La Massana facts for kids
The towns of La Massana and Ordino (in the foreground)
viewed from the peak of Casamanya (2740 m)
|Villages||Anyós, Arinsal, El Pui, Erts, Escàs, L'Aldosa, Mas de Ribafeta, Pal,
Puiol del Piu, Sispony, Xixerella
|• Total||65 km2 (25 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||2,942 m (9,652 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||1,134 m (3,720 ft)|
|• Density||159.4/km2 (413/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||AD-04|
The name Massana derives from the Latin name mattianam for a variety of apple.
The La Massana parish is in the northwest of the country and borders with the Ordino parish to the north, with the Ordino and Encamp parishes to the east, with the Andorra la Vella and the Escaldes-Engordany parishes to the south, with France (Ariège department) and Spain to the west.
|Lleida province, (Spain)||Encamp|
|Lleida province, (Spain)||Andorra la Vella||Escaldes-Engordany|
In the La Massana parish are the highest mountains of Andorra, including:
- Coma Pedrosa ( ), 2,943 m (9,656 ft) high, the highest mountain of the country; it is in the northwest of the parish near the borders with France and Spain.
- Roca Entravessada, 2,928 m (9,606 ft) high
- Pic de Medacorba, 2,914 m (9,560 ft) high
- Pic de Sanfonts, 2,882 m (9,455 ft) high
The main river in the parish is the Valira del Nord (or Valira d'Ordino) river, one of the two branches that form the Valira river. There are several small lakes in the parish; the main lakes are Estanys Forcats, Estany de Les Truites and Estany Negre.
The parish had a population, in 2015, of 10,359 inhabitants, for a population density of 169.8 persons/km².
Evolution of the population in La Massana
|1||Aldosa||843||1,296||Also known as L'Aldosa de la Massana. It is on the left side of the Valira d'Ordino river close to the Ordino parish.|
|2||Anyós||847||1,307||It is on the left side of the Valira d'Ordino (or Valira del Nord) river and on the right side of the Anyós river, just before the confluence of the rivers.|
|3||Arinsal||1,620||1,467||It is on the left side of the Arinsal river.|
|4||Erts||473||1,340||It is at the confluence of the Pal and Arinsal rivers.|
|5||Escàs||162||1,343||It is on the right side of the Valira d'Ordino river.|
|6||La Massana||5,371||1,240||The capital of the parish. It is at the confluence of the Valira d'Ordino and Arinsal rivers.|
|7||Pal||260||1,551||It is along Pal river.|
The main economic activity is tourism and the parish is a major tourism destination. In winter, the main activities are skiing, snowboarding, and ski ski biking. The main ski resort, Vallnord, includes the Arinsal and Pal sectors. In summer, the main activities are hiking, climbing, mountain biking and canyoning.
Sites of interest
- Sant Ermengol de l'Aldosa church in Aldosa
- Sant Climent de Pal church in Pal
- Pont de Sant Antoni de la Grella, a bridge also called Pont de Sispony
- Museu Casa Rull, a museum of Ethnology in Sispony
- Vallnord, a ski/snowboard resort in the Pyrenees mountains
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