TYPE OF LANDSCAPE:
TOWNS AND VILLAGES
The Camin Reiau is based on the paths that once connected the different towns and villages of the Val d’Aran, and in ancient times were used by the Romans.
Setting out from Vielha, you can walk to Betren, Escunhau and Casarilh, or, heading the direction of France, reach Aubèrt, Vilac, Mont, Montcorbau, Betlan, Arròs and Vila.
It’s the ideal route for walkers who, as well enjoying healthy exercise, want to immerse themselves in the history, the customs, the food and the culture of this tiny country with a language of its own that is the Val d’Aran.
· The route is suitable practically year round, because almost all the path is located on the sunny side of the valley, so that during the winter months, snow is quick to clear.
· Era Garona, the Garonne, is the Val d’Aran’s main river and a major presence along the way. Much of the route follows its course, the left bank a shaded slope covered in thick vegetation, its right bank the sunny side, where most of the villages are situated.
· The Camin Reiau was probably a Roman road that crossed the valley on its long march from the Vía Tolosana towards Tarraco Imperial, modern-day Tarragona, reason enough for Camin Reiau to give its name to the route. On certain sections its original course has been affected by modern roads such as the N-230 and the C-28.