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Guidaran, the new Val d'Aran touristic App

Intuitive, fast, easily accessible and with information on all the tourist products of interest in the Val d’Aran, Guidaran is the new app presented virtually this morning by the Conselhèria de Torisme de Val d’Aran. The event was attended by its creators, Álvaro Ariño and Joan Carabias, and the advisor on territorial matters, Dani Gavaldà, in addition to the Síndic d’Aran, Paco Boya, and the Conselhèr of Economy, Tourism and Economic Promotion, Juan Antonio Serrano.

Guidaran is a smartphone application compatible with IOS and Android, to share and centralize tourist information. Aimed at visitors and the Aranese themselves, it can be consulted in 4 languages: Catalan, Spanish, French and English. It will also be available throughout the year, adapting the products to each season.

How it works

Guidaran has 5 screens that direct to the information contained in the app with different purposes: product categories; maps with identifying icons; search; identification of nearby points; and more information (services, etc…). The app can be downloaded through the QR codes located in the different tourist offices of the valley, in strategic points of the area, in brochures and in the information published on this website.

From the Consèlh Generau and the Conselheria de Torisme have been very satisfied with the operation of the same and has welcomed the technological talent of its young creators Aranese. It has also been stressed that the App will minimize the use of paper brochures and expedite the procedures in the offices of Torisme in times of capacity constraints due to current security measures.

Download here the PDF with Guidaran brochure

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Val d'Aran, pure well-being

The healthy mountain climate, a clean and decongested environment, medicinal thermal waters, a wide range of activities and natural therapies, gentle hiking trails, local products, … make the Val d’Aran an ideal place for those seeking a tourism of pure welfare to restore, get fit or simply a space for meditation and relaxation.

In this Atlantic valley of our Pyrenees springs of sulphurous waters rich in minerals at more than 30 degrees, properties that make them excellent for fighting respiratory, rheumatic and circulatory diseases. Authentic health cures for body and mind through different thermal circuits where, in addition to eliminating toxins, you can enjoy spectacular views from the top of our mountains.

Beyond physical recovery, the different recreational and medical centers in the valley, specialized in mental well-being, yoga and relaxation, offer natural therapies and various programs to achieve physical and mental balance. Their motivation is for visitors to connect with themselves and with the natural environment to detoxify, recharge their batteries and return as a new person.

Waterfalls, lakes, forests and glacial circuses

The natural environment of the Aran, which has water and a wealth of plant species as its protagonists, adds to these activities, increasing the results of the experience. Examples of this are the impressive waterfalls, the lush forests of ancient trees and the glacial lake cirques. The most spectacular is Colomers, which can be reached from the Bahns de Tredòs, which, at 1740m, is the highest spa in Europe.

These landscapes, with nature in its purest state, encourage the practice of healthy activities such as gentle hiking. More than 550 km of signposted routes, where everyone can mark the distance and intensity of the journey, allow you to discover, from emblematic points of interest of the destination, to its wildest and most inhospitable places.

A tourism of well-being where the healthy mountain cuisine cannot be missing with foundations in traditional recipes. Aran’s gastronomy makes the most of the quality of the land’s resources with its local products that make up the already certified “Val d’Aran Guarantee Brand”. From the garden, hunting and fishing come the dominant ingredients of local dishes that distil freshness and authentic flavor.

The first mountain destination to receive the Biosphere accreditation, the Val d’Aran undoubtedly possesses a rich heritage for the development of wellness tourism. This will become a reality next autumn with the launch of various initiatives to encourage its status as a healthy destination.

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Protocols and security measures for Tourist Offices

Hours of operation

  • From 23 June to 7 July: every day from 9:30am to 1:30pm and from 4pm to 8pm.
  • From 8 July to 13 September: every day from 9h to 14h and from 15h to 21h.

Regulations on brochures::

There will be NO self-service of tourist brochures in the office, they will only be delivered at the counter on time. However, they can be downloaded in PDF format:

Protocol of attention to the public

  • Maximum capacity: 4 people.
  • Mask required.
  • Wash your hands with the hydroalcoholic gel at the entrance.
  • Respect the safety distance (2 metres) while waiting for your turn
  • Fishing: only available online at the Conselh Generau d’Aran website.

Download Fishing map.

Comprar Fishing ticket

Experiencia virtual en homenaje a nuestras Hèstes deth Huec

Las fiestas del fuego, una tradición aranesa declarada Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de la Humanidad por la Unesco, han sido canceladas este año debido a la crisis sanitaria.

