Holidays in the Val d'Aran, an unforgettable summer in the mountain

Google_Translate_logo-EN

Have you planned your holiday in the Val d’Aran? Besides enjoying an exceptional landscape and a very pleasant temperature, we offer a variety of activities for all tastes, from cultural visits to the most extreme sport. These are our suggestions!

1.Soaking in public pools

Piscina-termal-arties-valdaranWe recommend trying the novelty of this year, the new thermal pools of public use of Arties, where you can enjoy the natural water at 39 °C. And you also have municipal pools in Salardu, Vielha, Gausac, Bossòst and Les, all equipped with changing rooms, sun beds, bar service and surrounded by a spectacular scenery.

2.Mountable the chairlift Blanhiblar

From 23 July to 28 August will be working in the ski resort of Baqueira Beret the Blanhiblar chairlift, departing at 1850 m and arrival to 2245m, from where you can see the best views of the valley. From above we propose you four routes on foot and one by bicycle.

3.Know the industrial heritage of the Valley

In Victoria mines you have a guided walking tour of three kilometres lasting 2-3 hours. This former zinc mine in the area of ​​Arres and Bossost is part of the industrial past of the Val d’Aran.

We also recommend the Mola de Salardú a restored mill where you have the opportunity to see the functioning of the hydraulic mechanism and learn about the process of making flour.

4.Get in the little train to Artiga de Lin

13776006_10153985093744081_2587126486912847059_nThis initiative is part of the pilot plan launched by the Conselh Generau d’Aran to regularize the motorized access in the Ribera del Joèu. Unauthorized vehicles must park just before the shrine of the Virgen de la Artiga Lin where there is an information booth that will offer recommendations, contact guides and routes and from where our visitors can take the train with permanent service that will take them to visit one of the most beautiful places of the Val d’Aran.

5.Delight in Romanic concerts musicau

A full program of free concerts that take place every Friday from July 29 to September 2 in the most emblematic Romanesque churches Aran. A feast for the senses where the acoustics of the building is the accompaniment of the selected musical pieces. Download the program in this link.

6. Have fun in the village’s festivals

Many of the Aranese villages celebrate their festivals in summer, with traditional dances, popular meals, children’s activities and dancing with orchestra. Look on the agenda of our web which of them coincide with your stay!

7. Know the history of the Valley through our museums

The summer season in the Aranese museums has come up with an attractive cultural and leisure proposal which includes various exhibitions, workshops and guided tours, and new schedules that will remain until 11 September. It has also been expanded the Rota Romanica d’Aran, which allows to discover the rich artistic heritage of the Val d’Aran, with the addition of Escunhau, Betren and Bagergue churches. Look the summer schedules on this link.

8. Mountain hiking

After the success of last year in his first season, comes back the Tour del Aneto, a hiking 6-stage circular path around the giant of the Pyrenees across 5 valleys and organized by the company Camins. In addition, Saboredo, Colomers and Restanca -high mountain refuges located in the Parc National d’Aigüestortes- and Conangles and Era Honeria -the mountain refugees of the Val d’Aran-, are enabled for the new hiking season.

9. Go across the Val d’Aran by bike

The circuit of the Val d’Aran cycling routes is very broad and you will find at all levels and distances. In the microsite Aran Total Bike you’ll have all of them with technical data -distance, altitude, approximate time of completion and tracks GPX-, itinerary and the elements of interest and native vegetation.

10. Discover the environment of the valley through responsible ecotourism

In order to publicize the interesting diversity of natural species of the Val d’Aran and the surprising habitat that surrounds them, the responsible ecotourism initiative, “Hidden Nature” brings together an interesting range of activities and outputs guided through territory. In addition to disclosing the beauty of the natural environment of the valley, the program affects the sustainability of the destination as a guarantee of added value for the visitor.

 

5 ideas para divertirte el puente de San Juan en la Val d’Aran

1.Conoce nuestras tradiciones: las Fiestas del Fuego

E_19770bDeclaradas por la Unesco Patrimonio Inmaterial de la Humanidad junto a las demás Fallas del Pirineo, las Hèstes deth huec de Les y Arties se han conservado hasta la actualidad y constituyen uno de los principales reclamos turísticos de ambas localidades aranesas.

Se celebran la noche de San Juan, el 23 de junio, coincidiendo con el solsticio de verano, y marcan el inicio de la temporada estival. Durante la velada se quema un tronco, el Haro en Les y el Taro en Arties, en un concurrido ritual acompañado de música y danzas tradicionales donde participa todo el pueblo.

2. Da la bienvenida a los nuevos ositos de Aran Park

Acércate a saludar a los cachorros de la osa Luna que han nacido este invierno en Aran Park, el Parque de Fauna salvaje de la Val d’Aran y paséate entre lobos, ciervos, linces, marmotas y otros animales autóctonos. A lo largo de un recorrido de dos horas podrás observar catorce especies diferentes de mamíferos y aves en semi libertad y finalizar con un picnic en el área habilitada junto al snack-bar.

