If you’re looking for snow, sunshine and affordable lift passes, head to El Tarter, part of the Grandvalira Ski Resort in Andorra. We have hand-picked the top places to stay – from chic hostels to sports-focused aparthotels. Book your stay now with Culture Trip.
El Tarter is one of the seven villages linked to the 210km (130mi) Grandvalira Ski Resort. Beginner and intermediate skiers will feel right at home on the green and blue runs here, while those looking for thrills can head to the El Tarter Snowpark, regarded as the best in the Pyrenees. During the summer, the mountainsides are popular with hikers and bikers, plus it’s also only a 20-minute drive from the capital city, La Vella. Not sure where to stay? Read our recommendations below.
Mountain-view balconies come as standard at this ski-in, ski-out hotel in the town centre. Choose between a hotel room or a self-catered apartment that sleeps up to four and comes with decent ski-storage space. All accommodations have access to indoor and outdoor pools, a kick-back room with billiards, arcade games and bowling, as well as a spa and reading space. A snack bar is open during the day, providing light bites in between the buffet breakfasts and dinners.
Tarter Mountain Suites maintain modern, self-catered apartments dotted throughout El Tarter, so confirm the exact location of yours when booking. All of them feature ski storage, fully equipped kitchens and living rooms with open fireplaces. Perks include onsite ski hire, so there’s no faffing around at the rental shop. The ski lift is no more than a 10-minute walk away.
This traditional chalet-style hotel has been run by the same family since 1974. Inside, you’ll find anything from simple doubles overlooking the river right up to family-sized suites, all of which feature mountain views. Customised ski packages (for a minimum of two nights) include half-board, Grandvalira passes and tickets to the largest thermal bath complex in Europe, situated a 20-minute drive away. While it’s a five-minute walk to the ski lift, you can cruise on skis straight back to the hotel at the end of the day.
The premier spot for solo adventurers in El Tarter offers a heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi on a mountain-view terrace. Accommodation ranges from minimalist mixed dorms – sleeping up to six – to a handful of private rooms. Sip a cold beer with your fellow travellers in the lounge, complete with bean bags and a fireplace. There’s also a garden with a barbecue for hot summer evenings. The onsite grocery store sells quality wines, pre-prepared meals, fresh fruit and veg and meat packs for the grill, plus there’s also an onsite ski rental shop.
Cyclists, look no further – this adventure-orientated three-star offers rental bikes completely free of charge throughout the summer. Winter sports fans aren’t neglected either. Once the white stuff arrives, the hotel arranges everything from gear rental and free slope transfers to snow biking. Rooms come as doubles, triples or quadruples, all with access to an indoor pool with panoramic views, two bars and an arcade games room. Get involved with the weekly menu of organised activities, from hiking to karaoke.
Families have plenty of room choices at this friendly mountain lodge, including a two-bedroom apartment opening onto a private garden. After skiing directly back to the hotel (no walking required), soothe your muscles in the indoor pool or the sauna. Alternatively, enjoy a massage before an aperitif in the fire-warmed bar. At the restaurant, hearty mountain dishes showcase locally grown, organic ingredients, including meat from Llop Gris’s own farm.
Looking for a self-catered pad with friends? These studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments in the town centre sleep up to six adults. The ski lift, bars and restaurants are an easy stroll from here. Each apartment features pale, minimalist decor, hardwood floors and tonnes of natural light; some even boast mountain-view balconies. There’s secure parking below as well, plus plenty of ski storage in each unit.
Aparthotel Ona Dorada combines the privacy of apartment living with hotel-style facilities. The typically Andorran building of stone and wood is a 15-minute walk from the ski lifts in El Tarter. Inside, units sleep up to four adults, featuring decently equipped kitchens. Although, during the high season, the onsite restaurant serves crowd-pleasing dishes such as pizza and steak. Wifi is available in all apartments for an extra daily fee.
This enormous four-star hotel boasts double, triple and quadruple rooms on the edge of the Riu d’Incles, right in the centre of town. Tuck into the plentiful buffet breakfast before heading to the onsite ski hire shop to rent gear. Post-slope relaxation facilities comprise an indoor pool area with a jacuzzi, finnish sauna and turkish bath (for an extra fee). A free shuttle bus runs between the hotel and the El Tarter ski lift.