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Barcelona Ski Season 2016/2017

Grandvalira Ski Resort in Andorra had big snowfall at the start of January 2017

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Grandvalira live webcam photo from Dec 7th 2014

Grandvalira live webcam photo from Dec 7th 2014

Barcelona skiing season 2017.
After a good snowfall in November 2016 Grandvalira in Andorra and many of the other ski resorts in the Catalan Pyrenees Mountains opened for the 2016 Spanish  Inmaculada puente holiday from the 6th to 8th December.

However, until last week the snow on most pistes had been mostly extra artificial snow.

That has now changed with around 70 cm of new snow over just a few days, actually closing Andorra for a few days until the roads were cleared again.  Looks like the Winter 2017 ski season is going to be very good.

Among other  ski resorts close to Barcelona are Baqueira Beret (3.5 hours by car) La Masella (2 hours by car and La Molina (2 hours by car)

The closest ski resorts to Barcelona just 2 hours by car from the beaches and palm trees of Barcelona. Read more on the links below

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Barcelona Ski Season 2015/2016

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Grandvalira Ski Resort in Andorra opened for the La Inmaculada Public Holiday on December 6th 2015

Grandvalira live webcam photo from Dec 7th 2014

Grandvalira live webcam photo from Dec 7th 2014

Barcelona skiing season 2015
After very warm weather in November 2015 Grandvalira in Andorra and many of the other ski resorts in the Catalan Pyrenees Mountains opened for the 2015 Spanish  Inmaculada puente holiday from the 6th to 8th December.

Among other  ski resorts close to Barcelona are now Baqueira Beret (3.5 hours by car) La Masella (2 hours by car and La Molina (2 hours by car)

The closest ski resorts to Barcelona just 2 hours by car from the beaches and palm trees of Barcelona. Read more on the links below

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Skiing near Barcelona

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Best Barcelona hotels 2016

Best hotels in Barcelona 2015

Best hotels in Barcelona 2016

We get quite a few requests for tips about the best new hotels in Barcelona. There are many excellent hotels to choose from in Barcelona, so it’s difficult for us to answer questions.
Try looking at our partner Barcelonayellow.com who have an excellent updated webpage that lists the best hotels in Barcelona and has links to booking rooms. Remember that DayTripsBarcelona offers personal hotel pick-ups and drop-offs for our small group Day Tours outside Barcelona. We don’t pick-up at cruise ships however.

Day trips from Barcelona to Andorra and Pyrenees mountains

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 3 Countries in One Day Tour

Cross two mountain passes – including the highest pass in the Pyrenees

Day Tour to Spain, Andorra and France from Barcelona - Visit 3 countries in one day

Day Tour to Spain, Andorra and France from Barcelona – Visit 3 countries in one day

Tours to Andorra, France and the Pyrenees Mountains from Barcleona. Spring and summer is a lovely time to see Andorra and the Pyrenees Mountains. The landscapes are spectacular, often still snow on the peaks of the mountains, blue skies and white clouds. It’s a picture postcard experience. See all this on an Andorra Day tour from Barcelona which is about 12 hours in total. It’s the “three countries in one day”  road trip crossing three country borders and two mountain passes in one day – including the highest mountain pass in the Pyrenees Mountains.
Your guide/driver and mini-van will pick you up early at your hotel or apartment and drive north-west into the Pyrenees Mountains. After breakfast in the mountains, we cross the border into France and visit a historic French mountain village. Then we drive over two mountain passes to reach the tiny mountain locked country of Andorra in the Pyrenees, where we make several scenic stops along the way to to fully experience the tranquility of the majestic peaks, magnificent vistas and historical locations.
See three countries in a day and experience the beauty of the Pyrenees mountains of Spain, France and Andorra. Read more and book your Day Tour to Andorra & Pyrenees

What is difference between Single-entry or multiple-entry visa for Schengen zone

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Single entry or Multiple entry visa for Schengen

This page explains the difference between single-entry Shengen visa and multiple-entry Schengen visa for visits to Schengen zone countries and non-Schengen countries like Andorra.

At DayTripsBarcelona.com we have a popular tour which visits 3 countries in one day from Bacelona. On this day tour our guests travel from Barcelona in Spain to France and then to Andorra and then back to Spain in one day.

