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An Ordino street and Casamanya mountain in the background
An Ordino street and Casamanya mountain in the background
Coat of arms of Ordino
Coat of arms
Ordino is located in Andorra
Location of Ordino town within Andorra
Coordinates (Ordino town): 42°33′18″N 1°31′59″E / 42.55500°N 1.53306°E / 42.55500; 1.53306Coordinates: 42°33′18″N 1°31′59″E / 42.55500°N 1.53306°E / 42.55500; 1.53306
Country Andorra
Parishes Ordino
Villages Ansalonga, Arans, Arcalís, El Serrat, La Cortinada, Les Salines, Llorts, Segudet, Sornàs
 • Mayor Ventura Espot i Beixanet
 • Total 90 km2 (30 sq mi)
Elevation 1,298 m (4,259 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 3,309
 • Density 36.77/km2 (95.2/sq mi)
Demonym(s) ordinenc, ordinenca
Website Official site

Ordino (Catalan pronunciation: [urˈðinu], locally: [oɾˈðino]) is the most northerly parish in the Principality of Andorra. Ordino is also the name of the main town of the parish. The main other settlements are El Serrat, Ansalonga, Sornàs, La Cortinada, Llorts, Segudet, Arans, Les Salines and Arcalís. It is home to the Sorteny National Park. It has a population of 3,066, as of 2005.


The 12th century Romanesque Sant Corneli and Sant Cebrià church and bell tower in Ordino.

The town of Ordino lies on the footslopes of Casamanya (2740 m), a mountain which has spectacular panoramic views from its summit being located almost exactly in the centre of Andorra.[1]

The National Auditorium of Andorra (Catalan: Auditori Nacional d'Andorra) is located in Ordino town. The International Narciso Yepes Festival, a series of classical music concerts, has been held there every October since 1983.[2][3] The festival was started by the late guitarist, Narciso Yepes.[3]

The parish has borders with France and also with the parishes of La Massana, Canillo, and Encamp. The only main road and only all year external link is the CG-3 leading to the neighbouring parish of La Massana. The road to Canillo passing over the Coll d'Ordino is sometimes closed in winter depending on snow falls.

In the extreme northwest of the parish is the Vallnord (Ordino-Arcalis sector ski station) ski resort which has peaks up to 2,625 m.[4]

The town is the namesake of the Andorran legend El buner d'Ordino, in which a bagpiper from Ordino, en route to a festival in Canillo, is chased and treed by wolves, but frightens them off by playing his instrument.[5]


  1. ^ Hiking the Eastern Pyrenees, Peter Dunkley, Passport Newsletter, February 2009, Editor K. Petchenik, Remy Publishing]
  2. ^ 27è Festival Internacional Narciso Yepes, Associació Festivals d'Ordino, Comú d'Ordino, Andorra, October 2009. (Catalan)
  3. ^ a b Festival Internacional Narciso Yepes, Visual Andorra, 2009. (French)
  4. ^ Ordino-Arcalis Ski Resort, Yahoo.com
  5. ^ 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. 

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