Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, Escaldes-Engordany

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The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is a glacial valley in the southeast of Andorra. It covers an area of 42.47 km², approximately 9% of the total area of Andorra, and is part of the second largest watershed basin in Andorra. The isolated valley is recognised as a haven for rare or endangered wildlife, and the undeveloped valley has recently been considered to be the "spiritual heart" of Andorra. It became Andorra's first, and to date its only, UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, with a small extension in 2006.OverviewThe valley is a glacial landscape, with high pastures, craggy cliffs, and steep wooded valleys. It is bounded by mountain ridges to the south, east and west, with the southern edge running along the border with Spain, and by an escarpment which drops away into the Valira valley to the north. It is isolated from the rest of Andorra, and can only be reached by tracks passable on foot. Dwellings, field terraces, tracks, and the remains of ironworking demonstrate the ways that the natural resources of the high Pyrenees were used by the local inhabitants over a period of over 700 years, through changes in climate, economic prosperity, and social structures.Two small settlements, Entremesaigües and Ramio, are situated in the narrow valley floor. Both were year-round settlements until the last 50 years, but both are now occupied only in the summer. There are 12 houses in all, constructed from local granite with schist roofs. Each house has a large barn for storage of grain and hay. The houses and the enclosed areas near the settlements are the only areas owned privately, accounting for approximately 1% of the area of the valley.
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  • We went from the beginning of the madriu Vall (near the cemetery). Beware the parking there is very little space. We walked by the broad cami de Muntanya, well signposted to Entremesaigües. Approx. 1 h of road.
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  • I am a person that is very used to go by the mountains (every day) and above all those of Andorra. Really unfortunate encounter that put a blue zone parking in the area of parking of vehicles to access the Madriu. I've been all my life making mountain and it seems nothing sensible to be destruction in this way since the vall of madriu is a natural park? Since then charge an entry to access this but not wrecking the essence of the country in this way.
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  • To reach the Summit of the madriu-Perafita-without-and uphill path of mostly stone and rock as trekking shoes are required. Along the way toilets, chairs, anything just walk up road along the Valley nature. Elevation 1300-1800 long mountain because the wind is cool and comfortable. I turned back to half stroke here because I was going for a light hike.
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Accommodations in Les Escaldes center mostly around the main strip, Av. Carlemany, which runs through the city. Staying in the center of town is generally more pricey. Because the town is quite small, though, you can be farther out and still access shops, bars, and restaurants fairly easily. Hotels are most common, while hostels and guesthouses are hard to find. Fortunately, hotels suit a range of budgets.
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