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N A T U R E / L A N D S C A P E
C U L T U R E / H E R I T A G E
S P O R T / A D V E N T U R E
R U R A L / S E R E N I T Y
G A S T R O N O M Y / P R O D U C T S
T H E M E R O U T E S
A C C O M M O D A T I O N G U I D E
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Publisher:
PatronatdeTurisme(TouristBoard)
oftheDiputaciódeLleida
Legal Deposit:
L.783-2013
Cover photo:
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LocalCouncils,LocalDistrict
Councilsandbodiesresponsiblefor
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/LaurenSansen/CCPallarsJussà
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/OriolClavera
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(MarisaTartera)/CCGarrigues
/CamídelsBonsHomes
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/CCGarrigues
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deBalaguer/M.JosepJové
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/PereBascones
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/NanoCañas/CCSegarra
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Translation:
Riu-River
Vall-Valley
Serra-Mountains
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ParcNacional-NationalPark
ParcNatural-NaturalPark
Pantà-Reservoir
Estany-Pool
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N E W A P P A R A L L E I D A
HOW TO ARRIVE
Lleida Pyrenees Railway Station
HSTandRENFElocalservices
Pl.RamonBerenguerIVs/n
25006Lleida(elSegrià)
tel+34902432343
www.renfe.com
Lleida-Alguaire Airport
tel+34973032700
www.aeroportlleida.cat
Lleida Bus Station
Saracibar,2.25002Lleida
tel+34973268500
Tàrrega Bus Station
Migdia,4.25300Tàrrega
tel+34973310739
La Seu d’Urgell Bus Station
BisbeBenlloch,1.25700laSeud’Urgell
tel +34902422242
La Seu d’Urgell - Andorra
Airport
AeròdromdePirineus-LaSeud’Urgell
25711Montferrer(Lleida)
tel 973355324
aeroportlaseu.cat
Solsona Bus Station
Ctra.deBassella,s/n.25280Solsona
tel +34973481571
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Index N A T U R E / L A N D S C A P E
All
landscapes,
in
all colours
S P O R T / A D V E N T U R E
Living
the
landscape
G A S T R O N O M Y / P R O D U C T S
A C C O M M O D A T I O N G U I D E
R U R A L / S E R E N I T Y
T H E M E R O U T E S
Bringing
the taste
of the land
your plate
You will
feel
completely
at home
Discover
every inch
of Lleida
C U L T U R E / H E R I T A G E
Reliving
history
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10
36 64
Discover
the most
hidden
corners
4
OriolClavera
MOUNTAINS
RIVERS
PLAIN
FAUNA
FLORA
5
All
landscapes,
in
all colours
N A T U R E / L A N D S C A P E
Lleida is landscape. It offers a variety of
natural scenery to satisfy all tastes, all
intentionsandallviews.Fromthe3,143
metre altitude of the highest peak in the
Pyrenees,tothe78metrealtitudeofthe
lowestvillage,inthecomarca(localdis-
trict) of El Segrià and from the aridness
of the far west to the lush vegetation of
the centre of Catalonia, the territory is
snowwhite,forestandgrassgreen,trunk
andearthbrown,rockgrey,cropyellow
and water and sky blue. Mountains,
lakes, rivers, gorges, plains and slopes
are the natural habitats of thousands of
animal and vegetable species. All the
different types of terrain, all the colours
and all the smells; the whole spectacle.
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JordiBas
One of the best places
in the world from which
to observe the sky
Between the comarques (local dis-
tricts)ofLaNogueraandElPallars
Jussàthereisa40kmlonglimestone
massif covering an area of almost
20,000hectares.
Thisisanareaoftransitionbetwe-
enthemountainsandtheplainand
betweenthePyreneesandtheLands
ofLleida.Here,therivershavecar-
vedoutspectaculargorgesandhave
created three great Montsecs (dry
mountains):Montsecd’Ares,Mont-
secdeRúbiesandMontsecd’Estall.
This location presents a series of
uniquenight-skyqualitieswhich,in
combinationwiththeexistenceof
theAstronomicPark,haveleditto
berecognisedasaUNESCOStarlight
ReserveandTouristicDestination,a
distinctionofqualitywhichisawar-
dedtoplacesjudgedtobeidealforac-
tivitiesassociatedwiththenight-time
environmentandtheobservationof
thefirmament.Montsecisthesixth
placeintheworldtohavereceived
recognitionasaStarlightTouristic
Destinationandonlythethirdtohave
beendesignatedaStarlightReserve;
thisshowsthatitisaplacewherewe
canenjoytheskyinitispureststate.
Parc Astronòmic
Montsec
Centre d’Observació
de l’Univers. Àger
T. +34 973 455 246
parcastronomic.cat
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THE AIGÜESTORTES
I ESTANY DE SANT MAURICI
NATIONAL PARK
The only National Park
in Catalonia
The Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant
MauriciNationalParkistheonlyna-
tionalparkinCataloniaandcanbe
foundintheheartoftheLleidaPyre-
nees,inthecomarquesofElPallars
Jussà,ElPallarsSobirà,L’AltaRiba-
gorçaandLaVald’Aran.Firandpine
forests,alpinemeadowsandscree,
peaksreachingaltitudesofaround
3,000 metres, animals such as the
chamois,grouse,marmotandbear-
dedvulture,amultitudeofstreams
and200poolsmakethisamajestic
andhighlyauthentichigh-mountain
landscape.Thebestwalkingroutes
todiscovertheparkincludetheCamí
delsEnamorats(LoversTrail),the
Roca de la Cremada (Rock of the
Burned), the Estany Llong (Long
Pool) and the Tomb a l’Estany de
SantMauricipelMiradoriAmitges
(WalkroundtheSantMauriciPool
fromtheVantagePointandAmitges).
Aswellasthemoreruggedtrails,
the park also has adapted spaces
that are accessible for peoplewith
reduced mobility or physical han-
dicaps.Thereisalsothepossibility
todorouteswithanexpertguide.
Casa del Parc
Nacional d’Espot
T. +34 973 624 036
Casa del Parc
Nacional de Boí
T. +34 973 696 189
Centre d’Informació
de Llessui
T. +34 973 621 798
Centre d’Informació
de Senet
T. +34 973 698 232
gencat.cat/parcs/aiguestortes
©GettyImage
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The Cadí-Moixeró
Natural Park
Withasurfaceareaofover40,000hec-
tares,theparkincludesterritoryinthe
LleidacomarquesofL’AltUrgelland
LaCerdanya.Thetwogreatsierras
ofCadíandMoixeróareconnected
by the Tancalaporta pass and form
animpressive30km-longmountain
barrier.Theiraltituderangesfrom800
mto2,648mandthemostoutstanding
peakisPedraforca,oneofthemost
symbolicmountainsinCataloniafor
mountaineersandapointofreference
forclimbers.Theparkboastsmore
than 400 km of sign-posted routes
which include GR-4, GR-7 and GR-
107(theGoodMen’sRoute).Thelow
temperatures,altitudeandhighlevel
of humidity combine to permit the
presenceofvegetationthatismore
typicalofnorthernEuropethanthe
Mediterranean.ANationalHunting
Reservewascreatedin1966,withthe
chamoisbeingitsmostprizedtrophy.
The Alt Pirineu Natural Park
LocatedinElPallarsSobiràandL’Alt
Urgellandwithanareaofalmost70,000
hectares,theAltPirineuNaturalParkis
thelargestparkofitstypeinCatalonia
andboastsagreatvarietyoflandscapes
andculture.Oneofthemostoutstanding
featuresisthePicad’Estats,thehighest
mountaininCatalonia(3,143.5m).Itis
bothaspaceofgreatnaturalvalue(in
termsofitsgeology,ecosystems,habitats
andanimalandvegetablespecies)anda
historicsettingforhumanactivity.This
hashelpedtoformitslandscape,making
itrichinarchaeologicalandarchitectu-
ralheritageandinprimarysectoracti-
vitiessuchaslivestockfarming.Itisde-
finedbythesumofitsculturalheritage,
economicactivityandnaturalbeauty.
Centre
d’Informació
del Parc
T. +34 938 244 151
parcsdecatalunya.net
MarcGarriga(ArxiuParcNaturaldel’AltPirineu)
OriolClavera
Parc Natural
de l’Alt Pirineu
T. +34 973 622 335
parcsdecatalunya.net
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IolandaSebé 21 natural spaces
Catalonia’sPlanforNaturalSpaces
ofInteresthastheobjectiveofgua-
ranteeing the conservation of the
country’sbiodiversityandnatural
heritage, in line with its scientific,
scenic and educational value. In
the Lands of Lleida and the Pyre-
nees, there are 21 of these protec-
tedspaces.TheseincludetheIvars
andVila-sanapool(ElPlad’Urgell),
which has also been catalogued as
aPlaceofImportancetotheLocal
CommunityandaSpecialProtecti-
onZoneforBirds.Itwasrecovered
in 2005, having previously been
dried out during the 1950s, and is
thelargestpoolininlandCatalonia,
with a surface area of 26 hectares
andaperimeterofsome6km.
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GonzaloMartínezAzumendi
ART
TRADITIONS
MONUMENTS
GATHERINGS
REMAINS
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Reliving
history
Identityliesinscenery,gastronomyand
activity.Scenes,tastesandgestures.We
are while we are active. Ways of doing
and being, of celebrating, of building,
ofexpressing,whichareoftenhiddenby
the passage of time and which, in turn,
produce new day-to-day realities. But
witnessesremain:monuments,festivals
andconstructionswhichhelpustorelive
those old ways of life, every year, and
which also keep the community alive.
This is a community that is discovered,
which participates and which is recog-
nisedforitself.Ineachsmallcornerthere
is a legend, a tradition, a fair, a social
gathering,ahermitageorsitewitharc-
haeological remains to remind us who
we are and where we have come from.
“Falles” (burning logs) and fire, giants
and processions, churches and castles;
these are just a few of the elements that
stirourmemoriesandcarryusbackinto
a recent or remote past and whose ex-
pressionshavenowbecomeourheritage.
C U L T U R E / H E R I T A G E
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Romanesque
Art and Architecture
ThechurchesoftheValldeBoíform
the most outstanding group of Ro-
manesqueconstructionsinCatalo-
nia and were declared a UNESCO
World Heritage Site in 2000. The
churchesare:Sta.MariaandSt.Cli-
mentdeTaüll—withitsemblematic
“Pantocrator”(ChristAlmighty),St.
Joan de Boí, Sta. Eulàlia d´Erill-la-
Vall, St. Feliu de Barruera, La Na-
tivitat and the Ermita de St. Quirc
deDurro,Sta.MariadeCardetand
L´AssumpciódeCóll.
Erill-la-Vall houses the Roma-
nesque Centre of the Vall de Boí,
where it is possible to find: practi-
calinformation,ashop,guidedvisit
services,activitiesandanexhibition
about everything associated with
the Romanesque art and architec-
tureofthisarea.
Centre for Romanesque
Art and Architecture
of the Vall de Boí
T. +34 973 696 715
centreromanic.com
9 churches
OriolClavera
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Cave Art
Ofallthearchaeologicalsiteswith
caveartthatweredeclaredpartofa
UNESCOWorldHeritageSite,the
Roca dels Moros (Moors’ Rock) of
El Cogul (Les Garrigues) is consi-
deredoneofthemostimportanton
the Iberian Peninsula. There, it is
possibletosee45figurescarvedin
stone which form part of a dance
scenethathasbeeninterpretedas
theperformanceofaphallicdance.
Differentinscriptionsshowthatthis
sitealsoservedasasanctuaryduring
IberianandRomantimes.Otherarc-
haeologicalsiteswithcaveartinthe
LandsofLleidacanbefoundatL’Albi
andLesBorgesBlanques(LesGarri-
gues),AlfésandLaGranjad’Escarp
(ElSegrià),VilanovadeMeià,Osde
Balaguer,AlòsdeBalaguer,Artesade
SegreandCamarasa(LaNoguera),
Peramola(L’AltUrgell),Tremp(El
PallarsJussà)andBellverdeCerda-
nya(LaCerdanya).
Roca dels Moros
Ajuntament del Cogul
T. +34 973 12 0 363
T. +34 973 12 0 110
45 human
figures
NelsonSouto
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Castles and Fortresses
FewplacesinCataloniacanofferthe
visitorsuchagreatvarietyofcastles
and fortresses as that found in the
comarques(localdistricts)ofLleida.
Forcenturies,thiswasafrontierter-
ritoryinwhichfortificationsplayed
asignificantroleandthiscontinues
tothisday,albeitnowinahistorical
andtouristicvein.
JaumeMoya
15
TurismedelSolsonésLaurentSansen
The Monastery
of Santa Maria
de Vallbona
The Cistercian Route
The12th
centurymonasteryofSanta
Maria de Vallbona de les Monges,
in the comarca (local district) of
L’Urgell,isaCistercianmonastery
whichshowsthetransitionbetween
theRomanesqueandGothicstyles.
Together with the monasteries of
Poblet and Santes Creus, it forms
partoftheCistercianRoute.Itisthe
only one of the three to have been
inhabited by women and also the
only one to have uninterruptedly
conserved its religious commu-
nityforover850years.Ithasbeen
declared a Monument of Historic
andArtisticInterestandaninnfor
accommodatingitsvisitors.
Monestir de Vallbona
de les Monges
T. +34 973 330 266
Consell Comarcal
de l’Urgell
T. +34 973 500 707
larutadelcister.info
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Festivals of National Interest
River Rafters Festival of La Pobla de Segur Carnival of Solsona
Aplec del Caragol (Snailfest)
The Passion of Christ of Cervera
Rally of La Noguera Pallaresa
Falles (burning logs) of Isil
Fairs,festivities,gatherings,festivals...Participatinginthecelebrationsthattakeplacethroughout
thecomarques(localdistricts)ofthePyreneesandtheLandsofLleidaisoneofthebestwaystodiscover
thecharacterandcustomsofthelocalpeople.
ElPallarsJussà
ElSolsonès
ElSegrià
LaSegarraElPallarsSobirà
ElPallarsSobirà
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Lleida, the capital
The city of Lleida is the central fo-
cusofthewholeterritoryofLleida.
Thecity’smainmonumentalgroup
standshighontheSeuVellahill,oc-
cupyingaprivilegedposition. The
historicbuildingsonthishillinclude
theSeuVella(OldCathedral),which
hasbeenrecognisedasoneofthegre-
atestartisticproductsof13th
century
Catalanarchitecture,andtheCastell
delRei/Suda(King’sCastle).
Other unique buildings to high-
light include: the seat of the Insti-
tutd’EstudisIlerdencs(theformer
Santa Maria hospital); the Paeria
(CityHall)building;theseatofthe
Diputació de Lleida (provincial as-
sembly), the churches of Sant Llo-
renç and Sant Martí; the Diocesan
Museum;andtheLaLlotjaandPalau
deCongressos(conferencecentres).
Lleidawasalsothecityofbirthof
suchartistsasJaumeMorera,Enric
Granados,RicardViñesandLeandre
Cristòfol. Structured by the River
Segre,thecityiswellcommunicated.
Itisalsoauniversitycentreandfair
andconferencevenue.Initscentral
CarrerMajor(oldhighstreet),Lleida
alsohasoneofthelongestshopping
streetsinEurope.
Turisme de Lleida
T. +34 902 250 050
turismedelleida.com
MuseuDiocesàdeLleida.(JordiV.Pou).
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OriolClavera
SNOW
MTB
CLIMBING
RAFTING
TREKKING
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A
practical
landscape
S P O R T / A D V E N T U R E
In the Pyrenees and the Lands of Lleida,
it is possible to run, fly, ski, row, walk,
climb and pedal. This is a landscape to
admire but, above all, one to enter and
experience.Itistheretobetouchedand
felt and there are innumerable ways in
which to do this. From the high moun-
tains down to the plain, each hidden
corner offers hundreds of possibilities
and is there to be discovered, one pi-
ece at a time, whether by ski, canoe,
paraglider, bicycle or simply on foot.
It is fresh air and a world without limits.
And in each season of the year there
are different opportunities, because
everything changes: the colours, land
and smells, but still continues to be the
same: nature, body and senses.
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Enjoy the water
On the rivers and reservoirs – and
particularlythoseofthePyrenees–it
is possible to find both white water
and calm water activities. Visitors
canenjoyrafting—thekingofadven-
turesports—butalsocanyoning,ri-
vercanoeing,kayaking,hotdogging,
hydrospeed and canoeing etc. It is
alsopossibletodomotorisedsports,
such as motor boating, jet skiing,
water skiing and donuts. Without
themotor,visitorscanenjoysailing,
and windsurfing, to say nothing of
underwateractivities.
Enjoy the earth
Oneofthebestwaystoreallygetto
theveryheartoftheLandsofLleida
is to discover all of their most hid-
dencornersandtheveinsthatcarry
theirlifeblood:thepathsandtrails.
Trekking and mountain biking are
becomingincreasinglypopularand
more and more routes and circuits
are being created. Caving, canyon
jumps, routes on horseback and by
4-wheel-drivevehiclesandbungee
jumping are just some of the ways
to discover spectacular landscapes
throughdirect,first-handcontact.
Enjoy the air
The topography of the comarques
(local districts) of Lleida has crea-
tednumerouspointsfromwhichit
ispossibletoescapetheconfinesof
the earth and soar into the sky and
thencontemplatethelandscapefrom
the air. These lands regularly host
paragliding and hang-gliding word
championshipsandarealsoahabitual
venueforhot-airballooning,gliding,
microlightandhelicopterflights.
FrancescTur
Aiguadicció-Rialp
JordiV.Pou
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Destinations
for Sport Tourism
(DTE)
With this stamp, the Agència Cata-
lanadeTurisme(CatalanTourism
Agency)recognisesmunicipalities
whichhavehighqualityinfrastruc-
tureandservicesforsports.
White-water
canoeing
La Seu d’Urgell
parcolimpic.cat
Sort
kayaksort.cat
High-mountain
sporting activities
La Val d’Aran
visitvaldaran.com/ca/que-	
hacer/turismo-activo
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paragliding · hang-gliding hot
air ballooning · microlights
RAFTING · CANYONING
RIVER CANOEING · KAYAKS
HOT DOGGING · HYDROSPEED
CANOEING · JET SKIS
WATERSKIING · DONUTS · SAILING
WIND SURFING · DIVING
TREKKING · CAVING · MOUNTAIN
BIKING · CANYON JUMPS · 4X4
VEHICLES · HORSE RIDING ROUTES
BUNGEE JUMPS
ADVENTURE
SPORTS
COMPANIES
BIG GAME
MINOR GAME
FISHING IN RIVERS,
MOUNTAIN LAKES
AND RESERVOIRS
GOLF COURSES
MTB
PITCH&PUTT
CENTRES
7
6
Sports
AIR
WATER
LAND
MikelHelsing
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Lleida snow
Thelongestsnowseasoninallthe
Pyrenees,thehighestskislopesand
thelargestskiableareainSpainall
makeLleidaaskiingparadise.Its11
skiresortsoffer:atotalskiablearea
of3,400ha,600kmofslopes,80ski
lifts,800snowcannonsformaking
artificial snow, 700 monitors, an
overall capacity of 80,000 people
per hour and 23,000 accommoda-
tionplaces.
