With over 200km of beautifully groomed and maintained ski terrain with a state of the art, high capacity, integrated lift system that all but eliminates the need to queue, Soldeu is the perfect location to improve your skiing skills. The ‘beginners zone’, is the perfect place to be introduced to the sport, ideal for Families with dedicated Adult and Children learning areas. In the top fifteen ski areas in Europe, it is a hidden gem, spread over 7 valleys with a huge range of “off-piste” options close to hand. Soldeu is right at the heart of the domain. It’s true that it doesn’t have the extreme height of some Alpine resorts, but it doesn’t have the associated avalanche risk either. Andorra has almost no crime to speak of and from that perspective is a very ‘safe’ place, perfect for ‘a GAP season in the snow’.
What Soldeu offers you:
- Native English Instruction;
- Dedicated ‘Adult’ Learning Area, perfect for beginners and nervous skiers;
- Dedicated ‘Snow Garden’ for the exclusive use of children, within Ski School Classes, under instructor supervision;
- Ideal for Families;
- Ideal for Groups with mixed ability, experience or confidence,
- Fast, Integrated lift system;
- Large ski area, groomed piste and off piste ‘free-ride’ zones;
- Low avalanche risk history.
Bars and Nightlife
Soldeu has a legendary nightlife, compact and therefore friendly, from a quiet drink by a log fire in one of the 4 or 5 star hotels to dancing the night away in one of the bars or clubs. There is a great tradition of live music in the village with 7 to 8 bands performing gigs from après-ski through to the early hours. Details and times of gigs are posted on blackboards outside all the bars with free entry. The bars are open until 3am on weekdays and 4am at weekends. Of course, if you’re on our 12 week training programme, you’ll be considered a local in the bars where your face is known, which can mean reduced prices on most drinks.
The Aspen is the largest bar in Soldeu, right in the heart of the village, it’s great for sports with an electric atmosphere for the big premiership games and especially during the 6 nations rugby internationals season. They host live music acts 4 nights a week and there’s always a good après ski crowd. Bar food and is available from 3pm until late. The Aspen has great staff and is well run.
Barcode has a lively après ski scene with a very friendly welcome whether you are a family, group or solo, with the one of the best sun terraces in the village.
The Harp, formerly known as the “T-bar” under new management (2010/11 season) is small and intimate, a very popular bar with an incredibly friendly welcome. High quality live music every day for après ski and later on in the evenings.
Fat Albert’s Pub is a 200 year old converted barn with heaps of character. Great for late night gigs and for après ski in the spring on their terrace.
The Villager is an “Irish Themed Pub” , located very conveniently in the Gondola building. It serves a good pint of draft Guinness and can be a lively après ski venue. It has a patchy mixture of live music either at après ski or up to 11pm. Not really a late night bar. Food all day and in the evenings.
The Piccadilly, at the northern end of the village. On the edge of the village they do good Irish music nights and pub quizzes.
There is a wide variety of high quality hotel accommodation in the village. At the top end of the market there is the 5 star Sport Hermitage which is connected to the Sport Wellness Centre which is a 5 storey luxury spa complex. The Sport; the Sport Village; the Himalaya (great open fireplace); the Piolets; and the Piolets Park and Spa are all 4 star, and have very large comfy foyer areas, nice bars, and access to swimming pools and gyms.
The 3 star hotels in the village include: The Soldeu Maistre (Nice lobby bar, great for a pre dinner or quiet drink); the Montana, the Merlot (Best Sunday evening roasts in Andorra); and the Bruxelles.
La Taverna de la Iaia Highest quality tapas, a must visit for lunch or evening meal. Very important to book early to avoid disappointment.
The Merlot Great evening meals in a proper restaurant setting and their Sunday roasts are simply the business.
Hotel Bruxelles is consistent, season after season. Philippe and Regis know how to run a great all day bistro, popular with locals and visitors, always good value.
Fat Albert’s Restaurant is popular with locals with staples such as BBQ Ribs and they do a good pizza.
The Pussycat, a very traditional Catalan restaurant, where meats are cooked on an open wood fire (brassa). Not a good location for vegetarians, as the Catalans aren’t strong on veg. with any meal. You’ll be lucky if you get a roasted pepper with your meat plate. Meals can be expensive with wine. (50€ per head).
All the hotels in the village will entertain non-residents as guests in their dining rooms in the evenings. Usually, they provide a large buffet and can vary from great to a bit soulless.
Just 1 kilometre outside the village, the Can Pep, the Borda del Rector and the Borda de la Horto all offer good Catalan fare.
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