Arinsal is a pretty village located in the north west of Andorra, set at an altitude of between 1550 and 2560 metres. Arinsal offers excellent skiing and snowboarding for beginners, as well as a good range of runs for intermediates. The ski school here is widely recognised as being of an excellent standard and is one of the first European schools to be BASI approved. Arinsal forms a part of the Vallnord ski area which also covers the linked resort of Pal (La Massana) and the highly regarded Arcalis which is a bus ride away. Vallnord offers a fantastic variety of runs, as well as some great off piste areas if you’re in need of something a bit more challenging. You can either purchase a local area lift pass covering just Arinsal and Pal or a full area pass covering all three sectors including Arcalis.
Away from the slopes you’ll find Arinsal to be a very friendly and down to earth resort which attracts many repeat visitors. There are some great international restaurants and bars catering for every taste including a couple of Argentinian steak houses, a quirky Mexican restaurant, pizzerias and a tapas bar as well as the traditional British fayre and a lively Irish bar. Bars and restaurants in and around the village are generally very family friendly, some offering live music and entertainment, plus the occasional magician and party nights.
The neighbouring town of La Massana offers a more local feel as it is a busy town as well as a holiday resort. There is a large, modern gondola that departs from the town centre providing direct access to the Pal ski area, where you will find some beautiful tree lined runs and more intermediate level terrain than Arinsal, which is linked by cable car. La Massana is a popular destination for Spanish holidaymakers, although you will find a handful of British and Irish here too.
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