On the white surface of these
mountains it is possible to enjoy:
alpineskiing,Nordicskiing,moun-
tainskiing,Telemarkskiing,snow-
boarding,snowshoeing,sleighraces
andsnowmobiletours,etc.
277 km
171 km
51 km
29
70
86
32
slopes
Snow
ALPINE SKIING
NORDIC SKIING
SNOWSHOEING
MikelHelsing
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Baqueira Beret
ALPINE/NORDIC · 2.510 M
Salardú (La Val d’Aran)
baqueira.es
Boí Taüll Resort
ALPINE · 2.751 M
la Vall de Boí (L’Alta Ribagorça)
boitaullresort.com
Port Ainé
ALPINE · 2.440 M
Rialp (El Pallars Sobirà)
skipallars.cat
Port del Comte
ALPINE · 2.400 M
La Coma i la Pedra (Solsonès)
portdelcomte.net
Espot Esquí
ALPINE · 2.500 M
Rialp (El Pallars Sobirà)
skipallars.cat
Aransa
NORDIC · 2.150 M
Aransa (La Cerdanya)
aransaski.cat
Lles de Cerdanya
NORDIC · 2.335 M
Lles de Cerdanya (La Cerdanya)
lles.net
Tuixent-La Vansa
NORDIC 2.150 M
Tuixent (L’Alt Urgell)
tuixent-lavansa.com
Sant Joan de l’Erm
NORDIC ·2.080 M
Castellbò (L’Alt Urgell)
santjoandelerm.com
Tavascan-Pleta del Prat
ALPINE/NORDIC · 2.250 M
Tavascan (El Pallars Sobirà)
tavascan.net
Virós-Vallferrera
NORDIC · 2.200 M
Llavorsí (El Pallars Sobirà)
yetiemotions.com
505 KM OF ALPINE SKIING, NORDIC SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING SLOPES
OriolClaveraOriolClavera
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TRANQUILITY
COUNTRYSIDE
REFLECTION
POPULAR
ANCESTRAL
JosepMaSúria
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Discovering
the most
hidden
corners
R U R A L / S E R E N I T Y
Here time does not stop, but it moves
at a different speed. The rhythm of the
country,therhythmofthecropsandthe
rhythm of the villages; and with them,
all their festivals and traditions. Here,
the past is still with us; its legacy is an
everydayrealityanditisfamiliar;people
takealonglookatthings,asifweighing
thingsup inordertoface the future with
confidence.Thethreadofhistorycontinu-
esthroughthelanguageoftheold,which
comes from where everything started.
Anditstartsagain,oneachnewday,like
a wheel, with the progress of each new
turn, on the market stalls, in the furrows
of the ploughed earth, in the ringing of
thechurchbells,inthebarrelswherecats
hide,intheyardsandintheattics,inthe
wordsandsayings,inthepatienceandin
theeffort,inreflectionandinrest.Itisan
identity that has been gradually woven
and constructed in each hidden corner,
fromgesturetogesture,linkingtogether
generations that contrast a past with a
dynamic and modern present.
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793,000
230municipalities
160 have fewer
than 1,000 inhabitants
Silence
land area dedicated
to the primary sectorHa
36.3PEOPLE
KM2
It is in the villages of Lleida
thattheessenceofcountrylife
ismaintained.Thisisintense,
butalsoserene,providingnatu-
ralwarmth, far from standard
conventionsandallthehustle
andbustle.Itreflectsthecalm
wisdom of the people, stones,
treesandwind.
OriolClavera
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RafaelLópezMonnéRosaDomingo
28
4,300
604
PLACES
RURAL LODGINGS
Rural
lodgings
Ofalltheaccommodationavai-
lable in the Pyrenees and the
LandsofLleida,alargepartofit
canbefoundinvillagesandrural
areas which maintain contact
withnaturalsettingsandtheir
healthy,traditionalwaysoflife.
MikelHelsing
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Olive Oil Theme Park
of Les Borges Blanques
LES GARRIGUES
The production of olive oil at differ-
ent periods inhistory, observing and
studying the evolution of the tools
and procedures used.
T. +34 973 140 018
grupsalat.cat
Museum of El Montsec
of Artesa de Segre
LA NOGUERA
Ethnological museum with mono-
graphic exhibitions dedicated to
rural life.
T. +34 973 400 013
artesadesegre.cat
Cultural Space
of the Canals d’Urgell
(ECCU) of Mollerussa
EL PLA D’URGELL
“The dream of water” explains the
construction of the Canal d’Urgell
and how its waters have had a posi-
tive effect on the 5 comarques (local
districts) that they irrigate.
T. +34 973 603 997
canalsurgell.org
Wheat and Rural Workers
Museum of Cervera
LA SEGARRA
Ethnographicmuseumwhichoffersa
significantinsightintoculturalmate-
rialassociatedwithvariousactivities
that form an essential part of rural
life. (Temporarily closed for recon-
version work)
T. +34 973 533 917
ccsegarra.cat
Herbal Remedy Museum
of Tuixent
L’ALT URGELL
Museumthatremembersthisage-old
occupation: the trementinaires (sell-
ers of herbal remedies) were people
withknowledgeoftraditionalherbal
andnaturalremediesforcuringpeo-
ple and animals.
T. +34 973 370 030
trementinaires.org
Ecomuseum of the Vall
d’Ora at Navès
EL SOLSONÈS
Visit the saw mill and the flour mill of
Cal’Ambròs,theruralschoolwithits
exhibitionoftraditionaltoolsandthe
Romanesque-style bridge.
T. +34 973 299 045
turismesolsones.com
Çò de Joanchiquet
Ecomuseum at Vilamòs
LA VAL D’ARAN
Here, visitors can travel back in time
todiscoverwhatday-to-daylifeused
tobelikeinthepastthroughavisitto
a traditional Aranese house.
T. +34 973 641 815
visitvaldaran.com
Ecomuseum
of the Valls d’Àneu
EL PALLARS SOBIRÀ
Discover the natural and cultural re-
ality of the Aneu valleys and learn
about the changes that have taken
place over recent decades. Unlike
traditionalmuseums,theEcomuseum
is not shut away in a building but ex-
tendsacrossthelocalterritorywhere
itexplainsthelifeofthelocalvalleys.
T. +34 973 626 244
ecomuseu.com
River Rafters’ Museum
of La Pobla de Segur
EL PALLARS JUSSÀ
Dedicatedtothestudyanddissemina-
tionofinformationabouttransporting
timberdownriversandrecoveringand
conserving the heritage associated
with the lost practice of river rafting.
T. +34 973 681 493
elsraiers.cat
Bunker Park
at Martinet i Montellà
LA CERDANYA
Through a museum display and a
visit to the bunkers, the visitor cen-
tre at the Bunker Park recreates the
world that saw these constructions
being built.
T. +34 648 141070
bunquersmartinet.net
J. Trepat Agricultural
Mechanisation Museum
of Tàrrega
L’URGELL
Enter the premises of what used to
beanagriculturalmachineryfactory
and is now a Museum of Agricultural
Mechanisationandbeginatripback
throughthetunnelsoftimetoafoundry
at the beginning of the 20th
century.
T. +34 973 311616
museutrepat.cat
Josep Jané Periu
Local Museum
EL SEGRIÀ
EthnologicalcollectionofTorrebess-
es: a museum of household objects,
country life and local craft tools,
with collections of pottery, imagery,
documents and prehistoric remains.
T. +34 973 126 399
fundaciojosepjane.org
RURAL MUSEUMS
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CUISINE
QUALITY
PRODUCTS
HEALTH
OriolClavera
31
Bringing
the taste
of the land
to your plate
Cuisine and food products vary from one
place to another in the same way that
the natural environment and patterns of
human settlement also vary. The Lands
of Lleida are therefore defined by a wide
variety of products which, given their
recognised quality, have generated an
almost infinite range of quality dishes.
In the Pyrenees, the most important food
productsaremeat,fishandgamefromthe
local herds, rivers, meadows and forests.
Typicaldishesinclude:stews,curedmeats,
turnips and cabbages, soups, mushro-
oms, cheeses and butters. In the Lands of
Lleida to the south, the salient products
are pork, minor game, kitchen garden
and orchard products, fruit and dry land
produce. Typical dishes include: rabbit,
snails,artichokes,spinach,pears,apples,
olive oil and wine. Each dish represents a
different natural setting, but they all have
a single common ingredient: when you
prepare your table with products from
the Lands of Lleida, you really bring the
taste of the land to the palate.
G A S T R O N O M Y / P R O D U C T
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DOP Cheese
from L’Alt Urgell and La Cerdanya
Designation of origin
DOP Butter
fom L’Alt Urgell and La Cerdanya
dop-alturgell-cerdanya.com
dop-alturgell-cerdanya.com
DOP Pear
from Lleida
peradelleida.es
IGP
Veal from the Pyrenees
IGP Almond Nougat
from Agramunt
DOP Olive Oil from Les Garrigues
olidoplesgarrigues.com
vedellapirineus.cat
DO
Costers del Segre
costersdelsegre.es
igp-torrodagramunt.com
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DE LA TERRA A LA FIRA
La Fira de l’Oli de Qualitat
Verge Extra de les Borges
Blanques
LES GARRIGUES
L’exposició d’olis dels diferents mo-
lins i cooperatives i jornades tècni-
ques. També hi té lloc la preparació
d’una cassola de tros.
T. 973 142 805
firaoli.cat
Les Cassoles de Fondarella
EL PLA D’URGELL
S’hi serveix la típica cassola de tros;
se celebra per la Festa Major el pri-
mer cap de setmana de setembre.
T. 973 600 082
fondarella.ddl.net
La Festa del Ranxo de Ponts
LA NOGUERA
Cocciópúblicad’unamenad’escude-
lla grassa i de pagès, el Ranxo, amb
tastielrepartimentperatothom.Va
acompanyatd’unmercatdeproduc-
tesalimentarisiartesansdelterritori.
T. 973 462 233
ponts.cat
La Fira de Sant Isidre
de Cervera
LA SEGARRA
Fira multisectorial en què el món del
pa és un referent. (Cap de setmana
més proper al 15 de maig)
T. 973 530 025
cerverapaeria.cat/ajuntament-ca
La Fira Cóc de Tàrrega
L’URGELL
Mostra de cócs de l’Urgell i d’altres
zonesd’EspanyaiFrança.Exposició
i venda de coques de recapte, pro-
ductes de fleca i pastisseria. Tastets
dediferentsproductesgastronòmics.
(Festa Major de Maig)
T. 973 311 608
tarrega.cat
Aplec del Cargol
de Lleida
EL SEGRIÀ
FestagastronòmicadeclaradaFesta
Nacional d’Interès Tradicional i or-
ganitzada al voltant de la cuina del
cargol que se celebra a la ciutat de
Lleida al final de maig.
T. 973 281 473
aplec.org
La Fira de Sant Ermengol
de la Seu d’Urgell
L’ALT URGELL
És la fira de formatges artesans del
Pirineu, que inclou un espai de de-
gustació i venda per part dels pro-
ductors,unaJornadaTècnica,tastos
guiats, presentacions i el Concurs
de Formatges Artesans del Pirineu.
T. 973 350 010
firasantermengol.cat
La Fira del bolet
i el boletaire de Solsona
EL SOLSONÈS
Mostra dedicada al bolet i a la gas-
tronomia de tardor. Inici de les Jor-
nadesGastronòmiquesdelSolsonès.
T. 973 482 310 · solsonafires.cat
hostaleriadelsolsones.com
Degusta els productes
de la Marca Garantia
de la Val d’Aran
LA VAL D’ARAN
Són els productes que formen part
de la Marca de Garantia de la Val
d’Aran, que poden comprar-se en
establiments especialitzats.
T. 973 641 801
productesvaldaran.com
El Carnaval
i ball de la passa
ÀREU, ESPOT, ESTERRI D’ÀNEU,
GERRI DE LA SAL, LLADORRE, LLAVORSÍ,
RIALP, RIBERA DE CARDÓS I SORT.
EL PALLARS SOBIRÀ
Vianda, ball de la passa, disfresses i
calderada popular. Es recomana la
degustació del farcit de carnaval,
plat típic d’aquest dia, i gaudir del
ball de nit.
T. 973 621 002
pallarssobira.info
La tardor gastronòmica
del Bolet
EL PALLARS JUSSÀ
Xerradesidegustacionsdeplatscui-
nats amb bolets, sortides a diversos
boscos i una exposició de bolets.
Alhora els restauradors ofereixen
menús temàtics sobre els bolets.
T. 973 650 187
pallarsjussa.net
La Fira de Sant Llorenç
de Bellver
LA CERDANYA
Mostra de productes alimentaris
artesanals i música tradicional del
Pirineu. La fira se celebra en el marc
de la magnífica plaça porxada de
Bellver.
T. 973 510 016
bellver.org
Les Jornades
Gastronòmiques
del Bolet
L’ALTA RIBAGORÇA
Diferents restaurants de la comarca
elaboren el menú dels bolets tots els
caps de setmana del mes d’octubre
i la primera quinzena de novembre.
T. 973 690 402
turismealtaribagorca.cat
LaurenSansen
FROM THE LAND TO THE FAIR
Quality Extra Virgin Olive
Oil Fair of Les Borges
Blanques
LES GARRIGUES
Exhibition of olive oils from the
different mills and cooperatives and
technical meetings. The event will
also feature the cooking of a traditi-
onalcassoladetros(ruralcasserole).
T. +34 973 142 805
firaoli.cat
Casseroles of Fondarella
EL PLA D’URGELL
Serving of a typical cassola de
tros; this will take place on the first
weekend in September, coinciding
with the local Festa Major.
T. +34 973 600 082
fondarella.ddl.net
“Ranxo” Festival of Ponts
LA NOGUERA
This public cooking of the thick rural
escudella(typicalsoupstew)knownas
“Ranxo”isfollowedbyapublictasting
thatisopentoeveryone.Therewillalso
beamarketoftraditionallymadefood
productsfromthelocalarea.
T. +34 973 462 233
ponts.cat
Fair of Sant Isidre
of Cervera
LA SEGARRA
A multi-sector fair in which bread
is the central product. (Over the
weekend nearest to 15th
May)
T. +34 973 530 025
cerverapaeria.cat/ajuntament-ca
Cóc Fair of Tàrrega
L’URGELL
An exhibition of cócs (a type of sa-
voury pizza) from L’Urgell and from
other parts of Spain and France.
Exhibition and sale of coques de
recapte (savoury pizzas) and other
bakeryandpastryproducts.Tastings
of different gastronomic products
(Main Festival of May)
T. +34 973 311 608
tarrega.cat
Snailfest of Lleida
EL SEGRIÀ
A gastronomic festival that has been
declared a National Festival of Tra-
ditional Interest and whose central
focus is the cooking of snails; this
event takes place in the city of Lleida
at the end of May.
T. +34 973 281 473
aplec.org
Fair of Sant Ermengol
of La Seu d’Urgell
L’ALT URGELL
The traditionally-made cheese fair of
thePyrenees;theeventincludes:ache-
ese tasting; the sale of cheeses by their
producers;atechnicalmeeting;guided
tastings;presentations;andtheArtisa-
nalCheesesofthePyreneescompetition.
T. +34 973 350 010
firasantermengol.cat
Mushroom and Mushroom
Pickers Fair of Solsona
EL SOLSONÈS
An exhibition dedicated to the
mushroom and to autumn gastro-
nomy in general, combined with the
GastronomicSessionsofElSolsonès.
T.+34973482310·solsonafires.cat
hostaleriadelsolsones.com
Tasting of Guaranteed
Brand Products
of the Val d’Aran
LA VAL D’ARAN
These are all products with the Gua-
ranteedBrandoftheVald’Aranand
canbeboughtfromspecialisedshops.
T. +34 973 641 801
productesvaldaran.com
Carnival and the “Passa”
dance
ÀREU, ESPOT, ESTERRI D’ÀNEU,
GERRI DE LA SAL, LLADORRE, LLAVORSÍ,
RIALP, RIBERA DE CARDÓS AND SORT.
EL PALLARS SOBIRÀ
Thiseventcombinesfood,theballde
la“Passa”(traditionaldance),fancy
dress and a communal hotpot. Visi-
tors are particularly recommended
to try the farcit de carnival, a typical
dish associated with this event, and
to enjoy the evening dance.
T. +34 973 621 002
pallarssobira.info
Autumn Mushroom
Gastronomy
EL PALLARS JUSSÀ
The event includes talks, tastings
of dishes based on mushrooms, ou-
tings to different local woods and
a mushroom exhibition. Various
restaurants offer thematic menus
relating to mushrooms.
T. +34 973 650 187
pallarsjussa.net
The Fair of Sant Llorenç
of Bellver
LA CERDANYA
Exhibitionoftraditionally-madefood
products and the traditional music of
the Pyrenees. This fair is held in the
magnificentarcadedsquareofBellver.
T. +34 973 510 016
bellver.org
Gastronomic Sessions
of the Mushroom
L’ALTA RIBAGORÇA
Different restaurants from the co-
marca (local district) will prepare
menus based on mushrooms; every
weekend in October and during the
first fortnight of November.
T. +34 973 690 402
turismealtaribagorca.cat
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EADE
20,000
793,000
arable
and livestock farms
fairs, exhibitions
and gastronomic
sessions in each
comarca
different food
quality
classifications7
Quantity
&quality
land dedicated
to primary sector
productionHa
Itissaidthatthecomarques(lo-
caldistricts)ofLleidaarethefood
storeofCatalonia.Thisiswhere
livestockandarablefarmingare
mostimportant,bothintermsof
theareasfarmedandtheirecono-
micimportance.Thevastextent
ofthisterritory,whichstretches
fromthemountainsofthePyre-
nees down to the Lleida plain,
meansthatyouwillfindalmost
everythingyoudesireonitsta-
bles,atitsrestaurantsandinits
foodshops.Thereareathousand
andoneexquisitedelightstocho-
osefromineachcomarca.
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GASTRONOMIC ASSOCIATIONS AND ENTITIES
Traditionally Made Foods
of the Pyrenees
T. +34 973 510 494
Catering Association
of L’Alt Urgell
T. +34 973 355 330
Guild of Sant Sebastià
T. +34 973 690 402
Culinary Association
of the Pyrenees. Tourist
Reception Centre
of Puigcerdà
T. +34 972 880 816
cuinapirinenca.com
Association of Bars
and Restaurants
of La Cerdanya
T. +34 678 444 650
restbarcerdanya.com
Guaranteed Food Product
Brand of the Val d’Aran
T. +34 973 641 801
productesvaldaran.com
Catering Guild
of the Val d’Aran
T. +34 973 640 601
Catering School of Les
T. +34 973 647 242
iesostalaria.com
Association of Restaurants
of La Noguera.
