The chromatic explosion that occurs in Aranese forests with the arrival of autumn gives us some of the most magnificent and idyllic landscapes that can be enjoyed in the Valley. The environment becomes reddish, scarlet, ochre and gold because of the abundant deciduous species such as beech and oak trees, while the peaks of the mountains begin to dye white with the first snows.
Clear and sunny days are especially nice to enjoy nature in the autumn light and the picturesque Aran villages and churches of Romanesque Route de l’Aran. For more chilly moments we suggest visit museums, go the shopping route from the Val d’Aran and, of course, taste the comforting native cuisine.
It’s worth taking the opportunity to profit the last months of Aran Park, open until November. In this wildlife park you can observe the animals of the Pyrenees in their natural habitat and in semi freedom. Autumn is the rutting of deer, indicating the start of the breeding period. Males scratching and digging the ground, rubbed with trees and emit a short, hoarse cry and repetitive. Its horns reach the maximum size and some, such as chamois or roe deer, change the color of their coats.
Walks and mushrooms
It is also a good time for some walking or cycling excursions, too long for a hot summer day. You’ll find a wide variety of itineraries for all levels in our websites hiking and cycling. In addition, fans of mushrooms have a paradise in our forests, but you have to remember that you need the passport issued by the Conselh Generau free for residents, owners of second homes and people overnight in tourist establishments in the Val d ‘Aran and that has a term of four years.
Horse outputs are also highly recommended. There are two beautiful equestrian routes with different difficulty levels that will delight lovers of racing: Vielha to Montgarri; and Renclusa Vielha to the slopes of Aneto.
And the adventure continues, as at this time you can still continue practicing climbing on the various climbing walls or three iron roads: Les, Unha and Cledes, the latest one opened last spring.
Festivals and traditions
Coinciding with the arrival of autumn, Val d’Aran celebrates a new edition of animals and trade fairs, during which you may know one of the Aran traditions such as the cattle industry, main sector some decades ago, and the various native breeds. They take place in Bossòst, Les, Salardú and Vielha and all kind of activities are organized: animal exhibitions, popular lunch and craft markets.
Equally entertaining are the major festivals that take place these months in various towns.If you visit them, take advantage to take the tour of the Val d’Aran shopping route, where you will find an attractive assortment of local products, either in the main areas of Vielha, Bossòst i Les, as in the irresistible and quaint shops of smaller towns.
At this season we get good fresh new ingredients like mushrooms or beans, which are incorporated in the Aran restaurants menu. Foie gras, duck breast and confit, the typical Olha aranesa, boar civet and the bolhs and pates are just a small example of the cuisine that can be tasted at this time.
During the months of September and October mushroom enters its peak season, an increasingly present product in the recipes of local dishes of the Val d’Aran, accompanying newly introduced products such as sturgeon and caviar, or strengthening the special flavor and texture of game meat in dishes like Wild boar stew.
We cannot forget Era Mongetada, the great gastronomic and cultural festival that is celebrated in the towns of Bossòst and Garòs to worship to one of the main products of the Valley gastronomy.
and little by little the snow with its white mantle puts an end to the autumn to give way to the winter season: Baqueira in all its glory … but we’ll tell you this in another post!