Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley in Andorra



The cultural landscape of Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley offers a microcosmic perspective of the way people have harvested the resources of the high Pyrenees over millennia. Its dramatic glacial landscapes of craggy cliffs and glaciers, with high open pastures and steep wooded valleys, covers an area of 4,247 ha, 9% of the total area of the principality. It reflects past changes in climate, economic fortune and social systems, as well as the persistence of pastoralism and a strong mountain culture, notably the survival of a communal land-ownership system dating back to the 13th century. In 2004 UNESCO listed this valley in World Heritage List.


Located in the south-eastern part of the Principality of Andorra, in the heart of the Pyrenees. The upper part of the valley is an exposed glacial landscape, with spectacular steep cliffs, rock and lake glaciers. Lower down, the valley narrows and becomes more wooded, while in its lowest section the river flows into a short gorge.

About Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

  • The site features houses, notably summer settlements, terraced fields, stone tracks and evidence of iron smelting. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley bears an extraordinarily well-preserved and complete testimony to a way of life and relationship between people and their land, between nature and culture.
  • Besides being a breathtaking site the valley gives a microcosmic view of how mankind harvested the resources of the high Pyrenees over millennia.
  • The inscribed site contains many traces of human occupation that express in a singular manner the perfect symbiosis and the precious balance between the land and humankind, between their resources and their needs; among these, bornes or small huts with vaulted stone roofs, some of which are still used by shepherds; orris in ruin, stables and cheese dairies, houses with side barns where grain and hay were stored; traces of terraced fields and foundries; low stone walls and paved tracks, etc.
  • Valley conserves its qualities intact. Historically preserved because of its distance from urban pressure areas and, for the most part, the absence of any road, the few interventions that could affect its authenticity, such as the use of some construction materials or the presence of mobile huts that do not conform to the heritage character of the Valley, are perfectly reversible.
  • Climbing and hiking in between the forests are the famous tour activities of there.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit is between April and October; the warmest months are between July and September, though, and this is also the time when the country’s villages are at their liveliest, with some interesting village festivals and cultural events happening. This is a pleasant time to visit. Good time for hiking and trekking in Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley.

About Andorra

Apart from being an extremely travel friendly country, Andorra is also one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is the kind of place every person dreams of visiting one day…perhaps to impress a fiancé or a spouse. It is a dream destination that should top your bucket list. Amazingly, it is not as expensive a destination as some other resort destinations. Andorra’s climate is temperate, with warm, dry summers and snowy winters. December to March are the snowiest months, and also the time when Andorra’s ski slopes are the most crowded.

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