Summer

in the Spanish Pyraneese

The Val D’Aran ‘Valley of Valleys’ is a unique area offering 620 square kilometres of stunning scenery, delightful villages, cultural heritage and a variety of terrain to suit various sports and abilities.

Visiting the Val D’Aran in the summer time is a mountain paradise in the Spanish Pyrenees. The valley offers great locations for summer activities in addition to its well-known ski station, Baqueira-Beret.

With many years of experience of the Aran Valley you can be assured you will be receiving the best treatment and the best services available with our tailor-made packages. We have our own chalet-Hotel in Vielha offering 15 rooms with a variety of room types, you can see the website here (link to www.iorihotel.com). We offer half-board and bed and breakfast during the Summer and we are generally open from mid-June until mid-September, although we can open at other times for groups. The hotel has ample parking on-site, wifi, 2 bars and games. We work with www.excitingpyrenees.com to provide a variety of excursions during your stay and also work with other hotels such as the Tryp Vielha.

 

Summer Activities

Hiking

 

Hiking in the Val D’Aran is a wonderful way to spend your holiday. With over 300km of trails, stunning scenery and a varied terrain for all ages and fitness levels, there are hgh mountain routes, or historical tours – enough options to keep everyone happy!

Mountain Biking

 

Using experienced bike guides and a well established rental shop in the valley, we can offer a full service for mountain biking. Explore fantastic terrain, short and long routes in beautiful scenery.

Horse Riding

 

Horse riding is another activity in the Val d’Aran. Experienced Riding School Val d’Aran (in Vielha) where you can take trips with an accompanying monitor. They offer courses by the hour or in packages.

Cycle Touring

 

On-road cycling also has its place in the Val de Arán. Which ever route you choose, you’ll experience the beauty of the valley. Mountain routes are well signposted.

Language Courses

 

Why not  improve your language skills whilst on holiday? Working in partnership with the local language school, we offer group and private lessons and  general conversation for adults and children.

Other activities

 

Don’t forget some of the other wonderful activities on offer – these include: Road cycling, Rafting, Canyoning, Fishing, Climbing, Pitch and putt golf.

Historical Information

 

The valley borders the “Aiguestores” National Park where development is restricted. Aiguestores (“twisted waters”) is Catalonia’s only National Park and offers some spectacular scenery with many species of wildlife, including roe deer, marmots and chamois. Some of the plant life dates back to glacial times.

The orientation of the valley and high mountain peaks (a third of the valley is above 2000 metres) provides a natural barrier into Spain. The Garona river starts in the plains of Beret and meanders down into France, finally emptying into the Atlantic at Bordeaux.

Until the 20th Century, passages to the Val D’Aran were limited and totally unpassable during winter months but the mountain road through Bonaigua, constructed in 1924, and the Vielha tunnel, constructed in 1948, allowed the first easy access into Spain. Prior to this the valley was closely related to the Occitan culture found in Southern France and had administrative connections with France.

The valley has rich history, and archaeological finds suggest the valley has been occupied since the bronze age. The local architecture is notable and in keeping with the surrounding landscape; all new builds are constructed  in local stone to match older buildings. A lot of larger villages and hamlets have restored their churches and created museums to show off tapestries and architectural finds dating back 500 years or more.

 

 

 

Many of these villages are connected by the old “Camin Reiau” (Royal Walk) footpath dating back to Roman times. The Romans occupied some of the villages with natural thermal springs such as Les and Tredos.

In the last thousand years the valley has witnessed many changes including Roman Occupation, invasion by Napoleon, two republics and two dictatorships. The Aranese people have always been in charge of their own administration which has caused some conflict with Spanish and French authorities. It is only since 1979 that the privileges of the valley have been fully restored.

Over time, the local Aranese people have always been self sufficient and have fought to retain their heritage and culture. This is demonstrated by the pride they show in areas such as the local architecture, gastronomy and their own language, “Aranese”, which is widely spoken and is taught at local schools.

Many of the villages such as Vileha, Arties, Unha and Salardu are all worth exploring for traditional tapas bars and local cuisine. Lots of the villages have summer festivals, where traditional activities are demonstrated and celebrated.

Accomodation

Era Borda

Era Borda

Bed & Breakfast.

Our exclusive and beautifully constructed chalet is located in Vielha. There are 4 spacious duplex rooms and a restaurant/bar with courtyard area. We offer a delicious continental breakfast with cooked options and tapas in the evenings.

The chalet is in a quiet area of the old town in a quite secluded zone but only a stone’s throw from the bustling and vibrant town of Vielha with numerous tapas bars and restaurants.

Tryp Vielha Baqueira

4 Star Hotel.

A popular Hotel in the centre of Vielha which is open winter and Summer. The rooms have great reviews and the hotel is very spacious with an award winning pool.

Iori Hotel Vielha

Iori Hotel

3 Star Hotel.

A spacious 3 star Hotel in fantastic condition with unique and quirky architecture in Vielha, 15 minutes drive from Baqueira.

The Hotel has four room types: standard double, superior room, superior plus and deluxe. We offer breakfast with cooked options, afternoon tea and a 3 course meal (2 options including vegetarian), 6 nights a week.

The Iori restaurant and bar is spacious with a log fire and across the road is our Era Borda sports bar which has more of a pub feel. The chalet has 6 parking spaces.

The Hotel is open all year round in the bustling and vibrant town of Vielha, in a quite secluded zone but only a stone’s throw from the numerous tapas bars and restaurants.