Parador de Vielha
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- Twin rooms (87)
- Double rooms (7)
- Split-level rooms (24)
- Capacity (240)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Ambiance music
- Parking (charged)
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Disabled facilities
- Airport (150km)
- Port (145km)
Parador de Vielha - Superb mountain setting (4*)
Perched on a wooded hillside in the Spanish Pyrenees, the spectacular Parador de Vielha has stunning views down the beautiful Aran Valley, and is a great base for exploring the mountains. Guests may relax in the outdoor swimming pool or in the impressive spa, which offers sauna, Jacuzzi, massage and beauty treatments, both overlooking the majestic mountain range.
Many of the hotel’s spacious, bright bedrooms have views of the valley and terrace and a garden, in harmony with the surroundings, completes the facilities at the Parador de Vielha.
However, perhaps the highlight of your stay would be the Parador's restaurant: a stunning round structure with a conical roof and surrounded by glass, offering diners a magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Here you may soak in the scenery while enjoying such local dishes as Civet de jabalí (wild boar stewed with vegetables, herbs and wine) , Olla aranesa (bean stew with vegetables, potato, noodles and pork sausage) and Pescajus (crepes filled with caramel cream).
The views are one of Parador de Vielha’s key attractions, and the incredible location provides a wonderful mountain backdrop for your stay.
Vielha is the capital of the Val d’Arán situated in the Pyrenees on the Spanish-French border. The name, Basque for ‘valley’, is rumoured to have been bestowed on the area by the Arenosis tribe, the first recorded Pyrean inhabitants. The many fables and lore surrounding the Pyrenees include folk stories of nymphs, giants, and goddesses and origins of Vielha go back as far as the Roman period where legend states that it was home to the giant Mandronius who fought against Roman invaders. In the 10th century the town became part of the Catalonian counties after many feudal agreements, and in the 12th century it was officially integrated into the Crown of Aragon.
The Pyrenees themselves have played an important role in history, often being at the centre of a land ownership struggle between France and Spain. It was Hannibal who first crossed the mountain rage using the Pertús passage during the Second Punic War. Its ideal location means that the area has been used by Celtic, Roman, and Visigoths during warfare. Even in recent history, the passages of the Pyrenees have been of great use in aiding war efforts, with many rebels occupying the range during the Spanish Civil War.
During the winter months the Arán valley attracts many winter sports enthusiasts who flock to the area to take advantage of the excellent skiing opportunities. The Baqueira Beret ski resort is extremely popular offering both downhill and cross-country skiing. In summer there are a variety of walks and expeditions around the valley and the surrounding peaks, including many sports such as mountain biking, hiking, paragliding, rafting, and horse riding, to name a few. Vielha’s proximity to the Estany Sant Maurici National Park (home to many forests, rivers, waterfalls, and over 200 lakes) makes it a great location for nature enthusiasts.
The picturesque town centre of Vielha is a short walk from the Parador, and visitors can marvel at the mixture of French and Spanish culture reflected in the town’s architecture and delicacies.
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Catalunya Accommodation tax: All guests over the age of 16 who are staying in Paradors within Catalunya will be charged locally a tax of 1€ per person per night (for a maximum of 7 nights). This tax applies to the following Paradors: Aiguablava, Arties, Cardona, Lleida, Tortosa, Vic and Vielha, and also at La Seu d'Urgell (where the charge will only be 0.50€ per person per night)
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.00 to 22.30.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
The Parador's restaurant: a stunning round structure with a conical roof and surrounded by glass, offering diners a magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Here you may soak in the scenery while enjoying such local dishes as Civet de jabalí (wild boar stewed with vegetables, herbs and wine) , Olla aranesa (bean stew with vegetables, potato, noodles and pork sausage) and Pescajus (crepes filled with caramel cream).
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are from the 15 June until the 22 September 2019.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
The Parador is located on the hill called 'Eth Casteth' dominating the town of Vielha 2 km away. It can be reached along the N-230 (towards Lleida, 160 km away).
Arties - 7km
La Seu d'Urgell - 131km
Bielsa - 163km
Cardona - 212km
Barcelona Airport - 290km
Region & Cuisine
The Autonomous Community of Catalonia, in the extreme north-east of Spain, is certainly one of the best known regions of the country. Almost everyone knows all about, and a great many people have been to, Barcelona and the Costa Brava, but – while these are deservedly very popular destinations – other parts of this region are equally attractive yet relatively off the beaten track.
