Soldeu ski holidays…
Soldeu is an authentic, small and friendly ski town nestled in amongst the breath-taking Grandvalira ski area. which encompasses 210km of skiable terrain.
The views are dramatic and endless in this part of Andorra. The town itself boasts a variety of restaurants and bars from family friendly establishments to late night party venues. There is a wonderful spa located in the centre of the village offering the ultimate relaxation experience. The ski school is superb with British instructors meaning you can learn in your own language which is ideal for beginners. There is also plenty for expert skiers with 25 black runs on offer across the ski area.
SKIING IN SOLDEU
What to expect…
Soldeu is one of six resorts that forms the Grandvalira ski area along with El Tarter, Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig, Canillo and Encamp, all of which are linked by an extensive lift system. Soldeu has benefited from recent modernisations that have improved ski lift capacity, introduced new facilities and increased snow cannon coverage. The ski area of Grandvalira is the largest linked domain in the Pyrenees, with 210km of marked pistes and varied terrain that makes it an excellent choice for both skiers & snowboarders of any ability.
"I love the après ski in Soldeu as there's live music every day of the week. Head to The Harp for Irish musicians and table football, and make sure you don't miss the Shambles, Soldeu's very own ski instructor band, when they play at Fat Albert's."
LOCAL SKI AREA - SOLDEU
Soldeu has also been at the heart of a drive to dramatically improve the ski experience available in Andorra, by inter-connecting the ski areas above Soldeu with those of five adjacent villages to form the country's and indeed the entire region's biggest ski area, Grandvalira.
The local ski area in Soldeu is an excellent area for beginners and early intermediates with the ski school being one of the best in Europe for native English speakers. Access to the piste is via the gondola that takes you to the heart of the slopes at Espiolets. One good point is that all lift passes here are ‘hands free' meaning you don't have to fumble around trying to find it which keeps the lift queues down to a minimum. The slopes are spacious and great for cruising around with all the family and easily accessed by beginners heading to ski school. Soldeu has a dedicated beginners' zone directly in front of the upper terminal of the gondola that acts as a good accessible meeting point for those who have been skiing the upper slopes while others in the group are at lessons.
For those more confident skiers there is plenty of terrain to venture out on and big mileage to be had if you want to make the most of the mountain. The upper part of the slopes offers some lovely long cruising blues and fast reds mixed up with a few modest black runs and miles of easily accessible ungroomed inter-piste terrain. One of the nicest ways to get back to the village of Soldeu is the by taking the Bosc Fosc blue run which is a long and easy traverse through the forested valley or take a more challenging route by trying the World Cup black run Avet, to the bridge that leads you to elevators that take you up to street level and the ski lockers, that are at the bottom and top of the gondola.
WIDER SKI AREA - GRANDVALIRA
Grandvalira is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees, reaching an altitude of 2640m.
Soldeu is a gateway to accessing the vast Grandvalira ski domain which ranks amongst the world's leading ski areas, rivals its Alpine counterparts and is entirely skiable without ever having to remove your skis. The neighbouring resort of El Tarter is a great place to explore and get your ski legs back at the start of the holiday. With a lovely selection of cruisey blues and easy reds, it is a great area for families to ski together. Gall de Bosc is one of the longest runs in Grandvalira with the bonus of being relatively wide and gentle so fun for everyone. Just above this run is the El Tarter snow park where you will find a great range of kickers, rails and boxes. Just stopping to watch is exhilarating as is watching it from the Tosa Espiolets lift that will take you to the top of the Esquirol run, which is a fun blue that will take you down to the town of El Tarter.
For those groups with mixed abilities then heading up from Soldeu towards Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa will open up some great options to keep even expert skier happy. Grau Roig is a secret spot that is often overlooked by skiers heading to Pas de la Casa for the day, but we would recommend exploring this area. It is generally quieter and more sheltered from the wind due to the surrounding mountains which means great snow and also stunning natural scenery. There is plenty of freeride sections to discover here for the powder seeker. The popular resort of Pas de la Casa can be accessed by the Port blue run from Grau Roig that offers some incredible mountain views and some lovely resort ones as you weave down to the town. The main Directa I red run offers a steeper more challenging route down to keep those more intermediate and advanced skiers happy.
