Photos from Catalonia : the Val d'Aran

Although it is part of Catalonia, the name Val d'Aran is Aranese (the standardized form of the Gascon variety of the Occitan language). 'Val d'Aran' itself is a pleonasm, as it means Valley of the Valley (val in Gascon and aran from Basque haran). The Basque language was spoken here until the 12-13th century. Geographically, the valley belongs to the Garonne water system, which flows through the valley after rising on the slopes of nearby Pic Aneto. The valley is known for the beauty of its villages and its nature, like the Lakes of Colomers.

val d'aran aubert church iglesia

Flowery balcony and church in Aubert


aran valley colomers bahns tredos

Mountain scenery near Bahns de Tredos (start of path to Colomers Refuge)


pyrenees flower  maiden pink

Mountain flower : dianthus (maiden pink)


mountain stream meadow

Mountain stream, green meadow, pine trees


aran pyrenees flowers Aconitum Napellus

Aconitum Napellus


pine trees meadow pyrenees

Pine trees in a meadow, near Bahns de Tredos


Estanh Dera Lossa

Estanh Dera Lossa


pyrenees flowers gentiane fleur

Gentian in bloom


colomers lagos lakes



colomers lagos lake

Estany Garguilhs de Jos


val d'aran salardu pueblo village



maladetta anetto

Maladetta massif and Pic d'Anetto seen from Salardu


unha iglesia salardu val d'aran

Iglesia de Santa Eularia (Unha)





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