Bordered by France and Andorra in the north, Aragón in the west and the Community of Valencia in the south, Catalonia is a land of contrasts. The northern region incorporates almost half of the Pyrenean mountain range running west from the Mediterranean, with remote mountain villages dotting the landscape. Further south and inland the region is flatter and largely agricultural, a land of arable farming and cattle-breeding, while Catalonia’s 500 km of coastline offers its own kind of scenery and attractions including fishing ports, miles of golden sandy beaches and tiny coves reached only from the sea. Given this diversity of topography, Catalonia’s climate ranges from mild and warm in the coastal region to fairly extreme at higher altitudes where snow is frequent in winter.
Catalonia is a region fiercely proud of its identity, of its history and culture and of its language (Catalán) which is spoken everywhere throughout the region. Many towns and villages in Catalonia are now known by their Catalán names which may well be unfamiliar to those used to the old ‘Spanish’ names. The Catalans themselves are friendly and hardworking and if a Catalán gives you his word you can be sure that he means it. They definitely know how to enjoy themselves, and are fanatical (at least, most of them) about two things: eating well, about which more later, and football – when their beloved ‘Barça’ gets the better of arch rival Real Madrid, particularly at home in Europe’s largest football stadium, everyone knows about it.
The principal cities of Catalonia are Barcelona (the regional capital), Girona, Lleida and Tarragona, each of which gives its name to the four provinces into which the region is divided. Barcelona itself needs little introduction: the urban renewal leading up to the spectacularly successful 1992 Olympic Games virtually changed the face of the city, but not its character. The acknowledged front-running Spanish city in business, fashion, architecture, opera, art, street theatre, nightlife... Barcelona is all this, and more, and remains intensely Catalán.
The province of Girona, in the north of the region, includes – among many other attractions, not least the city itself – the most appealing section of the Costa Brava. Much maligned in the past as the original ‘cheap package tour’ destination, the coastline from S’Agaró up to the French border is now, in the opinion of many, the most scenically beautiful stretch of coast in Spain, typified by the glorious views from the Parador in Aiguablava. Inevitably there has been considerable development along the coast over the years, not least because the Costa Brava is a hugely popular area for weekends and holidays for the Catalans themselves, many of whom have holiday homes both on the coast and in the interior of the province.
A lesser known area of Catalonia is the province of Lleida. The attractive city of Lleida, to the west of Catalonia and surrounded by fertile fruit-growing countryside, is well worth a visit for its old quarter on the right bank of the river Segre. But for really dramatic scenery in this province head north to the Pyrenees. A useful route from Lleida to reach the most breathtaking mountain views takes you first to Seu d’Urgell (near the border with Andorra), then east to Sort, then on minor roads through Esterri d’Aneu and the ski resort of Baqueira, and finally to the neighbouring villages of ArtÍes and Vielha (each with its own Parador) in the heart of the spectacularly beautiful Val d’Arán and surrounded by mountains approaching 3,000 metres. Just awesome!
The southernmost province of Catalonia is Tarragona. Probably best known for its coastline, the Costa Daurada (in Spanish Dorada – the Golden Coast) has mile after mile of uncrowded, flat sandy beaches, very different in character from the Costa Brava further north. Inland the countryside is fertile and in places quite hilly; Spain’s longest river, the Ebro, runs through this province and passes through some exceptionally beautiful countryside near the little town of Flix, an angling centre which in recent years has become known for the giant catfish caught in these waters. The Ebro reaches the Mediterranean near the historic town of Tortosa, a number of whose buildings – including the Parador, the 10th century Castillo de la Zuda – are national monuments.
Tarragona itself was the principal city in Roman Catalonia. It has a considerable artistic and architectural heritage and has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Among the many examples of the Roman occupation of the city are the Roman wall, the amphitheatre and the ‘Pont del Diable’, a spectacular Roman aqueduct.
And so to the cuisine of Catalonia, referred to earlier. Many, if not most, Spaniards maintain that their own particular region offers the best in Spanish gastronomy, but in Catalonia good eating is definitely considered a priority matter and some of what are considered to be the best restaurants in the world are in this region. With natural resources coming from the sea and the mountains, fish and seafood are always fresh and sausages, meats and vegetables are of the best quality. Catalán dishes can reach the heights of sophistication with elaborate sauces, but three of the most basic favourites – available everywhere – are ‘butifarra amb mongetes’ (Catalán sausage with beans), ‘pa amb tomaquet’ (bread with olive oil and tomatoes, often served with country ham and eaten as a prelude to lunch or dinner) and the popular local dessert ‘crema catalana’, a form of custard covered in caramelised sugar.
Catalonia is one of Spain’s great wine-producing regions, with any number of locally-produced red and white wines available everywhere to suit all tastes. This is also the region responsible for the top quality sparkling wine known as ‘cava’ using the traditional champagne method, and visits may be made to a number of the establishments that produce this wine.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.