Canillo is a traditional Andorran village and is the principal village of the Commune de Canillo which comprises Canillo, El Tarter, Incles and Soldeu. It has a good selection of hotels from 3 to 5 stars. The Palau de Gel Leisure Centre has a full size ice rink and swimming pool open all year.
Canillo´s modern gondola lift system gives direct access to the Grandvalira ski area, the largest skiable area in the Pyrenees.
The Grandvalira ski area extends over 193km of piste comprising the resorts of Canillo, El Tarter, Soldeu and Pas de la Casa. The Grandvlalira lift pass covers all these areas giving great value for money and extensive skiing terrain.
At the top of the gondola in Canillo, you will find facilities for children from creche age upwards and ski and board school for all levels in groups or private lessons.
Limited black runs but plenty of mileage to cover and off piste access for the explorer.
Total ski area
Soldeu/El Tarter : 93km
Full Grandvalira Area : 193km
Advanced ski runs
Soldeu/El Tarter/Canillo has one of Europe's leading and largest native English speaking ski & board schools. Beginner friendly lift systems and dedicated learning area make it one of the best places to learn to turn.
Beginner ski runs
1008 - 41% of total ski area
Direction of ski slopes
Freestyle/ board parks
Two excellent board and free style parks. Rail slides, kickers, big air, half pipe with courses and camps available.
Ski resort height
El Tarter 1710m
The Calbo, Font, Bonell, Naudi, Peretol and Maistre Familes have all contributed greatly to the development of the village and its Ski Area. Soldeu was the second resort in the Principality of Andorra was also born of an initiative by skiing enthusiasts. Miquel Baró, Josep Torrallardona i Martí Salvans opened the first chairlift at the foot of the village of Soldeu in the area called Espiolets. It was February 1964 and the ski euphoria was spreading fast in all sectors. And so in the winter of 1981 the resort was extended to include the area called El Tarter and took the name Soldeu-El Tarter. Artificial snow cannons reach the resort in the winter of 1987 this was just shortly behind Pas de La Casa who introduced the 1st snow cannons to the country in 1986.
Soldeu El Tarter did lead Andorra and the entire Pyrenees in lift technology. In 2000 the regions first 8 seater high speed gondola lift was opened to transport skiers to the top of the mountain in greater comfort and speed. Soldeu comes alive in the winter months as a skiing town. The skiing is part of the 193km GRANDVALIRA ski area, the largest area in the Pyrenees. The village is at 1710 metres and the top of the ski area is at 2580 metres. The gondola from the village rises to 2250 meters where the ski and board schools as well as restaurants are located.
Canillo was the last area to be integrated by lift access into the ski area. A modern high speed 8 seat gondola was built and opened in 2006/2007 opening up the wonderful terrain known as El Forn and creating Grandvalira's 6th access point.
Wonderful choices of blue & red runs across the full 193km area are superb for improvers and intermediates. The excellent tuition means you can continue to learn and improve.
Intermediate ski runs
Number of ski lifts
Number of freestyle/ board parks
1 in El Tarter
Ski slopes range
1710m to 2560m
8 Restaurant / Snack bars spread around the mountain offering a range of food from fast food and open buffet to a la carte gastronomic restaurants in luxury surroundings.
GRANDVALIRA SKI RESORT
Pas de la Casa * Grau Roig * Soldeu * El Tarter * Canillo
The Grand Valira Ski Resort is the largest in Andorra and the Pyrenees. Combining the well known resorts of Pas de la Casa, Soldeu/El Tarter and Canillo, the Grand Valira provides 193km wonderfully groomed pistes all under one ski pass.
Après Ski & Nightlife
Night life in Canillo is low key with just a handful of small bars open throughout the afternoon and evening. The nearby villages of Soldeu is the more lively neighbout and is a 10 minute drive away. A taxi from Canillo ro Soldeu will cost between ?30 and ?40 each way.
Soldeu; Après Ski time is a great time of the day in Soldeu. The local bars and hotels often offer live music, video shows of the days skiing and entertainment for those in need of refreshment after a day on the mountain.
The bars of Soldeu are all very friendly places with English speaking staff that welcome new visitors and returning visitors back year after year. Such is the friendly style of Soldeu, you are most likely to find your instructor or tour operator representative at this time of day and always more than happy to chat about the day on the mountain. The Après ski time buzz is superb in the village and this is just the warm up for the night life of Soldeu. Soldeu at night can be as lively or as peaceful as you want it is with bars closing around 2am.
El Tarter; El Tarter is a quiet resort with predominantly low key night life. The Hotel Nordic often arranges après ski live music and entertainment. Dylans Bar, new for 2009 is the liveliest place in the village with live music at après ski, cock tail bar and regular DJ music nights.
Canillo has a good selection of restaurants with a real local flavour. French, Spanish and Catalan cuisine are specialities amongst these restaurants.
Cal Lulu ; French cuisine with meat cooked on hot stones as speciality
Harlequins international cuisine with wood fired pizza oven.
Bonavida : In the hotel bonavide, you will find Catalan dishes as a speciality
Eating out in Soldeu area is also a great experience. Lunch in the village cafes and bars is cheaper than the mountain restaurants and worth the trip down in the cable car. Slim Jims Café is a central landmark and famous for its breakfasts, lunches and evening meals. For an evening out, you will find good food to suit all tastes in the area.
* Merlot: Fine Dining, unique dish creations and exquisite gastronomic and wine tasting menu. Experience
* Cort de Popaire: Traditional Catalan Restaurant with great meal on the grill
* Fat Alberts Bistro: Good Pub Grub and specialty Pizzas
* Equirol: Your local Indian - Great selection of Indian Specials
Caniilo has a limited numer of shops and supermarkets A new Roxy / Quicksilver outlet store has opened in the village with sports wear at reduced prices.
Andorra la Vella, the capital it a 20 minute bus ride from Canillo and has thousands of shops offering every line in fashion, perfumes, electrical good and gadgets, sports wear and equipment, duty free products and souvenirs. The new ILLA Carlemany Shopping centre hsa recently opened with a great selection of shops under one roof.
Soldeu is also a good place to shop for ski wear and equipment. You may some some better bargains down in Andorra la Vella or Pas de la Casa but the helpfulness, assistance and good advice you will find in Soldeu is worth a lot. It is well worth skiing down to the village in the day time or heading up there in the evening.
Ski and board school
Ski & Snow Board School Soldeu / El Tarter / Canillo
The Soldeu El Tarter & Canillo Ski/Board School is one of the largest English speaking schools in Europe. Over 450 instructors, many of which are native English speakers offer the highest and most proficient level of teaching from absolute beginner to advanced and freestyle. They are the winners of several top European awards for their high standards and excellent reputation. Whatever your level of skiing or boarding, their will be a course or class to suit you.