Andorra is a carnival in February. Besides being one of the best destination for lovers of winter sports, it is also a place where carnival is celebrated with a lot of tradition behind it. Typical food, festivals, fairs and parades… And even fancy dress ski festivals.
Indeed. The Principality is brimming with activities for fun and leisure, ideal for the whole family to enjoy. So, if you’re fortunate enough to have a couple of days off that coincide with the Carnival dates, don’t miss the opportunity to schedule a winter break in Andorra with your loved ones. Experience your first great adventure of the year among the most beautiful peaks in the Pyrenees, ski or snowboard and taste the exquisite delicacies on offer in this unique part of the world.
For accommodation, see our section on hotels in Andorra and choose the one that best suits your needs. Remember that we have hotels in Andorra la Vella, where the largest Carnival party in the country is held, as well as in the best two ski resorts: Hotel Mu in Vallnord and Hotel Ski Plaza in Grandvalira.
Before booking, check the Carnival activities and choose the hotel that is in the most convenient location, making it easy to design a few days of snow and fun that will suit you perfectly. Andorra la Vella hosts the great costume parades, with a variety of events and activities on the streets, but the carnivals in Andorra’s villages are also worthwhile: Sant Julià de Lòira and Soldeu, for example, usually organise what they call rúas – costume parades and contests – and popular food is on offer, so you can try the typical butifarra sausages of the Principality, with artisan brown bread and wine from the region.
Another interesting place to stay during Carnival in Andorra is the Valle de Ordino where music, dances and masks are the main ingredients during this time, filling the villages in the area day and night alike. Residents participate in activities with great fervour, creating a lively atmosphere, and, as an added value, you get to experience one of the country’s most beautiful areas. Food is also a key element in this part of Andorra, where the typical Andorran soup (L’Olla Bro) is the classic carnival dish.
And if you would like to add a very indigenous and authentic experience to your trip, don’t miss out on the traditional slaughters that are organised when the carnivals take place in Escaldes–Engordany, more specifically in the town Prat de la Mola. Another must is watching the carnival celebrations in small charming villages such as Canillo, where you can experience a true mountain carnival, and the entire La Cortinada region.
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