The Aranese people have a rich culinary heritage. Given that the valley was largely cut off from the rest of Spain until the mid-1900s, they have great pride in their locally made produce. The quality of Baqueira’s local products is due to the local farmers’ continued dedication and efforts. Here is our go-to guide of local produce to try on your ski holiday or to take home with you!
Caviar and sturgeon
Caviar Nacarii📍Map Is an artisanal caviar company based in the Val d´Aran offering some of the best caviar in the world. Its production facilities in Les are completely sustainable and use the fresh mountain water from the River Garona, ensuring only the best quality caviar. Sign up for a tasting session!
Cheese & Yogurt
Hormatges Tarrau 📍Map
A cheese factory in the highest village in the Val d´Aran, Bagergue. Two brothers worked together to produce artisanal cheeses using high-quality milk from Aranese cows. Notable cheeses are, Eth Blu, Eth Blanquet, Eth Lenguat and Eth Gran.
Hormatges dera Irissa 📍Map
Cow’s milk from the Aran valley is handcrafted into products like yogurt and cheese, with a top quality limited production in the traditional style of things done well.
They are part of the Catalan Farmers Association of Artisan Cheese Processors. Top cheeses include Poilaner and Irissa de Lin.
They also produce yogurt in natural, vanilla and coffee flavours.
Many local restaurants offer their yogurts as a dessert option!
Cured meats and Pates
Tocineria Casasnovas 📍Map
This butcher produces handcrafted pâtés, sausage, choriço and black pudding. They are a small family business that was established in 1967, They maintain the artisanal traditions in production. All products have the Val d´Aran certified mark.
Carnicas Ordoñez Civet 📍Map A traditional Aranese paté made from wild boar meat. This is stocked at Carnicas Ordoñez, a family-run butcher using recipes handed down over generations to create the best possible product. Their products also sport the Val d´Aran certified guarantee quality label.
They also carry other types of paté made with local ceps (mushrooms) and truffles. Plus choriço and cured Longoisa.
Refu 📍Map In Vielha, you can try Refu, they are a bar that offer a variety of artisanal beers as well as their own locally brewed beer from Bossost.
Made by a variety of producers in the Val d´Aran, Cassis is typically drank by Aranese people as an after-dinner digestive. It is a thick liquor made from blackcurrants. You can find this in most restaurants and bars in the valley. To buy a bottle head to Cava Beso in the centre of Vielha.
In Les you can find Arandeterra, a company that has been using locally grown apples to produce apple juice since 2008. They use all organic ingredients.
In Les you can also find Encantaran. They specialise in sun-dried tomatoes and local cheese in olive oil. A must have for all cheeseboards!
Coquilhons are a traditional fried dough made from flour and sugar. They can be found in Gormaderies Turnay along with a variety of other local products such as jams and patés.
Fried dough with aniseed, they look like tree trunks. These Aranese delicacies can be found at the Panaderia Rella.
Eth Brinhon is a family farm of 100 hives, artisanal honey quality with limited production. Eth Brinhon is produced in Garos but can be found in Pirineu Gourmet in Arties.
In Eth Pan Noste, a lovely little café in the heart of Vielha, you can also try homemade honey from Mont and homegrown vegetables as well as homemade cakes!
Jams and Marmalades
There are several jam producers in the Val d´Aran
1. Eth Cerer der Urtau for strawberry, cassis, fig and tomato jams.
Pirineu Gourmet .
2. Confitures deth Restaurant Barradós for plum, peach, orange, tangerine, apple and fig marmalades.
Located in Pont d’Arros, this is an easy stop on the way to Toulouse airport. Homemade jams, made with seasonal fruit free from additives and preservatives.
3. Gourmanderies Turnay (details listed prior) for elderberry, strawberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, pumpkin and tomato jams.