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The 12th-century Romanesque church of San Joan de Caselles
The 12th-century Romanesque church of San Joan de Caselles
Coat of arms of Canillo
Coat of arms
Canillo is located in Andorra
Location of Canillo town within Andorra
Coordinates (Canillo town): 42°34′00″N 1°36′00″E / 42.56667°N 1.60000°E / 42.56667; 1.60000Coordinates: 42°34′00″N 1°36′00″E / 42.56667°N 1.60000°E / 42.56667; 1.60000
Country Andorra
Parishes Canillo
Villages Bordes d'Envalira, El Forn, El Tarter,
El Vilar, Els Plans, Incles, L'Armiana, L'Aldosa, Meritxell, Molleres, Prats, Ransol, Sant Pere, Soldeu
 • Mayor Enric Casadevall Medrano
 • Total 121 km2 (47 sq mi)
Elevation 1,526 m (5,007 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 4,826
 • Density 42.12/km2 (109.1/sq mi)
Demonym(s) canillenc, canillenca
Website Official site

Canillo (Catalan pronunciation: [kəˈniʎu], locally [kaˈniʎo]) is one of the parishes of Andorra. Canillo is also the name of the main town of the parish. Canillo has a gondola link to the main ski resort of Grandvalira.


The localities of Canillo parish include Soldeu, Bordes d'Envalira, El Tarter, Sant Pere, Ransol, Els Plans, El Vilar, l'Armiana, l'Aldosa, El Forn, Incles, Prats, Meritxell and Molleres.[citation needed] Canillo Parish is Andorra's largest parish, at 121 square kilometers (47 sq mi).


The largest ethnic group in Canillo are Andorrans. There is also a significant number of Spaniards and Portuguese people. The following table shows the largest foreign ethnic groups in Canillo by nationality, as of 2013:

Rank Nationality Population (2013)
1  Spain 1,201
2  Portugal 542
3  France 433
4  United Kingdom 147
5  Argentina 110


The town figures into the Andorran legend El buner d'Ordino, in which a bagpiper from the parish of Ordino, en route to a festival in Canillo, is chased and treed by wolves, but frightens them off by playing his instrument.[1]

Notable people[edit]

The Andorran ski mountaineer Xavier Capdevila Romero was born in Canillo.


  1. ^ Àlvar Valls Oliva - Roser Carol Romàn; Àlvar Valls i Oliva; Roser Carol i Romàn (15 November 2010). Llegendes d'Andorra. L'Abadia de Montserrat. pp. 95–. ISBN 978-84-9883-340-9. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Canillo at Wikimedia Commons