Val d’Aran

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The La Val d'Aran is a region of Occitan culture in Catalonia. In the past it was cut off from the rest of the country and has its own language, Aranese, and its very own folklore and traditions; it even has its own system of government, the Conselh Generau. These historical roots have been combined with promoting tourism in the high mountainous region of the Pyrenees that surrounds the valley, and has become the Catalan ski capital. In fact, this beautiful area is full of options for taking part in active tourism and for non-stop enjoyment of nature, with fully equipped hotels and restaurants.



Ski, river activities, walking and cycling trails.

Enjoy high mountain countryside and examples of Romanesque architecture.
  • Region: Val d'Aran
  • Province: Lleida
  • District: Arres, Bausen, Bòrdes, Bossòst, Canejan, Les, Naut Aran, Vielha e Mijaran, Vilamòs
  • Size: 634
  • Inhabitants: 9815
  • Web: http://www.visitvaldaran.com

Geographical location

The Val d’Aran is at the north-eastern end of Catalonia and is the only Catalan region on the north side of the Pyrenees.

Climate

Economic activity

History

What to see

Heritage sites in the Val d´Aran are mainly concentrated in the fifteen or so Romanesque churches to be found in the various villages around the valley. Sant Andréu de Salardú, Santa Maria d’Arties, Sant Miquèu de Vielha, Sant Andréu de Casau and Santa Maria de Cap d’Aran are some of the best examples.

It is also worth touring the villages with their cobbled streets and traditional mountain houses, to absorb the real atmosphere of the Val d’Aran. One of the most emblematic villages is Bossòst, where you can also visit the magnificent church of Mair de Diu dera Purificació.

What to do

The Atlantic climate in the Val d’Aran guarantees the presence of snow throughout the ski season. Baqueira, Beret and Bonaigua make up the largest skiable area in the Pyrenees and attract thousands of skiers to the region year after year. The uninitiated also have a wide choice of places where they can perfect their technique, including the historic local ski school, the Escola de Esquí de la Val d’Aran.

In addition to Alpine skiing, other winter sports are available, such as the various forms of snowboarding, which has become extremely popular in recent years, and Nordic skiing, with a forty kilometre circuit around the Beret area.

The valley´s special Atlantic climate and its position, surrounded by high mountain peaks, provide nature lovers with a huge wealth of plant and animal life: alpine meadows and rocky outcrops, forests of black pine, fir, beech and oak; populations of mountain goats, bearded vultures, white partridges, Tengmalm´s owl, etc.

Hiking here involves some of the most iconic walks, two long distance paths running around the valley: the GR 10 to the north and the GR 11 to the south. In addition, the GR 211, or Val circuit, and the network of trails enable hikers to venture deep into the region along fully signposted paths. Visitors walking in family groups or who are less experienced in mountain walking can pick from ten routes designed for getting to know the valley with no technical difficulty.

Lovers of mountain climbing have many alternatives to choose from for their high mountain hikes, such as climbing up to the summits of the Montarto and the Molières, and the lake area of Colomers.

The region´s sport and leisure provision caters for all kinds of visitors:

Mountain biking: the 25 routes through the Val d’Aran make up a total of 444 kilometres along paths, trails and forest tracks. They are well signposted and are classified into various levels of difficulty.

River adventure: two stretches of the Garona river (one between Les Bordes and Bossòst, and the other between Les and Eth Pònt de Rei) are ideal for adventure sports. Conditions in spring and summer are perfect for rafting, white-water and calm water kayaking / canoeing and river boarding. The Bausén ravine is the setting for another adventure sport, canyoning.

Rock climbing: traditional rock climbing can be practised in Colomers and in winter, ice climbing is available in Conangles; the more recent discipline of sport climbing can be practised in Pui de Unha and in Roca Camún.

Fishing: in the river, in mountain lakes and in reservoirs, all fishing is regulated to ensure stocks are kept at healthy levels. Fishing areas are clearly marked and controlled, as are the duration of the season and the size of catch permitted.

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