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Old street Vielha (Val d'Aran)

Old street Vielha (Val d’Aran)

This is my contribution to the Cee’s Which Way Challenge. Thanks you Cee for hosting this challenge.

My entry this week is for this old street in a small town in the Pyrenees mountains.

Vielha e Mijaran is a municipality in the comarca of the Val d’Aran in Catalonia, Spain. It was created in 1970 by the merger of the municipalities of Arròs e Vila, Betlan, Escunhau, Gausac, Vielha and Vilac: the former municipalities retain some privileges as “decentralised municipal entities” (entitats municipals descentralitzades, EMD), as does the village of Betren. Mijaran literally means “Middle Valley” in Aranese, as the inhabited part of the municipality is situated in the valley of the Garonne (Garona). The Noguera Ribagorçana has its source on the territory of the municipality, on the opposite side of the watershed. The ajuntament (town hall) is in Vielha, spelled Viella in Catalan and Spanish, which is also the capital of the comarca.

The municipality is linked to France and to the rest of Catalonia (via the Vielha tunnel) by the N-230 road. The C-28 (old name: C-142) road continues up the valley to Naut Aran, and on over the Port de la Bonaigua(2,072 m) to the comarca of Pallars Sobirà. This road, the higher stretches of which are impassable in winter, was the only route between the Val d’Aran and the rest of Spain before the opening of the Vielha tunnel in 1948.

Pyrenees

Pyrenees

Famous for the sky sports in winter and rural tourisme in summer.

The Val d’Aran, Aran Valley in English, is a valley, 620.47 square kilometres (239.56 sq mi) in area, in the Pyrenees mountains and a comarca (county) in the northwestern part of the province of Lleida, in Catalonia, northern Spain. Most of the valley constitutes one of only two areas of Spain, and the only part of Catalonia, located on the northern side of the Pyrenees.

La Fageda (Beech wood)

La Fageda (Beech wood)

The “Fageda d’en Jordà” is an exceptional beech forest that grows on a flat and sits on a lava flow from the volcano Croscat, which offers a rugged, with abundant prominences very characteristics that may reaching more than 20 meters high and are called local tossols. Part of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. It is located in the Garrotxa region, near the neck and San Miguel de Batlle Sacot (XI century Romanesque church) and plan Sacot and the hill of Bassols is at the southwestern flank of the volcano Santa Margarita . The Beech is surrounded by much of twenty-one volcanoes are in the Garrotxa region (Girona, Catalonia).

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