Noguera Cuisine
T. +34 973 400 709
nogueracuina.com
Catering Association of El
Pallars Sobirà
T. +34 973 620 000 
Association La Xicoia
T. +34 669 905 269
T. +34 669 905 266
laxicoia.com
Del Tros al Plat. Producers
of El Pallars Sobirà
Tel:  +34 973 621 002
http://deltrosalplat.blogsport.com
APAT (Associació
de Professionals de l’Àmbit
Turístic). Pallars Jussà
T. 973 661 700
Amb els 5 sentits
T. 973 650 187 (Consell Comarcal
del Pallars Jussà)
ALL. Association of Chefs
of Lleida
T. +34 973 289 238
Friends of the Cod
T. +34 973 232 304
Hotel, Catering and Tourism
School of Lleida
T. +34 973 281 180
xtec.cat/iesescolahoteleriadelleida
Catering Federation
of Lleida Province
T. +34 973 248 858
hostaler.org
Catering Guild
of El Solsonès          
T. +34 606 247 069
hostaleriadelsolsones.com
 
Association for
the Promotion of Quality
Products from El Solsonès
T. +34 639 132 093
artesansdelsolsones.com
 
GUSTUM
gustum.org
f InfoGustum
t gustum
LaurentSansenDefoto
Gustumisaninterregionalco-
operation project (Lleida, the
BasqueCountryandtheBalearic
Islands)whoseobjectiveistofos-
terruraldevelopmentthrough
the promotion of quality food
productsfromlocalterritories
andbyexploitingsynergieswith
thecatering,tourismandtrading
sectors.TheGustumprojectis
coordinated by the Urgell-Pla
d’UrgellLeaderConsortiumand
itsdifferentphasesarefinanced
bySpain’sMinistryofAgricultu-
re, Food and the Natural Envi-
ronment (MAGRANA) and by
the Generalitat de Catalunya’s
DepartmentofAgriculture,Li-
vestockFarming,Fisheries,Food
andtheNaturalEnvironment.
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Discover
every inch
of Lleida
T H E M E R O U T E S
38
Theme routes
C U L T U R E
39
The Cistercian Route
The Time Route
40-41
The Romanesque Route
42
The Pyrenees of the Counts
The Vaulted Stone Shelter Route
43
The Good Men’s Route
The Old Trade’s Route
44
The Historic Monument
Route Of Lleida
Secret Lleida
45
The Templar Route
The Cave Art Route
46
The Castle Routes
47
The Castles of the River Sió Route
The Picasso Route
48
The Dolmen Route
The Way of Saint James
63
The Wine Route of Lleida
The Olive Oil Route
49
Route to Olius and the
Geographic Centre of Catalonia
The Àssua Valley and El Batlliu
50
The Path to Freedom
and the Prison-Museum of Sort
The Ignatian Way
51
L-2: the Republican
Defensive Line
The Arnau Mir de Tost Route
52
The Vall d’Ora
G A S T R O N O M Y
52
The Lakes Train
53
The Reapers’ Route
Route through
the Llobregós River Valley
54
Route of the Minairons
A Natural World
55
The Valley of the Vultures
N A T U R E
Routes to the Ivars
and Vila-sana Pool
56
The Water Route
The Les Garrigues Canal
57
The Ornithological Route
58
On Foot through the Val d’Aran
By bicycle through the Val d’Aran
59
The Green Route
through the Vall Fosca
From Almatret to the “La Pena” cliff
60
Living Pathways
61
Routes along the Canal d’Urgell
Routes through Utxesa
62
The Mediaeval Bridges Route
The Old Forges Route
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39
The late Romanesque and gothic transition style mo-
nasteriesofPoblet,VallbonadelesMongesandSantes
Creuswerefoundedinthe12th
centuryandconstitute
one of the most outstanding groups of inhabited Cis-
tercianbuildingsinEurope.Theyarealsothedefinitive
expressionoftheartistic,culturalandhistoriclegacyof
thispartofinlandCatalonia.Thethreecentreshavebeen
declaredMonumentsofHistoricandArtisticInterest
bytheSpanishstateandPoblethasalsobeendeclareda
UNESCOWorldHeritageSite.TheCistercianorderwas
foundedinFranceintheyear1098byagroupofmonks
whosworetoliveaccordingtotheRuleofSaintBenedict:
prayer,work,austerity,meditationandpoverty.Aswell
asthethreemonasteries,theCistercianRoutewillalso
allowvisitorstodiscoverthetraditions,gastronomy,crafts
andnaturalspacesofthe65municipalitiesinthearea.
Oraetlabora:
Monastic
austerityinthe
LandsofLleida
The Cistercian Route
$
Monuments
of Historic
and Artistic
Interest
Guided
visits
Consell Comarcal de l’Urgell
T. 973 500 707 · urgell.cat
La Ruta del Cister
T. 973 500 707 · larutadelcister.info
parc-cretaci.com · T. 973 665 062
collnargo.com · T. 973 383 048
elsraiers.cat · T. 973 680 132
ecomuseu.com · T. 973 626 436
Thisrouteincludesthreepeculiarmuseums:theMuseumof
LaConcaDellà,theMuseumofRiverRaftersatPontdeCla-
verolandtheEcologicalMuseumoftheVallsd’ÀneuatEsterri
d’Àneu.Thesearedifferenttypesofmuseumsbutwithone
commondenominator:theyareallreferencestothepastof
thisterritory.TheMuseumofLaConcaDellàandtheMuseum
ofColldeNargótakeusonatripbacktothemostremoteof
timeswhenthisareawasinhabitedbydinosaurs.Thereare
guidedvisitstothecretaceousremainsofBasturs,wherea
largenumberofdinosaureggscanbeseen,someofwhichare
gatheredtogetherinnests.VisitorscanalsovisitthePosasite,
whichincludesasetofmorethan2,000remainsthatshowthe
presenceoffeedingmantarays.TheRiverRafters’Museum
offersthepossibilitytotravelbacktoarealitythatisrather
closertous:theworldofriverrafters.Thislosttradesurvived
untilthe1930swhenthebuildingofreservoirsmadetrans-
portationalongtheriverimpossible.Finally,theEcological
MuseumoftheVallsd’Àneushowsusthetraditionaleveryday
lifeofthemountainswhichisillustratedindifferentroomsat
CasaGassia.Visitorsarealso
advisedtolookattheenclosed
villagesofPerameaandEsca-
ló,theabandonedsettlement
ofSantaCreudeLlagunesand
theTimberMuseumofÀreu.
Dinosaursand
themountainthat
nolongerexists
The Time Route
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Year1000:
artandarchitecture
foranewmillennium
The Romanesque Route
Atthesametimethatthecountiesthatlietothesouthof
thePyreneesbrokefreefromtheEmpireofCharlemag-
ne, they underwent a deep-seated artistic renovation
with the introduction of the Romanesque style which
hademergedinthenorthofItalyinabouttheyear1000.
Thisthenbecamethemainmovementinarchitecture,
paintingandsculptureinthisareauntiltheendofthe
13th
century when the gothic style began to take over.
AlthoughtheRomanesquestylespreadacrossthewhole
geographyofLleida,itsgreatestexpressionistobefound
intheValldeBoíintheformofasetofninetemplesthat
have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
TheRomanesqueCentreoftheValldeBoí,locatednext
to the church of Erill-la-Vall, is the place responsible
for disseminating information about this and related
themestovisitors.
L’Alta RibagorçaThechurchesoftheValldeBoí
(L’AltaRibagorça)formthemostoutstandingsetofRo-
manesqueconstructionsinCataloniaandweredeclared
aUNESCOWorldHeritageSitein2000.Theyinclude
the churches of Boí, Santa Maria and Sant Climent of
Taüll,Durro,BarrueraandErill-la-Vall.ThePantocrator
(ChristAlmighty)ofSantClimentdeTaüllisoneofthe
mostemblematicelementsinthegroup.
La Val d’AranThefirstsurprisingfeatureoftheVal
d’Aranresidesintheircharacteristicpointedbelfrieswhich
showaclearGasconinfluence.AswellastheirRomanes-
queandgothicarchitecture,theinteriorsofthechurches
ofBossòst,Vielha,Escunhau,Arties,Tredòs,Salardúand
Unhaalsohouseextensivesetsofmuralpaintingsand
relevantworksofRomanesqueimagery,includingthe
ChristofMijaranandtheHolyCrossofSalardú.
El Pallars Sobirà Romanesque church of Sant
JoanofIsil.GroupofRomanesquebuildingsofSondel
Pi (church of Sant Just i Sant Pastor of Son). Church
and Romanesque paintings of Sant Pau i Sant Pere of
Esterri de Cardós. Church, engravings and paintings
of Santa Maria of Ginestarre. Romanesque-style her-
mitage of Santa Eulàlia of Alendo. Monastery of Sant
PeredeBurgal,Escaló.ChurchofSantaMariaofÀneu.
Romanesque church of Sant Iscle i Santa Victòria of
Surp. Romanesque church of Santa Maria of Ribera
deCardós.MonasteryofSantaMariaofGerridelaSal.
HermitageofNostraSenyorad’Arboló.
El Pallars JussàHistoricgroupofMur:castleand
religiouscommunityofSantaMaria.Historicgroupof
Llordà:castleandreligiouscommunityofSantSadurní.
Churches of the Vall Fosca: Sant Vicenç of Capdella,
Sant Martí of La Torre de Capdella and Sant Julià of
Espui. Church of Santa Maria of Covet. Church of the
VergedelaCintaofLlimiana.ChurchofSantEsteveof
AbelladelaConca.
La Cerdanya Groupofrelativelysmallbuildings
amongst which the most outstanding are the former
religious community of Santa Maria of Talló and the
parishchurchofSantPereofAlp.
L’Alt Urgell LaSeud’Urgell:cathedralofSantMa-
ria,churchofSantMiquelandtheDiocesanMuseum.
Castellbò:collegiatechurchofSantaMaria.Estamariu:
church of Santa Maria. Organyà: collegiate church of
Santa Maria. Coll de Nargó: church of Sant Climent.
Valldarques:churchofSantRomà.Oliana:chapelofSant
Andreu.Peramola:MaredeDéuofCastell-llebre. An-
serall:SantSerniofTavèrnoles.SantMaximíofSallent.
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Sant Joan of Montanissell. Sant Romà of Valldarques.
Sant Martí of La Plana. Sant Miquel de les Masies of
Nargó.SantSerniofGavarra.
La Noguera Camarasa:watchtowerandchurchof
BaroniadeSantOïsme.Àger:collegiatechurchofSant
Pere. Les Avellanes: church of Santa Maria. Cubells:
churchofElCastell.Balaguer:monasteryofSantaMaria
de les Franqueses. La Baronia de Rialb: monastery of
SantaMariaofGualter,SantaMariaofPalau,SantIscle
iSantaVictòriaofLaTorreandSantAndreuofElPuig.
Ponts:collegiatechurchofSantPere.
El SolsonèsSolsona:cathedralofSolsona(apseand
belfry), Marededéu del Claustre, paintings of Pedret,
virgins, capitals and iconographic representations at
the Diocesan and local District Museum of Solsona.
Olius:churchandcryptofSantEsteve.SantLlorençde
Morunys:churchandcloisteroftheformermonastery.
Navès:churchofSantPeredeGraudescales,churchof
La Móra Comdal and Romanesque bridge of the Vall
d’Ora. Clariana de Cardener: churches of Santa Àgata
andSantMartíofJoval.Guixers:churchesofSantSerni
of El Grau, Santa Creu of Els Ollers and Sant Martí of
GuixersandtheRomanesquebridgeofVall-llonga.Pinell
deSolsonès:churchandwalledsettlementofSantCli-
mençandchurchofSantPereofMadrona.Castellardela
Ribera:churchofSantJuliàofCeuró.Lladurs:churches
of Santa Eulàlia of Timoneda and Sant Sadurní of La
Llena.Llobera:churchesofSantaMariaofTorredenagó,
SantaMariaofMontravetaandSantPereofLlobera.La
ComailaPedra:churchesofSantQuirze,SantaJulitaof
LaComa,SantSadurníofLaPedra,SantaMagdalenaof
LesTragines,SantCristòfolofElsPasqüets,SantLleïr
ofCasavellaandSantaCreuofElRoser.
El Segrià Lleida: cathedral of La Seu Vella, church
of Sant Llorenç, church of Sant Martí, La Paeria (City
Councilbuilding).
Les Garrigues ChurchofGranyena.ChurchofSant
JoanBaptista,Vinaixa.HermitageofSantSalvador,Les
BorgesBlanques.RomanesqueportalofBovera.Chapel
ofSantMiqueldelesBorgetes,Arbeca.ChurchofSanta
Maria,Fulleda.
L’UrgellAgramunt:churchofSantaMaria.Vallbona
de les Monges: Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria.
Tàrrega:palaceofthemarquisesofLaFloresta.Maldà:
churchofSantPere.Verdú:castleandchurchofSanta
Maria.Vilagrassa:monumentalportalofthechurchof
SantaMaria.
La Segarra Cervera: church of Sant Pere el Gros,
monumentalportalofSantMartíofthechurchofSanta
Maria. Massoteres: Sant Pere of Talteüll. Els Plans de
Sió:SantEsteveofPelagallsandSantSalvadorofCon-
cabella.Torà:churchoftheformermonasteryofCellers.
LesOluges:SantPereofSantaFe.Talavera:SantJaume
ofPallerols.TorrefetaiFlorejacs:SantJuliàofElLlor.
Guided
visits
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Generalitat de Catalunya
T. 973 248 840
gencat.cat
Takeatripbacktothe11th
,12th
and13th
centuriesthrough
monuments,museumsandemblematicmedievalcons-
tructions.Theseuniquenaturalsettingsandcountryside
bringvisitorsclosertothebirthofCatalonia,aterritory
whichemergedfromthecountiesofthePyreneanand
Pre-Pyreneanfringes.Therouteisdividedaccordingto
thethirteenoldcounties,sevenofwhicharelocatedin
theLandsofLleida.Itispossibletotravelthroughthis
area,fromplacetoplace,followingtwo5-dayitineraries,
or to make a series of weekend visits to one county or
another. The routes, which are theme-based, make it
possibletodiscoverthepowerofsomeoftheterritory’s
noblewomen,itsdifferentreligiousbeliefs,themeaning
ofdifferentimagesfromthemedievalperiod,thefirst
textswrittenintheCatalanlanguageandthestruggles
forpower.
Thebirth
ofCataloniain
theMiddleAges
The Pyrenees of the Counts
Whole route
option and routes
through
a particular
comarca option
goo.gl/maps/ipGJm
Guided
visitsQ
One of the most differentiating cultural elements of
thecomarca(localdistrict)ofLesGarriguesisitsvaul-
ted stone shelters; these are dry stone constructions
which are closely linked to the growing of olive trees.
Longdaysspentworkinginthefieldsandfarfromthe
villagesmadeitnecessarytohavesomewheretorestthe
working animals and for rural workers to shelter. The
peculiar way in which these shelters are constructed,
withoutanythingbeingusedtobindthestonestogether
and with dirt-covered barrel vault ceilings, gives the
outward impression of them being small mounds of
earth. Around 1,100 of these constructions have been
cataloguedinLesGarrigues.Thisroutetakesvisitorsto
nineofthemandalsotosomeotherstoneconstructions,
includingwaterdeposits,channelsandtanks.
Drystone
amongst
theolivetrees
The Vaulted Stone Shelter Route
55
km
3
hours
Consell Comarcal
de les Garrigues
T. 973 142 658
turismegarrigues.com goo.gl/maps/cIw8H
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TheCathars,whowerealsoknownasthe“goodmen”or“per-
fectpeople”,weremenandwomenofarigidmoralitywhore-
jectedwealth,didnotbelieveintheOldTestamentandrejected
theCatholicChurchandthefeudalrightsofthenobilityof
theirtime.Asaresult,theyweredeclaredheretics.Thisroute,
whichbeginsatthesanctuaryofQueralt(Berga)andendsat
theCastleofMontsegur(France),followsthemigratorypaths
usedbytheCatharsduringthe12th
and14th
centuriesasthey
fledfromthepersecutionofthecrusadersandtheSpanish
Inquisition.Theitinerary,whichcanbefollowedonfoot,
onhorsebackorbymountainbike,followsalongdistance
footpath(GR-107)whichallowswalkerstodiscovermedieval
settlements,Romanesquechurchesandcastles.Aswellasthe
historicalaspect,therouterunsthroughtheprotectedarea
oftheCadí-MoixeróNaturalPark,whereitispossibletovisit
themunicipaldistrictofGósol.Fromthisvillage,avariant
oftheroutegoesofftoJosadeCadí,Tuixent,LaComa,Sant
LlorençdeMorunys,ColldeJou,Odèn,Timoneda,Lladurs
andSolsona,beforefinallyreachingtheMiracleshrine.
Inthefootsteps
ofthepersecuted
Cathars
The Good Men’s Route
Camí dels Bons
Homes
T. 938 244 861
camidelsbonshomes.com
189km
+84km
(Gòsol-el Miracle)
GR-107
GR-7 i GR-1
(Gòsol-el Miracle)
Route
card
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Q$
This route is an ethnographic journey through seven
municipalities in the comarca (local district) of L’Alt
Urgellwhosecentralthemeistoprovideaninsightinto
thetraditionalwayoflife,customs,andsocioeconomic
activityofthemountains.Thisroute,whichisorganised
arounddifferentlocationsandthematicmuseums,will
helpvisitorstodiscover:thethousand-year-oldwine-
makingtraditionofthisarea(MuseumoftheVineand
Wine, at Pont de Bar); the workings of an 18th
century
spinning jenny at the Wool Museum of Arsèguel; the
day-to-day routines of small-scale mountain farmers
(Museum of Rural Workers, of Calbinyà); the age-old
tradeofthetimberrafters(MuseumofRiverRafters,at
ColldeNargó);theflourmills(theoldLaTrobadaFlour
Mill,atMontferrer);theprofitabilityoficewells(Oliana);
the value of traditional herbal remedies (Museum of
Trementinaires,ofTuixent);andthecentralroleofthe
accordioninthefestivitiesandcustomsofthePyrenees
(AccordionMuseum,atArsèguel).
Age-oldforms
ofmountain
life
The Old Trade’s Route
Museus en xarxa
T. 973 353 112
ccau.cat/museus
175
km Q Visits must
be booked
in advance
goo.gl/maps/AIWQ0
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Turisme de Lleida
T. 973 700 402
turismedelleida.cat
On line
booking
Thecapitaloftheterritorycanbediscoveredinmanydiffe-
rentways,butoneofthemostspectacularisbyvisitingthe
mosticonictreasuresofthecity,whicharetheiconsofits
veryhistory.Forexample,thePaeriaPalace,whichisthe
presentseatoftheCityCouncil,isoneofthemostimpor-
tantexamplesofRomanesque-stylecivilarchitecturein
Cataloniaandcontainsmonumentalremainswhichdate
fromthe5th
centuryBCEthroughuntilthe18th
centuryCE.
TheSeuVellahill,whichprovidesthemosticonicimage
ofthecityanditsbestvantagepoint,alsohousesthelon-
gesthistoricwalledperimeterinEurope,theoldMuslim
fortressknownasofLaSudaandtheSeuVellacathedral,a
Romanesque-Gothicarchitecturalensembleconsistingof
atemple,cloisterandbelltower.Meanwhile,thecity’sSant
JoanSquare,theauthenticnervecentreofthecity,ispresi-
dedoverbytheneo-gothicstylechurchofthesamename.
