The Aran Valley or the Val d'Aran is much more than the white landscape that stands out for its snow every winter. With the arrival of good weather, the Aranese valley is dyed green to make way for a spring season full of activities on wheels or on foot for families more [...]

The Aran Valley or the Val d'Aran is much more than the white landscape that stands out for its snow every winter. With the arrival of good weather, the Aranese valley is dyed green to make way for a spring season full of activities on wheels or on foot for the most adventurous families. The landscape richness, added to the tourist and gastronomic offer developed by the sector, make the Val d'Aran an ideal enclave, little crowded and with a very interesting potential for family tourism.

One of the attractions at this time of the year is offered by Baqueira-Beret, which is also activated by opening the Blanhiblar el Barralh chairlift (Bar with solarium) and the Montarto Hotel that enhance the accessibility to the summer orography of the Val d'Aran. The Atlantic climate that accompanies the valley all year round invites tourists to enjoy with the smallest of the abundant high peaks, such as the Tuc d'Arenho, the huge waterfalls or the lush forest of Baricauba; all located in the heart of the Pyrenees.

The Aranese territory stands out for its unique corners to which 4 × 4 lovers will have access, a fun adventure that will take the whole family to enjoy the green landscapes among the mountains.

The Ribera del Salient route is an example of the paths to be traveled along the forest track that starts in Vilac, 3 kilometers from Vielha, the capital of the region, and takes us to elevations above 2,000 meters. Children can enter the wide alpine meadows and enjoy the views of the Tuc d'Arenho, a mountain of 2,524 meters which is between the municipalities of Naut Aran and Vielha e Mijaran, or the Mirador Ribera deth Salient, a short distance from the top, turned into an area surrounded by red pine perfect for a picnic at noon.

Those who prefer the tranquility of less daring routes will not be left indifferent by the forest of Baricauba. It can be accessed starting from Vielha and is a real wonder of the Val d'Aran where on the rainy springs you can see the Bassa d'Oles, converted into an idyllic mountain lake frequented by Aranese and tourists due to the ease of access.

On two wheels

Any age is good to enjoy the more than 444 kilometers spread over 25 approved and accessible routes for cycling in the Val d'Aran. Cycle tourism routes or green itineraries bifurcate along the valley with perfectly marked ports and public transport or transfers that facilitate communication to the routes. BTTs, also known as mountain biking, are offered to families to carry out these routes as their suspension and components to the impacts of the most mountainous routes make them more comfortable and accessible also for children.

Starting with the aforementioned Bassa d'Oles, we find the new BikePark, unique in Catalonia, that offers restless teenagers the adrenaline on wheels of the downhill circuits in the middle of the Baricauba forest.

Hiking with children

From the birth of the Garonne, on the border with France, until past Salardú, touching the Pallars Sobirà region, the various hiking routes through the Val d'Aran unfold in a wide range of levels and panoramas adapted to all ages .

Family routes are pleasant and of low difficulty to take advantage of the tranquility of towns such as Es Bòrdes, 25km from the border with the Francophone country, or small Romanesque churches such as Sant Ròc de Begòs. Places where children can run freely and enjoy culture on the trails of the Pyrenees.

The best, a great kitchen

The gastronomy of Val d'Aran is an important element of its ethnological heritage, which has recovered especially in recent years thanks to people and associations of the Valley, such as Gegant Madrónius, who have compiled many old recipes of oral tradition. Dishes that, like the 'truhada' or the 'patarnes' ran the risk of falling into oblivion but have been rescued in time. To this process has been added the recovery of artisan products that the Aranese Government has recently launched, such as cheeses in Bagergue.

Among the natural products of the xona highlight the fruits of the forest, such as blueberries, wild strawberries, currants (cassis) or raspberries; game meat; natural honey; vegetables from the garden like cabbages.

And among the most typical dishes, elaborations such as Civet de senglar, based on boar meat, Confit de pato, Aranese pot, with veal and pork meat, Patarnes, some soups of bread and potatoes, Chicken a la coquèla, a cooking bowl typical of the region or the Truhada, a preparation similar to mashed potatoes. And traditional desserts like Coquilhons, Crespèths or Pasteres, among others.