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Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is a glacial valley in the southeast of Andorra. Andorra is located in the eastern Pyrenees Mountains, bordered by France to the north and Spain to the south. The landscape of cliffs and glaciers with open pastures and steep wooded valleys covers an area of 4.247 ha, nearly 10% of the principality Andorra. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is an isolated valley. The valley is not virgin land, the site features summer settlements, terraced fields, shepherd's huts, barns, dry stone walls and stone tracks. The countless charcoal-making sites in the woods bear witness to iron working. People have lived and worked uninterruptedly in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley for seven centuries, the valley is the last remaining part of the Andorran rural way of life. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is accessible only on foot along the stone tracks and donkey trails. There are no plans to build an access road into the valley. One of the accesses to the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is on the road to the village Engolasters, located two km east of the capital Andorra la Vella. Tracks links the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley to Catalonia to the south, Roussillon to the east and the Languedoc to the north. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2004.

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Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley - Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: The snow-covered peaks of the Pyrenees Mountains, seen from the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley. The valley...

Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: The snow-covered peaks of the Pyrenees Mountains, seen from the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley. The valley is located in Andorra, in the Pyrenees Mountains. The valley is only accessible on foot. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2004.  

  1. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley - Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: The snow-covered peaks of the Pyrenees Mountains, seen from the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley. The valley...

    Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: The snow-covered peaks of the Pyrenees Mountains, seen from the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley. The valley is located in Andorra, in the Pyrenees Mountains. The valley is only accessible on foot. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2004.  

  2. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley - The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley in Andorra is a landscape of cliffs and glaciers with open pastures and steep wooded valleys. The...

    The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley in Andorra is a landscape of cliffs and glaciers with open pastures and steep wooded valleys. The highest peak in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is the Pic de la Portelleta. There are only two small settlements in the valley, surrounded by terraced fields, both are now only in use during the summer months.

  3. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley - The Vall del Madriu, the Madriu Valley, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley. THe landscape of cliffs,...

    The Vall del Madriu, the Madriu Valley, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley. THe landscape of cliffs, glaciers, steep wooded valleys and open pastures covers an area of 4247 ha, nearly 10% of the principality of Andorra. People have lived and worked uninterruptedly in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley for seven centuries.

  4. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley - Some footpaths and donkey trails connect the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley to the centre of Andorra. Andorra is a microstate in the Pyrenees...

    Some footpaths and donkey trails connect the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley to the centre of Andorra. Andorra is a microstate in the Pyrenees Mountains, bordering France and Spain. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2004. In 2006, the UNESCO World was extended by a large buffer zone to the border between Andorra and Spain.

  5. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley - Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: The water of the Madriu River is crystal clear, on the banks of the Madriu River iron smelting took place, using...

    Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: The water of the Madriu River is crystal clear, on the banks of the Madriu River iron smelting took place, using local iron ore. The iron smelting in the valley took place until the end of the 18th century. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is located in the south-east of Andorra.

  6. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley - Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: A donkey trail, the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is an isolated valley, a haven for wildlife. The valley is...

    Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: A donkey trail, the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is an isolated valley, a haven for wildlife. The valley is only accessible on foot, there is a network of hiking routes in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley. Tracks links the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley to Catalonia to the south, Roussillon to the east and the Languedoc to the north.

  7. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley - The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: The river Madriu. Dozens of waterfalls tumbles down on the way into Vall del Madriu (Madriu Valley). The...

    The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: The river Madriu. Dozens of waterfalls tumbles down on the way into Vall del Madriu (Madriu Valley). The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is considered to be the 'Spiritual Heart' of Andorra. The Madriu Valley is part of UNESCO World Heritage: Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley.

  8. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley - Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: A shepherd's cottage in an old orchard in the Madriu Valley. Shepherds lived in the small stone huts...

    Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: A shepherd's cottage in an old orchard in the Madriu Valley. Shepherds lived in the small stone huts during summer. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is not virgin land, it features summer settlements, terraced fields, barns, stone paths, dry stone walls and charcoal-making sites, the pastures were grazed by sheep, cows and horses.

  9. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley - Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: One of the donkey trails in the Madriu Valley, the donkey trails in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley are...

    Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: One of the donkey trails in the Madriu Valley, the donkey trails in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley are paved with flat stones, there are no plans to build an access road. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is accessible only by foot along the stone tracks and donkey trails.

  10. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley - Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: The clear water of the Madriu River. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is part of the second largest watershed basin in...

    Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley: The clear water of the Madriu River. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is part of the second largest watershed basin in Andorra. One of the accesses to the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is on the road to the village of Engolasters, located two kilometers east of Andorra la Vella, the capital of Andorra.