Taking advantage of the calm that reigned in the evening of my last day in Pas de la Casa, I went with camera and tripod in hand to get a different view of the Grandvalira ski resort. A blanket of snow covered the Orion mountains, which I contemplated from the sky. Full photo report at: Http://www.Fotonazos.Es/2010/01/las-estrellas-sobre-pas-de-la-casa/
I found these wonderful views upon waking up in my hotel Devla Pas Casa, Andorra. In March, the landscape was completely covered in snow. It sure was cold, but there were so many colors to compensate. And with the peace of mind there, I couldn't ask for more. Well yes, a good breakfast.
Taking advantage of some free time i had, I traveled to the Principality of Andorra, a country in which I spent a few months. I went to the Church of San Romà de Les Bons in the Parish. It´s definitely a place worth visiting. Andorra, as other travelers have noted, contains treasures that should not be missed and this is one of them. The twelfth century church is dedicated to Sant Romà and is of Roman origin, with a rectangular nave and a semicircular Lombard style apse. The porch was constructed later, sometime between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The interior retains the stone altar table, some reproductions of the Romanesque paintings of Master of Santa Coloma (XII century) which represents the apocalyptic vision of Sant Joan and gothic paintings with iconography of Sant Peres (XVI century). You can end the visit with a stroll through the village (Les Bons), which has had a protection plan in place since 1997 for the traditional architecture. The buildings are truly charming.
In a lovely place outside Encamp Parish, lies the Lombard Romanesque style church of San Romá, consecrated in the year 1964. On our visit, it was a shame not to see the inside, but it was too late and it was closed. Inside there are Romanesque murals and some reproductions of other murals that are currently in the National Art Museum of Catalonia. Visit if you can as it is highly recommended, a part of the church and the ruins of a castle, the valley views are unbeatable.
A tall bell tower is the first thing to greet you when you arrive to Encamp. The Church of Santa Eulalia with its wonderful Lombard Romanesque bell tower is located here. Incidentally, this bell tower measuring 23 meters is the highest in the country. It is worth exploring this beautiful church by walking around and enjoying its evolution. Next door you´ll find the old parish of Encamp. We really enjoyed this Romanesque route we took in this beautiful Pyrenean country.
In Pas de la Casa, in an Andorran village on the French border is this racetrack, where they compete in different races on ice and snow in the winter. The 980 meter circuit welcomes the Andros Trophy, the most important ice racing event in the world where former F1 drivers like Prost or Villeneuve compete, and G-Series championship, besides other smaller competitions. In summer there's no snow, there's different races on motobikes. The circuit also has a driving school in winter and summer and is the only one of its kind in the south of Europe, it's closest to Spain.
Pas de la Casa is an Andorra village located on the French border. There is a racetrack where different races over ice and snow in the winter. The 980 meter circuit hosts the competition for the Andros Trophy. It is the most important ice racing event where former F1 drivers compete like Prost or Villeneuve. The G-Series championship is a smaller competitions. In summer, with no snow, there are different races on motorbikes. The track also has a driving school in winter and summer. This track is the only one of its kind in the south of Europe, being the closest to Spain.
The Cami de l'ossa is a hiking trail in Andorra. It is about 36 km long and takes around two days with a night in a shelter. It was an unforgettable experience. The first day it took about 6 hours to reach the shelter, though we went through some very nice places such as beautiful roads and lakes. When we finally got to the shelter, it was early and we still had time to go see some of the lakes that were close by. Afterwards, we lit a fire and had an unforgettable evening. The next day was slightly different from the previous day, a little harder but still pretty...we were very tired but exhilarated.