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Hotel Pic Maia

For real, spoiled skiers, Hotel Pic Maia in Pas de la Casa is the perfect hotel. It is not only one of the highest hotels in Europe, it is also located right on the red run, on a mountain pass in the Grandvalira ski area. So after a good breakfast you can finish the morning directly on your skis or board. And have you had enough of the snow you can also relax and chat in the hotel bar with a drink. The center from this hotel is a bit further away. However, with the ski bus stopping at the door, you can easily spend the morning and afternoon at the center of Pas de la Casa! All this makes Hotel Pic Maia an excellent destination for the hardcore winter sports fan!
  • The red run
  • Highest hotel in Europe
  • Ideal for experienced skiers

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Location and surroundings

Pas de la Casa

Pas de la Casa is a cozy resort located in the eastern part of the largest microstate of Europe: Andorra. Partly due to the high elevation and the many snow cannons in this area, Pas de la Casa will have a lot of snow. Until late in the season you can enjoy beautiful sunny and snowy slopes, and in addition there is also a exuberant après-ski.

What makes Pas de la Casa particularly attractive is that everything is within walking distance. Snowboarders can also fully enjoy the half pipe and there is even a ski slope where you can ski in the evening.

Ibiza of the Pyrenees:

Due to the wide range of bars, nightclubs and restaurants, Pas de la Casa is also known as the Ibiza of the Pyrenees. Pas de la Casa features lively clubs and atmospheric bars on almost every street. The après-ski in Pas de la Casa speaks both to the young and old, and goes on until the wee hours.

Shop Paradise:

Besides beautiful slopes, an exuberant après-ski, Pas de la Casa is also a true shopping paradise. In Andorra, you can duty-free shop, especially for electronics, alcohol and tobacco, which are very cheap here. There are also many nice boutiques where you can buy beautiful winter clothing and ski equipment.

Tobotronc:

During a ski holiday in Pas de la Casa, there is more than just skiing. With other forms of winter here, you can create sensational snowmobile rides, enjoy extraordinary experiences on snowshoes, with skibikes down the incline or pulling through the valleys with sled dogs. Of course we can not forget the incredible Tobotronc on the longest slide in the world, where you can create a dizzying descent. This makes an extensive range of the Andorra white destination.

Location and surroundings

Grandvalira

Grandvalira is a real paradise for enthusiasts. There are peaks that reach above 2800 meters and have 210 kilometers of slopes. The ski resorts of Grau Roig and Soldeu are interconnected, making the Grandvalira area the largest ski area in Southern Europe. With 300 sunny days a year Grandvalira is also of the sunniest areas in Europe.

Beginners and children are fond of Canillo, where there is mostly peaceful, blue runs. El Tarter other hand, is a true paradise for the real cracks. After a few hours on the slopes will you still not be confident? Choose the wide slopes in Soldeu where you will have the space. This does not mean that this part of the ski area is only suitable for beginners, because some of the most extreme sections of Grandvalira are also found here. Grau Roig is the most unspoilt part of the ski area. The views are truly spectacular here. The slopes offer something for everyone, and for children there is a nice snow track in the woods. Pas de la Casa has a high altitude (almost as high as Val Thorens in the French Alps). With a wide variety of wide blue, red and black runs, you should not skip this section. Whether you are a novice or an advanced skier, you will sure find something in Grandvalira, judging by the quality of the snow and the wide, varied pistes! The experienced skiers can really enjoy themselves here. The lowest point of this area is actually not low, at about 1700 meters.

Is there more to do in Grandvalira something? Yes! A drink in a very special place is highly recommended: the Igloo Bar Grandvalira Pla de les Pedres at Grau Roig. Rent a dog sled, take a thrilling ride on a snowmobile or take a beautiful walk on snowshoes. Tubing, snow buggies, four fun parks and helicopter skiing, all of these activities are within your reach!

After a long day out in the snow, there is still plenty to do. There are several restaurants, bars and cafes in which to find the beautiful slopes directly. You can even enjoy tapas on the slopes in the Red Chill Out & Tapas Bar in El Tarter. On the lounge terrace, you can relax in a hammock and listen to the DJs.

Grandvalira

  • Largest ski area in the Pyrenees
  • Excellent snow security
  • Varied ski area

Practical information

Capital:
The capital is Andorra la Vella.

Language:
The official language is Catalan. Besides Catalan, Spanish and French is widely spoken.

Time:
There is no difference with the UK.

Currency:
The official currency is the euro .

Voltage:
The voltage is 230 volts.

Travel documents:
You must have a valid passport or a valid ID.

Telephoning:
UK mobile phones work in Andorra. To call from UK to Andorra, first dial the country code 00376 and then the area code without zero and then the phone number. From Andorra to the UK the country code 0044.

Emergency number:
The national emergency number is 112.

