Vielha is the capital of the Vall d`Aran, in it we find a combination of the traditional and serene air of the valley and the animated busy life of an important touristic reference in the region.
The valley is home to ski slopes and innumerable paths for trekking. This is a city that is fun both in summer and in winter.
In the Aragon Pyrenees you can find the valley of Benasque, a regular place to ski. In summer it’s a highly recommended destination for lovers of nature.
Its gastronomy is great, specially beef and lamb, to eat with the wines from the Denominación de Origen of Somontano wine. Beautiful villages in medieval style throughout the area, monasteries and hermitages.
It’s a peaceful area to take advantage of and spend relaxing holidays, and at the same time it has all the necessary services for being well attended to.
The Val d'Aran is located in the central area of the Pyrenees. Aranese is the name that the Occitan language of Arán receives.
A very deep rooted custom in the valley is to celebrate “romerías” which are processions in honour of saints and festivities pertaining to the countryside and livestock. If you wish to enjoy skiing you need to go to the Baqueira-Beret ski station, and, if on the other hand, what you like is trekking in Spring, you cannot miss getting lost in the Aranese villages, their landscapes and rivers.
Lastly, two recommendations: the first, if you need lodgings, I recommend staying in Hotel Albarés, where you can enjoy the hospitality of Mercedes (the owner) and Fugi (her husband) who will welcome you as if you were a family member.
The second recommendation is for you to visit Eth Córner, where you can taste the genuine Olla Aranesa (typical mountain stew) and ask for Javier, the genuine chef who will recommend the best eating places in the area.
The Aragonese Pyrenees are an undiscovered treasure for those who love nature and walking for hours. I love how these pictures reflect the beauty and relaxation in these places, from Biecas, The Swamp Sallent, and Park Ordesa.
This summer we were in Benasque, a small village of Huesca in the Natural Park of Posets-Maladeta which has grown and continues growing thanks to the number of mountain sports on offer.
The village is totally orientated (shops, accommodation, food and other services) to people who are searching for the mountains both in winter and summer (this s logical because you are in the natural park with its great number of routes, rivers, lakes…).
Cerler and its snow pistes is only 6 Km away. The stone and wood which are used for the houses and streets of the town, have made it into a beautiful and typical mountain village. Don’t miss it, it’s worth the bother.
Interesting set in a square in the French town of Bagneres de Luchon, close to the famous baths and framed in an area full of gardens with water and greenery in all its parts, due to an unusually rainy and cool summer. You can walk along the swans or ducks, along the banks of the river, up to the funicular ...
It is the highest village in the Aragon Pyrenees belonging to Benasque and has 125 inhabitants.
The village is divided, like many others, into two parts: the old part, which is very well looked after and restored, and on the other side of the road there is the new part of the village, mainly with flats and other buildings. They have come about as a consequence of the closeness of the ski pistes, they are at the end of the village and you can walk there.
A truly spectacular place and the roar of the waterfall is brutally deafening. The waters of the glacier of the Aneto mountain which disappear in Forau d´Aigualluts, reappear from the underground world in els Uelhs deth Joeu, in the very heart of the Valley of Arán.
This is a waterfall about 35 meters high located in Val de Varradòs which is reached by the roundabout of Pònt d´Arròs where you take the Pista Varradòs-Unhòla road. 100 meters before reaching the waterfall, we find a parking place to leave the car.
One walks a couple of minutes and we can already enjoy the incredible views of the waterfall and the small meadow it is located in. From these meadows different walking trips can be done to explore the countryside. From this place it is possible to see the highest peak of the Pyrenees, Monte Aneto which is 3.404 meters high.
The entire trip upwards to reach the waterfall, offers great views of the valley, an unforgettable vision.
Vilamós is one of the villages located at the highest level of the Val d´Arán, and therefore it has the most exceptional views of the entire region. The views are excellent and we discovered peaks such as Maladeta or the Pico Aneto (3,404 mts), the highest peak of the Pyrenees.
"Guardader" means viewpoint and this one in Vilamós is one of the most incredible ones. In spite of the winding road and the endless 8 kms that separate it from the main motorway, it is worth reaching this lovely Aranese village which offers not only one of the most incredible views of the valley, but a complete series of small treasures, such as Casa Joaquinet among others. Seeing the highest peaks of the Pyrenees with their snow covered peaks is well worth such an effort.
My trip to Vall d'Arán cropped up suddenly, but once I thought about it, a direct goal was to carry out its Romanesque tour which is indispensable. I recommend Bossòst, it has one of the most incredibly beautiful Romanesque churches that can be found in the valley, indeed in the entire country.
Our arrival to Bossòst was hindered somewhat as we found a pretty town, with long avenues, very French in style, elegant but packed with tourists. After days of solitude and the peace that went with it, Bossòst was an impact of harsh reality.
In the end, our goal was reached and we were able to enjoy the architectural and artistic beauty of the Church of dera Purificación. Honestly, it is extremely beautiful outside, with a very defined style and with no notable differences. The interior, austere, fresh, yet beautiful. I have always found Romanesque churches cold yet welcoming, very intimate where spirituality can be felt. This church has enabled us to forget the saturation of traffic, week-end tourists and road chaos. Entering this church has been like crossing a threshold into another reality.
On a day of intense heat we had, the welcoming freshness of the Purificación church has made us stay for a good long while. The entire setting is outstanding in my opinion, but for me the most distinctive element is the tympanum of the North façade, with all the features of this sort of sculptures.
The Pyrenees are one of the mountain jewels that we have in Spain and from the Natural Park of Posets Maladeta you can see why.
A lot of summits wanting to be climbed, a lot of routes in medium and high mountains (among them the ascent to Aneto), but there’s something for everybody, you can even enjoy it by car as well. Give yourself a lot of time because you will stop all the time to take photos.
The summit of Pico Tempestades 3,290 m above sea level
In the Posets Maladeta Natural Park there are many climbs we can make to the giants of the Central Pyrenees and they are more than just a simple trip or excursion. They are all an experience which you will remember forever.
Poset-Maladeta Natural Park.
Under the glacier the Aneto we will find a very special natural phenomenon. Here in Aiguallut Foaru, water from the melt of the glacier of the Aneto is filtered by a natural sink and is driven underground to the Atlantic, instead of addressing (as would correspond ) to the Mediterranean. The walls of the cave that had collapsed is this spot have left a gaping hole in the place where the waters from the Ésera disappear mocking the most logical orographic division, the Atlantic Road(this is known by the name of karst phenomenon). A little above the Forau we find the Aiguallut waterfall, the view of the waterfall with Aneto at the background is really impressive. Above the waterfall there is a large meadow with a beautiful landscape of mountain (very nice place for a picnic). The road is not complicated, a well-marked trail, it is about 40 minutes (one way) from La Besurta (1900m), which can be reached by car (low season) or bus (when the track is closed to traffic), a walk you can not miss.
In the Mid-Pyrenees is Saint-Lary, a small town known for its ski slope with the same name. Since it's a tourist area there are plenty of entertainment options around the area and one of the most requested are the Thermal Baths of Saint-Lary, famous for their healing power especially for respiratory diseases. In addition the number of walking routes that can be done through the Pyrenees National Park is another of the attractions of the village. Saint-Lary is a typical Pyrenean village with stone houses and slate roofs to withstand low winter temperatures and the weight of snow on their roofs. The streets, restaurants, shops and landmark buildings are the perfect to lose yourself wandering.