The autumn charm in the Val d’Aran

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Tardor1webThe 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.

Aran Park

Tardor 3 webIt’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.

Tardor2 webHorse 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.

Shopping route

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.

Autumn’s gastronomy

Pintada Er Occitan WebAt 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!

Pools of thermal water in Arties

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You can enjoy the pools of public use of thermal water in Arties. The enclosure will be open every day from 10 a 20h at a prix of 3 €.

The two pools, one of 5 x 6 meters and another of 2 x 8 meters, are located next to the Banhs d’Arties, an ancient complex with three hot springs sulfurized-sodium unutilized since the 80s. In the new facility, independent of the ancient, swimmers can enjoy natural thermal water at a temperature of 39 ° C.

The complex also has changing room and a garden for the enjoyment of swimmers. The exhibition, which will be equipped with caretaker and rescuer, will be closed overnight.

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The pools are on the track linking Garòs with Arties, along the Garonne River. The municipality of Naut Aran, promoter of the project, has appealed to respect the basic rules of conduct: using bathing costumes, showering before swimming, do not go with animals and not eat or drink inside the enclosure, while maintaining the calm of the environment.

The Val d'Aran receives Òscar Cadiach

The Aranian government, represented by the Síndic d’Aran, Carlos Barrera and the Tourism councilor, Anna Diaz, will host a reception for the alpinist Òscar Cadiach. The event took place last Monday, September 4 in the Press Room of the Conselh Generau d’Aran.

When reaching the peak of Broad Peak (8.047 meters) on July 27, Cadiach became the first Catalan to crown the fourteen eight thowsand without oxygen. The expedition, which allowed him to make history within the Catalan and worldwide mountaineering, was supported by Tourism of Val d’Aran. As a sign of gratitude, the climber visits the Val d’Aran, which will dedicate a reception where the images of his arrival at the top will be displayed.

Paseos a caballo, un clásico del verano aranés

The Escuela de equitación de la Val d’Aran offers all kinds of activities for horse lovers.

Located in Vielha, in addition to being a learning center, it is a dynamic area of this sport in the valley, offering various possibilities adapted to all levels.

• Horseback riding trips for 1, 2 or 3 hours. For expert horsemen or for beginners without level.
• One and two day trips and routes
• Pony walks on the Pla de Beret and Vielha
• Summer courses
• Pupilage of horses

In summer, touring the valley on horseback can become one of the most enjoyable experiences: from horseback riding when nature is displayed in all its splendor, to the quiet walks that allow you to know the Aranese villages.

Theatrical visits in Joanchiquet ecomuseum

 

The Joanchiquet de Vilamòs ecomuseum has launched this year a program of theatrical visits that will take place on 26 July, 9 and 23 August and 6 September with two daily sessions.

At 13 o’clock, “Joanchiquet, tanto gusto!”, Culinary thematic, ends with a tasting of Aranese pot on the part of the assistants, product offered by the Marca de Garantía, in collaboration with Torisme de Val d’Aran. The second session, at 18 hours, is titled “Vajilla de plata, cencerro de vaca“, and consists of a walk through the lively house with the stories of the Rufina.

Rufina Monge, the protagonist, is a real inhabitant of the house between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Through its interpretation, the visitor will be able to see first hand the traditional Aranese heritage, the customs of the time and the stories that hide this interesting building.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the reception of the Museum of the Val d’Aran and the same day at the Ecomuseum of Joanchiquet de Vilamòs and are priced at € 5.

The Val d'Aran embellish the territory to receive summer visitors

The paths and trails of the Val d’Aran are practically ready to be enjoyed by the hikers who visit the valley this summer.

The Consèlh Generau has set up a brigade for sanitation of the nearly one hundred kilometers of trails that form part of the historic network of hiking and mountain biking trails in the Val d’Aran.

The works include the cleaning and repair of the roads, as well as of its margins and stone walls if necessary and will be extended until the middle of July.
The works, carried out by a team of twenty people, have been planned according to the needs of the various sporting events that take place in the valley (walks, races, rallies, etc.), to their destiny towards the hermitages or “santets”, and the use of the inhabitants of the Val d’Aran.

