Driving from Barcelona to Arinsal

    • Driving from Barcelona to Arinsal

      Driving from barcelona to arinsal for a short ski break, mid -Jan. Not sure that the hire car company offer snow chains.
      Just wonderered ,if there was a good place to hire/ buy them, near the Spain/Andorra border.
      Drove from carcassone to font romeu, last year, sans chaine, in a snowstorm and never again.
      I would prefer to have some, even if its only for 'peace of mind'.
      Finally, are the roads up to Arinsal, usually kept open and what historically is the weather like mid-Jan. (I have drove up to font romeu, loads of times, in jan/ feb, with little problem, but never to arinsal)>
    • Hi Bob

      Once across the border into Andorra you'll pass 3 sizeable supermarkets which usually all sell chains, or you can stop in Andorra la Vella. Normally the snow only gets serious once you're through La Massana and start to climb up to Arinsal, but saying that the roads are usually kept very clear. I'd just wait until the day and see what's happening weather-wise.

    • Driving from Barcelona

      Thanks for your advice, Steve.
      Didn't find the drive from Barcelona too bad, as Arinsal is quite a low lying resort, (as you only really climb for the last 15 kilometres).
      It was snowing a fair bit, whilst I was there, but didn't I need chains.
      Although, I should imagine the route to Arcalis, is a lot more difficult.
      Certainly, enjoyed my time in Arinsal and I will certainly return.