Andorre Arcalis

Andorre Arcalis

Located in the Principality of Andorra, at an altitude of 1,940 metres, Arcalis belongs to the skiing domain of Vallnord, on the parish of Ordino. Ski fans relish these wild and natural open spaces. In the winter or the summer, Arcalis opens to anyone wishing to disconnect from the everyday routine to live a full nature experience. The parish of Ordino is also famous for its trekking trails and paths like the Circuit of the Three Lakes of Tristaina or the Nature Park of Sorteny, home to 800 species of flowers and plants.
Nestled in the middle of wilderness, Ordino and its landscapes are a haven of tranquillity. From an architectural point of view, the 12th century Romanesque church Sant Martí de La Cortinada, with its paintings by the master of La Cortinada, is also worth a visit.
Ordino is also noted for its iron heritage, which can be discovered on the 4-km Route of Iron, leading through mines and forges dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Aux beaux jours, les randonneurs profitent de vues panoramiques
Stage finish for the 3rd time
Ordino-Arcalis, a ski resort in Vallnord Ordino ski domain
Ordino, parish with 4,700 inhabitants, 76,950 inhabitants (Andorrans) in the Principality of Andorra

Economy: Tourism: Arcalis is one of three ski resorts in the Vallnord domain (442 hectares of skiable terrain and 310 hectares of off-piste skiing, 26 ski runs, 80 snow cannons and 13 lifts), walking trails, agriculture

Culture: Sant Cornelli et Sant Cebrià Church (12th century), Sant Roc Church (18th century, example of rural religious building), Sant Martí de La Cortinada Church (12th century, murals, example of Andorran Romanesque art), Cal Pal sawmill and mill, Iron Route, Arcalis 91 (sculpture by Italian artist Mauro Staccioli, a symbol of perfection and eternity), Areny-Plandolit house and museum, Nicolai Siadristy Miniatures Museum, postal museum, nature centre. Festivals: Narciso Yepes Festival (music and dance), mountains and travel film festival, Nits Obertes (music), Mostra Gastronòmica d'Ordino (cuisine)

Sport: Ordino Arcalis Ski School, Futbol Club Ordino, Club de Judo Ordino. Skiing, mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, cycle touring, canyoning. Events: World Cup Skiing, Freeride World Tour, Andorra Ultra Trail

Speciality: Brown trout

Sustainable development: 21 cycling trails in Andorra, including 20km at Ordino-Arcalis

Distinction: The Madrin-Perafita-Claror glacial valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Brice Feillu's glory day

His victory in Arcalis in 2009 ahead of all the favourites made Brice Feillu, who also took the polka-dot jersey that day, a prospect of French cycling. Yet the Frenchman, while he again proved his qualities by finishing 16th in the 2014 Tour, never managed to win a pro race again since that isolated feat with team Agritubel, already led by his current Fortuneo manager Emmanuel Hubert. “I really hope to be able to live a similar moment again!” said Feillu, now 30, at the start of the 2015 Tour. If he did, he might this time button his jersey, which he failed to do when crossing the line in 2009.

Victoire de Brice Feillu à Arcalis, en 2009 © Presse Sports
Stage finish for the 3rd time
Ordino-Arcalis, a ski resort in Vallnord Ordino ski domain
Ordino, parish with 4,700 inhabitants, 76,950 inhabitants (Andorrans) in the Principality of Andorra

Economy: Tourism: Arcalis is one of three ski resorts in the Vallnord domain (442 hectares of skiable terrain and 310 hectares of off-piste skiing, 26 ski runs, 80 snow cannons and 13 lifts), walking trails, agriculture

Culture: Sant Cornelli et Sant Cebrià Church (12th century), Sant Roc Church (18th century, example of rural religious building), Sant Martí de La Cortinada Church (12th century, murals, example of Andorran Romanesque art), Cal Pal sawmill and mill, Iron Route, Arcalis 91 (sculpture by Italian artist Mauro Staccioli, a symbol of perfection and eternity), Areny-Plandolit house and museum, Nicolai Siadristy Miniatures Museum, postal museum, nature centre. Festivals: Narciso Yepes Festival (music and dance), mountains and travel film festival, Nits Obertes (music), Mostra Gastronòmica d'Ordino (cuisine)

Sport: Ordino Arcalis Ski School, Futbol Club Ordino, Club de Judo Ordino. Skiing, mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, cycle touring, canyoning. Events: World Cup Skiing, Freeride World Tour, Andorra Ultra Trail

Speciality: Brown trout

Sustainable development: 21 cycling trails in Andorra, including 20km at Ordino-Arcalis

Distinction: The Madrin-Perafita-Claror glacial valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Places to see

Areny-Plandolit House
The house of Don Guillem d'Areny-Plandolit, baron of Senaller and Gramenet and owner of the Andorran forges in the late 19th century, tells the story of a wealthy family in the principality at this period.

Sant Corneli i Sant Cebrià Church
The church, located in the old town of Ordino, is a medieval building refurbished in the 17th and 19th centuries. Inside, the small 11th century statue of Virgen des Remedio is especially interesting.

Valley of Sorteny Nature Park
With more than 800 species of flowers and plants, it is a botanic paradise. It stretches over 1,080 ha and is also a haven for izards, roe deer and boars.

Circuit of the Three Lakes of Tristaina
The tour to the Lakes of Tristaina is one of the most popular in Andorra. It is accessible to all, the first lake lying only 45 minutes away from the start of the path.

Le musée Areny Plandolit propose une plongée dans le quotidien du XIXe siècleVue panoramique sur les Trois Lacs de Tristaina
Stage finish for the 3rd time
Ordino-Arcalis, a ski resort in Vallnord Ordino ski domain
Ordino, parish with 4,700 inhabitants, 76,950 inhabitants (Andorrans) in the Principality of Andorra

Economy: Tourism: Arcalis is one of three ski resorts in the Vallnord domain (442 hectares of skiable terrain and 310 hectares of off-piste skiing, 26 ski runs, 80 snow cannons and 13 lifts), walking trails, agriculture

Culture: Sant Cornelli et Sant Cebrià Church (12th century), Sant Roc Church (18th century, example of rural religious building), Sant Martí de La Cortinada Church (12th century, murals, example of Andorran Romanesque art), Cal Pal sawmill and mill, Iron Route, Arcalis 91 (sculpture by Italian artist Mauro Staccioli, a symbol of perfection and eternity), Areny-Plandolit house and museum, Nicolai Siadristy Miniatures Museum, postal museum, nature centre. Festivals: Narciso Yepes Festival (music and dance), mountains and travel film festival, Nits Obertes (music), Mostra Gastronòmica d'Ordino (cuisine)

Sport: Ordino Arcalis Ski School, Futbol Club Ordino, Club de Judo Ordino. Skiing, mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, cycle touring, canyoning. Events: World Cup Skiing, Freeride World Tour, Andorra Ultra Trail

Speciality: Brown trout

Sustainable development: 21 cycling trails in Andorra, including 20km at Ordino-Arcalis

Distinction: The Madrin-Perafita-Claror glacial valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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