The specialists of the Consèlh Generau have finished yet the works in the paths:

  • Bassa d’Arres y guardader d’Arres.
  • Camino de Mont – Moncorbau
  • Camino de Mont – Vilac
  • Camino Pont d’Arròs – Begòs
  • Camino de Vilamòs a la iglesia de Sant Miquèu
  • Camino de Ribèra de Mont – Salient
  • Camino de Vilamòs – Begòs.
  • Camino de Pradets a pasarela del Refugi de la Honeria
  • Camino de pista Saubaga a Bossòst.
  • Camino de Vilamòs – Benòs
  • Camino de la Beusa, Gausac
  • Camino de Arró – Vilamòs. Mejoras en la pavimentación

Paving Improvements

On another hand, last week the works of paving with bituminous mixture in hot were carried out Es Bòrdes crossing, as well as works of improvement of the firm and road safety in the highway of Benós-Begós. In addition to facilitating mobility in the face of greater influx of visitors in summer, these rehabilitations lead to an improvement in the quality of life and safety for the residents of these towns.

Works in the Sanctuary of Montgarri

FFinally, it is worth mentioning the rehabilitation and improvement actions in the church of Nuestra Señora de Montgarri carried out by the Consèlh Generau. The works will improve the pavement to eliminate architectural barriers and will facilitate access to the church choir, leaving the Romanesque portico free of entrance to the church before the north facade. Also, various elements will be relocated to provide a better view of it to visitors.

Camino de Santiago by the Val d’Aran

With the same intention to promote hiking in the Val d’Aran, the Consèlh together with the Regional Council of Alta Ribagorça agreed last week to create a new tourist route, “Aran-Pyrenees”. The route intends to recover the Way of Santiago that unites Saint Bertrand de Comminges and Berbegal in Huesca, which has an important part of route in the Val d’Aran.

This new tourist product will encompass diverse territories: France, the Val d’Aran, Alta Ribagorça and the Ribagorza Aragonese. It has been also expressed the desire to join the Federación Española de Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino de Santiago as it can be an important channel for the promotion of this new tourist route.

Mountain shelters of the Val d’Aran

Conangles and Era Honería are the two cozy mountain shelters owned by the Consèlh Generau d’Aran.

They are located in areas of great scenic beauty and easily accessible, from which you can carry out beautiful excursions and routes of medium and low difficulty to know the surroundings.

Conangles

Owned by the Consèlh d’Aran, the refuge is located at the foot of the river Noguera Ribagorzana on its left bank. From the refuge two interesting itineraries leave, one of which towards the waterfall and the ‘estanys’ of Besiberri. The other path climbs above the Hospital de Vielha, dividing towards the valley of Molières, in the southwest direction, and towards the Port of Rius, in the north direction.

Era Honería

Owned by the Consèlh Generau d’Aran, the refuge is located at the head of the Toran Valley at 1050 m altitude. It belongs to the municipality of Canejan. The nearest town is Sant Joan de Toran at 1200 m distance. Open all year round, it allows the realization of all types of activities: hiking, classic or ice climbing, snowshoe excursions, ferrata routes, nature trips, excursions and crossings, mountain skiing and ridges.

  • Location: Valle del Torán, Canejan

  • Height: 1050 m.

  • Access: N230 to Pontaut. Take direction Canejan, and once arrived at this detour, continue until the deviation of San Joan de Torán. At this point continue 300 m. More along the paved road.

  • Capacity: 30

  • Services: Electric light, wifi, locker for material, bathrooms and showers with hot water, living room with fireplace, emergency radio, bar and meals.

  • Routes from the shelter: Paseo por el corazón del Torán, Por caminos de mineros y contrabandistas, Tuc de Betlan

  • Contacto. http://refugiohoneria.com/

Hèstes deth huec 2017

The magic of the fire returns by San Juan to the Val d’Aran

On the eve of Saint John the magic of the fire returns to Les and Arties, the villages of the valley that preserve this ancient tradition so rooted in the Pyrenees. Thanks to its designation by Unesco as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity, Hèstes deth huec 2017 have become one of the main attractions of the Aranese summer, and it is anticipated that the valley will occupy more than 80% next weekend.

