Vielha is an enchanting mountain town and a gateway to the Arán Valley. Rugged peaks soar over the town, some more than 2,000 metres high. Explore the history-soaked town centre filled with traditional Aranese architecture and hike to lakes, waterfalls and scenic viewpoints scattered across the Arán Valley.
Things to do in ViellaCobbled streets, stone houses and a picturesque setting on the Garonne River give Vielha a postcard-perfect feel. Stroll around the historic centre and stop to admire the traditional Aranese architecture featuring pitched slate roofs and wooden balconies. Saint Michael Church looms over the town and is topped with soaring Gothic spires.
Musèu dera Val D’Aran occupies a beautifully restored Renaissance mansion and charts the rich narrative of the town. Exhibits cover centuries of history, from the Bronze Age to modern times. Highlights include an impressive collection of medieval art and Roman relics.
With some of the tallest peaks more than 2,000 metres high, Vielha is a mecca for hikers. There are trails for every level, from gentle walks to challenging summits. Experienced mountaineers can climb Pico Aneto, one of the tallest peaks in the Pyrenees. For the most dramatic scenery, head to Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, where you can discover glacier-carved valleys, tumbling waterfalls and more than 200 alpine lakes.
From rustic taverns to fine-dining establishments, Vielha is filled with atmospheric restaurants where you can enjoy Catalan cuisine. Try local specialties like “escalivada” roasted red peppers, “esqueixada de bacalla” shredded salt cod and “mel i mato” fresh cheese drizzled with honey. The microbrewery is a great place to quench your thirst after a long hike.