The Grandvalira area can be skied in a day will take on average an hour to get from Soldeu to Pas de la Casa without stops. There are lots of blues so the less experienced can do it along with the more expert skiers who can take on the reds and blacks on the route. Beginners and families will find Grandvalira a great area to ski as there is enough to keep mixed groups satisfied along with the opportunity of you all being able to ski the area together.
SKI EXTRAS IN SOLDEU
Lift passes providing access to the entire 210km slopes of Grandvalira, spanning the 6 resorts of Soldeu, El Tarter, Canillo, Encamp Pas de la Casa and Grau Roig. Once booked, your lift passes can be collected from the ticket booths, conveniently located right at the base of Soldeu's gondola.
Ski school in Soldeu provided by the highly experienced, English speaking instructors of Grandvalira. 3 hours of lessons per day with a maximum 12 per group, all of similar ability.
Ski rentals in Soldeu can be collected from Sports Calbo, located right at the bottom of the gondola. Your can get measured and fitted for your ski equipment from 15:00 the afternoon before.
It's always cheaper to choose a saver package if you need a lift pass, lessons and equipment rental. We have various combinations available and are happy to guide you in what to book.
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Approximate transfer times:
- Barcelona: 4 Hrs
- Toulouse: 4 Hrs
- Lleida: 3¼ Hrs
Soldeu has a slightly more exclusive vibe with higher end hotels, including one of the finest in Andorra, the 5* Sport Hermitage.
Soldeu is a small and cosy Andorran village that is perfectly located at the foot of the slopes of the Grandvalira ski area. On the transfer to the resort you will become aware of the dramatic and endless views of the Pyrenees which will only improve when you head up the slopes, and with 210km of terrain on offer and an amazing selection of activities this is the best playground for everyone.
The village sits at an altitude of 1710 metres, from here you can hop on the eight seater gondola lift which will take you directly to the main slopes in a matter of minutes. Such is the appeal and quality of Soldeu (Grandvalira) as a winter sports destination that it regularly attracts a number of top ski and snowboard events, including the much anticipated Women's Alpine Skiing World Cup which has taken place towards the end of February in recent years.
Much like other Andorran towns, Soldeu can be a relaxed or lively place depending on how you decide to spend your time off the mountain. Given the neat layout of the village it is easy to get around and you can enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee on one street or dancing in your ski boots just around the corner.
The town has a variety of restaurants and bars from family friendly establishments to late night party venues. For any creature comforts or forgotten items there is a local shop and some ski and snowboard shops that are perfect for a bit of window shopping. In Soldeu it's mainly hotel accommodation, you have a range of styles from the smaller, budget hotels that offer you everything that you need without the frills up to larger spa hotels with 5* luxury.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
Restaurants are renowned for their taste of Spanish or Catalan cuisine.
Soldeu has some excellent and well known bars and restaurants, including traditional cosy mountain restaurants and bustling bars with live music. For those seeking a bit more relaxation then Serendipity is a cosy and quaint little café where you can enjoy English teas and cakes.
Dining out in Andorra is good value for money so it's well worth venturing outside your hotel for dinner, just make sure you make reservations as the restaurants tend to fill up fast. Notably Fat Albert's is a popular choice for families as there is a large menu of freshly prepared food ranging from British home favourites to some local specialities with different specials each day. For something a bit more special Sol I Neu is a typically Andorran restaurant located at the bottom of the slopes with fantastic views you can take in from the nice sunny terrace while lazing over a long lunch. The food is very New Basque and comes from the kitchen of Michelin starred Catalan chef Nandu Jubany who also serves his tasting menu in Origen, one of the restaurants located in the 5* Hermitage Hotel.
