The Aran Valley is situated to the extreme west of the Catalan Pyrenees, an ideal setting for a relaxing break in the mountains in either winter or summer, taking advantage of the ski slopes or rolling hills to partake in skiing, hiking, cycling or any of the numerous activities on offer in the area.
The Aran Valley region has a very unique culture, even boasting its very own dialect of Catalan: Aranés. Vielha is the capital of the Aran Valley, offering all the services you would expect from a larger town. Surrounded by mountain peaks that reach up to and over 3000 metres, forests, pastures and natural lakes, the area is blessed with some stunning scenery.
Many of the forests in the area contain large swathes of fir, beech and pine trees, with the valley containing a very characteristic fauna. The situation of the valley also favours the existence of many animals, including eagles, kites, partridges, quails and capercaillies (a protected species as a result of the scarce numbers of this animal). It is also possible to practice hunting in the Aran Valley, with the rivers full of trout and the forests teeming with game birds and wild animals such as roe deer, mountain goats, wild boar and rabbits.
Thanks to the Baqueira Beret ski station, the area has enjoyed touristic prestige through the years, with ski slopes that range over 1000 metres in height. The services, facilities and pistes are of the highest standard, situating the resort among the best in Spain.
The typical food you will find in the Aran Valley are stews and soups such as the 'Olla Aranesa', cooked with products grown and picked in the region, and pates and wild boar, along with many influences from across the border in France.
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