Although Santa Coloma’s main appeal to tourists during the winter season is its proximity to Andorra La Vella’s prime ski spots, it has other hidden allures too. Although hiking season may be at its peak during the warmer summer months, Santa Coloma’s trails are open year-round and, as long as you are willing to tread on some mud, now is a great time to explore Andorrean flora and fauna.
The Enclar Valley Trail
The Enclar Valley Trail is the best option for beginners and intermediates, and it departs from Santa Coloma itself. Beginning in a picnic area surrounded by cherry trees and willows, it soon becomes a more rugged path that climbs continuously and is flanked by ash, oak, and walnut trees. During the two-and-a-half hour walk you will have the chance to see plenty of birds, including birds of prey during migration season, and the 12th century castle of Sant Vincenç d’Enclar.
There is another trail called the Via Ferrata, which combines trekking and rock climbing. It is definitely aimed more towards advanced hikers or those in fairly good physical condition, although no rock-climbing experience is neccessary.
As Santa Coloma is not accessible by public transport and it requires border-crossing when you’re arriving from Reus Airport, the easiest transport option is to book a private airport transfer from just £224.80 to ensure the almost three hour car ride is as comfortable and quick as possible and you don’t have to deal with border control on your own, should they make an appearance!
You can book an easy airport transfer at Shuttle Direct.