Historical
icons
ofthecity
ofLleida
The Historic Monument Route of Lleida
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The remains of the old city walls, churches, Andalus
bathsandthemedievalprison.Thisroutetakesinthe
mainarchaeologicalsitesthathavebeenunearthedin
thehistoriccentreofLleidaandisbasedonfourmain
attractions which are complemented by lesser sites
locatedonthepremisesofvariouscommercialestablish-
ments.Here,visitorswillfindtheremainsofwhatwere
oncethewallsandtowersofthecity,backinmedieval
timesandduringtheAndalusandfeudalperiods.They
willalsofindtheremainsofthe13th
centurytanneries,
which are the oldest conserved in the whole of Spain,
theruinsoftheapseoftheformerRomanesquechurch
ofSantJoan,theremainsoftheAndalusbathsandthe
formerprisonlocatedinthebasementoftheLaPaeria
Palace(today’sCityHall).
Archaeological
remains
oflittle-known
Lleida
Secret Lleida
goo.gl/maps/UFC4T
Turisme de Lleida
T. 973 700 402
turismedelleida.cat
On line
booking$
45
When Ramon Berenguer IV, the Count of Barcelona,
began the siege of Lleida’s Muslim city from Gardeny
Hillin1149,hereceivedthesupporttheKnightsTemplar
militia,amediaevalreligiousinstitution.Oncethecity
hadbeentaken,inappreciationfortheirhelp,theCount
gavethemilitiaseveralproperties,includingGardeny
Hill.Nowadays,over800yearslater,visitorscandiscover
what the Templar base was like and revisit the way of
lifeandtheidealsoftheTemplarorder.TheCentrefor
Interpretation offers visitors a piece of the history of
thecityofLleidainaverydidacticandaccessibleway.
TogetherwiththetownsofMiravet,Montsó,Peníscola
andTortosa,Gardenyformspartofthe“DomusTempli”
KnightsTemplarRoute”.Thesitealsooffersaninfor-
mationofficeandothertourismservices.
Thecommand
centre
ofthemilitary
monks
The Templar Route
Turó de Gardeny
T. 973 271 942 · turismedelleida.cat
Domus Templi
T. 973 700 402 · domustempli.com goo.gl/maps/kcsak
Audio
Guide
service
On line
booking
TheprovinceofLleidacontains16oftheprehistoricsites
whichformpartofthegrouplocatedintheMediterra-
neanarcthatwasdeclaredaUNESCOWorldHeritage
Sitein1998.Oftheseremains,itisparticularlyrelevant
tohighlighttheRocadelsMoros(Moors’Rock),inthe
municipalityofElCogul.Thissite,whichbelongstothe
Palaeolithic period, was discovered in 1908 and con-
tains42humanandanimalfigures,whicharegrouped
together in hunting scenes, as well as over 250 other
prints. Another site worthy of mention is the Bronze
AgeCova,orBalma(Cave)delsVilars,nearthevillage
ofOsdeBalaguer.
other cave art remains
Les GarriguesL’Albi,LesBorgesBlanques.El Segrià
LaGranjad’Escarp,Alfés.La NogueraCamarasa,Alòs
de Balaguer, Artesa de Segre, Vilanova de Meià, Pera-
mola. Alt Urgell Peramola. La Cerdanya Bellver de
Cerdanya.Pallars Jussà Tremp.
Themagicof
ourmostdistant
ancestors
The Cave Art Route
Ruta de l’art rupestre
T. 973142658·turismegarrigues.com
T. 973 448 933 · montsec.cat
T. 973 353 112 · ccau.cat
Guided
visits to
Els Vilars
Visits must
be booked
in advance
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$
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FortwocenturiestheLandsofLleidaformedthefron-
tier between two civilisations: the Arab and Christian
worlds.Severalcastlesstillremainassilentwitnesses
ofthosetimes.ScatteredacrosstheterritoryofLleida,
although not immense fortresses, they are majestic
and well conserved, often standing on hilltop sites to
guarantee the security of frontier areas and as visible
symbolsofpower.TheycanbefoundinElPallarsJussà,
La Noguera, La Segarra, L’Urgell and Les Garrigues.
Some of these castles are now also venues for music
concertsonsummernights.
La NogueraTheCastleofMontsonísstillconserves
itsprisonandasecretescapepassage.TheCastleofLa
Ràpita(private).TheCastleofOsdeBalaguercurrently
houses the Bell Museum of Catalonia. The Castle and
Religious Community of Sant Pere d’Àger. L’Urgell
The Castle of Montclar is renowned for the stairway
to its noble quarters, its music room, library, stately
diningroom,prisonandcellar.TheCastleofVerdú.The
Castle of Maldà. The Castle of Ciutadilla. La Segarra
TheCastleofLesPallarguesisfamousforthe13metre
gothic-style arch on its facade, its spacious halls and
largewindows,undergroundprison,icewell,cellarand
systemofchannelscarvedoutoftherock.TheCastleof
Florejacsisaveritablemuseumwithhistoricfurnitu-
re, paintings, cellar, dungeon and a lovely bedroom. It
housesobjectsfromvarioushistoricalperiodsandhas
asecretpassageandinterestingcollectionofarms.The
CastleofVicfredhasa2km-longsecretpassagewhichis
hiddenbehindasmalldoor.TheTowerofVallferosais
oneofthebestexamplesof10th
centuryEuropeanmili-
taryarchitecture.ThestrategicpositionoftheCastleof
LesSitgesmadeitanimportantprotagonistintheHigh
Middle Ages during the struggle between Christians
and Saracens. The Castle of de Concabella houses the
Centre for Interpreting the Castles of the River Sió.El
Pallars Jussà The Castle of Mur offers spectacular
views over the Tremp river basin and the Terradets
reservoir.Featurestohighlightincludethesystemfor
usingwaterandthecapitalsofitscloister.TheCastleof
Llordàisoneofthebestexamplesofresidentialarchi-
tecturefromthehighmedievalperiodinCatalonia.It
is possible to organise guided visits to the Museum of
theConcaDellà.Moreexamplesoffrontiercastlescan
be found in the remains of the medieval fortresses of
Sant Gervàs, d’Orcau and Guàrdia de Mur and there
arealsoanumberofwatchtowersscatteredacrossthe
comarca.Les GarriguesTheCastleofLaFloresta.The
Castle of L’Espluga Calba. The Castle of Arbeca. The
CastleofL’Albi.
Fortressesbetween
theArabandChristianworlds
The Castle Routes
Castles of Lleida
T. 973 402 045 · castellsdelleida.com
Local District Council of La Noguera
T. 973 448 933 · ccnoguera.cat
Local District Council of L’Urgell
T. 973 500 707 · urgell.cat
Local District Council of La Segarra
T. 973 531 300 · lasegarra.org
Local District Council of El Pallars Jussà
T. 973 650 187 · pallarsjussa.org
Local District Council of Les Garrigues
T. 973 142 658 · ccgarrigues.com goo.gl/maps/6K38s
Guided
visits Q Y
$
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TheSióisasmall,little-knownriverwithalimitedflow,butit
islongandhasservedasafrontierspacethathasshapedthe
historyofthisareaandalsocreatedacommongeographical
spaceforsocial,culturalandeconomiccommunication.In
the10th
,11th
and12th
centuries,thesefrontiercastlesformed
alineofdefensivethatprotectedthisterritoryfromtheArab
forces.TheSió,whichrisesnearGàver,intheupperpartofLa
Segarra,runsforabout70km,crossingLaSegarra,L’Urgell
andLaNoguera,untilitfinallyflowsintotheRiverSegrenear
Balaguer.Itispossibletovisitanumberofcastlesalongits
courseaswellasotherplacesofgreatmonumentalvalue.
Asmallriver:
frontier
andcohesion
The Castles of the River Sió Route
Guided
visits
Castells de Lleida
T. 973 402 045 · castellsdelleida.com
Centre for Interpreting
the Castles of the Sió.
Castell de Concabella
T. 973 554 151
Castle of Les Sitges
T.600537970·castelldelessitges.com
Castell of Les Pallargues
T. 973 520 041
castelldelespallargues.com
Tourist Information Centre
of La Segarra
T. 973 531 300 · lasegarra.org
Tourist Office of de Balaguer
T. 973 445 194 · turisme.balaguer.cat
goo.gl/maps/1soa1
Q $
Local Council
of Gósol
T. 973 370 055
gosol.ddl.net
Tourism Office of Gósol
T. 973 370 016
Inthespringof1906,PabloPicassoandhisthenpartner,
Fernande Olivier, arrived at the village of Gósol. The
laststretchoftheirjourneywasmaderidingonamule,
with Picasso carrying only a few things: some clothes,
hiseaselandafewboxescontaininghisbrushesandoils.
In August of the same year, on their way back to Paris,
thecoupletookwiththemasmallcaravanofmules,so
Picasso had evidently done a lot of painting. At Gósol,
Picassopaintedsomeofthemostrepresentativeworks
ofmodernart.Thisstayhadbeencrucialforhisartistic
research.ThePicassoRoutestartsatGuardioladeBer-
guedà and ends at Bellver de Cerdanya. The itinerary
issignpostedwithyellowmarkersasafarasGósoland
thenwithwhiteandyellowonesfromGósoltoBellver
deCerdanya.
Onthetrailofthe
greatpainterof
the20th
century
The Picasso Route
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60
km $
48
Consell Comarcal
de l’Alt Urgell
T. 973 353 112
ccau.cat
ThisisaroutethatbeginsandendsatOrganyàandwhich
runsthroughtheCabóvalley.Alongtheway,visitorswill
findvariousexamplesofNeolithicfuneraryconstructi-
ons(atSerratdelesCobertrades,Colomera,Serratde
Malpàs,MolídeFavà,ClotdelesCanyes,Pedracabana
andl’Oliva),butitisalsoanopportunitytowalkthrough
pine and oak woodland, to remember some of the va-
lley’s long-lost trades related to these woodlands and
todiscoverthearea’sexquisitecuredmeatproducts...
Neolithic
funerary
monuments
The Dolmen Route
goo.gl/maps/5wZfv
32
km
Signposted
routeY $
ThefamousCamídeSantJaume(WayofSaintJames),
whichunitesthemanypathstoSantiagodeCompostel·
la,alsohasanumberofsectionswhichpassthroughthe
Lands of Lleida. One of these routes takes travellers
through the history and culture of the Way, providing
instructionsabouthowtodothepilgrimage,mapsand
ideasofwheretostayalongtheroute.Themainbranch
oftheWaythatrunsthroughCataloniagoesfromSant
PeredeRodes(intheextremeeastofthepeninsula)to
themonasteryofMontserrat.ThesectionfromMont-
serrat to Alcarràs (in the extreme west of Catalonia)
mainly passes through the Lands of Lleida. This 140
kmlongroutecanbedonein5stages.Othertransversal
variantswithintheterritorypassthroughTàrregaand
othersettlementsinL’UrgellandBalaguerorcomefrom
TarragonaandpassthroughVallbonadelesMongesand
BellpuigbeforereachingLleida.
TheCatalan
connectionto
thepilgrimage
The Way of Saint James
140km
Montserrat
Alcarràs
Stages
25-30km
Signposted
route
Camí de Sant Jaume
camidesantjaume.cat
Tourism Office
of the Generalitat
T. 973 248 840 goo.gl/maps/NZFGB
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ThegeographiccentreofCatalonialiesinthemunicipal
areaofPinósandisindicatedbyacompasscarvedoutof
stone.ItcanbefoundneartheshrineofSantaMariade
Pinós,acentreofreligiousdevotionforthelocalinha-
bitants.FollowingthepathtothevillageofArdèvol,itis
possibletoclimbupwhatusedtobethedefencetowerof
itsformercastle,whichdatesfrombeforethe11thcentury,
andfromthere,youcanenjoyanexcellentpanoramic
view.ContinuingoninthedirectionofSu,youwillfind
theMiracleshrine,withitsmajestic23metre-highand
12metre-wide18th
centurybaroque-stylealtarpiece.This
workbyCarlesMoratóisoneofthemostimportantof
itskindinCatalonia.ItisthenontoSolsona,thecapital
ofthecomarca(localdistrict),tovisititshistoriccentre,
cathedral,icewell,DiocesanandLocalDistrictMuseum
—whichhousesimportantexamplesofRomanesqueand
baroquestyleart—,theCentreforTouristicInterpretation
ofElSolsonèsandtheKnifeMuseum.ThechurchofSant
Esteved’Olius,anexampleof11thcenturyLombardRo-
manesquearchitecturewithacryptdating
fromthesameperiod,isjustanother4km
afterSolsona.Theroutefinishes,justafew
metresaway,attheCatalanModernist(Art
Nouveau)stylecemeteryofOlius,awork
bythearchitectBernardíMartorelliPuig.
Journey
tothecentre
ofCatalonia
Route to Olius
and the Geographic
Centre of Catalonia
Tourist Information
Office of El Solsonès
T. 973 482 310
turismesolsones.com goo.gl/maps/2XBVk
Q
This small, little-known, Pyrenean valley has been
slipped into the pages of various successful novels in
Catalanliteratureandhasbeenmentionedinsomeof
thebookswrittenbyJaumeCabré,MariaBarbal,Josep
MariaEspinàs,JoanLluísandJosepVirós.TheÀssua
valley and El Batlliu project offers these readers five
thematicroutesthatrunthroughitsrealandfictitious
geography.Theserouteshavebeendesignedthinking
about those who love reading and walking, but they
are also for anyone who likes to let themselves fall in
lovewiththetypeofscenerythatformstheessenceof
anovel.Theshortestoftheseroutestakesabout2hours
and the longest up to 12. The website dedicated to the
project provides detailed instructions, a technical file
andthecoursefollowedbyeachroute.Thereisalsomore
information about the novels and their authors, and
thevillagesandtheservicesavailableinthelocalarea.
Real
andfictitious
itineraries
The Àssua Valley
and El Batlliu
5
routes
Materials
available
in PDF
Vall d’Àssua
valldassua.cat
Local Council of Sort
T. 973 620 010 goo.gl/maps/r94zs
$
50
DuringtheyearsoftheSecondWorldWar,thousandsofpeople
crossedthePyreneeseitherrunningawayfromNazibrutality
orinordertojoinupwiththealliedarmyintheNorthofAfri-
caorintheUK.Themountainpassesboresilentwitnesses
totheirodyssey.Ithasbeencalculatedthatbetweenabout
60,000and80,000fugitivescrossedthroughthesepasses.
ThroughthevillageofSortvillage-wherevisitorscanvisitthe
prison-museum-passedoneoftheroutesthatconnectedthe
twoFrenchdepartmentsofAriègeandHauteGaronnetoEl
PallarsSobirà.Thisrouteisknownas“ThePathtoFreedom”.
Thisrouteisnowwellsign-postedandallowsthehikerto
followinthefootstepsofthosewartimetravellers.Theroute,
whoseCatalansiderunsthroughtheHighPyreneesNatural
Park,beginsatthemunicipalityofSeixandendsatAlòsd’Isil.
Togetherwiththebeautyofthelandscape,visitorswillalso
findcompleteinformationabouttheheritagevalueofthis
area,whichmakesthisasignificantexampleofwhathascome
tobenamed“HistoricalMemoryTourism”.
Escapingfrom
Nazismthrough
themountains
The Path to Freedom
and the Prison-Museum of Sort
Camí de la Llibertat
camidelallibertat.cat
Local Council of Sort
T. 973 620 010
Local District Tourism Office
of El Pallars Sobirà
T. 973 621 002
goo.gl/maps/x2K4W
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TheIgnatianWayfollowstheroutethattheJesuitpriest
SaintIgnatiusofLoyola(BasqueCountry)followedto
the Cave of Sant Ignasi at Manresa (Catalonia). This
routefollowsthesamecourseastheWayofSt.James,
butintheoppositedirection,andcrossesthecomarques
(local districts) of El Segrià, El Pla d’Urgell, L’Urgell
and La Segarra along a route signposted with orange
arrows.InL’Urgell,therouteturnsofftoVerdú,where
it is possible to visit the shrine to Sant Pere Claver, a
Jesuit missionary who was born in this municipality
beforegoingtoColombia.
Following
inthefootsteps
ofSt.Ignatius
The Ignatian Way
Camí Ignasià
caminoignaciano.org
Tourist Information
Office of Verdú
T. 973 347 216
Local Council of Verdú
T. 973 347 007
Local District Tourism
Office of L’Urgell
T. 973 500 707
goo.gl/maps/al9wb
$Y Q
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Local Council
of Vallbona de les Monges
T. 973 330 260 · larutadelcister.info
Local District Tourist
Information Office of L’Urgell
T. 973 500 707 · urgell.cat
Consell Comarcal
of La Segarra
T. 973 531 300 · lasegarra.org
TheL-2isasectionofthedefensivelinethatwascons-
tructedinthecomarques(localdistricts)ofL’Urgelland
La Segarra during the Spanish Civil War as a fortified
militarylinetodefendtherepublic.Theroutethrough
what was a zone of conflict during the war is a project
designedwithhistoricrigourtomeetthedualobjective
ofrecoveringthecollectivememoryandconservingand
disseminatingtheprinciplesoffreedomanddemocracy.
Ithasbeenorganisedintothreethematicblocksorgani-
sedaroundacentralthreadwhichplacestheemphasis
ontheindividualandonhumansuffering.Thefirstblock
presentsarbitraryactionsandreprisalsintherepublican
zone,startingwiththeactionsofuncontrolledelements
andtheSIM.Thesecondshowshowdifficultlifewasin
theimmediaterearguard.Thethirdblockwillshowhow
lifewasunderthenewlyimposedFrancoistregime.It
is possible to see various
types of construction:
trenches, sniping nests,
coveredtrenches,machine
gunnestsandobservation
points.
Witnesses
totheSpanish
CivilWar
Thelegacy
oftheLord
ofÀger
L-2: the Republican
Defensive Line
Guided
visits
Local Council of Àger
T. 973 455 004 · ager.cat
Peperepep Cultural
T. 677 701 820 · castellmur.cat
Museum of La Conca Dellà
and Tourism Office of Isona
T. 973 665 062 · isona.cat
TheArnauMirdeTostRouteisanauthentictripback
through time to the 11th
century when the sierra of El
MontsecservedasafrontierbetweenMuslimandChris-
tian territories. It was at that time that Arnau Mir de
Tost crossed this frontier and captured Àger from the
Muslims,therebyextendingtheChristian-heldterritory
towardsthesouth.Heleftbehindalargeandimportant
patrimony:castles,watchtowers,palaces,churches,etc.
Theroutefeaturesasitsmainpointsofinterestthecastle
andreligiouscommunityofSantPered’Àger,thecastle
ofMur,thecollegiatechurchofSantaMariadeMurand
thecastle-residentialpalaceofLlordà.
