Landscapes - Estany d'Encamp SI

Landscapes - Estany d'Encamp

Perched high in the Madriu river valley and flanked by some of the highest Pyrenean summits of the Principality lies the small Estany d'Encamp, just above the Estany de L'illa, on which it spills its icy waters.

It is one of the many lakes and ponds that dot the valley of the Madriu River and which certify the glacier origin of it. Along the river Madriu, two other tributaries form the basin of the valley, the rivers Perafita and Claror, thus forming one of the largest valleys in Andorra, as well as being the best preserved in a more complete way. The territory is divided between the parishes of Andorra la Vella, Encamp, Escaldes-Engordany and Sant Julià de Lòria.

The landscape, of overwhelming beauty, intermingles the wild and inhospitable nature of the high mountain along with the remains that have left the human activity that has been done in the valley since ancient times. A landscape in which overlapping grasses and large wooded expanses on which emerge the different peaks, ridges and peaks that surround the valley and discover vertiginous cliffs that open to the landscape.

The anthropic activity carried out over time is characterized by the use of the resources offered by the valley at its different altitudes, as well as expressing in an extraordinary way the perfect symbiosis and the precise balance between the environment and man. From the cultivations in the lower part of the valley, the use of high grasses, through forestry, iron ore extraction and the collection of water flow. All these activities have left their mark on the valley in the form of numerous structures and constructions whose remains can still be seen: small refuges, cattle herds, coal and metal forges together with other constructions related to agricultural exploitation, in addition to the network of Roads and sidewalks that have been interwoven to unite the set of these elements.

The valley, as a whole, was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004 within the cultural landscape category.

This stamp is the first of a series called Paitsatges that will try to collect the change of the seasons in Andorra.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 21.07.2017
Process: Offset
Size: 28.8 x 40.9 mm
Values: €1.25