3. Paséate por los pueblos araneses

Visita la recién acreditada vil·la florida de Bagergue y los demás pueblos de la Val d’Aran. Piérdete por sus pequeñas calles, entra en sus edificios románicos, degusta sus productos y platos típicos y disfruta de la amabilidad de sus gentes. De norte a sur, de este a oeste, todas y cada una de las localidades aranesas están impregnadas del sabor 130-VA-BAGERGUE (1)de la historia y de un personal estilo alpino que los hace inconfundibles.

4. Pedalea entre la naturaleza

Descubrir la naturaleza en bicicleta es una de las experiencias más intensas que puedes disfrutar en la Val d’Aran. Dispones de todo tipo de rutas señalizadas tanto en btt cómo por carretera, paseos tranquilos junto al río enlazando pueblos o bajadas técnicas por frondosos bosques. ¡Entra en Aran Total Bike y encuentra tu itinerario!

5. Practica el Senderismo en familia

Te proponemos 10 rutas de senderismo muy amenas para realizar con tu familia por la orilla de lagos y ríos, atravesando caminos de mineros y contrabandistas o descubriendo santuarios escondidos. De baja dificultad y cortas distancias os permitirán disfrutar de los más bonitos paisajes con toda tranquilidad y la mejor compañía.

Encuentra más propuestas en https://www.visitvaldaran.com

Have fun this weekend in the Val d’Aran

Google_Translate_logo-EN

Another weekend to full with activity with all the actions that we purpose you and that will make your stage in the Val d’Aran a culturally rich, healthy, funny and restorative experience.

Sport

La Fête du Tour

empresasWe start with the popular riding, “La fête du Tour”, which will take place on Sunday the 5th. It consists on a biking tour Vielha- Portilhon-Vielha in which can participate cyclists of all levels and that will finish with a tour around the streets of Vielha. The act is part of the activities organized by the Consèlh Generau d’Aran to mark the passage of the Tour de France 2016 by Aran lands.

Salidas de marcha nórdica

If you are fond of this sport, you can sign up for the free-guided outings that take place every Saturday in June. The call is at 10 am in the church square of Vielha. In addition, this Friday at 18:30 you can attend the introductory course in the Casau Sant Miquèu.

Aquatic activities

Any of the Val d’Aran water adventures is a unique experience in contact with nature, where you can appreciate the strength and bravery of the Garonne and breath-taking sceneries along the entire route.

Exhibitions

Nature week

The Val d’Aran has joined the “Setmana de la Natura” a campaign to promote throughout Catalonia activities to raise awareness of the importance of protecting nature and territory. Within the project the exhibition “Libélulas en la Val d’Aran” is framed with 53 photographs of the 33 species of dragonflies that live in the Valley, an initiative in memoriam of the photographer Toni Estany, author of the snapshots.

Photography in relief

Fotocall monolitoFor photo enthusiasts also recommended this photographic exhibit in relief “La fotografia esteroscòpica a les comarques de Lleida 1895-1960”, in the temporary exhibitions space of Sant Joan d’Arties church.

Shows

Musical manía

The school Tschaikovsky de Balh e Musica de Vielha presents in the hall Era Audiovisuau the show “Musical manía”, with performances of the musicals Mamma mia, Grease, Cats, The phantom of the opera and other more. A good alternative for Saturday afternoon.

Touristic visits

Tour Monolithe

The monolith in tribute to the Spanish winners of the Tour de France and has become a must-see place for cycling enthusiasts and also for those who want to enjoy the best views of the valley from the port of Portilhon. A unique opportunity to be photographed with this newly opened monument and immortalise the sporting event of the summer. And if you will pass by the tourist offices of the Val d’Aran in Aran Park, Salardu, Bossòst, Les and Vielha you can also take a selfie souvenir with the Photocall of the Tour!

 

 

Do you want some more? In this link you will find more propositions. Enjoy it!

https://www.visitvaldaran.com/diez-propuestas-para-disfrutar-de-la-val-daran-esta-primavera/

Ten proposals to enjoy the Val d'Aran this spring

 

Google_Translate_logo-EN

artiga de lin webFrom a quiet and restful walk to the most extreme challenge in a safe environment, yet in the Val d’Aran you will find everything that you dream to enjoy and experience memorable moments, whatever the weather!

Peaks over 3000 meters, spectacular lakes and waterfalls, marked trails for all levels, walking tours, cycling and a wide range of water-related recreational trails, allow a wide range of outdoor activities. In addition, the Val d’Aran preserves an important cultural heritage integrated in the nature, which gives rise to artistic itineraries through a Romanesque and Gothic set unique in the world.

