A smidge of a country wedged between France and Spain, Andorra may be pint-sized but it certainly makes an impression as one of the best bike destinations. Cyclists pulled in by the promise of epic climbs, remote reaches, and the chance to tackle the playgrounds of the Tour de France, not to mention signature slices of the Spanish Vuelta will find themselves enchanted by this Pyrenean Principality and the promise of Andorra cycling.
Europe’s Small but Mighty Cycling Corner
On this off the beaten track tour, Andorra cycling doesn’t stand alone. Stashed in the pocket of the Eastern Pyrenees and surrounded by Catalonia’s Spanish region of Girona and the fabulous French Oriental Pyrenees, there is plenty to pedal and see when exploring this European cycling corner.
A Series of Splendid Hairpins
As the Vuelta garners speed in popularity, many cyclists are turning their attention to the mountain climb finish of Arcalis as one of the best bike destinations. Reaching a sky puncturing 2,229m via a series of splendid hairpin turns delivering widespread eagle-eye views, Arcalis makes for a mighty climb.
Rich Rewards From the Top
Over in the Oriental Pyrenees and another new Tour de France spot making waves in the cycling world is the Port de pailhères with its tight switchbacks climb and incredibly rich rewards when hitting the top.
Landscapes Hewn from Sheer Drama
Andorra’s landscape offers peak on top of peak, tightly wound valleys, and all the rugged ridges and rifts that you could wish for. Over in Catalonia and the Girona cycling drama doesn’t stop – from wild meadows beneath the mountains to shimmering lakes, and medieval walls – this is a place that strikes fire in the imagination.
One of a Kind Adventures
Along with a wealth of cycling wonders, both Andorra and Catalonia share strong independent cultures that make them stand out. Local customs, a unique twist on language, and a beauty that comes with straddling borders makes these cycling tour destinations truly one of a kind.
Cyclists Keen to Cross Borders
With inside knowledge to these dazzling places, we know that these regions of Andorra and the Oriental Pyrenees boast some truly superb mountain climbs that will continue to be unraveled by the cycling community. For those cyclists keen to cross borders, you can ride through France, Spain and Andorra all in the same week.
We invite you to join us on these magical maiden cycling voyages, to pedal ahead of the crowds, and to embrace both the legendary places and those far from the beaten track.