APRÈS SKI & NIGHTLIFE
Many visitors choose Pas de la Casa as much for its nightlife as for the snowsports. The town is Andorra's largest resort and it is crammed with cafés, restaurants, bars and late-night clubs.
Stepping off the slopes at the end of the day, you are immediately in the thick of the action; with a mass of après-ski venues vying to distract you on your way back to your accommodation.
Most bars stay open until 03:00hrs and there is always some live music or themed event going on. Just remember though, if you're too wasted to hit the hill the following day, that's over 15 per cent of a 6-day lift pass & riding time wasted too!
Throughout the season, all resorts arrange a calendar of events for major national holidays and local festivals. Expect open-air live music performances and fireworks.
Pas de la Casa has a modern, well-equipped sports & social-cultural centre (Centre Esportiu i Sociocultural del Pas de la Casa): boasting a large indoor swimming pool, hydromassage & Jacuzzi pools, sauna, fitness suite, squash court, aerobics/dance studio, indoor climbing wall, paddle tennis court and multi-sports hall; it also houses the town's public library and an exhibition gallery.
The centre is housed in the huge silver box-like edifice close to the border post. The building also houses a large-capacity multi-storey car park, which offers special rates for long-stay parking.
Tel. +376 856 830
A few of the larger hotels also have their own indoor swimming pools and fitness facilities, some of which are open to non-residents.
The Hotel Font d'Argent, on Carrer de Bearn, has a small spa & beauty suite. Sports & relaxing massages, facials, manicures & pedicures are available, subject to reservation, for residents & non-residents.
Tel. +376 739 739
More extensive ‘wellness’ facilities can be found at the Sport Hotel Hermitage Spa in nearby Soldeu, and at Andorra's famous Caldea Spa
located in Escaldes-Engordany (on the northern outskirts of Andorra la Vella).
One thing that Pas de la Casa doesn't lack is shops.
As a duty-free frontier town, it has always been a magnet for bargain hunters who come to fill up with cheaper fuel, cheaper alcohol, cheaper cigarettes, cheaper electronic goods, cheaper music/films/games, cheaper everything!
Although the town is crammed with duty-free booze & tobacco superstores, it also has a fair selection of boutiques and department stores stocking designer clothing, eyewear, perfumes and jewellery; as well as a good number of music shops, electronic goods retailers and sports equipment shops.
NB: if you're serious about your snowsports, this is one of the cheapest places in Europe in which to buy the latest gear.
The main shopping streets are:
Carrer Major, Avinguda d'Encamp, Carrer Sant Jordi, and Carrer de Catalunya.
If you crave even more serious retail therapy, the glitzy commercial attractions of the cosmopolitan capital Andorra la Vella are less than an hour away, easily accessible by bus or taxi.
There are plenty of ATMs dotted around Pas de la Casa town.
English-language instructions are quick to find and the user-interface is usually as straightforward and familiar as your own bank's machines back home.