La Massana is located just 7 km from the capital of Andorra. The resort does not have its own ski area, the lift connects La Massana with the Pal-Arinsal sector, in addition, the ski area can be reached by ski bus (10-15 minutes on the way). The proximity of Andorra la Vella, the road to which takes about 10 minutes, allows you to use the metropolitan apres-ski in addition to local entertainment (several restaurants, bars and a disco). For Andorra climate and geography, please check TopPharmacySchools.
How to get there
The transport infrastructure of the resort is roads, tunnels, a gondola lift and two helipads. There is no railway station here. Two helipads (one in La Massana, the other in Arinsal) offer fast helicopter transfers from major cities in Spain and France, as well as within Andorra itself. Regular buses run along the rural and urban routes of the area. Routes cover most destinations in Andorra, as well as Barcelona and Toulouse.
The province of La Massana borders the neighboring province of Ordino on the CG-3 road, and the CG-3 / CG-4 road leads to the capital. From the capital of the country, Andorra la Vella, you can drive to La Massana by a rented car in the direction Escaldes and continue along the CG3 road, to the north about 6 km.
There are two tunnels on the CG-3/CG-4 road: the Pont Pla Tunnel, about 1.3 km long, and the 280-meter Sant Antoni Tunnel. The first tunnel, by the way, was recognized as the best and safest tunnel in all of Europe. And, here, the Dos Valires Tunnel, recently built between Anjos and Encamp, made it possible to shorten the path between these points from 30-45 minutes to 5 minutes.
The local road network has been improved with multimillion-dollar investments in the construction of new tunnels. In addition, the roadway has been improved here, high-quality bicycle paths have been laid, and everything has been done to ensure that traffic is safe (in particular, bumpers and traffic lights have been installed at pedestrian crossings).
In La Massana there are many nice restaurants where you can taste both traditional mountain cuisine and French and Catalan cuisine in the most modern restaurants. In addition, the resort pays special attention to culinary traditions and gastronomic art. It hosts culinary festivals known far beyond Andorra – Winter Cuisine Days, Lo Mandongo with pork dishes and La Massana Fogons Gastronomic Days with a wonderful truly Andorran menu. In the summer, the Flavors of the world festival is held.
Despite the fact that La Massana does not have its own ski area, in winter all the resort hotels are filled to capacity, and guests have a lift and ski buses that will take them to the slopes of Pal-Arinsal.
Attractions and attractions of La Massana
The Romanesque church of Sant Iscle and Santa Victòria is located in the old center of La Massana. Opening hours: daily from July to August 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00, the rest of the year only during service hours. You can book a tour in advance.
Another church, Sant Climent de Pal, also built in the Romanesque style in the 12th century, is located in the nearby village of Pal. Adjacent to the church is an elegant bell tower, one of the most interesting in Andorra. Opening hours: daily from July to August from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00, the rest of the year only during service hours. Before visiting, you can book a tour.
Farga Rossell or the Iron Processing Center invites tourists to get acquainted with the iron industry of the country – the main occupation of the region and most of the locals. During the tour, visitors will be introduced to the history of the industry and the process of metal processing, as it was many years ago. Phone: +376 835 857.
2 things to do in La Massana
- Have a belly feast by taking part in one of La Massana’s winter food festivals. The main thing to remember is that everything is good in moderation!
- Run in all the slopes of Grandvalira and Vallnord in two weeks and “wipe your nose” to all those who are lagging behind!
In addition, it is worth visiting the Comic Museum, which is located in Placa de les Fontetes. The museum regularly holds exhibitions of works by famous artists, including Antonio Bernal, Alfonso Font, Philippe Xavier, Ana Miralles and others. Free admission. Information: +376 835 693. Finally, you can look at the Ethnographic Museum (Casa Rull Ethnographic Museum) in the town of Sispony.
There are many celebrations and festivals in the province of La Massana, such as the festa patronale on November 17th, the festa major on August 15th and the Rosary fete on the second Sunday in July.