable.

    Not only that, if you are looking for wellbeing, rest and relaxation and health and beauty treatment you have come to the right place. Don’t miss one of Andorra’s most popular attractions, Caldea spa and leisure centre.

    A huge range of outstanding cultural sites and activities also await you in Andorra. Museums, art galleries, monuments, festivals, superb Romanesque art …

    Another great pleasure you will undoubtedly discover here is the country’s cuisine. Quality, diversity, traditional dishes, seasonal specialities… all this and more makes Andorra a gastronomic paradise, all year round.

    Andorra is a place you will love to return to. There is so much to do, to see, to discover… you’ll have to come back again and again!

    To read more, visit:… www.visitiandorra.com