Traveling by car:
The national roads are passable. The highways in Andorra have tolls. In France, the majority of motorways have tolls. Andorra has no general duty to winter tires. However, on some routes snow chains or snowtires are required. This is indicated by signs. Information about the use of snow chains and snow tires can be obtained from the ANWB.

In a breakdown or accident, it is mandatory that all road users wear a reflective vest. The warning triangle should be placed no more than 1 metre from the edge of the road. Make sure the warning triangle is placed behind the vehicle that has broken down or behind the accident, it is also required that you put on your hazard lights.

Food and drink
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In Andorra there is something for everyone. There is a lot of fish eaten and both Spanish and French dishes are served here often.

Tipping:
Giving a tip of around 5% in bars and restaurants is common practice.

Hours:
The shops are open from 09:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday. On Sunday the shops are open until 19:00. Some shops are closed in the afternoon between 13:00 and 15:00. Stores in smaller towns close before the afternoon and are closed on Sundays .

Holidays:
- Mary Immaculate Conception: December
- Christmas: 25 and December 26
- New Year: January 1
- Epiphany: January 6
- Carnival Sunday: March
- Constitution Day: March

Safety:
Wearing a helmet in Andorra is not mandatory but is strongly recommended (especially for children). In a ski class wearing a helmet is mandatory.

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Flight information

Sunweb offers flights and transfers packages to this resort. You can select which airport you wish to travel from in the PRICES AND BOOKING tab above. It is possible to select different flight departure and arrival times in Step 2 of the booking process.

All Sunweb flights are booked with EasyJet. Hold luggage and ski equipment as luggage are NOT included in your package price. This can be added as an extra in Step 2 of the booking process. The price of luggage varies, as per Easyjets policies. All flight bookings include one cabin bag per person (maximum size of 56 x 45 x 25cm; including handles and wheels).

Please read more about the luggage rules and regulations on EasyJet’s website. When making a flights booking with Sunweb, you are also agreeing to EasyJet’s Terms and Conditions.

Transfers:

Return airport transfers are included in your package price when booking a flight package with Sunweb. These however can be removed in Step 2 of the booking steps if you would like to add in a hire car or seek an alternative travel arrangement. All transfers are shared transfers to and from your accommodation and the airport.

Due to the nature of shared transfers, there may be a wait time at the airport before your departure. This can be up to 1.5 hours. Please note that there will NOT be a Sunweb rep waiting for you at the airport as the transfer is managed by a partner. All information regarding the transfer (meeting point, departure times etc) will be explained on your travel documents that are sent to you 14 days before departure. The transfer will drop you off in the resort area; you may have not be dropped exactly outside your accommodation.

Departure from the UK:

Please ensure that you are not late and have checked in online before arriving at the airport. In addition to checking in online, you will have to enter your passport information. This is called API (advanced passenger information) and you will receive instructions from Sunweb after you have booked the holiday.

Arrival on Resort:

If you are planning on checking in late on your arrival day, it is almost always possible to get into your hotel or apartment. However, it is very important that this is arranged in advance. You will receive your travel documents two weeks before your departure, and this will include instructions on how to arrange your late arrival and collection of the key.

Please Note:

Once you agree to Sunweb’s Term’s and Conditions you are legally obliged to pay for the holiday and any cancellation fees that may apply.

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Lift pass, lessons and material

Your booking will indicate the days for which the lift pass is valid (eg Sunday to Friday). If you want to enter the lift pass on a different day than indicated in the booking steps, you must contact our contact centre by telephone and the booking can be adjusted. Once at the location, it is not possible to enter the lift pass on another day. An extension of the lift pass can often be booked extra; the price for this can be found in the further course of the booking steps. The discount for "no lift pass" can also be found in the booking process.

Discounts:

The ski pass for children up to and including the age of 11 is free (on presentation of a proof of identity). Children from 12 to 17 years receive a discount on the ski pass. These discounts can be found in the calculation of your travel sum.

For bookings made before 30 October 2019 you will receive €25.50 early booking discount on the 6-day lift pass.

Pay attention:

For seniors from 65 to 69 years old there are reduced rates once at the location, for seniors aged 70 and over the lift pass is free (on presentation of a proof of identity). We recommend that you buy your ski pass at your destination and select 'no lift pass' when booking. For everyone up to 65 years old it is cheaper to purchase the lift pass when making the booking.

Children under the age of 3 are not allowed to travel with the Funicamp gondola. This restriction does not apply to the other lifts.

The above surcharges and discounts are only valid when booking via Sunweb. Different rates are applied once at the location.

Lessons can be booked in step 2 if available.

Please note:

- If you have booked ski lessons and you want to switch on the spot to snowboard lessons (or vice versa), € 13, - will be charged. This amount must be paid immediately (before the lesson begins).

- Lessons start on Monday

Ski and snowboard hire can be added in step 2 of the booking.

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