Nestled in between France and Spain, the principality of Andorra is home to three spectacular nature parks and the highest concentration of protected areas in the world with 90% of the total land mass covered in forest.
The Valles de Comapedrosa, comprising Andorra’s highest peak the Comapedrosa at 2,942m, offers rugged terrain and challenging hiking to reach breath-taking views of Andorra as well as neighbouring France and Spain.
The Valle del Sorteny (main photo) is the smallest of the three parks but is rich in biodiversity with over 700 species of flora and fauna – with some unique to the Pyrenees.
The Madriu-Perafita-Claror nature park covers 10% of the total surface area of the country. It is a glacial valley and UNESCO declared World Heritage site due to ancient forges which are reminders of the high Pyrenean mountain resources used by the inhabitants of Andorra for more than 700 years.
Andorra’s tiny size means visitors can easily discover all three nature parks during their break in Andorra – with walking and cycling routes suitable for all abilities available to download online. Keen hikers can even stay in the nature parks in traditional Andorran mountain huts, or refuges, or stay in the hotels in nearby villages.
For further information, please visit: www.visitandorra.com/en/
Mark Bibby Jackson
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