PICK OF THE WEEK: Andorra (Pyrenees)

Main places:

Andorra la VellaEscaldes-EngordanySan Julia de LoriaLa MassanaOrdinoEncampCanilloPas de la Casa



Every Tuesday – Saturday throughout July at 22h with warmup entertainment from 21.30 in Parking Parc Central, Andorra la Vella. SCALADA: STELAR created specially for Andorra with a new story of dreams and fantasies, this time in a parallel world between earth and sky. (Reserve your tickets: Standing: 0€, Grandstand seats: 18€.


SUMMER NIGHTS IN THE MUSEUMS: Quartet Doppler. Saturday, 8th July at 21h in the National Automobile Museum, Encamp. (Free but reservation essential: 836 908 or 839 760.) Musicians from the ONCA: Pere Bardagí & Maria Roca (violin), Josep Bracero (viola) and Manuel Martínez del Fresno (cello) invite the public to make a musical voyage, visiting some of the works written for quartets by great classical and romantic composers such as Haydn, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert & Brahms.


SWEET CANDIES CARAMELS: Until Monday, 11th September at the ARTALROC government exhibition hall, Escaldes-Engordany. Laurence Jenkell: SWEET CANDIES CARAMELS presents, for the first time in Andorra, the work of this French artist and a varied selection of the famous caramel sculptures on which he has been working for years. With different materials and motifs, Jenkell offers an exuberant exhibition, full of life and color. The sixteen pieces displayed along Avinguda Carlemany are from the well-known “Bonbon Drapeau” (Candy flag) collection by Jenkell, each of which uses the colours of a country’s flag. The latest will be Bonbon Drapeau Andorre, a sculpture that the artist has created especially for this exhibition.

This is POP ART!: Until Saturday, 23rd September at the Centre d’Art, Escaldes-Engordany. This is POP ART! brings together works by the most prominent artists of American pop art: Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg as well as several works by Andy Warhol: polyhedral artist, music manager, filmmaker, hypochondriac, habitué of the nightclub Studio 54 and creator of The Factory. Hours: July and August: Monday to Saturday from 9.30 – 13.30 and from 15h – 19h. Sunday from 9.30 – 13.30.

ALSO Wednesday, 5th July from 20.30 – 22h Summer Nights at the Museums: Night time visit to the POP ART exhibition. (Reservation essential:  +376 878 173)


Despicable Me 3. Monday 3rd – Thursday, 6th July at 20h at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. Directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin and Eric Guillon. Starring:  Steve Carell,  Kristen Wiig,  Trey Parker. The Story: The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world.

STREET MARKET. Every Saturday, from 10h – 14h Plaça Sant Miquel,  Encamp. Saturday’s Market. Once again the shopkeepers of Encamp will be laying out their wares every Saturday until the cold weather returns. A merry-looking affair.


THE 9th Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord, La Massana. Tuesday 4th to Sunday, 9th July starting from the Plaça Major, Ordino. Andorra Ultra Trail Vallnord is well positioned in the panorama of the international mountain racing scene. The number of nationalities taking part is proof of the acceptance it has achieved. There are a total of six different races, including a new one, and almost all are now fully subscribed. The new race, the toughest of all, has been dubbed Eufòria. The figures of this new challenge are impressive: 233 km of course and 20,000 meters of positive difference in altitude! A test of extreme resilience that will be run in pairs and in which there are no markings or supplies – only for the most experienced. The ULTRA TRAIL programme is completed by the already known races that allow one to discover the Principality from the highest peaks, with routes that cross the nature parks of the Comapedrosa, Sorteny and Madriu valleys. They are the Ronda dels Cims (170 km with 13,500 m of +/- altitude), the Mythical (112 km with 9,700 m of +/- altitude); the Celestrail (83 km with 5,000 m of +/- altitude), the Marató dels Cims (42.5 km with 3,000 m of +/- altitude) and the Solidaritrail (10 km with 750 m of +/- altitude).

Culturally yours,



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