Among such varied offer, these are the 10 proposals we have selected for this spring:

  1. Witnessing the natural spectacle of Uelhs deth Joèu waterfalls in Artiga de Lin and Saut deth Pish in the Val de Varradòs, which at this time reach their maximum power.
  2. SEL.LECCIÓ V D'ARAN (6) webVisit the Romanesque churches of the valley and, especially, Santa Eulària d’Unha, Santa Maria d’Arties and Sant Andreu de Salardú, with exceptional carvings and paintings.
  3. Experience the excitement of different adventure water sports on the Garonne brave waters during the thaw.
  4. Walking among wolves, bears, deer, lynx, marmots and other native animals at the wildlife Park, Aran Park.
  5. Cycling in Bordius, Montgarri, Bausen or in the Val de Toran, villages that refuse to stay empty.
  6. Hiking in Circ Lacustre de Colomèrs, l’Estanh de Mar or l’Estanh Obago, on the doors of the Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici.
  7. COLOMERS webJPGClimb to the Besiberri Nòrd, the Montardo or Molières and enjoy the beauty of the views in an altitude of 3000 meters.
  8. Live the adventure from the top of a tree, a death slide, a Tibetan bridge or a climbing wall, in the Naturaran adventure park.
  9. Taste the local cuisine at the more than 100 restaurants of the valley: sturgeon, trout, foie, cheeses, and meats hunting in all its varieties…
  10. Relax at one of the hotels and spas in the area, with equipped spaces where take care of body and mind.

Easter in Val d'Aran, disconnect and have fun

Google_Translate_logo-EN

GUIA PAG 164ETH PLA DERA ARTIGA DE LIN, ATH HONS ETH MALH DES POISExcellent choice for a Easter holiday, the Val d’Aran offers a unique environment that allows you to enjoy moments for everything: from disconnection and silence in places of great beauty and charming like Romanesque churches that invite you to the contemplation and meditation, to the most extreme adventure in mountains, canyons and rivers.

The destination is ideal for a family visit, with multiple sports activities for children in touch with nature, and other cultural and recreational proposals in the museums and villages of the valley. And all this without forgetting that the Val d’Aran has an excellent commercial and gastronomic offer for all tastes.

Children activities

Children will not have time to get bored with the many distractions especially addressed to them. Fun in the playgrounds of  Baqueira or learn in the ski schools, meet our bears Ben and Luna and the lovely animals of the wildlife park Aran Park, the exciting adventures in Naturaran or to spend a pleasant afternoon skating on the Palai de Gèu. In addition, under the festival Pyrenades

there are organized various workshops for children and an introductory course in mountaineering.

Snow activities

You are still in time to take advantage of the last days of the hibernal season on the slopes of Baqueira Beret, practicing skiing, snowboarding or any other of the many snow activities performed in the station. Leisure sports centers of the valley have also prepared you nice outings with snowshoes or free ski to discover the remotest places.

Nature

Puerto de BenasqueThe best way to discover the natural environment of the Val d’Aran are the excursions, whether hiking and cycling, as well as moturismo, routes by car or even by horse. The Tourist offices of the valley have updated information on the tracks and open access in every season information, they propose a.  ppropriate options to the preferences and needs of visitors and advise on companies of specialized guides that help to know the territory to go out in a safer way.

Adventure

With the arrival of the first school groups, before the start of the Easter holidays began in the Val d’Aran a a new season of adventure sportsrafting, hydrospeed or Naturaran adventure park are some of the options, although Deportur and Camins, companies that are responsible for implementing them, will propose you many more.

The most intrepid ask for strong emotions as Vias ferratas. In the Val d’Aran there are three routes of different levels of difficulty: Via Ferrata de Les, Via Ferrata Poi d’Unha and Via ferrata Cledes (Les), the latter newly opened this season.

Culture

santa-maria-artiesYou will love the visits to the villages in the valley, each with its church, some real treasures, both for its architectural quality as paintings or sculptural that we found inside, an artistic legacy of great variety and exceptional richness. We encourage you to discover them through Cultural thematic routes of the Val d’Aran.

We also advise to profit the last days of the temporary exhibition Umans e Natura in Santa Maria de Arties and visit the Museum of the Val d’Aran and the Musèu dera Nhèu, a thematic center unique in Europe.

Also these days is celebrated in the Val d’Aran the Pyrenades Festival, an event on Pyreneism offering a full program of walks, conferences, screenings, exhibitions and music for all audiences.

Traditions, trade and gastronomy

The followers of the Easter traditions cannot miss Bossòst processions, the only village in the valley that has genuinely preserved them. They take place on Good Friday and Easter Sunday and have become a great tourist and cultural interest of the town.

In addition, Bossòst and Arties organize this days a craft market with typical local products. We recommend you to try the elaborations of  marca de garantía Val d’Aran and, of course!, the cuisine of the Aranese restaurants.

And do not forget to spend an afternoon in Vielha, walking through its lively streets with good shopping offer and to stop in its charming corners with history. And one last tip: finish the visit with a  pintxos route through the town, they’re really delicious and original!