The Arnau Mir de Tost Route
goo.gl/maps/mSTKB
QGuided
visits
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Q$
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Onthisroute,visitorscanrelivesomeofthecustoms
ofothertimesanddiscoverimportantjewelsofRoma-
nesque art and architecture. Leaving Solsona by the
C-55, visitors should turn off towards the Sant Ponç
reservoirandthechurchofSantaMargaridadeNavès
andthengoontowardsBerga,followingtheRiverAigua
d’OrauntiltheyreachthefootoftheBusacliff.Inthis
wide valley, they will find the Ecological Museum of
the Vall d’Ora, where it is possible to learn about the
oldsawmillandvisittheCal’Ambròsmill.Visitorscan
alsogototheoldschool,whichnowhousesasmalltool
museum. They can then cross a Romanesque-style
bridge and see the monument in memory of Count
Guifré - who is said to have been mortally wounded
in this valley - and visit the hermitage of Sant Lleïr.
Later, visitors will find a church that belonged to the
10th century Romanesque monastery
of Sant Pere de Graudescales. Finally,
on the route back to Solsona, along the
C-26,visitorscanvisittheRomanesque
church of Sant Esteve d’Olius and the
nearbyArtNouevaucemetery.
Following
inthefootsteps
ofCountGuifré
elPelós
The Vall d’Ora
Tourist Office
of El Solsonès
T. 973 482 310
turismesolsones.com goo.gl/maps/w3nQb
Q
TheLakesTrainisahistorictouristicrailwayconvoythat
connectsLleidatoLaPobladeSegurbyrail.Itcrosses
threedifferentcomarques(localdistricts)andtherefore
allowstravellerstodiscoverthishighlyvariedterritory
fromthewindowofatrain:thefertilefieldsoftheplain,
therough,calcareousandconglomeratecliffsandgorges
ofElMontsec,thecalmwatersoffourlakes...andallofthis
withthepeaksofthePyreneesinthebackground.Thisisa
routethatcanbefollowedeverydayonconventionaltrains
andthetripcanbecombinedwithawiderangeofparallel
activitiesofferedineachofthecomarques.Visitorsshould
consulttheroutewebsitetodiscoverthedaysoftheyear
onwhichthisroutecanbecoveredonahistorictrain.Once
visitorsarriveatLaPobladeSegur,theycancomplement
thiswonderfuljourneyonahistorictrainwitharangeof
outingsandguidedvisits:ArtNouveaubuildingsinLaPobla
deSegur,themuseum-shopsofSalas,theVisitors’Centre
ofElPallarsJussà,theHydroelectricPowerMuseumof
theVallFoscaandtheCastelld’Encúswinery.
Fromtheplain
tothemountains,
onahistorictrain
The Lakes Train
Book
in advance
Guided
visits
Tren dels llacs
trendelsllacs.cat
Municipal Tourism Office of
La Pobla de Segur
T. 973 680 257 goo.gl/maps/NZFGB
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The Llobregós River Valley, in La Segarra, is a Space
of Natural Interest, within the triangle formed by the
villagesofSanaüja,BioscaandMassoteres.Thevalley
offersanumberofpossibleroutestocompleteonfoot
or by MTB, with walkers using their own instincts or
followingoneoffoursign-postedroutes.Thisisanarea
withuniquecharacteristicsasfarasitsgeologicalfor-
mation,vegetationandfaunaareconcerned.Inshort,
this1,190hectaresiteformspartofwhatisafragileand
vulnerablebutwell-conservedarea.
1,190
hectares
ofLaSegarra
Route through
the Llobregós River Valley
Guided
visits
Local District Tourism
Office of La Segarra
T. 973 531 300
lasegarra.org goo.gl/maps/g8c6n
Y $
Thishistoricalroute,whichisnowsign-posted,usedto
beusedbyreapers,carriers,militia,bandits,musicians
andsmugglers.Inparticular,reapersusedtotravelalong
itatthebeginningofJuneastheywentlookingforwork.
In1906,thepainterPabloPicassoalsofolloweditduring
hisstayinthearea.Thisseventoeighthourtrekstarts
atGósolandendsatBellverdeCerdanya,crossingthe
CadíRidgealongtheway.Duringthetrek,visitorscan
discover the Pyrenean landscape and the fauna of the
Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. In winter, the route can
befollowedbyskiesoronsnowshoes.Thereisalsothe
optionofdoingtheReapers’Route-alsoknownasthe
CerdanyaWay-overtwodays,becausetheCèsarAugust
Torrasmountainshelteroffersthepossibilityofmaking
anovernightstaybeforecontinuingalongtherouteon
thefollowingmorning.
Looking
forworkon
theCadíRidge
The Reapers’ Route
7-8
hours
Centre for Organising
Mountain Activities of Gósol
T. 973 370 016
Tourist Board
of Bellver de Cerdanya
T. 973 510 229
Local Council of Gósol
T. 973 370 055 · gosol.ddl.net
Bellver de Cerdanya
T. 973 510 016 · bellver.org
goo.gl/maps/Uxzpr
$
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This route is based on the myths and legends of the
Pyrenees which have been compiled in the books of
Pep Coll and Joan Obiols. The Minairons (elves) are
tiny and mischievous beings that can be found inside
thereceptaclesinwhichtheirownerskeepthemorup
inthemountainsandinhiddencornersonSaintJohn’s
Eve(Midsummer’sEve).Ratherthanarouteassuch,this
is more of a proposal which groups together different
locations in the Aguilar valleys that can be visited in
anyorder.VisitorswillpasstheGuàrdiaD’Aresboulder
quarry, the Taús scree, the Biscarbó dolmen and the
Encantades(delights)ofCastellàsdeCantó.Theycan
also visit Argestues and Noves de Segre and discover
theirlegends.
Atrip
totheLand
oftheElves
Route of the “Minairons”
Local District Tourism
Office of L’Alt Urgell
T. 973 353 112
ccau.cat goo.gl/maps/zWkMh
102
km Q $
Takeastrolltodiscoverthemarkedlyruralcharacterofthe
landscapesofElSolsonès,wherethemasies(farmhouses)
andchurchesthatarescatteredacrosstheterritoryshapea
landscapeofremarkablebeauty.HavingvisitedSolsonaand
itshistoriccentre,visitorswalkingalongthisroutewillfirst
crosstheRiverCardenerandpasstheLlosadelCavallreser-
voir,thenvisitthechurchandtheRomanesquecloisterand
seetheMuseumoftheValldeLordandthehistoricalcentreof
SantLlorençdeMorunys,avillagewhichispopularlyknown
asSantLlorençdelsPiteus(duetotheitsindustrypastwhich
wasassociatedwiththeproductionofPiteucloth).Walkers
willthengoontovisittheFontPuda,thevillageofLaComa,
the source of the River Cardener and the Port del Compte
pass,beforegoingthroughtheColldeJouandontoCambrils,
whereitispossibletovisitthesaltmines.Trekkerscanthen
continueontowardstheSerraSecavantagepoint,theClop
Bridge–underwhichtheRiverRiberaSaladaflows-,Castellar
delaRibera-wheretheruralschoolcanbevisited-,andon
untiltheycomebacktoSolsonaonceagain.
ElSolsonès,
athousand
farmhouses
A Natural World
Tourism Office
of El Solsonès
T. 973 482 310
turismesolsones.com goo.gl/maps/E4tQh
Q
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Centre for Visits
to El Pallars Jussà
T. 973 650 187
pallarsjussa.net
Local Council of Tremp
T. 973 650 005
ajuntamentdetremp.cat
Thisisa31-kilometrecircularroutewhichcanbedone
onfoot,byMTBorbycar.TheroutestartsatPontd’Orrit
andpassesthroughseveralvillages,includingTorrede
Tamúrcia(whichhousestheVultureCentre),Esplugade
Serra,CastelletandSapeira.Thisisavalleysurroundedby
thecalcareousandconglomeratedmountainranges,like
theSantGervàsridge,thatseparatethePre-Pyreneesfrom
thePyrenees.Ithaslandscapesofgreatnatural,cultural
andscenicinterestandisalocationthatsimplyemanates
peaceandtranquillityunderthecalminginfluenceofits
ever-presentsheep.Thisisaverylow-difficultlyrouteand
issuitableforpeopleofallages.Therearebirdshereall
thetimeandespeciallybirdsofpreysuchasthebearded
vulture,commonvultureandEgyptianvultureandalso
thegoldeneagle,eagleowlandperegrinefalcon.Inspring
andsummer,migratorybirdscanalsobeseenhere,ascan
otherspeciesoffaunasuchasthewildcat,fox,wildboar
and,onoccasion,thePyreneanchamois.
Aroute
oflandscapes,
faunaandgeology
The Valley of the Vultures
goo.gl/maps/6V20a
YQ $32
km
The Ivars and Vila-sana Pool was recovered in 2005
afterithadbeendriedoutinthe1950s.Itisthelargest
inlandlakeinCataloniaanditsfourthlargestwetland
area.Asaresult,itisanexcellentplacetovisitinorderto
observeover210differentspeciesofbirds.Itisequipped
withobservationpointsandpicnicareasandalsooffers
bicycles for hire and two information points, where it
isalsopossibletohirebinoculars.Overtheyear,ithas
also been a venue for a series of educational, sporting
andleisureactivities.Aswellastheintrinsicinterestof
this space, the pool is at the centre of four of the most
important tourist routes through the comarca (local
district)ofElPlad’Urgell:theornithologicalroute,the
horseback route, the route through the surrounding
municipalareasandthevariantoftheCatalansection
oftheWayofSaintJames.
Thelargest
inlandlake
inCatalonia
Routes to the Ivars
and Vila-sana Pool
Tourist Information
Office of the Ivars
and Vila-sana Pool
T. 973 711 313
estanyivarsvilasana.cat
Consell Comarcal
del Pla d’Urgell
plaurgell.cat
goo.gl/maps/RcRHG
6
km
2
hours
Guided
visits
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Although Les Garrigues is a dry comarca (local dis-
trict) which is known, above all, for its dry land crops,
itsnorthernpartisirrigatedbythewatersoftheCanal
d’Urgell.Thisiswhereitscapital,LesBorgesBlanques,
andJuneda-thetwomunicipaldistrictsthroughwhich
thiscircularrouteruns–arelocated;itispossibletostart
the route from either of these settlements. Although
the route is very flat, visitors will find a number of wa-
terfalls which were once used to generate electricity.
Thisexplainssomeoftheirnames:“Primeramàquina”
(first machine), “Segona màquina” (second machine)
and Nou Salts (New Falls). Just outside Juneda, there
isalsoaleisureareaknownasSaltDesfet(Dismantled
Falls).Almostthewholeroutefollowsasmallfootpath
thatrunsalongsidethewaterintheshadeoflargetrees;
insummer,thisoffersmuchappreciatedshadeinthis
partofinlandCatalonia.
Thehumid
trackthrough
adrydistrict
The Les Garrigues Canal
18
km
All year
Consell Comarcal
de les Garrigues
T. 973 142 658
ccgarrigues.com goo.gl/maps/nFLjk
Y $7h
—
8h
Signposted
route
Local District
Tourist Board
of L’Alta Ribagorça
T. 973 690 402
turismealtaribagorca.cat
L’AltaRibagorçastandsoutforitsgreatnumberoflakes
andthewatersthatflowwithforceandwhichdefinethe
networkofpathwaysthatcrossthecomarca(localdis-
trict)fromnorthtosouthandfromeasttowest.There
areage-oldpaths,horseshoetrails,royalroutes,livestock
pathsandpathsthroughthemountainsthat,aboveall,
allowustocomeintocontactwiththenaturalenviron-
mentbyexaminingallofitshiddencorners.TheWater
Routerunsalongdifferentstretchesofthisnetworkof
traditionalpathways,closelyfollowingthemainrivers
thatpassthroughthecomarcaandconnectingthetail
oftheEscalesreservoirandthemonasteryofLavaix,at
ElPontdeSuert,tothespaofCaldesdeBoí.
Following
themurmur
oftherivers
The Water Route
goo.gl/maps/dS2iL
Y $7-8
hours
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FromthesouthtothenorthoftheLandsofLleida,from
theplaintothemountains,thereareseveralareaswhere
different bird species have found a place to settle and
breed.InthesouthofLleida,forexample,therearetwo
wetlandareas:theAiguabarreig(riverconfluence)and
Utxesa,bothinthecomarca(localdistrict)ofElSegriàt
The Aiguabarreig is a breeding area for heron species,
including the black-crowned night heron, the cattle
egret, the little egret and the squacco heron. Visitors
can arrive here via the LP-7041, the road which leads
towardsSoses,SeròsandLaGranjad’Escarp.
To get to Utxesa, visitors can leave from Torres de
Segre,whereitiseasytoseethewesternmarshharrier
throughouttheyear.ThevillagesofAlfés,SarrocadeLlei-
da,Llardecans,SudanellandAlbatàrreccanallbevisited
alongtheway.Thisisasteppearea,wherevisitorsaresure
toseethecalandralark,thetheklalarkortheEurasian
dotterelinwinter;iftheygothereinsummer,thelesser
greyshrike,thegreatershort-toedlark,theEuropeanbee-
eaterandtheEuropeanrollercanalsobeareseenthere.
TheareaaroundMenàrguensistheperfectplaceto
seethelesserkestrel,asthisisanareawherethereare
severalnestingtowers.Visitors canthencontinuealong
theroutefollowingtheC-12andC-13towardsMontsec.
There are then 14 sign-posted routes to guide them to
thebestplacesforbirdwatching.Alongtheseroutes,it
ispossibletoobservebirdsofpreysuchasthebearded
vulture,Bonelli’seagleandtheEgyptianvulture.Onceat
Tremp,itispossibletoseeotherbirdsofpreyincluding
the bearded vulture. Visitors can then continue on up
towardsthePyrenees,followingtheN-260andC-13,as
farasthesmallvillageofEspotwhichistheentrypointto
Birdingparadises:
thePyrenees
andtheLandofLleida
The Ornithological Route
Local District
Tourist Board
of L’Alta Ribagorça
T. 973 690 353
turismealtaribagorca.cat
Local District Tourism
Office of El Pallars Sobirà
T. 973 621 002 · pallarssobira.cat
Consell comarcal
de la Noguera
T. 973 448 933 · montsec.cat
Consell comarcal
del Pallars Jussà
T. 973 650 187 · pallarsjussa.net
Consell comarcal
del Pla d’Urgell
T. 973 711 313 · plaurgell.cat
goo.gl/maps/vPf2k
YQ $
theAigüestortesiEstanydeSantMauriciNationalPark,
atypicalhighmountainlocationwhereitispossibleto
see such nesting species as the black woodpecker, the
alpine chough and the red crossbill. At the Escalarre
marsh,whichcanbereachedbyfollowingthesameC-13,
intheHighPyreneesNaturalParkandattheheightof
Guingueta d’Àneu, there are other interesting species
toobservesuchasthelittlegrebe,thegreatcormorant,
thegreyheron,thecommonmoorhen,themallardand
thecommonkingfisher.
58
7h
—
8h
Torisme Val d’Aran
T. 973 640 688
visitvaldaran.com
senderismovaldaran.com
TheAigüestortesiEstanydeSantMauriciNationalPark
offers mountains over 3,000 metres high, spectacular
lakesandwaterfalls,signpostedfootpathsforwalkers
ofeverylevelandawiderangeofotherleisureactivities
associatedwithtrekking.TheVald’Aran,withover300
kmofsign-postedfootpaths,guaranteesthewidestva-
rietyoftrekkingoptions,sochoosingarouteisthemost
difficult thing to do. This comarca (local district) also
hasaseriesofthemeroutes,designedbyprofessionals,
totakevisitorstothewildestexamplesofnatureandto
allowthemtodiscoverthebesthiddenandmostremote
cornersofthisterritory.
Routes:CaminReiau:150km,caminreiau.cat;Carrosde
Foc:55km,carrosdefoc.com;Pass’aran:64km,passaran.
com;4cumbres,4lenguas:50km,camins.net;Encantats:
92km,camins.net;SetauSagèth:103km,setausageth.com;
ElGranBlucle:setausageth.com;ViaCalda:camins.net.
*Thelastfiveoftheseroutesformpartofthe“Walkwithoutluggage”route.
Walking,thebest
waytodiscover
theVald’Aran
On Foot through the Val d’Aran
goo.gl/maps/nGUkL
$8
routes
TheVald’Aranhasover400kmofofficialMTBroutes
whichareaccessibletocyclistsofalllevels.Theserange
fromasimple,butevocative,ridetothesteepest,most
technicalanddemandingofrides.Thecomarca (local
district)alsocontainsvariousotherorganisedroutes,
with established, well-defined circuits, which make it
possibletoconcentrateononlytherouteitself.
Routes: Era Ròda: 210 km, an accumulated ascent of
7600m, eraroda.com; Pedals de Foc: 220 km, an accu-
mulated ascent of 5800m, pedalsdefoc.com; Pedals
d’Occitània:227km,anaccumulatedascentof6000m,
pedalsdoccitania.com;LeDéfiOccitan:197km,anaccu-
mulatedascentof4500m,ledefioccitan.com.
Over
400km
ofMTBroutes
By Bicycle through the Val d’Aran
Torisme Val d’Aran
T. 973 640 688
visitvaldaran.com
bikingvaldaran.com goo.gl/maps/nGUkL
Y7h
—
8h
4
routes
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Leaving the village of Almatret, at the southern end
ofthecomarca(localdistrict)ofElSegriàbehind,this
route offers walkers the possibility of enjoying one of
theexceptionallandscapesoftheLandsofLleida.This
isoneofthefewareasintheterritoryvisitedbytheRi-
verEbroanditispossibletofindtheremainsofmining
activityonitsbanks.Itslocation,onahighplateau,offers
privilegedviewsovertherivermeanders.Thiswasone
ofthescenesoftheBattleoftheEbroandattheendof
theroute,attheLaPenacliff,itispossibletoseeformer
combat trenches and an embedded mountain bunker
whichhavebeenmaintainedinperfectcondition.The
route,whichiswell-signposted,canbefollowedonfoot
orbyMBT.
Views
over
theRiverEbro
From Almatret to the “La Pena“cliff
Signposted
route
Almatret Local Council
T. 973 138 013
almatret.cat goo.gl/maps/RfZD1
Y $10.6
km
Tourist Board
of the Vall Fosca
T. 973 663 001
vallfosca.net
Tourist Information
Office of La Pobla de Segur
T. 973 680 257
pobladesegur.cat
Thisoldrailwayline,whichwasusedinthebuildingof
some of the hydroelectric plant infrastructure of the
Pyrenees, is now a cycle-tourism and trekking route.
Theformertrackscanstillbeseeninplaces.Thereare5
kilometresofamazingviewsalongthestretchbetween
theEstanyGentopoolandthewatersofCapdella.The
route continues as far as the village of Espui and the
neighbouringÀssuavalley,inthecomarca(localdistrict)
ofElPallarsSobirà.Inordertogettothestartingpoint,
walkersmustfirstgotoCapdella(L-S03road)andthe
Sallentereservoirwherethereisacable-cartotheEstany
Gento pool (which operates from July to September).
ThereisanalternativeroutefromEspuithatfollowsa
foresttrackthroughtheTriadorcol.
