Beautiful Andorran village full of charming corners. The various monuments there are also worth visiting like the Romanesque churches, palaces and museums. Nestled in one of the valleys of the Pyrenean country, it´s a great place to enjoy the surrounding nature. The villages of Andorra are surprisingly clean and are architecturally very nice. Ordino is a great example.
The Casa Museu D'Areny-Plandolit can be found in Ordino, Andorra. It's in a 17th century manor house (the structure of the house is from the 19th century) that belonged to the wealthy aristocratic Areny-Plandolit family that worked in the iron industry in Andorra. The house was acquired by the General Council in 1972, restored and then later turned into a museum. When you're visiting you can admire a lot of objects and furniture styles that were different from the styles that were brought to Andorra in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the house you'll have a chance to see the main hall and the library (seeing it in person is what interested me since there are a lot of old leather-bound books that are really cool). The furniture and other household goods are in keeping with how the Areny-Plandolits family lived in the past. The facade of the house has a balcony that was built in 1849, made in Areny Forge, which was owned by the family. This house is a little place I would recommend if you're going to be traveling to Ordino.
This place is located on the Iron Road, but you can visit it without crossing the whole trail, as they are very close to the road and the town of Llorts. Thhis group of large sculptures was designed by the Frenchman Rachid Khimoune. 'The family Jordino' is made of stone and bronze. In a commemorative plaque, the sculptor explains why he made the sculptures: "Every year at Christmas 7 people get together. They live in different parts of the world, but they come from the same family: Jordino's. Made from soil molds urban in several cities, these sculptures were called "aliens" because they have been extracted from the soil. Jeanne comes from St. Petersburg, Tokyo Aeyko, Felipe from Mexico, Richard from London, Cairo Izis, Jean-Baptiste Monaco and Titi from Paris. It is a story linking these seven characters. As the poet puts it himself: Everything begins below and ends beyond. "
If you think about disconnect, a place like Llorts is a good choice. On our last trip to Andorra decided to get lost in the roads, calmly, without haste, enjoying the stunning scenery of this country, but above all, we decided to venture to the places where tourists never go. Following the rolling road, leading to the rhythm imposed by the landscape, feeling the fresh greenery in our feet and ignoring the GPS. So, we Llorts, a hymn to the beauty and challenge of this country immobiliario embite. What can you possibly think when such beauty suddenly appears before your eyes?. This little corner in Andorra is really something different because you never know who you will find on this road, as so much is hidden behind each curve or hill. We concluded that Dred ;-) are made and the impact is greater. When you get to a place, you just have to forget the car, walk, observe and let you wrap the wise combination of nature and man's hand. Then you must be sure to just sit and listen to the sound of birds and even the most blatant of silences. I am sure that we will miss this place.
I´ll show you a place that is both surprising and unique: the Miniature Museum. The artist is Ukrainian, the best microminiaturist the world. It is a permanent collection in the structure Maragda Ordino-Principality of Andorra. The works can only be seen through a microscope, with a lens of up to 300 increases, made of precious metals, mostly gold and platinum, in seeds, grains of rice, paper and even a hair.It is easier to pass a camel through the eye of a needle ... when something seems impossible to achieve. Another of his works is the man through life, symbolized by a golden thread, 400 times thinner than a human hair! Amazing work. I want to see everything and I know a little. Also in the same structure, on the ground floor, you will find the Iconographic Museum. Magnificent exhibition of Orthodox Christian icons of the most important Russian and Ukrainian schools from the XVI - XIX century. Sizes 70 polychrome wooden Christ in Spanish schools XI to XIX century. It is one of only three museums of icons that currently exist in the West. I encourage you to visit it and take more pictures, mine although illustrative, not entirely good, are just to give you an idea of what you will see. And to photograph through a microscope requires his technique ...
For a beautiful landscape, this easy trail delves into the history of Andorran procurement, processing and marketing of iron from the early 17th to late 19th century. The ride is perfect for a family with children and, it has great slopes. The journey can begin in Ordino or La Cortinada. The trail, which connects to Llorts and ends in El Serrat, runs parallel to a river, passing through an iron mine, meadows, traditional huts, a Romanesque bridge and the unique sculptures by French Rachid Khimoune.
There is a big ring, which seems to come from a magical place and looks like a window or gateway to a different dimension. There are tables where you can enjoy the views of the valley and the murmur of the mountains, as well.