Welcome to Vielha
A sprawl of stone-and-slate houses, outdoor-gear shops and holiday apartments make up hectic Vielha, 'capital' of the Val d'Aran. The tiny town centre, anchored by the distinctive spire of the Gothic Sant Miquèu church, is packed with rustic restaurants, especially along the gushing Riu Garona. While Vielha doesn't have the charisma of the Val d'Aran's smaller towns, its shops, supermarkets, lively dining scene and varied accommodation make it a popular base for hiking, skiing and other adventures around the valley. It's best to have your own wheels: the Vall de Boí's hiking terrain is 20km south, while the Baqueira-Beret-Bonaigua ski pistes lie 15km east.