Andorra does not have an visa requirements. You only need a passport to enter Andorra. However because Andorra does not have a railway station or airport, the only way to enter Andorra is by crosseing at the French or Spanish border. Both are members of the Schengen zone like all other EU member states. But Andorra is not a member of the EU or Schengen zone.

If you are not an EU or a US citizen you will in all likelihood need a Schengen visa to enter the EU and Spain. Most visitors get a single-entry Schengen visa. The Schengen visa for Spain is issued by Spanish consulates and embassies in your country

On a single-entry Schengen visa without territorial limitations you can travel back and forth within all Schengen countries for 90 days as long as you stay within the Schengen zone. So for 90 days you are welcome to visit all Schengen countries like for rexample France on your single entry Schengen visa.

However, the single entry visa becomes invalid if its holder leaves from the Schengen zone to a country outside of Schengen – like Andorra.  In other words the single entry visa does not officially allow you to leave the Schengen zone and return on the same day – like for example on a day tour to Andorra from Barcelona.

20140306_165641_Richtone(HDR)As mentioned, Andorra is not a Schengen country, so any non EU or non-US passport holder will need a multiple entry Schengen visa.

This is because our Day tour to Andorra leaves the Schengen zone when we enter Andorra – and re-enters Schengen zone when the tour leave Andorra later the same day.

On our Day Tours to Andorra from Barcelona, if you only have a single entry Schengen visa, we recommend that you bring your passport, flights tickets and your Barcelona hotel booking reservation, so that the border police can see that  you are just visiting Andorra for the day and also visiting Barcelona.

Officially, the Spanish border police could deny a tourist re-entry to Spain from Andorra with just a single-entry Schengen visa, but border checks are only sporadic, and we have never heard of that happening to any day tour company, and we have never had any problems ourselves on any of our Andorra day tours despite having been stopped sometimes for passport checks.

If you want to book our Day Tour to South of France from Barcelona then there is no problem with a single-entry Schengen visa because both Spain and France are Schengen zone members.

You can read more about this on the Schengen official site here
http://ec.europa.eu/immigration/tab2.do?subSec=12&language=7$en

EU and USA passport holders do not need a multiple Schengen visa to visit Andorra.

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Masella Ski Resort now offer night time illuminated ski pistes

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Ski at night – at the Masella Ski Resort near Barcelona

Masella skiing by night on illuminated pistes

Masella skiing by night on illuminated pistes

From the 2013/2014 season the Masella ski resort offers evening skiing every Friday and Saturday evening and on some bank holidays all through the winter.

13 pistes that are served by 7 ski lifts will be illuminated from 18.30 – 21.30 on Fridays and from 18.00 – 21.00 on Saturdays

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Barcelona skiing season starts in November 2013!

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5 ski areas near Barcelona to open weekend as early as Saturday 23rd November 2013 and ski season in Grandvalira Andorra to start in November 2013

The skiing season will be starting extra early this year in Andorra and the Pyrenees. After heavy snowfall in the Pyrenees in mid-November 2013  five ski resorts near Barcelona – Baqueira Beret, La Masella, La Molina, Vall de Núria y Vallter 2000 – plan to open partially as early as weekend starting Saturday 23rd November 2013 with between 40cm and 1m of snow.

Great news for the 2014 ski season with Grandvalira in

Grandvalira ski opening 30 november 2013

Grandvalira in Andorra opens end November 2013

Andorra also planning to open in November on Saturday 29th November 2013. Visit their websites for more information of which lifts will be open.
This means that the chances are very good that most ski resorts near Barcelona will be open for the Spanish holiday puente on December 6th to 8th 2013.

 

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About Andorra

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Andorra is a principality. It is a landlocked tiny county in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France. It has the highest capital city in Europe, Andorra La Vella which has  an elevation of 1,023 metres / 3,356 feet above sea level It is the sixth smallest nation in Europe with a land area of 468 km2 /181 sq miles. Andorra was created under a charter in 988. The present Principality was formed in 1278 and is a monarchy headed by two co-princes – the Bishop of Urgell and the President of France. So the President of France is also a monarch – the prince of Andorra.