Following
theold
railwayline
The Green Route through the Vall Fosca
goo.gl/maps/KDTrT
Y $5
km
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The“LivingPathways”routeaimstopromotetrekking
as an instrument for local development by creating a
circularroutearoundtheAigüestortesiEstanydeSant
MauriciNationalPark.Thisinitiativestartedwiththe
recoveryofthehistoricalpathsthat,sincetimeimme-
morial,haveinterconnectedthevalleysthatsurround
this national park. This route joins together different
comarques(localdistricts),valleys,andinhabitednuclei,
allowingvisitorstodiscovertheenormousnaturaland
culturalheritageofthispartofthePyrenees.
These traditional paths therefore offer a trekking
experiencethatalsoguaranteestheirpreservationand
rehabilitation and the development of the villages in
the area of influence of the national park by offering
differenttypesofsustainable,non-motorisedtourism.
These238kmofwalkingpathsmakeitpossibletodis-
cover the human and natural landscapes associated
withtheseroutesandthehistoryandculturethatthey
represent.Thesearepathswhichjointogetherthesix
differentvalleysthathousethepresentAigüestortesi
EstanydeSantMauriciNationalPark:theVallsd’Àneu,
Valld’Àssua,VallFosca,ValldeBoí,ValldeBarravésand
Val d’Aran. These valleys are joined by three historic
mountainpasses:thePortdeVielha,PortdelaBonaigua
andPortdeRus.
Thewalkaroundthenationalparkcanbecoveredin
7or9one-daystages,dependingonthetypeoftrekking
undertaken and the physical fitness of the walker in
question.Eachstageendsatavillagewherethewalker
can stay overnight in a hotel or mountain shelter and
take advantage of this to get to know and enjoy the in-
tensivelyofvillagelifeandalsotherichculturalheritage
ofRomanesqueartandarchitecture.
Awalkonfoot
through
theAigüestortes
NationalPark
Living Pathways
Aigüestortes i Estany
de Sant Maurici National Park
Casa del Parc Nacional
d’Espot
T. 973 624 036
c/ de Sant Maurici, 5, Espot
Casa del Parc Nacional
de Boí
Ca de Simamet
T. 973 696 189
c/ de les Graieres, 2, Boí
goo.gl/maps/HmGHa
$
Guided
visits
7-9
stages
-
At www.gencat.cat/parcs/aigüestortes
it is possible to find the different route stages.
They are presented for the two modalities
in the section dedicated to 2D and 3D
of the itineraries through the National Park.
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Centre for Municipal
Initiatives of Ponts
T. 973 462 233
Tourism Office of Balaguer
T. 973 445 194 ·balaguer.cat
Tourism Office of L’Urgell
T. 973 500 707 · urgell.cat
Tourism Office of El Pla d’Urgell
T. 973 711313 · plaurgell.cat
Tourism Office of Les Garrigues
T.973142658·turismegarrigues.com
Tourism Office of El Segrià
T. 973 270 997 · turismelleida.cat
TheCanald’Urgell,whichwasbuiltinthemiddleofthe1st
century,crossesfiveofthecomarques(localdistricts)ofthe
LandsofLleida.ItstartsatPonts(LaNoguera),runsthrough
L’Urgell,ElPlad’UrgellandLesGarriguesandendsatMontoliu
deLleida(ElSegrià).Itirrigatesatotalsurfaceareaof90,000
hectareswhichhavemadetheLleidaplainoneofthemost
fertileandproductiveareasinCatalonia.Thisgenerallyflat
landmakesthisaparticularlysuitableareaforpleasantwalks
anditispossibletofollowthese14routesonfootorbybicycle,
followingsign-posteditinerariesofdifferentdifficultiesand
durations:1:HeadwatersofPonts.2:Montclartunnel.3:Barony
ofBellpuig.4:ThirdchannelandtheDuranFalls.5:Channeland
theNewFalls.6: BaixSegrià.7:AgramuntandtheIronBridge.
8: Sub-canalofUrgell.9:AgramuntandtheLavenderMill.10:
ArtesadeSegreandElCastellot. 11:Channel-embankment
ofCastellserà.12: SecondchannelandtheCastelldelRemei.
13: FromTornaboustoBellpuig.14: IvarsandVila-sanaPool.
Alltheroutes
alongthecanal
Routes along the Canal d’Urgell
goo.gl/maps/quWAw
Q $
Visits
to Castell
del Remei
Guided
Visits
There are many ways to reach the Utxesa reservoir in
thecomarca(localdistrict)ofElSegriàandtheyalloffer
somethingspecialforthevisitor.GoingtherefromTorres
deSegre,youshouldvisitthepartofthenaturalroutethat
runsfor2kmalongthebanksoftheRiverSegrewithits
vantagepoints,restareaandlargecolonyofwhitestork.
Youcanalsoseetheoldmill,whichhasnowbeenturned
intotheMuseumofEvolution,thecastlewalls,historic
housesandmunicipalchurch.Goingonforanother3km,
youwillcometothebridgethatcrossestheCanaldeSeròs.
Here,youcanfollowthenatureroutesignstoUtxesaor
branchoffandvisitCarrassumadahill,fromwhereitis
possibletovisitthehermitageandenjoyviewsoverthe
landscapes of the comarca of El Segrià. If you go to Ut-
xesafromSarrocadeLleida,youcanfollowaruraltrack
directlytothereservoirandjustbeforeyougetthere,you
willseetheremainsoftheoldcastleandchurchofSarroca.
TravellingfromAitona,youcanvisitthecastleandthen
goontoUtxesafollowingthePathwayacrossthePlains.
Then you can visit the “La Canadenca” hydroelectric
powerstationandthereservoirsofXimoandBurgebut.
OnarrivingatUtxesa,theroutearoundthereservoiris
signposted and there are
severalvantagepoints,rest
areas and an information
point.Itisalsopossibleto
hire bicycles there and to
bookguidedvisits.
Alltheroutesthat
leadtoUtxesa
Routes through Utxesa
goo.gl/maps/C4TLZ
Consorci d’Utxesa
T. 660 612 615
Y
Q$
62
ElPallarsSobiràisalandofbridges,whichwerebuiltin
mediaevaltimesinordertoconnectvillagesandvalleys.
Mostofthemstillcontinuetostandfirmandlookimpo-
sing,eventothisday,givinganideaofthelargenetwork
of bridle paths that El Pallars Sobirà still conserves.
VillagessuchasGerridelaSal,Unarre,Esterrid’Àneu,
Borén,Isil,Alós,Espot,LaTorrassa,Escart,Tavascan,
Cassibrós,LladrósandLladorreareplaceswherevisi-
tors can enjoy these marvellous constructions which
represent an important part of the cultural heritage
of this comarca (local district). This itinerary follows
part of the trajectory of the River Noguera de Cardós,
crossingfromonebanktotheotherbymeansofthese
mediaevalbridges.
Imposing
Medieval
constructionsand
communications
The Mediaeval Bridges Route
Local District Tourism
Office of El Pallars Sobirà
T.973 621 002
turisme.pallarssobira.cat goo.gl/maps/HAKH3
$
High Pyrenees Natural Park
T. 973 622 335
parcsdecatalunya.net
Local District Tourism
Office of El Pallars Sobirà
T. 973 621 002
turisme.pallarssobira.cat
Accordingtoage-oldtradition,water,wind,earthand
firearethefourelementsthatmakeuptheworld.They
arealsowhattheironindustryneedstodevelopandin
theVallFerreraallfourcametogether.Thisroute,which
startsatTírviaandendsatAlins,followsthesamepath
thatdonkeysusedtotreadinthepast,loadedwithiron
ingotswhichhadbeenproducedinthethreeforgesofthe
area.Itisaroutewithamildgradientwhichrunsalong
theleft-handbankofNogueradeVallferreraRiverand
offersvisitorsthepossibilitytodiscoveraheritageclosely
linked to iron mining, which was first development in
Romantimesandhaspersisteduntilthepresent.Visi-
tors can follow the interpretation routes through the
BoscdeViróswoods(theCostadelsMenersandBuiro
routes)andaroundAlins(theFallesd’Alins(waterfall)
andTorredelesBruixes(witches’tower)paths).
Woods
ofironin
ElPallars
Sobirà
The Old Forges Route
goo.gl/maps/1jb9h
$
63
Fromnorthtosouth,thisrouterunsthroughthemunici-
palitieswherewinesoftheCostersdelSegreDesignationof
Originareproduced.Thisareaextendsfromthemountains
ofElPallarsSobiràtothefieldsofElSegriàandLesGarrigues,
passingthroughLaNoguera,L’UrgellandElPlad’Urgell
alongtheway.Bydiscoveringthecultureofwine,youwill
alsolearntounderstandtheselandsevenbetter.Thisisa
walkthroughthegastronomy,cultureandgeographyof
Lleida,withitswineriesasthecentralthemeandonewhich
willtakeyoutothemainattractionsandmonumentsin
eachareaandwhichwillalsoallowyoutoenjoyanumberof
complementaryactivities.Therouteincludesaselectionof
restaurantswhichrepresentthecuisineofLleidaandwhich
areasvariedastheterritoryitself.Brokendownintoseven
subzones,theDOCostersdelSegreincludesthefollowing
wineries: SubzoneofArtesadeSegre:CellerdelMontsec,Vinya
l’HereudeSeró,ValldeBaldomar,AgropecuàrialesPletes,
MasRamoneda.SubzoneofNogueraBaixa:BodegasCostersdel
Sió,CellerLaFiguera,CellerCasaPatau,CastelldelRemei.
SubzoneofUrgell:CastelldelRemei.SubzoneofGarrigues:Cérvoles
Celler,ClosPons,MasBlanchiJové,TomàsCusiné,Vinya
elsVilarsiCellerMatallonga.SubzoneofPallars:BodeguesVila
Corona,Castelld’Encús,Sauvella,CellerBatlliudeSort,Mas
GarciaMuret.Subzone of Raïmat:Raïmat(GrupCodorniu).
SubzoneofSegrià:TorresdeSanuiiLaGravera.SubzoneofValls
del riu Corb: Carviresa,MonestirdelTallat,CasaPardet,La
PlanetaComalats,L’Olivera,CellerCercavins,Analec,Cal
CaboCeller,MasdeMora,PetitDuran.
Wine,gastronomy
andscenery
The Wine Route of Lleida
The Wine Route of Lleida
T.973250050 · rutadelvidelleida.com
Consell Regulador
DO Costers del Segre
T. 973 270 494 · T. 973 264 583
costersdelsegre.es
goo.gl/maps/1PSEg
Withthecentralthemeofoliveoilandtheobjectiveof
acquiringwhatisconsideredthebestoliveoilintheworld,
it is possible to visit some of the places in the comarca
(localdistrict)ofLesGarriguesandthesouthofL’Urgell
and El Segrià which are included in the Les Garrigues
ProtectedDesignationofOrigenandtocontemplatethe
austerelandscapeofLesGarriges.Inthisdryterritory,the
villagesaresmallanddispersed,bearingwitnesstothe
truestaroftheshow:theolivetree.Thistreeisgrownin
everysmallcorner,onstaggeredterraceswithdrystone
wallsandonterrainwheredrystonevaultedcabinsare
oftenhalf-hiddenfromview.Autumnisharvesttimeand,
aswellasthesplendourandactivityoftheolivegrowing
landscapes,thisisalsothemomenttoseetheprocessby
whicholiveoilisproducedatthemillsofthecooperatives
whicharepresentineachvillage.Itisalsoatimetovisitthe
ruralmuseumsandthemeparks,castles,cavepaintings
and Iberic remains. As well as the DOP Les Garrigues,
oliveoilisalsoanimportantproductinthecomarcaofLa
Noguera,withapresenceatitsfoodfairsanditispossible
toenjoyguidedvisitstothepremisesbelongingtothe
AssociationofOliveOilMillsofLaNoguera.
TheLiquidGold
oftheDryLands
The Olive Oil Route
Consell Comarcal
de les Garrigues
Mirador-Centre de Descoberta
de les Garrigues
T. 973 14 26 58
turismegarrigues.com
Consell Comarcal de l’Urgell
T. 973 500 707 · urgell.cat
Consell Comarcal del Segrià
T. 973 054 800 · segria.cat
DOP Les Garrigues
T.973280470·olidopgarrigues.com
Consell Comarcal
de la Noguera
T. 973 448 933 · montsec.cat
goo.gl/maps/aJ4ZZ
64
RURAL TOURISM
RURAL HOUSE/
ð TR - AGRITOURISM - It
is possible to do agritourism
activities.
Ð TR - RURAL ACCOM-
MODATION: Itisnotpossi-
bletodoagritourismactivities.
MA - B&B farmhouse, detac-
hed house providing accom-
modationservicesandoffering
at least bed and breakfast.
MS - Farmhouse, accommo-
dationlocatedoutsidethevi-
llage, where the whole house
is rented.
CPC - Shared village house,
accommodationlocatedinthe
villagewithindividuallyrented
roomsandofferingatleastbed
and breakfast.
CPI-Independentvillagehou-
se,providingaccommodation
inthevillage,wherethewhole
house is rented.
-
Ł 	 Seal of Rural
Tourism Quality
APARTMENTS
AT - Tourist apartments
HUT-Houseforusebytourists
HOTELS
H - Hotel
HA - Aparthotel
P - Boarding House/Hostel
CAMP SITES
1st - Category
2nd - Category
3rd - Category
SHELTERS
AND HOSTELS
RA-Youthhostelshelter,high
or medium altitude mountain
shelterwithguardandservices,
accessible by road or track
RG - Manned shelter
YOUTH FACILITIES
CC - Holiday activity centre
CJ - Youth camp
AN - Nature classrooms
GE - Farm school
Source: Generalitat de Catalunya,
January 2013, and Torisme Val d’Aran
—
*Add +34 for calls made from
outside Spain
FrancescTur
65
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feel
completely
at home
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  • 1. N A T U R E / L A N D S C A P E C U L T U R E / H E R I T A G E S P O R T / A D V E N T U R E R U R A L / S E R E N I T Y G A S T R O N O M Y / P R O D U C T S T H E M E R O U T E S A C C O M M O D A T I O N G U I D E aralleida365english www.aralleida.com
  • 2. Publisher: PatronatdeTurisme(TouristBoard) oftheDiputaciódeLleida Legal Deposit: L.783-2013 Cover photo: JordiV.Pou Photography: LocalCouncils,LocalDistrict Councilsandbodiesresponsiblefor organisingtheactivities. Page16:OriolClavera /OriolClavera/AjuntamentSort /Fecoll/LaurenSansen/Patronat Passió.Cervera Page32:Dpt.Agricultura, Ramaderia,Pesca,Alimentació iMediNatural/EADE (fotosproductes) Pages38-39: DossierP&M/ FrancescTur/DeFoto /LaurenSansen/CCPallarsJussà Pages40-41:CCAltaRibagorça /OriolClavera Pages42-43:CCAltUrgell (MarisaTartera)/CCGarrigues /CamídelsBonsHomes /CCAltUrgell Pages44-45:DaviddelVal/ Missatges/CastellsdeLleida /CCGarrigues Pages46-47:Ajuntament deBalaguer/M.JosepJové /CCAltUrgell Pages48-49:NelsonSouto /LaurenSansen/CCSolsonès /PereBascones Pages50-51:LaurenSansen /NanoCañas/CCSegarra /FernandoBorràs Pages52-53:CCSolsonès /A.R.M.F./TurismeCerdanya /M.JosepJové Pages54-55:CCAltUrgell /CC.Solsonès/RamonTorres /LaurenSansen Pages56-57:PatronatdeTurisme AltaRibagorça/CCGarrigues /LaurenSansen Pages58-59:RafaelLópezMonné /MikelHelsing/PallarsJussà /CCSegrià Pages60-61:MercèMonzonís /CCUrgell/Ajuntament deTorresdeSegre Pages62-63:RogerGras /MarcGarriga/CastelldelRemei /CCGarrigues Translation: Riu-River Vall-Valley Serra-Mountains Congost-Gorge ParcNacional-NationalPark ParcNatural-NaturalPark Pantà-Reservoir Estany-Pool Patronat de Turisme de la Diputació de Lleida T.+34973245408 info@aralleida.com www.aralleida.com aralleida365 activities in your hands Android IphoneWindows Mobile Free download aralleida365 N E W A P P A R A L L E I D A HOW TO ARRIVE Lleida Pyrenees Railway Station HSTandRENFElocalservices Pl.RamonBerenguerIVs/n 25006Lleida(elSegrià) tel+34902432343 www.renfe.com Lleida-Alguaire Airport tel+34973032700 www.aeroportlleida.cat Lleida Bus Station Saracibar,2.25002Lleida tel+34973268500 Tàrrega Bus Station Migdia,4.25300Tàrrega tel+34973310739 La Seu d’Urgell Bus Station BisbeBenlloch,1.25700laSeud’Urgell tel +34902422242 La Seu d’Urgell - Andorra Airport AeròdromdePirineus-LaSeud’Urgell 25711Montferrer(Lleida) tel 973355324 aeroportlaseu.cat Solsona Bus Station Ctra.deBassella,s/n.25280Solsona tel +34973481571
  • 3. 3 Index N A T U R E / L A N D S C A P E All landscapes, in all colours S P O R T / A D V E N T U R E Living the landscape G A S T R O N O M Y / P R O D U C T S A C C O M M O D A T I O N G U I D E R U R A L / S E R E N I T Y T H E M E R O U T E S Bringing the taste of the land your plate You will feel completely at home Discover every inch of Lleida C U L T U R E / H E R I T A G E Reliving history 18 3024 4 10 36 64 Discover the most hidden corners
  • 5. 5 All landscapes, in all colours N A T U R E / L A N D S C A P E Lleida is landscape. It offers a variety of natural scenery to satisfy all tastes, all intentionsandallviews.Fromthe3,143 metre altitude of the highest peak in the Pyrenees,tothe78metrealtitudeofthe lowestvillage,inthecomarca(localdis- trict) of El Segrià and from the aridness of the far west to the lush vegetation of the centre of Catalonia, the territory is snowwhite,forestandgrassgreen,trunk andearthbrown,rockgrey,cropyellow and water and sky blue. Mountains, lakes, rivers, gorges, plains and slopes are the natural habitats of thousands of animal and vegetable species. All the different types of terrain, all the colours and all the smells; the whole spectacle.
