With the arrival of autumn, it cools, the sky paints gorgeous colours at sunsets and the first snow starts falling down. A good thing is that there is always something to do in Andorra! In today’s KABANO Rentals blog, we will talk about the most spectacular lakes in the country, ideal routes and excursions with spectacular views that you will hardly forget.

Did you know how many lakes there are in Andorra? The small country has more than 60 lakes throughout the territory, all surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks and stunning natural scenery.

If you are planning your route or excursion to any of the lakes, we recommend you have your own car, since the public transport system doesn’t reach most of the starting points of these routes. We invite you to read on and discover the best lakes to visit in Andorra!

Routes and Excursions around Andorra’s Lakes

The land in Andorra is not precisely what we call flat, since the country is mostly covered by the Pyrenees. Its mountainous landscapes offer routes for all levels, even for those who are more experienced and seek adventure.

Keep in mind to read carefully which lakes are allowed to swim if you´re looking to take a dop. Many of the lakes are protected reserves or provide a source of energy to hydroelectric power plants. If not, maybe it would be a good idea to take a dip at Caldea. The same applies to fishing and boating.

The 7 lakes routes of Andorra

Below we have listed 7 routes in ascending order of difficulty, which you cannot miss: 

  1. Lago de Engolasters
  2. Los Lagos de Tristaina
  3. El Lago Juclà
  4. Los Lagos Siscaró
  5. Lagos Pessons
  6. Estanque de Montmalús
  7. Lago de la Nou

Engolasters Lake

Lakes Andorra Lago de Engolasters

1.616 m altitude

2 km itinerary

400 m elevation

La Mola parking

This route is ideal to go with the family due to the ease of the tour and its proximity to Andorra la Vella. In case you want to do the excursion on foot from the main city, you will have to walk approximately 40 minutes along a short and straight path. Please note that bathing is not allowed on this lake.

Tristaina Lakes

Lakes Andorra route-estanys-de-tristaina

2.306 m altitude

4,4 km itinerary

200 m elevation

Ordino Arcalís parking station

Among the lakes of Ordino, you can find the first lake of Tristaina. The route through the lakes of Tristaina is another highly recommended route for those with the smallest members of the family taking part, due to the friendliness of its trails. During the tour, you will get to observe a Pyrenean glacial circus and you can even take a dip in its ponds!

Juclà Lake

Lakes Andorra Estanys-de-Juclar

2.327 m altitude

9,5 km itinerary

465 m elevation

Baladosa parking

The crystalline clear blue waters of the first of the lakes make this route the perfect habitat for the Pyrenean brook salamander, which can only be found in specific places. It is important to bear in mind that during the summer months access to the Incles Valley is closed but can be accessed by electric train. A more complete and in detail description can be found in the route itinerary (download pdf). In this lake, bathing is also allowed.

Siscaró Lakes

Lakes Andorra Lagos Siscaró

2.704 m altitude

7 km itinerary

580 m elevation

Valle de Incles parking

This route is hardly difficult, offers really scenic views and has a great variety of landscapes and fauna. What makes this Andorran lake special are the wetlands that grow around it, where the Cisca is found, the plant that named the lake.

Pessons Lake

Lakes Andorra Lagos de Pessons

2.510 m altitude

8,2 km itinerary

430 m elevation

Cubil parking

The excursion to the Pessons Lakes is the route that allows us to discover more lakes in this beautiful country. During its circular lake route, we will find up to 6 different ponds where you can enjoy a refreshing bath. From this place we also recommend stopping to eat at Pessons Restaurant, with a menu of exquisite traditional food. If it doesn’t convince you and want to know more about our recommendations from the gastronomical offer in Grau Roig, you can check them out and they’ll make your mouth water.

Montmalús Pond

Lakes Andorra Estanque de Montmalús

2.704 m altitude

5,4 km itinerary

604 m elevation

Grau Roig parking

This route is a marvelous stroll to breathe the purest air from the Pyrenees.

Nou Lake

Lakes Andorra Estanque de Montmalús Lago de la Nou

2.280 m altitude

13 km itinerary

1.150 m elevation

Natural del Valle de Madriu-Perafita-Claror Park parking

The route of Nou Lake is without a doubt one of the hardest, mainly due to the elevation the land presents. Rocky peaks, glaciers and forest is what you will find that won’t leave you unimpressed. This route is recommended only to the most experienced people, due to its difficulty and its rugged terrain. The water is great for bathing, although yes, it may be somewhat cool.

Which other lakes and ponds do we recommend visiting in Andorra?

Moreno Lake

Lakes Andorra Estany Moreno La Vella Andorra

2.500 m altitude

8 km itinerary

500 m elevation

Situated in Encamp, it is said, is one of the most secret lakes because it’s not indicated by any signage. Although it is not difficult to find it, it is located in the right direction to the right of the Ensagements pond.

Estanyó Pond

Lakes Andorra Estanque de Montmalús Estanque del Estanyó

2.915 m altitude

11 km itinerary

1.175 m elevation

Located at Ordino, this route offers a unique landscape in which you will be able to encounter several species of flora and fauna typical from the high mountains, including some unique bird species. This trail is a botanical paradise that will leave your eyes in awe, and will give you a true experience of Pyrenean nature.

Truites Lake

Truites lake

2.260 m altitude

8,2 km itinerary

740 m elevation

Located in the Massana region, this is an easy route and accessible to everyone.

Valle de Madriu Lakes

Lakes Andorra Estanque de Montmalús lakes-andorra-lagos-del-valle-de-madriu

2.870 m altitude

13,6 km itinerary

1.180 m elevation

This scenery of glacier origin, it’s an adrenaline rush for those who are more adventurous and experienced who want to enjoy nature in its purest form.

Where to Stay When Visiting Andorra´s Lakes?

Now that you know the best routes and excursions to see the different lakes and beautiful landscapes of this country, what are you waiting for to plan your Andorra getaway!

From the Kabano Rentals team we are looking forward to welcoming you!

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