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What to see and do in the province of Lleida

Lleida

Whichever season you choose for your trip, in the province of Lleida you’ll find lots to do, interesting monuments and hidden nooks and crannies. It’s well known for its natural beauty and for being an excellent place for all sorts of mountain sports such as skiing, MTB and trekking. The city itself and its surroundings offer an equally enriching travel option. So when are you coming? Difficult to decide!

Lleida

The city’s history goes all the way back to the 4th century BC, when the Iberians decided that this was a good place to settle, next to the Segre river. Since then, many civilisations have left their mark. The construction of the Seu Vella de Lleida cathedral began in the 13th century, on a site where a mosque had stood in earlier times. The cathedral is the symbol of the city, and as it stands on the high ground it’s easily recognisable wherever you happen to be. The Castell de Gardeny was built at around the same time, by the Order of the Knights Templar. This medieval architectural complex later became a military fortress between the 17th and 18th centuries. Of Arab origin, the Castell del Rei (La Suda) will take you right back to the reign of Jaume I in the 13th century. If you take a stroll around the old city centre, you’ll see that here buildings dating from the modernist era have been preserved. You’ll also come across the Palace of La Paeria, today home to the city council. And you’ll be able to take a walk along the riverbank in the La Mitjana park. 

Lleida, Catalonia

Tàrrega

Tàrrega is very near the city of Lleida, an interesting place for a relaxing visit. Wander through the Sant Eloi park, or check out the incredible paintings that decorate the walls on the church of Santa Maria de l'Alba. In the old town centre, you can still see the influence of medieval times. Starting out from the castle, you can continue on to the church of Sant Antoni, and then the renovated 13th century hospital. However, what the town is best known for is FiraTàrrega, the street theatre festival that’s held in September each year. 

Theatre festival in Tàrrega, Catalonia

Penelles

Penelles is located about 24 kilometres from Tàrrega. A village that’s a work of art in itself. The graffiti-covered walls of the houses transform it into an authentic museum of urban art. The themes are the rural world and the natural landscapes of the area. Both local and European artists take part in the annual festival. 

Mural art in Penelles, Catalonia

La Seu d’Urgell

Located to the north of the province of Lleida. The Seu d’Urgell sits between the Valira and Segre rivers and the Serra del Cadí mountain range, very close to the Pyrenees. It’s one of the most important cities of medieval Catalonia, being home to monuments such as the12th century cathedral of Santa María, the only Romanesque cathedral that has been preserved in Catalonia. Nearby is the cathedral’s Museu Diocesà d'Urgell museum, where you’ll be able to find out more about those times through the works of art it houses. Other interesting places are the Town Council building, and the 19th century seminary. 

La Seu d’Urgell, Catalonia

Vielha

Vielha is situated in the Val d’Arán in the north of Catalonia close to Aragón. It’s a very distinctive place of rare beauty thanks to the high mountains that surround the town.In the church of Sant Miquèu, you’ll find the 13th century Crist de Mijaran. A wood carving of which only the bust has survived.  Plan your route well...then all you’ll need to do is enjoy. 

Vielha, Catalonia