  • 6. 6 JordiBas One of the best places in the world from which to observe the sky Between the comarques (local dis- tricts)ofLaNogueraandElPallars Jussàthereisa40kmlonglimestone massif covering an area of almost 20,000hectares. Thisisanareaoftransitionbetwe- enthemountainsandtheplainand betweenthePyreneesandtheLands ofLleida.Here,therivershavecar- vedoutspectaculargorgesandhave created three great Montsecs (dry mountains):Montsecd’Ares,Mont- secdeRúbiesandMontsecd’Estall. This location presents a series of uniquenight-skyqualitieswhich,in combinationwiththeexistenceof theAstronomicPark,haveleditto berecognisedasaUNESCOStarlight ReserveandTouristicDestination,a distinctionofqualitywhichisawar- dedtoplacesjudgedtobeidealforac- tivitiesassociatedwiththenight-time environmentandtheobservationof thefirmament.Montsecisthesixth placeintheworldtohavereceived recognitionasaStarlightTouristic Destinationandonlythethirdtohave beendesignatedaStarlightReserve; thisshowsthatitisaplacewherewe canenjoytheskyinitispureststate. Parc Astronòmic Montsec Centre d’Observació de l’Univers. Àger T. +34 973 455 246 parcastronomic.cat
  • 7. 7 THE AIGÜESTORTES I ESTANY DE SANT MAURICI NATIONAL PARK The only National Park in Catalonia The Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant MauriciNationalParkistheonlyna- tionalparkinCataloniaandcanbe foundintheheartoftheLleidaPyre- nees,inthecomarquesofElPallars Jussà,ElPallarsSobirà,L’AltaRiba- gorçaandLaVald’Aran.Firandpine forests,alpinemeadowsandscree, peaksreachingaltitudesofaround 3,000 metres, animals such as the chamois,grouse,marmotandbear- dedvulture,amultitudeofstreams and200poolsmakethisamajestic andhighlyauthentichigh-mountain landscape.Thebestwalkingroutes todiscovertheparkincludetheCamí delsEnamorats(LoversTrail),the Roca de la Cremada (Rock of the Burned), the Estany Llong (Long Pool) and the Tomb a l’Estany de SantMauricipelMiradoriAmitges (WalkroundtheSantMauriciPool fromtheVantagePointandAmitges). Aswellasthemoreruggedtrails, the park also has adapted spaces that are accessible for peoplewith reduced mobility or physical han- dicaps.Thereisalsothepossibility todorouteswithanexpertguide. Casa del Parc Nacional d’Espot T. +34 973 624 036 Casa del Parc Nacional de Boí T. +34 973 696 189 Centre d’Informació de Llessui T. +34 973 621 798 Centre d’Informació de Senet T. +34 973 698 232 gencat.cat/parcs/aiguestortes ©GettyImage
  • 8. 8 The Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park Withasurfaceareaofover40,000hec- tares,theparkincludesterritoryinthe LleidacomarquesofL’AltUrgelland LaCerdanya.Thetwogreatsierras ofCadíandMoixeróareconnected by the Tancalaporta pass and form animpressive30km-longmountain barrier.Theiraltituderangesfrom800 mto2,648mandthemostoutstanding peakisPedraforca,oneofthemost symbolicmountainsinCataloniafor mountaineersandapointofreference forclimbers.Theparkboastsmore than 400 km of sign-posted routes which include GR-4, GR-7 and GR- 107(theGoodMen’sRoute).Thelow temperatures,altitudeandhighlevel of humidity combine to permit the presenceofvegetationthatismore typicalofnorthernEuropethanthe Mediterranean.ANationalHunting Reservewascreatedin1966,withthe chamoisbeingitsmostprizedtrophy. The Alt Pirineu Natural Park LocatedinElPallarsSobiràandL’Alt Urgellandwithanareaofalmost70,000 hectares,theAltPirineuNaturalParkis thelargestparkofitstypeinCatalonia andboastsagreatvarietyoflandscapes andculture.Oneofthemostoutstanding featuresisthePicad’Estats,thehighest mountaininCatalonia(3,143.5m).Itis bothaspaceofgreatnaturalvalue(in termsofitsgeology,ecosystems,habitats andanimalandvegetablespecies)anda historicsettingforhumanactivity.This hashelpedtoformitslandscape,making itrichinarchaeologicalandarchitectu- ralheritageandinprimarysectoracti- vitiessuchaslivestockfarming.Itisde- finedbythesumofitsculturalheritage, economicactivityandnaturalbeauty. Centre d’Informació del Parc T. +34 938 244 151 parcsdecatalunya.net MarcGarriga(ArxiuParcNaturaldel’AltPirineu) OriolClavera Parc Natural de l’Alt Pirineu T. +34 973 622 335 parcsdecatalunya.net
  • 9. 9 IolandaSebé 21 natural spaces Catalonia’sPlanforNaturalSpaces ofInteresthastheobjectiveofgua- ranteeing the conservation of the country’sbiodiversityandnatural heritage, in line with its scientific, scenic and educational value. In the Lands of Lleida and the Pyre- nees, there are 21 of these protec- tedspaces.TheseincludetheIvars andVila-sanapool(ElPlad’Urgell), which has also been catalogued as aPlaceofImportancetotheLocal CommunityandaSpecialProtecti- onZoneforBirds.Itwasrecovered in 2005, having previously been dried out during the 1950s, and is thelargestpoolininlandCatalonia, with a surface area of 26 hectares andaperimeterofsome6km.
  • 11. 11 Reliving history Identityliesinscenery,gastronomyand activity.Scenes,tastesandgestures.We are while we are active. Ways of doing and being, of celebrating, of building, ofexpressing,whichareoftenhiddenby the passage of time and which, in turn, produce new day-to-day realities. But witnessesremain:monuments,festivals andconstructionswhichhelpustorelive those old ways of life, every year, and which also keep the community alive. This is a community that is discovered, which participates and which is recog- nisedforitself.Ineachsmallcornerthere is a legend, a tradition, a fair, a social gathering,ahermitageorsitewitharc- haeological remains to remind us who we are and where we have come from. “Falles” (burning logs) and fire, giants and processions, churches and castles; these are just a few of the elements that stirourmemoriesandcarryusbackinto a recent or remote past and whose ex- pressionshavenowbecomeourheritage. C U L T U R E / H E R I T A G E
  • 12. 12 Romanesque Art and Architecture ThechurchesoftheValldeBoíform the most outstanding group of Ro- manesqueconstructionsinCatalo- nia and were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The churchesare:Sta.MariaandSt.Cli- mentdeTaüll—withitsemblematic “Pantocrator”(ChristAlmighty),St. Joan de Boí, Sta. Eulàlia d´Erill-la- Vall, St. Feliu de Barruera, La Na- tivitat and the Ermita de St. Quirc deDurro,Sta.MariadeCardetand L´AssumpciódeCóll. Erill-la-Vall houses the Roma- nesque Centre of the Vall de Boí, where it is possible to find: practi- calinformation,ashop,guidedvisit services,activitiesandanexhibition about everything associated with the Romanesque art and architec- tureofthisarea. Centre for Romanesque Art and Architecture of the Vall de Boí T. +34 973 696 715 centreromanic.com 9 churches OriolClavera
  • 13. 13 Cave Art Ofallthearchaeologicalsiteswith caveartthatweredeclaredpartofa UNESCOWorldHeritageSite,the Roca dels Moros (Moors’ Rock) of El Cogul (Les Garrigues) is consi- deredoneofthemostimportanton the Iberian Peninsula. There, it is possibletosee45figurescarvedin stone which form part of a dance scenethathasbeeninterpretedas theperformanceofaphallicdance. Differentinscriptionsshowthatthis sitealsoservedasasanctuaryduring IberianandRomantimes.Otherarc- haeologicalsiteswithcaveartinthe LandsofLleidacanbefoundatL’Albi andLesBorgesBlanques(LesGarri- gues),AlfésandLaGranjad’Escarp (ElSegrià),VilanovadeMeià,Osde Balaguer,AlòsdeBalaguer,Artesade SegreandCamarasa(LaNoguera), Peramola(L’AltUrgell),Tremp(El PallarsJussà)andBellverdeCerda- nya(LaCerdanya). Roca dels Moros Ajuntament del Cogul T. +34 973 12 0 363 T. +34 973 12 0 110 45 human figures NelsonSouto
  • 14. 14 Castles and Fortresses FewplacesinCataloniacanofferthe visitorsuchagreatvarietyofcastles and fortresses as that found in the comarques(localdistricts)ofLleida. Forcenturies,thiswasafrontierter- ritoryinwhichfortificationsplayed asignificantroleandthiscontinues tothisday,albeitnowinahistorical andtouristicvein. JaumeMoya
  • 15. 15 TurismedelSolsonésLaurentSansen The Monastery of Santa Maria de Vallbona The Cistercian Route The12th centurymonasteryofSanta Maria de Vallbona de les Monges, in the comarca (local district) of L’Urgell,isaCistercianmonastery whichshowsthetransitionbetween theRomanesqueandGothicstyles. Together with the monasteries of Poblet and Santes Creus, it forms partoftheCistercianRoute.Itisthe only one of the three to have been inhabited by women and also the only one to have uninterruptedly conserved its religious commu- nityforover850years.Ithasbeen declared a Monument of Historic andArtisticInterestandaninnfor accommodatingitsvisitors. Monestir de Vallbona de les Monges T. +34 973 330 266 Consell Comarcal de l’Urgell T. +34 973 500 707 larutadelcister.info
  • 16. 16 Festivals of National Interest River Rafters Festival of La Pobla de Segur Carnival of Solsona Aplec del Caragol (Snailfest) The Passion of Christ of Cervera Rally of La Noguera Pallaresa Falles (burning logs) of Isil Fairs,festivities,gatherings,festivals...Participatinginthecelebrationsthattakeplacethroughout thecomarques(localdistricts)ofthePyreneesandtheLandsofLleidaisoneofthebestwaystodiscover thecharacterandcustomsofthelocalpeople. ElPallarsJussà ElSolsonès ElSegrià LaSegarraElPallarsSobirà ElPallarsSobirà
  • 17. 17 Lleida, the capital The city of Lleida is the central fo- cusofthewholeterritoryofLleida. Thecity’smainmonumentalgroup standshighontheSeuVellahill,oc- cupyingaprivilegedposition. The historicbuildingsonthishillinclude theSeuVella(OldCathedral),which hasbeenrecognisedasoneofthegre- atestartisticproductsof13th century Catalanarchitecture,andtheCastell delRei/Suda(King’sCastle). Other unique buildings to high- light include: the seat of the Insti- tutd’EstudisIlerdencs(theformer Santa Maria hospital); the Paeria (CityHall)building;theseatofthe Diputació de Lleida (provincial as- sembly), the churches of Sant Llo- renç and Sant Martí; the Diocesan Museum;andtheLaLlotjaandPalau deCongressos(conferencecentres). Lleidawasalsothecityofbirthof suchartistsasJaumeMorera,Enric Granados,RicardViñesandLeandre Cristòfol. Structured by the River Segre,thecityiswellcommunicated. Itisalsoauniversitycentreandfair andconferencevenue.Initscentral CarrerMajor(oldhighstreet),Lleida alsohasoneofthelongestshopping streetsinEurope. Turisme de Lleida T. +34 902 250 050 turismedelleida.com MuseuDiocesàdeLleida.(JordiV.Pou).
  • 19. 19 A practical landscape S P O R T / A D V E N T U R E In the Pyrenees and the Lands of Lleida, it is possible to run, fly, ski, row, walk, climb and pedal. This is a landscape to admire but, above all, one to enter and experience.Itistheretobetouchedand felt and there are innumerable ways in which to do this. From the high moun- tains down to the plain, each hidden corner offers hundreds of possibilities and is there to be discovered, one pi- ece at a time, whether by ski, canoe, paraglider, bicycle or simply on foot. It is fresh air and a world without limits. And in each season of the year there are different opportunities, because everything changes: the colours, land and smells, but still continues to be the same: nature, body and senses.
  • 20. 20 Enjoy the water On the rivers and reservoirs – and particularlythoseofthePyrenees–it is possible to find both white water and calm water activities. Visitors canenjoyrafting—thekingofadven- turesports—butalsocanyoning,ri- vercanoeing,kayaking,hotdogging, hydrospeed and canoeing etc. It is alsopossibletodomotorisedsports, such as motor boating, jet skiing, water skiing and donuts. Without themotor,visitorscanenjoysailing, and windsurfing, to say nothing of underwateractivities. Enjoy the earth Oneofthebestwaystoreallygetto theveryheartoftheLandsofLleida is to discover all of their most hid- dencornersandtheveinsthatcarry theirlifeblood:thepathsandtrails. Trekking and mountain biking are becomingincreasinglypopularand more and more routes and circuits are being created. Caving, canyon jumps, routes on horseback and by 4-wheel-drivevehiclesandbungee jumping are just some of the ways to discover spectacular landscapes throughdirect,first-handcontact. Enjoy the air The topography of the comarques (local districts) of Lleida has crea- tednumerouspointsfromwhichit ispossibletoescapetheconfinesof the earth and soar into the sky and thencontemplatethelandscapefrom the air. These lands regularly host paragliding and hang-gliding word championshipsandarealsoahabitual venueforhot-airballooning,gliding, microlightandhelicopterflights. FrancescTur Aiguadicció-Rialp JordiV.Pou
  • 21. 21 Destinations for Sport Tourism (DTE) With this stamp, the Agència Cata- lanadeTurisme(CatalanTourism Agency)recognisesmunicipalities whichhavehighqualityinfrastruc- tureandservicesforsports. White-water canoeing La Seu d’Urgell parcolimpic.cat Sort kayaksort.cat High-mountain sporting activities La Val d’Aran visitvaldaran.com/ca/que- hacer/turismo-activo 200 paragliding · hang-gliding hot air ballooning · microlights RAFTING · CANYONING RIVER CANOEING · KAYAKS HOT DOGGING · HYDROSPEED CANOEING · JET SKIS WATERSKIING · DONUTS · SAILING WIND SURFING · DIVING TREKKING · CAVING · MOUNTAIN BIKING · CANYON JUMPS · 4X4 VEHICLES · HORSE RIDING ROUTES BUNGEE JUMPS ADVENTURE SPORTS COMPANIES BIG GAME MINOR GAME FISHING IN RIVERS, MOUNTAIN LAKES AND RESERVOIRS GOLF COURSES MTB PITCH&PUTT CENTRES 7 6 Sports AIR WATER LAND MikelHelsing
  • 22. 22 Lleida snow Thelongestsnowseasoninallthe Pyrenees,thehighestskislopesand thelargestskiableareainSpainall makeLleidaaskiingparadise.Its11 skiresortsoffer:atotalskiablearea of3,400ha,600kmofslopes,80ski lifts,800snowcannonsformaking artificial snow, 700 monitors, an overall capacity of 80,000 people per hour and 23,000 accommoda- tionplaces. On the white surface of these mountains it is possible to enjoy: alpineskiing,Nordicskiing,moun- tainskiing,Telemarkskiing,snow- boarding,snowshoeing,sleighraces andsnowmobiletours,etc. 277 km 171 km 51 km 29 70 86 32 slopes Snow ALPINE SKIING NORDIC SKIING SNOWSHOEING MikelHelsing
  • 23. 23 Baqueira Beret ALPINE/NORDIC · 2.510 M Salardú (La Val d’Aran) baqueira.es Boí Taüll Resort ALPINE · 2.751 M la Vall de Boí (L’Alta Ribagorça) boitaullresort.com Port Ainé ALPINE · 2.440 M Rialp (El Pallars Sobirà) skipallars.cat Port del Comte ALPINE · 2.400 M La Coma i la Pedra (Solsonès) portdelcomte.net Espot Esquí ALPINE · 2.500 M Rialp (El Pallars Sobirà) skipallars.cat Aransa NORDIC · 2.150 M Aransa (La Cerdanya) aransaski.cat Lles de Cerdanya NORDIC · 2.335 M Lles de Cerdanya (La Cerdanya) lles.net Tuixent-La Vansa NORDIC 2.150 M Tuixent (L’Alt Urgell) tuixent-lavansa.com Sant Joan de l’Erm NORDIC ·2.080 M Castellbò (L’Alt Urgell) santjoandelerm.com Tavascan-Pleta del Prat ALPINE/NORDIC · 2.250 M Tavascan (El Pallars Sobirà) tavascan.net Virós-Vallferrera NORDIC · 2.200 M Llavorsí (El Pallars Sobirà) yetiemotions.com 505 KM OF ALPINE SKIING, NORDIC SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING SLOPES OriolClaveraOriolClavera
  • 25. 25 Discovering the most hidden corners R U R A L / S E R E N I T Y Here time does not stop, but it moves at a different speed. The rhythm of the country,therhythmofthecropsandthe rhythm of the villages; and with them, all their festivals and traditions. Here, the past is still with us; its legacy is an everydayrealityanditisfamiliar;people takealonglookatthings,asifweighing thingsup inordertoface the future with confidence.Thethreadofhistorycontinu- esthroughthelanguageoftheold,which comes from where everything started. Anditstartsagain,oneachnewday,like a wheel, with the progress of each new turn, on the market stalls, in the furrows of the ploughed earth, in the ringing of thechurchbells,inthebarrelswherecats hide,intheyardsandintheattics,inthe wordsandsayings,inthepatienceandin theeffort,inreflectionandinrest.Itisan identity that has been gradually woven and constructed in each hidden corner, fromgesturetogesture,linkingtogether generations that contrast a past with a dynamic and modern present.