For the Tourism and Economic Development Council of Aran, Anna Diaz, “it is a very endearing and popular tradition in which all the inhabitants of the town and also the visitors who are in Val d’Aran at these dates are involved. For this reason they are a great cultural and tourist attraction “.

Between legend and tradition

Both in Les and Arties, it survives the tradition of burning a fir trunk in the longest night of the year (the summer solstice night, on Saint John’s eve). It is a thousand-year-old tradition, which was Christianized however its origins come from a Celtic tradition.

Nonetheless, the Celtic tradition tells that burning the Taro or Haro fertilizes the mother Earth, so that good crops are foreseen.

Crèma deth Taro d’Arties

On Saint John’s night, the taro sets alight and dragged through the streets and squares of Arties, accompanied by music and the cheers of the audience on a until the first hours of the morning and let them just in front of the mayor’s house.

According to tradition, the ashes of taro protected, purified and fertilized, so they are scattered all over town to make evil spirits go away.

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Eth Haro de Les

In Les the stage of the ritual is the Plaça deth Haro, where about 10 pm the procession reaches the rhythm of traditional dances is Corbilhuèrs Les. After the blessing and lighting of haro by the local priest, we proceed to burn the halhes, a kind of torches made of cherry bark that are spun in circles and simulating the struggle to purify and burn the evil spirits. The ceremony ends with a dance around the haro, while is served the “vin caud” hot wine with sugar, rum and fruit that is takent with the traditional coca de Sant Joan.

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Program of Hèstes de Sant Joan de Les

The Val d'Aran with Òscar Cadiach on his ascent to the Broad Peak

The Aranese government ratified last week its support to the alpinist to complete his 14th 8000.

The Síndic d’Aran, Carlos Barrera, and the conselhèra de Torisme e Desenvolupament Econòmic d’Aran, Anna Díaz, received the Catalan alpinist Òscar Cadiach last week. The Aranese government ratified the sponsorship of the next expedition from Tarragona to Broad Peak (8,047 m). Cadiach can become the first Catalan to complete the 14 principal eight thousand of the world without using artificial oxygen.

The alpinist, with house in Vilamòs (Val d’Aran) will re-attempt the Broad Peak during the months of June, July and August. Cadiach will carry the emblems of the Conselh Generau d’Aran to the summit of this eight thousand of the Karakorum and the whole corporate image of “Val d’Aran, era essència des Pirinèus” in the expedition clothing, which can take about 50 days.

The Val d’Aran, high mountain destination

In addition to carrying the emblems of the Val d’Aran, on the return of Broad the climber will encourage the route to Aneto by the Aranian slope, which has more and more fans. The support of Cadiach, aims to strengthen the link of the Val d’Aran with the high mountains.

Trail Carlac 2017, three days and five races

One of the most beautiful environments for trail running, the Baish Aran, will host from 16 to 18 June 2016 the Trail Carlac, a racing career with five tests developed in the area of Quate Lòcs (Bausen, Bossòst, Canejan y Les) in the Val d’Aran, one of them at night.

Trail Carlac 2017

The Trail Carlac, which celebrates its fourth edition this year, seeks to recover ancient courses in order to establish a base camp for all racing fans mountain and revitalize this still unspoiled area and its people, making known the Aranese territory and its culture and heritage.

Carlac forest, which gives its name to the race, is a lush ancient beech forest that surrounds the idyllic village of Bausen. Moreover, the different tests go through the castle Les Pijoèrt, defence tower of the eleventh century used by the Baron of Les, declared a cultural monument of national interest. Artisanal trophies are differentiated for the three tests, each representing an important element of culture and tradition of the area.

Trail Carlac 2017 races

Friday 16th

Sprint vertical. 1,3 Km.

Saturday 17th

Montlude Skyrace. 26,3 km.

Diumenge 18th

Vila de les: 9,4 km.

Bosc de Carlac: 19,2 km.

Marató Quate lòcs: 43,3 Km.

Challenge. It is the sum of the time of the 3 races to be held over 3 consecutive days: Sprint Vertical Night, Trail Quate Lòcs y Trail deth Montlude. The winner of the Challenge will be the rider who have less time in total 3 races.

Registration: