Camin Reiau, come to discover it and walk it!!!
The Camin Reiau is probably a Roman road that crossed the valley all along its way from the Via Tolosana towards the Imperial Tarraco, a reason enough for “Camin Reiau” to be the legitimate name for the route, which literally meant the ‘royal road’ -later becoming the ‘main road’-, the communication road in the Val d’Aran. Over the years, its original layout has been affected in some sections by modern roads, such as the N-230 and the C-28.
Being a linear journey, the Camin Reiau needed some allies to make it a circular route, and the traditional paths were there, waiting to accomplish that function, paths that the Aranese people have been building for hundreds of years to survive and make the most of their fabulous natural heritage.
40 inhabited settlements
These traditional paths were old ways of communication between the hamlets and villages: roads for miners, mule drivers, shepherds, smugglers, the maquis of the rural resistance... also the access to the building works of the hydroelectric power stations, the forests, the high mountain pastures ... All of these wishing to escape oblivion and willing to be part of the connection among the 33 villages of the Val d'Aran. In time, some hamlets and small villages have been added to the road making a total of 40 inhabited settlements.
A customized route
This is how our route starts its long journey, diving into fantastic forests of beech, oak, fir trees..., crossing ancient meadows, discovering small settlements ..., covering a total of 150 km and accumulating 6000 m of gain in elevation on the ascent and another 6000 m in the descent.
Although in its initial concept the route was thought as a quiet and peaceful journey of 10 days, with an approximate amount of 15 km per day and 600 m of elevation gain on daily average, we thought about also offering the option of personalizing the hike for you.
Taking advantage of the parallel tracing of its stages and the various points of connection among them, the Camin Reiau offers the possibility of dividing the stages to suit your needs better. You can plan your walks to match the time of the season for the "the bellowing of the deer" in the wild Valley of Toran, or with the town festivals of Vielha, or with the celebration of the ancient log burning tradition of Crema d'Eth Haro in the village of Les.
You will be given a stamp in your itinerary passport each time you reach one of the towns or villages along the way.
The passport costs 40€ and it includes:
Map by the publishing house Alpina, outline and review of each stage of the route, a Book of the Walker (includes pencil drawings of the flora and of the monuments in the Val d’Aran, a walker's diary with the points where passport stamps are given), and a T-shirt.
For your greater peace of mind, you may hire insurance to cover you in case of an accident.
The prices are as follows:
1 Day: €12.51
3 Days: €23.62
6 Days: €35.41
10 Days: €41.67
(Attach insurance PDF)
Accommodation will be subject to the availability and offer of each town, ranging among hotels, hostels, inns, self-catering rural houses or, in some cases, mountain refuges.