What to do and see in Lérida?
Lérida, Lleida in Catalán, is one of the most mountainous provinces in Spain and is the fourth and probably least-known province in Catalonia. Tourists come here to ski during the Winter months and to enjoy walking holidays and adventure sports during the rest of the year. The capital city is built on the banks of the river Segre and is an important regional centre within Catalunya. It is famous for its agricultural produce and textile industry.
Founded in the 3rd century B.C. It became a Roman town in 80 B.C. Invaded by muslims it was then recaptured by king Ramón Berenguer 4th and later governed by king Jaime 2nd. Later on in was invaded again in 1707. Finally, following the Spanish Civil war it recovered and developed, thanks to agriculture, into the city it is today.
The remains of the ancient city wall and important Roman buildings can still be seen today. It also has a very interesting old quarter and cathedral. There is a very good viewing point which can be reached by a lift (60 mts) from the plaza San Joan.
The best walk is to visit the cathedral first and then stroll around the surrounding area. Thereare many things to see in the Cathedral square: the Ilerdenses Institute, the Archeological museum and theChapter House Museum and from there you can reach other museums, churches and the castle (Castillo de Gardeny).
Castillo de Gardeny (12th - 13th century ). Parts of the wall and towers are original. Throughout history it was used for strategic and military purposes. Julia Caesar and his troops stayed there in 49 B.C. The castle was rebuilt and enlarged in the 13th century. From the hill where it is located you get great views over the city. The castle itself is closed to the public.
You can get local produce such as fruit, vegetables, meat, turron, wine (Costers del Segre - Raimat), olive oil (Les Garrigues), different types of cheeses, sliced meat and sausages. Look out for 'xolis' which is a well known type of sausage from this area and 'girella' which is a type of black pudding. Vila Viniteca Bodega is a wine shop selling a good selection of wines from the province, also Bodega Salla; You can buy great local produce in one of the excellent delicatessens in the city.
Lérida city has a couple of hotels suitable for short stays or business trips: AC HotelLleida (****) and Condes de Urgell (****). But for hotels with charm in Lerida, we suggest you venture out into the province and stay at any of the following establishments: Parador of La Seu d'Urgell (***), set in a convent in la Seu, 140 km from Lleida. Or Hotel Terradets (**) next to the beautiful Lake Terradets, 80 km from Lerida; Cal Rei de Talló Hotel (**), set in a typical masia near Cerdanya, 165 km from Lérida, or the luxurious Can Boix Hotel(****) and Restaurant in Peramola, 100 km from Lérida.
Lérida province is in the northeast of Spain, forming part of the Catalan autonomous region. The mountainous areas are popular with tourists especially the area around the Pyrenees, most notably the Aran valley (good for winter sports). Also a well know wine producing area. The Boí valley was declared a world heritage site in 2001 due to the number of Roman churches and other remains in the area.
Andorra is on the other side of the Pyrenees. A feudal state since 1278 ruled by the bishop of Séu d'Urgell and by Count Foix (nowadays the president of France holds this title). Andorra obtained complete autonomy in 1993. The official language is Catalan, although Spanish and French are also spoken. This tiny state lives off tourism due to the fact that all goods are tax free. It is also poplular for skiing; ski stations - Pas de la Casa, Soldeu, El Tarter. The Cercle de Pessons is an area with some very beautiful lakes. Andorra, like Calatunya, has a number of Romanic churches -Sant Martí is one that particulary stands out.
AIGUESTORTES I L'ESTANY DE SANT MAURICI NATIONAL PARK: immense and spectacular(10.230 hectres). The biggest in Catalunya. It has ski stations for winter sports (especially Espot) and over 150 lakes and lagoons, some over 50 metres deep. Also good for hiking and wonderful scenery.
Towns worth visiting in the province of Lérida:
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