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Looking down the red piste heading back towards the Arcalis ski centre and lifts. Taken Feb 2006

Arcalis is a high Pyrenean ski resort in Andorra and lies in the northwestern corner of the border parish (administrative division) of Ordino. The location can be seen at the true head of the El Serrat valley some 25km north of Andorra La Vella.

It appears to be popular with French and Spanish tourists and is largely unknown amongst English speaking tourists

Get in[edit]

Follow the road to Ordino and continue to El Serrat and follow the signposting (road to left)

SnoBus runs during the ski season from La Vella

Get around[edit]

The ski area consists of a block of buildings at the head of the valley containing a ticket office to buy your life pass, a ski rental shop and a restaurant / cafe / bar.

This is the main access point to the Arcalis lift system.

See[edit][add listing]

Arcalis is a ski area and has no village.

Do[edit][add listing]

Skiing -The Vallnord ski pass covers Arcalis and Pal-Arinsal.

Buy[edit][add listing]

It is possible to buy the Vallnord ski pass at a ticket office at this location..

Eat[edit][add listing]

The ski center has a restaurant and bar

Drink[edit][add listing]

There is a cafe and bar at base of the ski and lift centre beside the road.

There is a restaurant and bar over the mountain at the base of the main blue runs in the second half of the ski area.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

The ski slopes have no resort as yet and the nearest popular hotels down the valley are listed in order of distance:

  • Hotel Bringue ***, El Serrat (10mins from skiing)
  • Hotel El Serrat ****, El Serrat
  • Aparthotel AnnaPurna ***, Ansalonga, Llorts n of Ordino
  • Aparthotel La Neu ***, Llorts
  • Aparthotel Arans *, La Cortinada (in the village of Arans 1.5km N or Ordino)
  • Cal Daina, La Cortinada - nr Arans (Up in the hills. Really rural)
  • Aparthotel Casa Vella ***, Ordino-Arcalís
  • Hotel Prats ***, Ordino
  • Hotel Babot ***, Ordino
  • Hotel Coma ***, Ordino (beautiful hotel, unfortunate name)


Vallord Andorra

Get out[edit]

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