A charming village with two churches, renting villas in Canillo and sampling the charming delights this lovely region has to offer should be at the top of your to-do list on your travels through the Pyrenees. Cut into two halves by the River Montau which curls through it, Canillo is Andorra's northernmost parish. Located 1531 metres above sea level, it sits on the side of a mountain, and is a gateway to the winter sports resorts of the high mountains nearby. A gondola link takes visitors to the nearby ski resort of Grandvalira, one of Andorra's major skiing hot spots.
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The town has a charming medieval character, with most of the buildings in its narrow streets having rustic wooden balconies, usually decorated with ornate metal grills. The church of Sant Serni de Canillo is located in the town itself, and is a structure believed to date back to the 17th Century. It boasts a fine Gothic carving of Christ and its base area of 17 square metres is matched exactly by its height. Its bell tower is one of the highest in Andorra. The Church of Sant Joan de Caselles is another spectacular sight which people renting Canillo apartments enjoy, built between the 11th and 14th centuries; it is one of the most famous buildings in the Pyrenees. Romanesque in style, Lombard windows decorate its three storey bell tower. Inside the building, visitors can see a Renaissance alter piece dedicated to St John, as well as a 12th Century stucco figure of Christ on the cross. Frescoes decorate the walls, and there are medieval tombs excavated from the bedrock of the mountains. In winter, the snow-capped mountains give this scene an especially magical feel. For another European region steeped in history, take a look at Scotland Holiday Rentals
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Anyone who loves hiking will enjoy their Canillo holidays; Canillo is a region which offers a lot for the traveller renting Canillo holiday lettings who wants to test their strength and stamina on the hills. There is a good route to enjoy between Canillo and Ordino, while the Incles Valley is largely untouched and unspoilt by man and exudes and eerily pure and pristine mountain beauty. Hikers may also want to visit the Juclar Lake, which sits like a plate of mirrored glass in the mountains and also has a fine waterfall to see, with the foaming, churning waters that plunge directly into the lake. Although Andorra is rightly known as a haven for winter sports enthusiasts, there is plenty to visit when there is no snow on the ground. Any traveller to the Pyrenees must visit Canillo, a trip to Andorra is not complete without a sojourn to this charming little village which celebrates the proud culture of this tiny mountain nation.
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