A stage by stage route around the Val d'Aran
The itinerary runs along different paths that bring together the 33 villages of the Val d’Aran, covering 150 km in total and 12,000 m elevation gain (6,000 m positive gain).
In this suggested itinerary the journey has been divided into 10 stages of about 15 km each, but the number of stages to do each time can be adapted to the travellers request’s; this way, the route could be completed in one go (one stage after the other in the same period of time) or stages can be completed throughout the year.
Who is if for?
The route is thought for travellers who, apart from wishing to do some exercise, would also like to become immersed in the history, the traditions, the food, and the culture while hiking the paths that used to connect the various villages of the valley of this small country with its own language named the Val d’Aran: the historic the Camin Reiau (literally the ‘royal road’ -which later became the ‘main road’-, the internal road for communication in the Val d’Aran).
The Camin Reiau itinerary is available all through all the seasons of the year, on your own, or with friends or family. And you can also challenge yourself with the 150 km in one go...
The Camin Reia with a guide
One of the different possibilities of the Camin Reiau is a journey in time, getting to know the Val d'Aran of old, walking all over ancient roads as you follow the itinerary. Along our walk you will be filled with questions, your curiosity will overflow trying to find reasons for many little details that at first sight seemed to be not very important but ... they surely have an explanation!!
The upper stones in the old walls that separate the road and a farm, why are they placed vertically? ... And those cross-shaped leaves that we find on all the doors in Bausen, what do they mean? ... And the stones, so finely carved with human figures, that we find in some churches, what do they represent? Ah! And that spectacular spruce planted in the square of Les, what does it symbolize? ... Why do the old houses with their whitewashed walls resemble so little the new buildings? ... And why are there so many niches on walls or pillars with images in the towns and on the roads, and most of the time with the image of San Antonio? ...
There are so many questions coming to our mind along the way… so, there is a way we won’t miss a thing: walking the Camin Reiau itinerary with a guide.
Guides will help us to live and feel the journey more intensely, to interpret the many very important details that are an essential part of the route, to learn in depth about the culture, the flora, the fauna, as well as to discover the ancestral traditions that still remain, its people’s life experiences which have changed so much in the last decades, so different from the present-day life...