The Refugee

Geographic location and access

The Artiga de Lin’s refugee is located in the region of Aran Valley located in the Artiga de Lin’s valley. It is 1,470 meters above sea level, in the municipality of Vielha and Mijaran.


  • GPS: 426785730 N, 07047585 E


  • C-13 / N-260 / N-230: Lleida – La Pobla de Segur – El Pont de Suert – Val d’Aran, pel túnel de Vielha
  • C-28: Esterri d’Àneu – Vielha, pel port de la Bonaigua
  • N-141 / D-618a: Bossòt -Bagneres de Luchon, per eth Portilhon
  • N-125: França – Pònt de Rei (frontera)

To reach the refugee it is necessary to go to the Es Bordes’ town (link Google maps), continue along a paved track that takes us 9km to the valley and the Artiga de Lin’s refugee. Due to the tourist influx of the summer months (between June and September) traffic with private vehicles is restricted. For this reason, it has enabled a parking located at KM 6.2 near Madre de Dios de Artiga’ chapel, were you can find the interpretation centre. At this point, it can be used the tourist train service or continue walking to the refugee (45 minutes approximately)



Artiga de Lin is the starting point of many excursions and ascents to the Aneto and Maladeta area. Also to the mythical hill such as the Aranesi, the one of the Picada and the One of Hòro, places very linked to the most intense history of the Pyrenees.

These hills, due to their proximity to France and the Benasque Valley, have long been used by hikers, shepherds, smugglers and fugitives.