Located in the west of Catalonia, the province ofLleida enjoys a privileged geographical location between Barcelona and the Pyrenees and shares its northern border with France and Andorra. It is a family destination where it is possible to immerse yourself in the regional culture and enjoy the mountains in winter, skiing, or the rest of the year with many other sports and adventure sports. Between a first-class cultural heritage, the charm of villages steeped in history, ancestral traditions, adventure tourism, refined cuisine and the authenticity and hospitality of the local population, this is a great idea when it comes to planning your holiday
Rock art in the Mediterranean arc
The rock art of the Mediterranean arc includes more than 700 sites in Spain and has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List for more than 20 years. And no less than 16 of these sites are located in the Lleida region. The most representative paintings are certainly those of the Roca des Moros (Moorish Rock) of Cogul in the Garrigues. A visit not to be missed when visiting the province of Lleida
The Romanesque churches of the Valley of Boí
Also on the World Heritage List, the Romanesque churches of the Boí Valley, in the Pyrenees of Lleida, are well worth a visit. Indeed, this monumental ensemble of Romanesque art, composed of eight churches and a monastery, is a treasure of the 11th and 12th centuries. In particular, the emblematic church of Sant Clément de Taüll should not be missed. While the original paintings of Christ pantocrator have moved to the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC) in Barcelona, the "mapping" technique makes it possible to enjoy a spectacular reproduction in their original location.
Montsec, head in the stars
In the heart of the Montsec massif, the astronomical park is a Starlight reserve where the stars are open to visitors. An exceptional site where the clear sky and low pollution offer optimal conditions for observing the starry sky. There is therefore an observatory and various facilities and programs to introduce the universe to a delighted audience. Not to be missed
Long live summer, long live fire!
Unavoidable that this Saint-Jean night celebrated on June 23rd where, on all sides, fires illuminate the night of the summer solstice. In each village, the fires of the Saint John's Day are lit to the applause and "vivas" of the inhabitants who, in the most traditional version, form a circle around the burning fireplace. If the initial date is Saint-Jean, the calendar of this traditional festival extends over most of the summer, in the different villages of the Pyrenees. Feel free to ask for more information!
On the trail of the dinosaurs...
To discover the secrets of Europe's last dinosaurs, head for the Tremp-Montsec Basin, a UNESCO-recognized geopark. Here we found no less than a hundred dinosaur deposits, such as fossilized footprints, eggs or fossilized footprints. They can be seen at the Conca Dellà Museum and at the Dinosfera de Coll de Nargó. An ideal outing for children of all ages in a Geopark that also offers superb walks, especially towards the Mont-rebei parade and its spectacular panorama
Dry stone, small treasures across fields
The dry stone? It is with her that the thousands of walls and huts have been built, allowing farmers to work their olive, almond, wheat and vine fields. Small buildings typical of Mediterranean countries that have been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, Starlight reserve and tourist destination
In the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees, the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park is distinguished by its abundance of lakes and glacial lagoons (estanys) - there are more than 200 of them -, rivers and waterfalls. It is the only national park in Catalonia and offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Pyrenees. And the park is also a Starlight destination for the quality of its star gazebos
The Val d'Aran, a typical valley
Long isolated, this green valley on the borders of Catalonia developed from the 1950s with the opening of the Vielha tunnel, linking the small Aranese capital to the rest of the country. Despite this, the Val d'Aran, UNESCO's Biosphere Destination, has managed to preserve its particularities, including a typical architecture of stone and slate houses, as well as a delicious mountain cuisine. A paradise for skiers, who are concentrated in the upscale resort of Baqueira Beret, the Val d'Aran also offers wonderful hiking trails and a beautiful Romanesque heritage.
Useful. To best prepare your escapade and discover these treasures, as well as the Seu Vella de Lleida hill, the Seu d'Urgell cathedral and the Mollerusa Paper Dresses Museum, currently under classification by UNESCO.