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Vielha e Mijaran

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Country  Spain
Province  Lleida
Elevation  980 m (3,220 ft)
Population  5,474 (2014)
Community  Catalonia
Special division  Aran
Postal code  25530
Local time  Monday 6:27 AM
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Weather  1°C, Wind N at 3 km/h, 88% Humidity
Points of interest  Garonne, Tuc de Molières, Uelhs deth Joèu, Musèu dera Val d’Aran, Saut deth Pish

Vielha e Mijaran ([biˈeʎa e miʒaˈɾan]) is a municipality in Aran, Catalonia, Spain. It was created in 1970 by the merger of the municipalities of Arròs e Vila, Betlan, Escunhau, Gausac, Vielha and Vilac: some of the former municipalities retain some privileges as "decentralised municipal entities" (entitats municipals descentralitzades, EMD), as does the village of Betren. Mijaran literally means "Middle Aran" 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 Aran.


Map of Vielha e Mijaran, Lleida, Spain

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, 6,798 ft) to the comarca of Pallars Sobirà. This road, the higher stretches of which are impassable in winter, was the only route between the Aran valley and the rest of Spain before the opening of the Vielha tunnel in 1948.


The municipality is composed of thirteen distinct settlements. Populations are given as of 2001:

  • Arròs (95)
  • Aubèrt (104), in the EMD of Aubèrt e Betlan
  • Betlan (24), on the left bank of the Garonne
  • Betren (376), on the left bank of the Garonne
  • Casarilh (64), in the EMD of Escunhau e Casarilh, on the left bank of the Garonne
  • Casau (87), inhabited in Roman times
  • Escunhau (89)
  • Gausac (555)
  • Mont (25), on the right bank of the Garonne at the foot of the Es Cròdos range
  • Montcorbau (17), on the right bank of the Garonne
  • Vielha (2,620)
  • Vila (30)
  • Vilac (147)
  • Sister cities

  • Saint-Gaudens, France
  • References

    Vielha e Mijaran Wikipedia

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