Flights to Canillo
Canillo is one of the seven parishes of Andorra, a small country in southwestern Europe that’s situated high in the Pyrenees, as well as being the name of the main town of the parish. Canillo is the north western most parish and includes a couple of tourist attractions plus good access to skiing.
With no airports anywhere in Andorra, you won’t be able to get any direct flights to Canillo. There are two options for flights to Canillo, either land in neighbouring Spain at the Barcelona Airport (airport code: BCN), or in France to the Toulouse Airport (airport code: TLS). Either way you’ll then have a 3 hour bus trip into Canillo. Most flights from South Africa have 1-stop when arriving at Barcelona or Toulouse, with the transfer city varying by airline. Lufthansa stops in Munich, British Airways in London, KLM in Amsterdam, and South African Airways makes a connection in Frankfurt. Flights range between 12 and 20 hours in length.
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The Tourist Attractions of Canillo:
Being such a small country most visitors to Andorra would tend to travel around each day seeking out the main tourist attractions so while you may want to stay in Canillo you’ll most likely want to tour around Andorra rather than simply focus your time in the town or parish of Canillo itself.
Canillo does have a few sights of interest but to be honest, there are more interesting places around the rest of Andorra to visit. Consider visiting Andorra la Vella for example with its quaint old town and its contrasting new town where shopping is the main attraction.
Around Canillo you can make use of access to skiing. There’s a handy gondola link to one of Andorra’s ski resorts, called Grandvalira, so this would make Canillo a good choice for a winter destination if you enjoy skiing.
Canillo has an old town like Andorra la Vella does and though not so famous as the capital city, Canillo’s old town is attractive all the same and offers a quieter alternative.
One of the major tourist attractions in Canillo is San Joan de Caselles. This is a 12th century Romanesque church that’s situated just one kilometre outside of the town. It’s often said to be the most beautiful church in Andorra and is certainly attractive with its stone built structure. There are free guided tours several times a day during July and August.
Another religious based attraction is the Meritxell Sanctuary. The sanctuary originally dates from the 12th century and was dedicated to the Virgin of Meritxell who is the Patron Saint of Andorra. Unfortunately the original was destroyed by fire so a new one was built and inaugurated in 1975.
When Should You Visit?:
Canillo is a great place to visit during the winter if you enjoy skiing as the high elevation means there’s always plenty of snow. Temperatures are cool in the winter but not too cold. During the summer, July and August, is the main time for more general tourism visits including sightseeing and shopping. It’s warm and sunny at this time of year.