Vielha Val d'Aran

A year of gastronomy

Val d'Oran stages several culinary events as part of the European Year of gastronomy. Under the helm of the Agencia Catalana de Turismo, and while Val d'Aran was listed as a European region of gastronomy for 2016, several events will be held to highlight and promote the culinary heritage of the territory. Era çlhada (March), Caviar gastronomic days (March), Mòstra Gastronòmica dera Codina Aranesa de Tardor (September and October) and Era Monjetada (October and November) are among the most significant dates… Moreover the products reflecting the traditional recipes of Val d'Aran are included in each event: cheese, honey, sausage, patés and caviar are among the most common.

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Au cœur de la gastronomie d’Andorre, le fromage
Stage town for the 1st time
Principal town in the Aran Valley (province of Lérida)
5,500 inhabitants (Aranais), 7,700 inhabitants within the nine communes comprising Val d'Aran

Economy: Tourism (Baqueira-Beret, which has more than 100km of ski runs, is the second largest ski resort in Spain), agricultural activities (livestock, beekeeping, forestry)

Culture: Roman road (15 churches of different styles, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque), Co de Rodes (16th century house) at Vielha, Co de Brastet at Unha, Casa Paulet Arties (mansions of the 16th and 17th centuries), Ethnological Museum of Val d'Aran, Wool Museum in Vielha, Museum of Snow, and Co de Joanchiquet Ecomuseum (model of a traditional Val d'Aran house) at Unha, Mina Victoria (former zinc ore mine) in Bossost. Events: Bonfires of St John (23 June), Holy Week celebrations in Bossost, pilgrimage to the Montgarri shrine

Sport: Cava (athletics), Ceva (ski club). Events: Pedals de foc (mountain biking), Corsa et caminada des 15 Pobles (running), Marxa Beret (cross-country skiing)

Specialities: Olha aranesa (mountain stew), anditos (sausages), crespets (fritters)

Sustainable development: 450km of waymarked mountain bike trails, bike rental, public transport

Distinctions: Val d'Aran, 2016 gastronomy european region

Slogan: The essence of the Pyrenees

A classic Vuelta stage

While Vielha never held a Tour de France stage, it is not the case of Val d'Aran, which saw Russian Denis Menchov triumph in 2006 at the top of Pla de Beret, the summit overlooking the town along which the peloton will ride again this edition. Vielha-Mijaran was however included several times on the course of the Spanish Vuelta, twice as a stage finish in the 1980s and three times as a start in more recent years. In 1983, defending champion Marino Lejarreta had won in Vielha to take the Amarillo jersey he would only lose to Bernard Hinault in the last stages. In 1992, one of the most gruelling stages in the history of the race took the peloton from Vileha to Luz-Ardiden and went to Laudelino Cubino. The stages starting from Vielha in 2003 and 2008 crowned Alejandro Valverde and Greg van Avermaet.

En 2006, Denis Menchov s’est imposé au Pla de Beret © Presse Sports
Stage town for the 1st time
Principal town in the Aran Valley (province of Lérida)
5,500 inhabitants (Aranais), 7,700 inhabitants within the nine communes comprising Val d'Aran

Economy: Tourism (Baqueira-Beret, which has more than 100km of ski runs, is the second largest ski resort in Spain), agricultural activities (livestock, beekeeping, forestry)

Culture: Roman road (15 churches of different styles, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque), Co de Rodes (16th century house) at Vielha, Co de Brastet at Unha, Casa Paulet Arties (mansions of the 16th and 17th centuries), Ethnological Museum of Val d'Aran, Wool Museum in Vielha, Museum of Snow, and Co de Joanchiquet Ecomuseum (model of a traditional Val d'Aran house) at Unha, Mina Victoria (former zinc ore mine) in Bossost. Events: Bonfires of St John (23 June), Holy Week celebrations in Bossost, pilgrimage to the Montgarri shrine

Sport: Cava (athletics), Ceva (ski club). Events: Pedals de foc (mountain biking), Corsa et caminada des 15 Pobles (running), Marxa Beret (cross-country skiing)

Specialities: Olha aranesa (mountain stew), anditos (sausages), crespets (fritters)

Sustainable development: 450km of waymarked mountain bike trails, bike rental, public transport

Distinctions: Val d'Aran, 2016 gastronomy european region

Slogan: The essence of the Pyrenees

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Places to see

Aran Park
At Col du Portillon, this wildlife theme park is ideal to discover and admire the great variety of animals in the Pyrenees (bears, lynx, otters, wolves, marmots and deer…)

Ethnological Museum
Located in the Tower of general Martinhon, a 17th century house, it preserves and displays the natural and cultural heritage of Val d'Aran from prehistoric times to the 21st century.

Museum of wool
The former wool mill, still preserving its old carding machine, allows the visitors to discover the art of wool making in the early 20th century.

Naut Aran Via Ferrata
It comprises three sectors on a length of 775 metres for a vertical drop of 500 metres. The first sector of 150 metres is destined to starters, the second, harder section of 250 metres, offers a more spectacular and demanding course while the third section is extremely steep over 375 metres and reserved for expert climbers. The top of the Via Ferrata stands at 1,930 metres.

Baqueira Beret
Often considered the best ski resort in the Pyrenees, it became a national and international reference. The 99 pistes cover a skiing domain of 1,922 ha and stretch over 155 km, mostly on the North side of the Pyrenees, which guarantees fresher snow.

La nature occupe une part importante de la principautéLe musée de la laine ouvre une porte sur les traditions du début du siècle dernierVia ferrata à Naut AranLa vallée est réputée pour ses pistes de ski
Stage town for the 1st time
Principal town in the Aran Valley (province of Lérida)
5,500 inhabitants (Aranais), 7,700 inhabitants within the nine communes comprising Val d'Aran

Economy: Tourism (Baqueira-Beret, which has more than 100km of ski runs, is the second largest ski resort in Spain), agricultural activities (livestock, beekeeping, forestry)

Culture: Roman road (15 churches of different styles, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque), Co de Rodes (16th century house) at Vielha, Co de Brastet at Unha, Casa Paulet Arties (mansions of the 16th and 17th centuries), Ethnological Museum of Val d'Aran, Wool Museum in Vielha, Museum of Snow, and Co de Joanchiquet Ecomuseum (model of a traditional Val d'Aran house) at Unha, Mina Victoria (former zinc ore mine) in Bossost. Events: Bonfires of St John (23 June), Holy Week celebrations in Bossost, pilgrimage to the Montgarri shrine

Sport: Cava (athletics), Ceva (ski club). Events: Pedals de foc (mountain biking), Corsa et caminada des 15 Pobles (running), Marxa Beret (cross-country skiing)

Specialities: Olha aranesa (mountain stew), anditos (sausages), crespets (fritters)

Sustainable development: 450km of waymarked mountain bike trails, bike rental, public transport

Distinctions: Val d'Aran, 2016 gastronomy european region

Slogan: The essence of the Pyrenees

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Classifications after the stage 21

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