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Whilst Arinsal is well known for its fantastic pistes and schools catering for skiers and snowboarders alike, there are also a multitude of other activities available in the local area both on and off the snow. So whether you are a non skier looking for alternative activities, or just taking a days rest from the slopes, check out our list below for some ideas of other great things to do in the local area.
Fancy a break from skiing but want to stay on the mountain and enjoy the snow? There are a great variety of activities located throughout Arinsal and Pal, from mushing to paragliding and even helicopter flights!
Many of the activities take place in the Pal sector where you will find two different activity centres, El Planell is located near the top of the gondola from La Massana, and Coll de la Botella is located near the cable car which links Pal to Arinsal. If you are able to ski at an intermediate level then you can ski across (via the cable car) alternatively you can take a bus or a taxi.
All activities can be booked directly with Vallnord at the main information desks. In Arinsal this is located at the top of the gondola.
Sledging and tubing are both great fun activities for kids and you will find a designated area in Pal for the activities to take place.
Location: El Planell, Pal
Cost: It costs approximately €7 per day to rent a sledge or you can spend €10 on 6 trips tubing.
Special bikes designed for the snow with skis instead of wheels!
Location: Arinsal and El Planell, Pal
Cost: €22 for one hour
A really popular activity in Vallnord and a great fun adrenaline rush, allowing you to drive a snowmobile along a specially designated route. To drive a snowmobile you need to have a full driving license.
Location: Coll de la Botella, Pal
Cost: Snowmobile - €50 for 30 minutes / Night Snowmobile Excursion - €100 for one hour / Companion Snowmobile Excursion €25 for 30 minutes
At El Planell there is also the option for a children’s snowmobile ride which costs €7 for 5 minutes.
A great way to explore nature and enjoy the snow at a more leisurely pace wearing specially designed snowshoes (also referred to as raquettes).
Location: Coll de la Botella, Pal and El Planell, Pal
Cost: El Planell - €21 for one hour / Coll de la Botella - €25 for 30 minutes
A real special treat, take to the air and enjoy stunning, panoramic views across the Vallnord mountain ranges and beyond. A fantastic way to create unforgettable memories of your trip.
Cost: From €75 for a ten minute flight.
The ultimate adrenaline rush and a once in a lifetime experience, not for the faint hearted!
Location: Coll de la Botella, Pal
Cost: From €100 for the flight, videos and photos of the experience can be purchased at an extra cost.
Arinsal is known for its friendly and sociable atmosphere, here are a few ideas of things you can do around the village by day and night.
The après ski scene in Arinsal is welcoming and fun for all ages and tastes, the reasonable drinks prices and large measures usually appeal to most!
Many of the bars have different events going on each night from live music to quizzes. You can find out more about each of the individual bars on our dedicated bars page here.
There are loads of great restaurants in Arinsal with something to suit every taste from traditional roast dinners and steaks to sushi and Thai curries. Find out more about the different restaurants on our dedicated restaurants page here.
Downstairs in the Princesa Parc hotel you will find a 10-pin bowling alley, along with a bar and games room, good fun for all the family and open to the general public.
If you don't want to leave Arinsal, but still want to relax, the Princesa Parc Wellness Centre has relaxing pools, saunas, steam room, and a jacuzzi. An excellent way to relax, but on a smaller scale than the famous Caldea spa. You will also find a small gym on site.
There are a few shops in Arinsal, mostly selling ski and snowboard clothing and equipment as well as a few souvenirs at the supermarket. If you're wanting to do some more serious shopping then head to the capital city Andorra La Vella, where you will find an abundance of duty free shopping across a great range of shops, as well as the main busy shopping streets you also find a large indoor shopping centre. You can find out more about how to get there on our shopping page.
Europe's largest thermal spa is located in the capital, Andorra La Vella. It offers a great range of relaxing facilities including indoor & outdoor lagoons, jacuzzis, steam room, saunas, an Icelandic bath, and much more, they also put on some great sound and light shows during the evenings. Making a reservation is recommended, and your hotel reception should be able to help with this. Now in Caldea you can also find INÚU, Andorra’s new wellness centre with hot springs and more specialized treatments in a setting of absolute peace and quiet with no children allowed.
Located in "La Rabbassa" above St. Julia, approximately 45 minutes from Arinsal, you will find Naturlandia Adventure Park. An outdoor activity paradise, with activities such as Tobotronc (at 5.3km long it is the longest alpine slide in natural surroundings in the world) and Airtrekk, a three level sky trail that begins at 13 metres in the air. Other activities include archery, minigolf and an animal park.