This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in El Tarter. To help you make friends with El Tarter before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
El Tarter is a tiny village in Andorra, the biggest microstate of Europe located in the Eastern Pyrenees on the border between Spain and France. It is just 1.5 kilometers outside of the skiing and hiking hub of Soldieu on the way towards the capital. Getting here is quite easy if you arrive at Andorra la Vella, as there is a frequent bus services from the capital. However, if you want to make the most of your time in Andorra and explore all the hidden gems around the mountains, your best bet is renting a car, as that will give you access to places that are not on public transportation routes.
El Tarter is really close to the French border and as such, it definitely has a French feel to it: it is a quiet little place with many cute bars and restaurants offering a relaxing coffee on their patio. It is an excellent place if you are into hiking, as there are many hiking tracks starting just outside of the village, including the GRP that takes you all around the country in a little less than a week. In the winter, the profile of the place changes suddenly, as it turns into a popular skiing resort with many bars and restaurants nicely lit up and operating until the late hours.
El Tarter has its own hostel, which is the ideal place for you if you are looking to relax and enjoy nature. The traditional architecture, the impressive location, and the tastefully decorated interior all contribute to an amazing experience. Although the rates are quite pricey at this hostel, you definitely will not regret your choice of staying here. However, if you are careful with your budget, you can base yourself in the hostel in Andorra la Vella and come here on a daytrip.
Written by local enthusiast for El Tarter hostelsJudyM