Los ayuntamientos de Les y Arties, localidades donde tienen lugar cada año las Hèstes deth Huec, han acordado cancelar este año el evento. La situación de alerta sanitaria provocada por la pandemia de coronavirus ha llevado a tomar esta decisión con la voluntad de evitar aglomeraciones. Desde Foment Torisme Val d’Aran queremos aprovechar la efeméride para proyectar este recuerdo virtual de unas fiestas que ya forman parte de nuestra identidad y constituyen uno de los principales reclamos turísticos del verano aranés.

Eth Haro de Les y Eth Taro de Arties se celebran la noche de San Juan coincidiendo con el solsticio de verano, y marcan el inicio de la temporada estival. Durante la velada se quema un tronco especialmente preparado para la ocasión, en un concurrido ritual acompañado de música y danzas tradicionales donde participa todo el pueblo.

En diciembre de 2015, el comité intergubernamental de la Unesco declaró las fallas del Pirineo como Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de la Humanidad. Esta catalogación contempla las 63 fiestas del fuego que se celebran durante el solsticio de verano en los Pirineos, entre las cuales se incluyen La Crèma deth Haro de Les i la Crèma deth Taro d’Arties.

Crèma deth haro en Les

E_19770bEl escenario del ritual es la Plaça deth Haro, donde, sobre las 10 de la noche llega la procesión al ritmo de las danzas tradicionales de Es Corbilhuèrs de Les. Tras la bendición y encendido del haro por parte del sacerdote del pueblo, se le prende fuego y se procede a la quema de les halhes, una especie de antorchas fabricadas con corteza de cerezo que se hacen girar describiendo círculos y simulando la lucha para purificar y quemar los malos espíritus. La ceremonia finaliza con un baile alrededor del haro encendido, mientras en la plaza se sirve el “vin caud”, vino caliente con azúcar, ron y fruta que se toma junto a la tradicional coca de Sant Joan.

Unos días más tarde, el 29 de junio, festividad de San Pedro, tiene lugar la “Quilha deth haro”, es decir, la plantada del nuevo Haro. Los recién casados tienen el honor de distinguirlo con una corona de flores, como rito para pedir fecundidad. Este árbol preside la plaza vieja de Les durante un año, hasta la próxima noche de San Juan.

Previamente, el segundo sábado de mayo el pueblo ha celebrado la “Shasclada” momento mágico en que se le clavan las cuñas al árbol y se convierte en sagrado. Cabe señalar que el levantamiento del haro se lleva a cabo con la misma técnica que usaba el hombre primitivo para enderezar los menhires: se levanta desde el suelo y a base de fuerza y de ir apuntalándolo se van ganando grados de altura hasta que finalmente se planta y se clava.

 

Crèma deth taro en Arties

El Taro, preparado para la fiesta, se enciende y arrastra por las calles y plazas de Arties, acompañado de música y de los vítores de los asistentes, en un recorrido hasta altas horas de la madrugada que termina delante de la casa del alcalde, donde se deja, totalmente carbonizado.

Según la tradición, las cenizas de Eth Taro protegen, purifican y fertilizan, por lo que al esparcirlas por todo el pueblo alejan a los malos espíritus.

Un mes antes de la fiesta tiene lugar la Tallada deth Taro. Una expedición de hombres sale a buscar el taro -el tronco puede llegar a medir 8 metros- lo cargan hacia el pueblo y lo preparan para su quema.

Origen y desarrollo del ritual

Desde tiempos ancestrales, cuando llegaba el solsticio de verano, se celebraban en el Pirineo cuatro ritos muy extendidos: el del fuego purificador a través de los haros i de las halhes; el de tomar el rocío, el agua de esta noche, especial por sus virtudes milagrosas; el de recoger las plantas que han recibido el rocío y que adquieren también propiedades curativas, y el de jugar al escondite, en una noche en que la mujer se igualaba al hombre y lo tenía todo permitido.

TEXTOweb2El rito del fuego, que tiene sus inicios en la ceremonia pagana que se realizaba en honor al Dios Sol, -denominado Abelio en la Val d’Aran y en Cominges- con el tiempo se incorporó a la tradición cristiana y en algunas localidades se ha mantenido hasta nuestros días. Consiste en la quema de las fallas durante la noche más corta del año y con el fuego se escenifica este cambio de ciclo en el año solar, cuando comienza el declive del día. En Les y en Arties, las fallas se llaman haros o taros y son árboles de 12 m de altura.

