The area of Val d’Aran is an extremely beautiful part of Spain, no matter what time of year it is. Whilst we love the whole region, we have our favourite areas of beauty and in this blog, we’re going to list them for your enjoyment. So, sit back and relax while we talk you through the best viewpoints Baqueira has to offer, so you know where the top spots are when you visit.
Viewpoint Baqueira #1 – Eth Guardader de Beret
Perhaps one of the viewpoints Baqueira offers that’s easiest to get to is Eth Guardader de Beret which is located between Orri and Tanau on the road the leads to Beret. Parking is made easier thanks to a pull-out parking area and from there it’s possible to enjoy superb views of the Pyrenees.
From this location, it’s possible to see 3 distinct valleys. You have Val de Ruda to the far left, which is adjacent to the valley located behind Tredos – Val de Aiguamog. Lastly, you can see Val d’Aran, with stunning views leading to the town of Salardu. You even get to identify the main mountains in the area – like Mount Maladeta, Montarto and Aneto -, thanks to a well-positioned and informative placard at the viewpoint.
Viewpoint Baqueira #2 – Guardader de Betlan and Roca de Serra
Next, we look at some hidden gems in Guardader de Betlan and Roca de Serra. It’s situated on the road that runs from Gausac to Artiga de Lin. The great thing about this viewpoint is that it actually offers two viewpoints – one sitting just 5 minutes from Gausac called Guardader de Betlan that offers views of the part of the valley and looks towards Betlan, Montcorbau and Mont – and the other just 10 minutes along the road towards Artiga de Lin that’s equally rewarding.
You’ll know when you arrive at Roca de Serra, as you’ll come to a tight corner where you’ll find a wooden plaque marking the viewpoint. This is one of the very best viewpoints Baqueira can offer, as it provides near 360° views of Artiga de Lin in France and the surrounding regions. It’s another viewpoint that offers easy parking and it’s one we’d recommending standing at to watch the sun go down with a warm cup of tea!
If your sightseeing causes you to develop a hunger, then you only have to find the public barbecue area on this road to cook yourself some food Al Fresco style or drive along that road until reaching Es Bordes to visit one of their fine restaurants.
Viewpoint Baqueira #3 – Vilac Churchyard
When leaving Vielha towards France, you will find one of the best viewpoints Baqueira possesses in Vilac. This quiet little grouping of houses provides superlative views from its churchyard at the village’s centre. This wonderful location is a great place to spend late afternoon as you soak in views that stretch from Bossost up towards Vielha and the imposing Montcorbison whose peak sits directly in front of you.
Viewpoint Baqueira #4 – Vilamos
Continuing further on the road from Vielha towards France, you’ll come to our next choice which sits just outside Vilamos. After arriving in Pont d’Arros, simply take the turning towards Vilamos at the roundabout by the Hotel Peña and drive a couple of kilometres until you see the sign for Guardader de Vilamos. However, don’t stop there, as there is a better viewpoint that can be accessed via a steep but short inclined path (trainers are recommended) located near a padel court on your left.
This is perhaps the very best viewpoint Baqueira can offer, as the views from here are incredible! Viewing from here also comes with the extra bonus of being the final place the sun touches before dropping behind the mountains.
Viewpoint Baqueira #5 – Sant Miqueu‘s Church. Vilamos
From the previous viewpoint in Vilamos, you will find a track on the opposite side of the road from the padel court (you won’t be able to access it when it’s been snowing). If it is accessible, you’ll find a signpost that points towards Sant Miqueu. Follow this gravelled track for 5 minutes and you’ll come to a barbecue area, with a path that leads towards a church building on the opposite side. The viewpoint is just a short two-minute walk uphill in the direction of the church and good walking shoes or trainers are recommended.
Viewpoint Bacqueira #6 – Vielha
Our next viewpoint requires you to leave Vielha and head towards Vilac. Before reaching Vilac, you should turn right along the road that passes just below the village. Keep following this road until it reduces in size to a track. It’s highly recommended to only drive a suitable 4×4 along this track to the viewpoint and great care needs to be taken, as this track becomes impassable when there’s heavy snowfall.
When you reach the top you’ll find water facilities and a barbecue area, as well as jaw-dropping views of Vielha, Tuca (an old ski resort) and the tunnel that leads to Barcelona. It’s also possible to drive for about 5 minutes past the Mirador and find Estany de Vilac, a gorgeous small lake with views of the ski resort of Baqueira Beret.
Viewpoint Bacqueira #7 – Baciver
In keeping with one of the main sporting activities of the area, our next viewpoint is located at the ski resort and can only be reached by ski. To reach it, you should leave Orri and take the Saumet drag lift, following signs for TQ Baciver when you get off. Then take the Baciver drag lift, turning right after dismounting where you’ll find a viewing area. This is the highest point of the resort and provides simply spectacular views of the Pyrenees, right down to Baciver lake. We recommend seeing this viewpoint at some point during any skiing break.
Viewpoint Bacqueira #8 – Mirador
Mirador (literally meaning viewpoint) is another ski-only viewpoint and this one can only be reached up at 2,500 metres at the very top of Mirador chairlift. The views it offers of the Spanish Pyrenees and the valley are truly something to behold and this is another viewpoint Bacqueira has with a handy placard that shows you the names of all the major peaks in the area.
Come and See them For Yourself!
So, there you have it. Our definitive list of viewpoints in Baqueira that simply have to be seen when in the area. We call it the Baqueira Bucket List! And the only way to truly appreciate what we mean is to come and see them for yourself.
So, if you find yourself in the area with some time on your hands, why not make a point of seeing just a few of them…you might just experience some sights that will stay with you forever.