A New Podcast – the Val d’Aran


In the Middle Ages, there were areas in Europe that existed in an isolation almost inconceivable today. In the center of the Pyrénées, just south to the current border of Spain, is a small east-west valley tucked into the mountains. During the winter snows, the valley is almost completely inaccessible. But in that valley there are thirty villages, each with a Romanesque church built mostly in the 12th and 13th centuries. Every hillside reveals another, often perched just above that of an adjoining village just a few hundred yards away as the crow flies but miles away by twisting roads.

In this podcast we discuss these churches and La Crema deth Haro, an ancient ritual still celebrated in the Val d’Aran on the Summer Solstice.

Crossing pillars, Sant Andreu de Salardú, Salardú (Lérida) Photo by PJ McKey



Here are some links to articles we have written about the Val d’Aran.

The Val d’Aran – Tapas, tres Esglésies, and the Haro

This podcast can also be found at the following hosting sites along with all of our other previous episodes.

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Please listen and if you are so inclined, follow and comment. We are anxious for feedback on this newest Via Lucis venture.

4 thoughts on “A New Podcast – the Val d’Aran

  1. I want to concentrate on the spoken word and hear your pleasant voices clearly. No matter how loud or soft the music I find it distracting. By the way I love music which is probably why I don’t like it in the background. It seems to be the fashion now-a-days to have background music everywhere, not only in shops and restaurants but on radio and television; one television station I know even has background music for the weather forecast. Anyway I enjoy reading your blogs very much – they are well presented and informative and I appreciate the quality of the photography very much.

  2. I have to agree with Brendan Grimes – I too found the background music distracted from your narrative. By all means have music as an introduction but please not right the way through.

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