Con este rito se perseguía la purificación, la quema de los malos espíritus –que en la Val d’Aran llamamos “erulets”- y de todo aquello que trae la desgracia y la enfermedad a humanos y animales. A continuación se llevaba una parte del carbón y las cenizas a las casas y a las cuadras para evitarles el mal, y otra parte a los huertos y campos para pedir buena cosecha.

Pensa en Aran, consumís en nòste comèrç!

A campaign to encourage consumption in local establishments has been launched by Foment de Torisme Val d’Aran. “Pensa en Aran, consumís en nòste comerç” (Think of Aran, consume in our shops) publicizes the main local products, as well as the establishments that are serving these days of confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Consèlh Generau d’Aran has compiled a list of establishments that are active, open to the public or that continue to produce or prepare products and offer home service. The campaign includes a video and an information brochure.

Consult the brochure with the active establishments that offer service at this link

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3ª Val d'Aran Walking Festival

From24 to 30 august the third edition of the Val d’Aran Walking Festival will take place, the great hiking event of the Val d’Aran. Walkers and nature lovers from all over come every year to enjoy the landscapes, culture, heritage and gastronomy of Aran. A team of professional guides is in charge of leading the routes through emblematic places.

In this third edition, 27 mountain hiking routes of different levels and routes have been designed, and 5 thematic hiking routes, one of which is by night. The packages include all the services and activities of the Festival and can be for the whole week, 5, 4, 3 days or a weekend.

Among the excursions there will be no lack of classics to such emblematic places as the Colomers Lakes, the Historical Route of Port de Vielha, the Camin Reiau that links the villages of the Valley, or stargazing.

The excursions will be combined with cultural visits to the Romanesque heritage and ethnographic museums of the Val d’Aran. There will also be gastronomic tastings of local products as well as tasting of artisan beer in Bossòst, and other typical drinks of the Val d’Aran.

At the beginning of the linear excursions, transport will be provided from the meeting point in Vielha, as well as taxis on the excursions in the National Park. In the circular type excursions, the access at the beginning of the excursion is done with the own car.

The Festival is sponsored by Foment de Torisme Val d’Aran, Conselh Generau d’Aran and Ajuntament de Naut Aran. It has the collaboration of the Town Councils of Vielha, Bossòst and Les, craftsmen and producers of the valley and various sports companies. IDAPA is also among the collaborators.

Download here the Program of the 3r Val d’Aran Walking Festival

Information and reservations:

CAMINS – festival@camins.net Telefonos: 973,64.24.44 – 616.33.56.91

Avenida Pas d’Arro, 5 – Bajos. www.camins.net

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Val d'Aran by UTMB®, new trail-running test in the heart of the Pyrenees

THE FIRST EDITION WILL BE HELD the 3rd of JULY 2020.

Val d’Aran by UTMB®,

the new international trail running event to be held in the Spanish Pyrenees will be developed as a long-term collaboration between UTMB® International and InAran Sports, with the collaboration of Conselh Generau d’Aran.

The organisers have confirmed that the race, the first edition of which will be held the 3rd of July, will be part of the UTMB® labelled international events, integrating from 2020 onwards the new international ultra-endurance trail running circuit born from the recently signed partnership between UTMB® and the Ultra-Trail® World Tour, whose calendar will be presented this summer.

The inaugural edition will take place over several distances in the spectacular setting of the Aran Valley, in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees.

“The Val d’Aran will offer its renowned hospitality to welcome runners and their families. This will be a unique opportunity to showcase our territory, a territory that may seem small in size but represents the largest mountains. The event will be a discovery of the territory for many people and for Val d’Aran it will be a new occasion and an important step to enrich its summer offer. In recent years, Val d’Aran has been a successful host for international and world-class sporting events, including the Mountain Skiing and Snowboarding World Cup, and the arrival and departure of the Tour de France,” said Carlos Barrera, Sindic of the Conselh Generau d’Aran.

“We are delighted to bring such a prestigious and well-known event to the Val d’Aran and look forward to welcoming Spanish, French and international runners to our breathtaking mountains. The venue has incredible potential to be a leading trail running destination and we will work closely with the UTMB® team to offer participants a unique experience,” added Xavier Pocino Moga, CEO of InAran Sports.

