Going on a skiing holiday with little ones is very exciting, and of course, it’s only natural that you would want your children to develop the same passion for the mountains and snow-sports that you have. However, skiing every day can be mentally and physically demanding, and can become tiring for even the fittest of adults – let alone young children. So it’s a great idea to mix your holiday up a little and spend some time away from the slopes to relax, recover and have some fun!
With half-term fast-approaching, we have put together a guide on family facilities available in Andorra so you can be well-prepared and head to the places where you know your kids will love. Prices correct at time of publishing (Feb 2018).
Leisure Activities in Pas de la Casa
If you’re staying in Pas de la Casa then the Leisure Centre is a must-visit for those with young children. For only €9.05 for adults and €4.55 for children you can make use of the Leisure Centre’s facilities for the whole day which includes a 25-metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, hot pool, tennis courts, table-tennis tables, table football (extra charge).
The Leisure Centre is just a few minutes walk from the bus stop in Pas de la Casa, so if you’re staying in Soldeu or El Tarter then you can simply hop the bus to Pas de la Casa which only takes around 10-15 minutes and cost €3.30 each way. For more information on prices and facilities in Pas de la Casa Leisure Centre, see our blog article here.
Children’s Circuits in Grandvalira
At Grandvalira they are passionate about even the smallest lovers of snow, and with that in mind they have some specially designed children’s routes to ensure that their first experience on snow is as memorable as possible designed to have fun while leaning confidence and safety on the snow. All the circuits listed are free of charge and accessible to skiers up to the age of 12.
- Mon(t) Magic (Canillo sector)
- Kids Forest (Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig and Encamp sectors)
- Bababoom Circus Route (El Tarter Sector)
- Yokai (Soldeu Sector)
Can you explore them all?
Soft play areas and playgrounds in Soldeu
There’s a small soft play area just next to the bar in Hotel Himalaia and although this is intended primarily for the use of guests, your children are able to enjoy the soft-play area providing you buy food or drink from the bar. If you’re willing to brave the cold and snow, then there’s also a small outdoor play park in Soldeu village, just next to the Fat Alberts Bar & Restaurant.
Palau de Gel Centre, Canillo
Just a short bus journey or drive from Soldeu and El Tarter is the Palau de Gel Centre in Canillo. The Centre has a heated swimming pool and fitness centre, but most exciting of all – it is home to Andorra’s only ice rink! You can get your skates on and enjoy gliding around the 1800 metres-squared Olympic ice rink, or if you and your children are feeling adventurous then you can even go go-karting on ice!
For more information and prices, see here
Bowling in Arinsal
For those of you who will be staying in Arinsal with young children, be sure to check out the bowling alley at Princess Parc Hotel – situated downstairs next to the spa. The bowling alley is open to the public from 5pm to 1am, and is only €3 per person per game – bargain! Better yet, Princess Parc Hotel is home to a variety of arcade games which are bound to keep the kids entertained for a while!
Soft play dining in La Massana
In La Massana, there’s a fun indoor soft-play area and an outside play park at the Prat del Colat restaurant, meaning that your children can play and burn some energy whilst you unwind after a delicious meal.
Ordino Sports Centre
Last but not least, in the beautiful village between Arcalis and La Massana is Ordino. Here there is a big communal sports centre which has a swimming pool, fully equipped gym, relaxation area, squash court and climbing wall. There’s also a children’s play area with everybody’s much loved favourite – the ball pit! The Sports Centre is open from 7am to 10pm Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 8pm Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays. You can make use of these facilities all day for just €9.75 for adults and €7.70 for children.