To finish your night off there are a few popular bars to frequent. You will find most of the Soldeu bars on the main road in the centre of the village, but you should also venture up the small street that runs behind the Hotel Himalaia as there are a handful of interesting bars and restaurants located here too. Barcode has one of the best terraces in the area and the bar has the has reputation for the best gin and tonic in town. Pussycat Disco is also a firm favourite in the resort, set in a 200 year old farmhouse, now converted into a club it is a great place partying into the night.
Everything about Soldeu and the Grandvalira ski region is XL sized compared to the rest of the Pyrenees – there are over 30 mountain restaurants and nearly 2000 hectares of terrain to enjoy.
A firm favourite is the Gall de Bosc steakhouse which offers table service at Espiolet and the Riba Escorxada restaurant includes a trattoria-pizzeria with a neat little terrace.
The après ski in Soldeu is fantastic, and with the tax-free prices, the drinks will just keep flowing.
The après ski scene in Soldeu is just as attractive as its slopes. There are a collection of bars in the centre of the resort which offer live music, welcome refreshments and a great atmosphere after you have been on the mountain all day. One big draw of après in Soldeu is the value for money and generous measures which put The Alps to shame.
Irish bar, The Harp, is always a popular choice for those coming straight off the mountain as there is live music and a great atmosphere to be had every day. Fat Alberts is also a hot spot with those looking to carry on the fun from the slopes. With a DJ taking requests of any genre and a live band made up from ski instructors, there is always something going on.
One thing to watch out for is the infamous table football scene, nearly every bar will have a table and is a popular ‘sport' the locals enjoy.
Soldeu has been building a reputation for more advanced skiers too, staging World Cup Alpine and Freeride competitions in recent years.
Soldeu has links to various alternative snow activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and mushing, there is lots of fun to be had for both the young and young at heart.
In nearby El Tarter, dog sledding is a great activity for all ages. You can even try your hand at driving it if you are brave enough.
Families with little ones may be pleased to hear that a couple of hotels in the village have small soft play areas to keep younger guests entertained.
For those seeking a bit of luxury and relaxation then a visit to the five floor Sport Wellness Mountain Spa is a must to enjoy a treatment or just laze by the pool.
The capital Andorra La Vella is a short trip on the bus and there you can take advantage of the duty free shopping or take it easy in Caldea, Europe's largest thermal spa. Around 44 minutes away is Naturlandiaadventure park which is home to a number of outdoor images including Tobotronc, the longest nature toboggan in the world.
WHO IS SOLDEU SUITABLE FOR?
Here are the highlights...
Soldeu is part of the largest ski area in Andorra and the Pyrenees, with 210km of linked ski runs served by a great network of high speed chair and gondola lifts.
Soldeu really is a resort that has something for all. The slopes are spacious and great for having fun on regardless of what level of skier you are. There is a dedicated beginners zone that is easily accessed by the intermediate runs on the upper slopes so a great meeting point for groups after a morning at ski school. Soldeu is perfectly located for heading over to Pas de la Casa and exploring the Grau Roig area enroute which is a relatively secret spot that is perfect for freestyle and powder seekers. To push the expert skier there are some World Cup blacks just waiting to be tried.
Soldeu is a great choice for beginners with brilliant ski schools employing British, Australian and New Zealand instructors to teach first timers and improvers.
Choosing the right resort for a family ski holiday can be a challenge but Soldeu ticks all the boxes to make it a great choice. The ski school is renowned for its English speaking instructors so a great option for kids and the beginners zone is easily accessible from the intermediate slopes so perfect to meet after lessons. In neighbouring El Tarter there is the Bababoom Circus where little ones can enjoy a specially designed slope just for them that is full of surprises. The town has a friendly feel with a great variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and live music that all the family can enjoy.
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MAP OF SOLDEU
Find your way…
Here's our map of Soldeu showing you the key hotels and apartments as well as some of the main points of interest.