Valle de Aran
The Aran Valley, located in the northeast of Catalonia, bordering Aragón and France, is a valley in the Atlantic watershed of the Pyrenees. It is a sprawling 630 km2, which includes the mouth of the Garona River.
The official language of the area is Aranes, followed by Catalan and then Castilian Spanish.
The mountainous character largely explains the strong personality of the Aran Valley, which has remained to this day; 30% of which is over 2000 meters in altitude. The mountains form a natural barrier that has historically allowed for communication with neighboring lands, especially with Aragon and Catalonia, while the river makes its way towards Gascon lands. Mountain passes that connected the valley with the Catalan regions were inaccessible during the winter and hard the rest of the year, until the road passing through the Bonaigua port (1924) and the new Vielha tunnel (2008) opened the way to road traffic and made communication possible throughout the year.
Skiing and other snow sports are very well known and respected in this valley given its geographic location and ideal winter conditions.