Llorts Mine and the Iron Route in Andorra are ideal for discovering the resources linked to the process of obtaining, transforming and commercialising iron. The points of interest distributed throughout the territory enable you to discover one of the most important economic activities to be developed in Andorra from the early 17th to late 19th centuries. Some examples of this are the mines, the mining and the iron and steel habitat and the forges.
Llorts Mine, along with the Sedornet and the Ransol (collada dels Meners) Mines provided the forges in the area with iron. Llorts Mine dates from the 19th century and iron ore was only extracted from it for four years. The few galleries that can be found were almost all excavated by hand and, in the end, with the help of explosives. The miners who went to work in the mines were from the south of France (Ariège); they knew how to work them and it was a trade that was usually handed down from father to son.
The guided visit to Llorts Mine allows you to appreciate the narrow galleries and the wonderful colours of the iron ore seams. Iron ore forms thanks to the mixture of water and earth which filters through the porous rock; when the water filters through less rock, it forms a seam, which is the purest kind. You will also be able to observe stalactites made from ferruginous water in a small cave and you will get to know the work and the mining habitat in Ordino Valley. In July and August, you can pay a nocturnal visit to the mine with forehead lamps.
After visiting the mine, you can trace the path of the carters and the route of the Iron Men. Along the way, you can observe the symbiosis between the environment and the people of Ordino Valley: terraces, fields and huts and the interpretation of the cultural landscape come together at natural points of interest that allow you to delve into the history of the valley. The Carters’ Way also has a sculptural route that pays homage to the Iron Route and to everyone who worked in this industry. An open-air exhibition in which the sculptures made by artists from all over the world communicate with nature. Along the way, you will come across marked places that correspond to the areas of cultural, natural and environmental interest. The night-time visits also take this same route.
Schedules and prices
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Ordino – El Serrat line
Services and facilities
- Conference room
- Ticket office / locker
- Rest areas
- Adapted access
- Adapted itinerary
- Parking for motorhomes