Trail running has become a very popular sport in Spain, with a large number of races taking place every year in the country, runners from all over the world flying to Spain to enjoy the sport and a large representation of Spanish runners at the UTMB® Mont-Blanc event, which is a clear indication of the type of welcome the Val d’Aran by UTMB® will receive, and which will be part of its great success.

“The UTMB® brand means much more than just a race. All UTMB®-supported events are organised to the highest standards of quality, offering challenging courses in the mountains and an extraordinary experience and journey for both runners and fans in iconic destinations,” said Catherine Poletti, Director of UTMB® Mont-Blanc.

“This new event in the heart of the Pyrenees allows us to further enrich the UTMB® offer in terms of terrain diversification, presenting a new and impressive mountain route, different from the alpine, with a strong characterisation” added Michel Poletti, co-director of the UTMB®.

Val d’Aran by UTMB® will be the 5th event of the UTMB® family, joining other emblematic and tourist destinations particularly attractive for trail runners who wish to explore the world: UTMB® Mont-Blanc, Gaoligong by UTMB®, Oman by UTMB® and Ushuaia by UTMB®.

As in all other “by UTMB®” events, the finishers of the Val d’Aran by UTMB® will be able, from the first edition of the event, to pick up the “Running Stones” and obtain a direct entry for the UTMB® Mont-Blanc race of their choice without having to go through the draw.

“We are delighted to add the Val d’Aran by UTMB® to our calendar, an event that will show everyone the best known side of the Pyrenees mountain range and that will bring added value to the world of trail running. This event is in line with the general objective of the UTMB® to develop prestigious events open to all on all continents. Welcome aboard Val d’Aran”, added Rémi Duchemin, CEO of UTMB® International.

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"Month of Caviar Nacarii", gastronomic experiences from 6 to 29 march

Different restaurants in the Val d’Aran will offer dishes prepared with Caviar Nacarii de la Val d’Aran.

During the Month of Caviar, this gastronomic jewel of the Pyrenees will be incorporated into the tables of ten renowned Aranese restaurants. Casa Irene, Bòrda Lobató, Era Coquela, Lits Restaurant, Del Gel al Foc, Era Mòla, Es Arritzes, Ticolet y Er Occitan will share the limelight over three weeks, from 6th to 29th March..

During these gastronomic days, the main restaurants of the week will incorporate into their menus dishes made with caviar and sturgeon cooked in all its versions.

Actividades alternativas

Other activities will complement the gastronomic experiences. These include a visit to the Les factory to learn about the history and process of production, to taste caviar in the shop in the centre of Vielha or to immerse oneself in the waters of the Baronía de Les spa and learn about the treatments made with caviar from the Val d’Aran.

The month of caviar is organised by the Conselh Generau d’Aran and Torisme Val d’Aran with the collaboration of Caviar Nacarii and the Grèmi d’Ostalaria dera Val d’Aran

AUTHENTIC AND FRESH FLAVOUR

The Aranese caviar Nacarii, which has been recognised by chefs and gourmets for its authentic flavour, freshness, purity and transparency, is included in the Val d’Aran Guarantee Brand. Caviar Nacarii, which comes from the cold, pure and crystalline waters of the Garonne melt, is produced using traditional methods in the fish farm located in the municipality of Les.

Download here the leaflet of the “Mes deth Caviar Nacarii

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2ª Edición del Landing Snowboard Banked Slalom

On Saturday 21 March, the 2nd edition of the Landing Snowboard Banked Slalom will take place in the Era Marmota de Baqueira – Beret snowpark. This is a snowboarding competition for all ages that combines the roots of snowboarding: surf & skate.

The competition will be held in two categories, the Open Snowboard, individual for all ages and, as a novelty, the Team Challenge, in which participants can form their own team of 3 people. The Landing Snowboard Banked Slalom, will give out more than 10,000 euros in prizes: Material provided by Salomon Snowboards, Quiksilver and the special Pannini prize for the best team.

Program

Friday 20th 

19:00h Presentation at the Quiksilver de Vielha store of the LS Banked Slalom 2020.

Saturday 21st 

08:00 – 09:30: Collection of bibs.

09:00 – 10:30: Training / Recognition

11:00 – 15:00: Competition.

16:00: Award ceremony.

23:00: After Snow Party en Baqueira.

Registration: https://landingsnowboard.com/bankedslalom/

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