Despite not having been to Andorra in many years, I had been so often in the 80’s and 90’s that I thought I knew most of what is not to be missed in the country.
After all it is a small country.
Well, I was wrong…
As our small two-day trip in Andorra was coming to an end and as we were about to return home in France, I discovered a new place that has instantly become my favorite spot in Andorra. This is Incles Valley.
It is a small valley in the north-eastern part of the country, right next to France, although you need to be a good hiker to reach France from there.
And it is one of the cutest valleys I have seen.
It is sparkled with a few houses here and there, but apart from that nature is everywhere and pretty much unspoiled except for a path or a fence here and there. Most of the houses are quite old but have recently been renovated. Not many people seem to live there permanently, most houses are apparently vacation houses, and I have to admit that while I’ve never really been a “mountain person” I wouldn’t mind at all owning a vacation house in Incles Valley (although something’s telling me that I can’t afford one).
At the end of the small road, there are a few hiking trails that lead to the end of the valley where two lakes are located. We didn’t go, we were not equipped for hiking.
Definitely a place I look forward going back to one of these days, even if I don’t know when I’ll be able to return to Andorra.
In the meantime you are more than advised to give it a try yourself. To get there is pretty easy. If you’re coming from France, Incles if off the first road on the right after Soldeu. If you’re coming from Andorra-la-Vella, it’s the road on the left right after El Tarter (and obviously right before Soldeu). As we’re talking about very small villages here (just a handful of houses really) you have to be careful not to miss them, but signs are pretty clear.
As usual, I’ll leave you with a few pictures and a video. As this is the first video I post on this blog, I have to warn you, I’m no better at video than I am at taking pictures and my camcorder is a cheap and simple model, so don’t expect anything fancy, just a few images that can give you a better idea of how the place is like.
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