Holidaymakers looking for an exciting vacation in southern Europe should pay a visit to Encamp in the tiny country of Andorra. Tucked away in the Pyrenees between France and Spain this town has plenty of things for visitors to see and do. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, chalets, cottages and apartments.
Encamp is a terrific resort for skiing in the winter with slopes ideal for families with young children. Visitors to the area can enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding with a board park and half pipe located here. There is plenty to do in the summer too with hiking a popular way to take in the wonderful scenery.
This area also features many interesting trails for holidaymakers to explore on bicycles or on horseback. Encamp and nearby towns are excellent destinations for climbing and canyoning in the summer months. Other activities for holidaymakers to try during their stay in encamp include fishing, tennis, mountain biking and paragliding.
Encamp has many shops where tourists can purchase gifts and souvenirs as well as ski wear. There are also places for self catering holidaymakers to purchase food, drink and other provisions. The bars and restaurants in the area provide a wide range of cuisine mainly influenced by neighbouring France and Spain.
While visiting Encamp visitors should make a point of taking the cable car to Lake Engolasters and enjoy the magnificent views. There are a couple of museums located here including the Electricity Museum and the Sacred Art Museum. Visitors will also find some very interesting buildings including several churches. Elsewhere in the country holidaymakers might like to go to the 16th century Casa de la Vall, which has served as the nation’s parliament building since 1702. Barri Antic and Placa del Poble are fine examples of attractive town squares with the latter offering great views of the valley and mountains. Transport enthusiasts will marvel at the 80 vintage cars as well as over 100 bicycles at the National Automobile Museum.
The warmest time of the year in Andorra is July and August when the average high temperature is 26 degrees centigrade. The coldest month of the year is January when the average minimum temperature of 1 degree centigrade. May is usually the wettest month of the year with an average of 105mm rainfall, compared to just 34mm in January. However, there is plenty of snowfall during the ski season between December and early April.
Toulouse Airport (TLS) is approximately 117 miles from Encamp. Flights arrive here from various French cities as well as from international airports such as Amsterdam (AMS), Brussels (BRU), Lisbon (LIS), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Heathrow (LHW), Madrid (MAD), Munich (MUC) and Rome-Fiumicino (FCO). From Toulouse visitors can hire a car through rental firms located at the airport that include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National/Citer and Sixt.