Gran Valira

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Gran Valira
Andorra la Vella, Valira river.jpg
Gran Valira flowing under the Pont de Paris in Andorra la Vella
Country Andorra, Spain
City Andorra la Vella
 - left Valira d'Orient, Madriu
 - right Valira del Nord
Source confluence Valira d'Orient & Valira del Nord
 - location Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
 - coordinates 42°30′42″N 1°32′09″E / 42.5116°N 1.5357°E / 42.5116; 1.5357
 - location La Seu d'Urgell, Spain
 - coordinates 42°20′45″N 1°26′33″E / 42.3458°N 1.4425°E / 42.3458; 1.4425Coordinates: 42°20′45″N 1°26′33″E / 42.3458°N 1.4425°E / 42.3458; 1.4425
Length 35 km (22 mi)
Basin 592 km2 (229 sq mi)
 - average 9.5 m3/s (335 cu ft/s)
Andorra topographic map-ca.svg

The Gran Valira (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈɡran bəˈɫiɾə], locally [ˈɡran baˈliɾa]) is the biggest river in Andorra. It flows through the capital, Andorra la Vella, and exits the country in the south near the Spain–Andorra road border crossing.

The Gran Valira is a tributary to the Segre, which in turn is a tributary to the Ebro. It flows into the Segre in La Seu d'Urgell. Its main tributaries are the Valira d'Orient, the Valira del Nord and the Madriu. The Valira river system is 35 kilometres (22 mi) long.[1]

The map service of the Andorran government calls it the Gran Valira. In certain sources, especially those with a Spanish influence such as maps published in Spain, it is sometimes referred to as the Valira because in the territory of Spain there is only one Valira river. In Andorra, however, there are several different Valiras and hence there is a need to distinguish between them.

Gran Valira flowing through Sant Julià de Lòria


  1. ^ Atlas of Andorra (1991), Andorran Government. OCLC 801960401. (in Catalan)