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Riba Escorxada services area, El Tarter sector


Cash Machines (ATMs)
Cash machines are located on Soldeu's main street and in Canillo village centre.
Please note that debit/credit cards are only accepted at the larger restaurants in the main services areas; smaller on-mountain venues accept cash only.
Mountain Restaurants
You're never far away from food & refreshments anywhere in the ski area: there are a total of 40 venues at 19 different sites spread throughout the Grandvalira domain, ranging from simple snack kiosks to full-service à la carte restaurants, although the majority are fast food & self-service canteens.

There are some private enterprises located at Soldeu and El Tarter base stations, but all of the on-mountain bars and restaurants are run by the Grandvalira ski-stations operating company itself. These Grandvalira establishments are branded according to size and type of fare on offer:
Xirixuca  snack kiosks, (pronounced CHEEREE-CHEWKA);
Espress'Oh!  cafés; and
Fun Food  fast-food canteens.
There are also various large self-service restaurants;
plus six very good à la carte Restaurants d'Encant (‘Restaurants with Charm’).

Prices are consistent throughout the domain, and are less expensive than you would expect to pay in similar standard venues in the Alps. Most offer a bar service and snack menu all day; more extensive lunch menus are served 12:30–15:30hrs.
Please read our Mountain Restaurants chapter for specific venue reviews.
Picnic Areas
There are picnic rooms provided at the main mid-altitude services areas at Soldeu and El Tarter, close to the ski school offices and upper gondola stations. However, it has to be said that they are pretty uninspiring. There is a sheltered, secluded wooded area, ideal for a picnic, beside a reindeer corral at the base of the slopes at Canillo's El Forn area; otherwise, anywhere safely off the pistes is fine.
NB: it is forbidden to picnic on any of the restaurant terraces.

To help protect this beautiful environment, please take all your leftovers and/or packaging waste (plus any that you find nearby) to one of the litter bins provided.
Other than a couple of small Grandvalira-branded souvenir boutiques, there are no retail outlets within the ski area itself, but there are plenty of snowsports shops based in or around the gondola base stations in all sectors; selling last-minute accessories, including disposable cameras and photographic film, sunblock, fleeces, ski hats, gloves, backpacks, sunglasses, goggles, etc.
Once you're out on the mountains, Soldeu's gondola from/to the Espiolets Plateau is the most convenient connection for accessing village supermarkets & food shops.
Public Telephones
Phonecard-operated telephone boxes are sited at all base stations and at all major mid-altitude services buildings.
Phonecards are available from most shops & supermarkets.
GSM/GPRS mobile phone signal coverage is virtually 100 per cent throughout the Grandvalira ski area.
Located at the gondola base station buildings and close to the upper station arrival points, as well as at all major mountain bars & restaurants.
There are also some no-flush ‘eco-toilets’ at some of the high-altitude link areas.
All are free-of-charge.
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