  • 26. 26 793,000 230municipalities 160 have fewer than 1,000 inhabitants Silence land area dedicated to the primary sectorHa 36.3PEOPLE KM2 It is in the villages of Lleida thattheessenceofcountrylife ismaintained.Thisisintense, butalsoserene,providingnatu- ralwarmth, far from standard conventionsandallthehustle andbustle.Itreflectsthecalm wisdom of the people, stones, treesandwind. OriolClavera
  • 28. 28 4,300 604 PLACES RURAL LODGINGS Rural lodgings Ofalltheaccommodationavai- lable in the Pyrenees and the LandsofLleida,alargepartofit canbefoundinvillagesandrural areas which maintain contact withnaturalsettingsandtheir healthy,traditionalwaysoflife. MikelHelsing
  • 29. 29 Olive Oil Theme Park of Les Borges Blanques LES GARRIGUES The production of olive oil at differ- ent periods inhistory, observing and studying the evolution of the tools and procedures used. T. +34 973 140 018 grupsalat.cat Museum of El Montsec of Artesa de Segre LA NOGUERA Ethnological museum with mono- graphic exhibitions dedicated to rural life. T. +34 973 400 013 artesadesegre.cat Cultural Space of the Canals d’Urgell (ECCU) of Mollerussa EL PLA D’URGELL “The dream of water” explains the construction of the Canal d’Urgell and how its waters have had a posi- tive effect on the 5 comarques (local districts) that they irrigate. T. +34 973 603 997 canalsurgell.org Wheat and Rural Workers Museum of Cervera LA SEGARRA Ethnographicmuseumwhichoffersa significantinsightintoculturalmate- rialassociatedwithvariousactivities that form an essential part of rural life. (Temporarily closed for recon- version work) T. +34 973 533 917 ccsegarra.cat Herbal Remedy Museum of Tuixent L’ALT URGELL Museumthatremembersthisage-old occupation: the trementinaires (sell- ers of herbal remedies) were people withknowledgeoftraditionalherbal andnaturalremediesforcuringpeo- ple and animals. T. +34 973 370 030 trementinaires.org Ecomuseum of the Vall d’Ora at Navès EL SOLSONÈS Visit the saw mill and the flour mill of Cal’Ambròs,theruralschoolwithits exhibitionoftraditionaltoolsandthe Romanesque-style bridge. T. +34 973 299 045 turismesolsones.com Çò de Joanchiquet Ecomuseum at Vilamòs LA VAL D’ARAN Here, visitors can travel back in time todiscoverwhatday-to-daylifeused tobelikeinthepastthroughavisitto a traditional Aranese house. T. +34 973 641 815 visitvaldaran.com Ecomuseum of the Valls d’Àneu EL PALLARS SOBIRÀ Discover the natural and cultural re- ality of the Aneu valleys and learn about the changes that have taken place over recent decades. Unlike traditionalmuseums,theEcomuseum is not shut away in a building but ex- tendsacrossthelocalterritorywhere itexplainsthelifeofthelocalvalleys. T. +34 973 626 244 ecomuseu.com River Rafters’ Museum of La Pobla de Segur EL PALLARS JUSSÀ Dedicatedtothestudyanddissemina- tionofinformationabouttransporting timberdownriversandrecoveringand conserving the heritage associated with the lost practice of river rafting. T. +34 973 681 493 elsraiers.cat Bunker Park at Martinet i Montellà LA CERDANYA Through a museum display and a visit to the bunkers, the visitor cen- tre at the Bunker Park recreates the world that saw these constructions being built. T. +34 648 141070 bunquersmartinet.net J. Trepat Agricultural Mechanisation Museum of Tàrrega L’URGELL Enter the premises of what used to beanagriculturalmachineryfactory and is now a Museum of Agricultural Mechanisationandbeginatripback throughthetunnelsoftimetoafoundry at the beginning of the 20th century. T. +34 973 311616 museutrepat.cat Josep Jané Periu Local Museum EL SEGRIÀ EthnologicalcollectionofTorrebess- es: a museum of household objects, country life and local craft tools, with collections of pottery, imagery, documents and prehistoric remains. T. +34 973 126 399 fundaciojosepjane.org RURAL MUSEUMS
  • 31. 31 Bringing the taste of the land to your plate Cuisine and food products vary from one place to another in the same way that the natural environment and patterns of human settlement also vary. The Lands of Lleida are therefore defined by a wide variety of products which, given their recognised quality, have generated an almost infinite range of quality dishes. In the Pyrenees, the most important food productsaremeat,fishandgamefromthe local herds, rivers, meadows and forests. Typicaldishesinclude:stews,curedmeats, turnips and cabbages, soups, mushro- oms, cheeses and butters. In the Lands of Lleida to the south, the salient products are pork, minor game, kitchen garden and orchard products, fruit and dry land produce. Typical dishes include: rabbit, snails,artichokes,spinach,pears,apples, olive oil and wine. Each dish represents a different natural setting, but they all have a single common ingredient: when you prepare your table with products from the Lands of Lleida, you really bring the taste of the land to the palate. G A S T R O N O M Y / P R O D U C T
  • 32. 32 DOP Cheese from L’Alt Urgell and La Cerdanya Designation of origin DOP Butter fom L’Alt Urgell and La Cerdanya dop-alturgell-cerdanya.com dop-alturgell-cerdanya.com DOP Pear from Lleida peradelleida.es IGP Veal from the Pyrenees IGP Almond Nougat from Agramunt DOP Olive Oil from Les Garrigues olidoplesgarrigues.com vedellapirineus.cat DO Costers del Segre costersdelsegre.es igp-torrodagramunt.com
  • 33. 33 DE LA TERRA A LA FIRA La Fira de l’Oli de Qualitat Verge Extra de les Borges Blanques LES GARRIGUES L’exposició d’olis dels diferents mo- lins i cooperatives i jornades tècni- ques. També hi té lloc la preparació d’una cassola de tros. T. 973 142 805 firaoli.cat Les Cassoles de Fondarella EL PLA D’URGELL S’hi serveix la típica cassola de tros; se celebra per la Festa Major el pri- mer cap de setmana de setembre. T. 973 600 082 fondarella.ddl.net La Festa del Ranxo de Ponts LA NOGUERA Cocciópúblicad’unamenad’escude- lla grassa i de pagès, el Ranxo, amb tastielrepartimentperatothom.Va acompanyatd’unmercatdeproduc- tesalimentarisiartesansdelterritori. T. 973 462 233 ponts.cat La Fira de Sant Isidre de Cervera LA SEGARRA Fira multisectorial en què el món del pa és un referent. (Cap de setmana més proper al 15 de maig) T. 973 530 025 cerverapaeria.cat/ajuntament-ca La Fira Cóc de Tàrrega L’URGELL Mostra de cócs de l’Urgell i d’altres zonesd’EspanyaiFrança.Exposició i venda de coques de recapte, pro- ductes de fleca i pastisseria. Tastets dediferentsproductesgastronòmics. (Festa Major de Maig) T. 973 311 608 tarrega.cat Aplec del Cargol de Lleida EL SEGRIÀ FestagastronòmicadeclaradaFesta Nacional d’Interès Tradicional i or- ganitzada al voltant de la cuina del cargol que se celebra a la ciutat de Lleida al final de maig. T. 973 281 473 aplec.org La Fira de Sant Ermengol de la Seu d’Urgell L’ALT URGELL És la fira de formatges artesans del Pirineu, que inclou un espai de de- gustació i venda per part dels pro- ductors,unaJornadaTècnica,tastos guiats, presentacions i el Concurs de Formatges Artesans del Pirineu. T. 973 350 010 firasantermengol.cat La Fira del bolet i el boletaire de Solsona EL SOLSONÈS Mostra dedicada al bolet i a la gas- tronomia de tardor. Inici de les Jor- nadesGastronòmiquesdelSolsonès. T. 973 482 310 · solsonafires.cat hostaleriadelsolsones.com Degusta els productes de la Marca Garantia de la Val d’Aran LA VAL D’ARAN Són els productes que formen part de la Marca de Garantia de la Val d’Aran, que poden comprar-se en establiments especialitzats. T. 973 641 801 productesvaldaran.com El Carnaval i ball de la passa ÀREU, ESPOT, ESTERRI D’ÀNEU, GERRI DE LA SAL, LLADORRE, LLAVORSÍ, RIALP, RIBERA DE CARDÓS I SORT. EL PALLARS SOBIRÀ Vianda, ball de la passa, disfresses i calderada popular. Es recomana la degustació del farcit de carnaval, plat típic d’aquest dia, i gaudir del ball de nit. T. 973 621 002 pallarssobira.info La tardor gastronòmica del Bolet EL PALLARS JUSSÀ Xerradesidegustacionsdeplatscui- nats amb bolets, sortides a diversos boscos i una exposició de bolets. Alhora els restauradors ofereixen menús temàtics sobre els bolets. T. 973 650 187 pallarsjussa.net La Fira de Sant Llorenç de Bellver LA CERDANYA Mostra de productes alimentaris artesanals i música tradicional del Pirineu. La fira se celebra en el marc de la magnífica plaça porxada de Bellver. T. 973 510 016 bellver.org Les Jornades Gastronòmiques del Bolet L’ALTA RIBAGORÇA Diferents restaurants de la comarca elaboren el menú dels bolets tots els caps de setmana del mes d’octubre i la primera quinzena de novembre. T. 973 690 402 turismealtaribagorca.cat LaurenSansen FROM THE LAND TO THE FAIR Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fair of Les Borges Blanques LES GARRIGUES Exhibition of olive oils from the different mills and cooperatives and technical meetings. The event will also feature the cooking of a traditi- onalcassoladetros(ruralcasserole). T. +34 973 142 805 firaoli.cat Casseroles of Fondarella EL PLA D’URGELL Serving of a typical cassola de tros; this will take place on the first weekend in September, coinciding with the local Festa Major. T. +34 973 600 082 fondarella.ddl.net “Ranxo” Festival of Ponts LA NOGUERA This public cooking of the thick rural escudella(typicalsoupstew)knownas “Ranxo”isfollowedbyapublictasting thatisopentoeveryone.Therewillalso beamarketoftraditionallymadefood productsfromthelocalarea. T. +34 973 462 233 ponts.cat Fair of Sant Isidre of Cervera LA SEGARRA A multi-sector fair in which bread is the central product. (Over the weekend nearest to 15th May) T. +34 973 530 025 cerverapaeria.cat/ajuntament-ca Cóc Fair of Tàrrega L’URGELL An exhibition of cócs (a type of sa- voury pizza) from L’Urgell and from other parts of Spain and France. Exhibition and sale of coques de recapte (savoury pizzas) and other bakeryandpastryproducts.Tastings of different gastronomic products (Main Festival of May) T. +34 973 311 608 tarrega.cat Snailfest of Lleida EL SEGRIÀ A gastronomic festival that has been declared a National Festival of Tra- ditional Interest and whose central focus is the cooking of snails; this event takes place in the city of Lleida at the end of May. T. +34 973 281 473 aplec.org Fair of Sant Ermengol of La Seu d’Urgell L’ALT URGELL The traditionally-made cheese fair of thePyrenees;theeventincludes:ache- ese tasting; the sale of cheeses by their producers;atechnicalmeeting;guided tastings;presentations;andtheArtisa- nalCheesesofthePyreneescompetition. T. +34 973 350 010 firasantermengol.cat Mushroom and Mushroom Pickers Fair of Solsona EL SOLSONÈS An exhibition dedicated to the mushroom and to autumn gastro- nomy in general, combined with the GastronomicSessionsofElSolsonès. T.+34973482310·solsonafires.cat hostaleriadelsolsones.com Tasting of Guaranteed Brand Products of the Val d’Aran LA VAL D’ARAN These are all products with the Gua- ranteedBrandoftheVald’Aranand canbeboughtfromspecialisedshops. T. +34 973 641 801 productesvaldaran.com Carnival and the “Passa” dance ÀREU, ESPOT, ESTERRI D’ÀNEU, GERRI DE LA SAL, LLADORRE, LLAVORSÍ, RIALP, RIBERA DE CARDÓS AND SORT. EL PALLARS SOBIRÀ Thiseventcombinesfood,theballde la“Passa”(traditionaldance),fancy dress and a communal hotpot. Visi- tors are particularly recommended to try the farcit de carnival, a typical dish associated with this event, and to enjoy the evening dance. T. +34 973 621 002 pallarssobira.info Autumn Mushroom Gastronomy EL PALLARS JUSSÀ The event includes talks, tastings of dishes based on mushrooms, ou- tings to different local woods and a mushroom exhibition. Various restaurants offer thematic menus relating to mushrooms. T. +34 973 650 187 pallarsjussa.net The Fair of Sant Llorenç of Bellver LA CERDANYA Exhibitionoftraditionally-madefood products and the traditional music of the Pyrenees. This fair is held in the magnificentarcadedsquareofBellver. T. +34 973 510 016 bellver.org Gastronomic Sessions of the Mushroom L’ALTA RIBAGORÇA Different restaurants from the co- marca (local district) will prepare menus based on mushrooms; every weekend in October and during the first fortnight of November. T. +34 973 690 402 turismealtaribagorca.cat
  • 34. 34 EADE 20,000 793,000 arable and livestock farms fairs, exhibitions and gastronomic sessions in each comarca different food quality classifications7 Quantity &quality land dedicated to primary sector productionHa Itissaidthatthecomarques(lo- caldistricts)ofLleidaarethefood storeofCatalonia.Thisiswhere livestockandarablefarmingare mostimportant,bothintermsof theareasfarmedandtheirecono- micimportance.Thevastextent ofthisterritory,whichstretches fromthemountainsofthePyre- nees down to the Lleida plain, meansthatyouwillfindalmost everythingyoudesireonitsta- bles,atitsrestaurantsandinits foodshops.Thereareathousand andoneexquisitedelightstocho- osefromineachcomarca.
  • 35. 35 GASTRONOMIC ASSOCIATIONS AND ENTITIES Traditionally Made Foods of the Pyrenees T. +34 973 510 494 Catering Association of L’Alt Urgell T. +34 973 355 330 Guild of Sant Sebastià T. +34 973 690 402 Culinary Association of the Pyrenees. Tourist Reception Centre of Puigcerdà T. +34 972 880 816 cuinapirinenca.com Association of Bars and Restaurants of La Cerdanya T. +34 678 444 650 restbarcerdanya.com Guaranteed Food Product Brand of the Val d’Aran T. +34 973 641 801 productesvaldaran.com Catering Guild of the Val d’Aran T. +34 973 640 601 Catering School of Les T. +34 973 647 242 iesostalaria.com Association of Restaurants of La Noguera. Noguera Cuisine T. +34 973 400 709 nogueracuina.com Catering Association of El Pallars Sobirà T. +34 973 620 000  Association La Xicoia T. +34 669 905 269 T. +34 669 905 266 laxicoia.com Del Tros al Plat. Producers of El Pallars Sobirà Tel:  +34 973 621 002 http://deltrosalplat.blogsport.com APAT (Associació de Professionals de l’Àmbit Turístic). Pallars Jussà T. 973 661 700 Amb els 5 sentits T. 973 650 187 (Consell Comarcal del Pallars Jussà) ALL. Association of Chefs of Lleida T. +34 973 289 238 Friends of the Cod T. +34 973 232 304 Hotel, Catering and Tourism School of Lleida T. +34 973 281 180 xtec.cat/iesescolahoteleriadelleida Catering Federation of Lleida Province T. +34 973 248 858 hostaler.org Catering Guild of El Solsonès           T. +34 606 247 069 hostaleriadelsolsones.com   Association for the Promotion of Quality Products from El Solsonès T. +34 639 132 093 artesansdelsolsones.com   GUSTUM gustum.org f InfoGustum t gustum LaurentSansenDefoto Gustumisaninterregionalco- operation project (Lleida, the BasqueCountryandtheBalearic Islands)whoseobjectiveistofos- terruraldevelopmentthrough the promotion of quality food productsfromlocalterritories andbyexploitingsynergieswith thecatering,tourismandtrading sectors.TheGustumprojectis coordinated by the Urgell-Pla d’UrgellLeaderConsortiumand itsdifferentphasesarefinanced bySpain’sMinistryofAgricultu- re, Food and the Natural Envi- ronment (MAGRANA) and by the Generalitat de Catalunya’s DepartmentofAgriculture,Li- vestockFarming,Fisheries,Food andtheNaturalEnvironment.
  • 37. 37 Discover every inch of Lleida T H E M E R O U T E S
  • 38. 38 Theme routes C U L T U R E 39 The Cistercian Route The Time Route 40-41 The Romanesque Route 42 The Pyrenees of the Counts The Vaulted Stone Shelter Route 43 The Good Men’s Route The Old Trade’s Route 44 The Historic Monument Route Of Lleida Secret Lleida 45 The Templar Route The Cave Art Route 46 The Castle Routes 47 The Castles of the River Sió Route The Picasso Route 48 The Dolmen Route The Way of Saint James 63 The Wine Route of Lleida The Olive Oil Route 49 Route to Olius and the Geographic Centre of Catalonia The Àssua Valley and El Batlliu 50 The Path to Freedom and the Prison-Museum of Sort The Ignatian Way 51 L-2: the Republican Defensive Line The Arnau Mir de Tost Route 52 The Vall d’Ora G A S T R O N O M Y 52 The Lakes Train 53 The Reapers’ Route Route through the Llobregós River Valley 54 Route of the Minairons A Natural World 55 The Valley of the Vultures N A T U R E Routes to the Ivars and Vila-sana Pool 56 The Water Route The Les Garrigues Canal 57 The Ornithological Route 58 On Foot through the Val d’Aran By bicycle through the Val d’Aran 59 The Green Route through the Vall Fosca From Almatret to the “La Pena” cliff 60 Living Pathways 61 Routes along the Canal d’Urgell Routes through Utxesa 62 The Mediaeval Bridges Route The Old Forges Route *Add+34forcallsmadefromoutsideSpain
  • 39. 39 The late Romanesque and gothic transition style mo- nasteriesofPoblet,VallbonadelesMongesandSantes Creuswerefoundedinthe12th centuryandconstitute one of the most outstanding groups of inhabited Cis- tercianbuildingsinEurope.Theyarealsothedefinitive expressionoftheartistic,culturalandhistoriclegacyof thispartofinlandCatalonia.Thethreecentreshavebeen declaredMonumentsofHistoricandArtisticInterest bytheSpanishstateandPoblethasalsobeendeclareda UNESCOWorldHeritageSite.TheCistercianorderwas foundedinFranceintheyear1098byagroupofmonks whosworetoliveaccordingtotheRuleofSaintBenedict: prayer,work,austerity,meditationandpoverty.Aswell asthethreemonasteries,theCistercianRoutewillalso allowvisitorstodiscoverthetraditions,gastronomy,crafts andnaturalspacesofthe65municipalitiesinthearea. Oraetlabora: Monastic austerityinthe LandsofLleida The Cistercian Route $ Monuments of Historic and Artistic Interest Guided visits Consell Comarcal de l’Urgell T. 973 500 707 · urgell.cat La Ruta del Cister T. 973 500 707 · larutadelcister.info parc-cretaci.com · T. 973 665 062 collnargo.com · T. 973 383 048 elsraiers.cat · T. 973 680 132 ecomuseu.com · T. 973 626 436 Thisrouteincludesthreepeculiarmuseums:theMuseumof LaConcaDellà,theMuseumofRiverRaftersatPontdeCla- verolandtheEcologicalMuseumoftheVallsd’ÀneuatEsterri d’Àneu.Thesearedifferenttypesofmuseumsbutwithone commondenominator:theyareallreferencestothepastof thisterritory.TheMuseumofLaConcaDellàandtheMuseum ofColldeNargótakeusonatripbacktothemostremoteof timeswhenthisareawasinhabitedbydinosaurs.Thereare guidedvisitstothecretaceousremainsofBasturs,wherea largenumberofdinosaureggscanbeseen,someofwhichare gatheredtogetherinnests.VisitorscanalsovisitthePosasite, whichincludesasetofmorethan2,000remainsthatshowthe presenceoffeedingmantarays.TheRiverRafters’Museum offersthepossibilitytotravelbacktoarealitythatisrather closertous:theworldofriverrafters.Thislosttradesurvived untilthe1930swhenthebuildingofreservoirsmadetrans- portationalongtheriverimpossible.Finally,theEcological MuseumoftheVallsd’Àneushowsusthetraditionaleveryday lifeofthemountainswhichisillustratedindifferentroomsat CasaGassia.Visitorsarealso advisedtolookattheenclosed villagesofPerameaandEsca- ló,theabandonedsettlement ofSantaCreudeLlagunesand theTimberMuseumofÀreu. Dinosaursand themountainthat nolongerexists The Time Route goo.gl/maps/T0B7p goo.gl/maps/QQOQw QY Q
  • 40. 40 Year1000: artandarchitecture foranewmillennium The Romanesque Route Atthesametimethatthecountiesthatlietothesouthof thePyreneesbrokefreefromtheEmpireofCharlemag- ne, they underwent a deep-seated artistic renovation with the introduction of the Romanesque style which hademergedinthenorthofItalyinabouttheyear1000. Thisthenbecamethemainmovementinarchitecture, paintingandsculptureinthisareauntiltheendofthe 13th century when the gothic style began to take over. AlthoughtheRomanesquestylespreadacrossthewhole geographyofLleida,itsgreatestexpressionistobefound intheValldeBoíintheformofasetofninetemplesthat have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. TheRomanesqueCentreoftheValldeBoí,locatednext to the church of Erill-la-Vall, is the place responsible for disseminating information about this and related themestovisitors. L’Alta RibagorçaThechurchesoftheValldeBoí (L’AltaRibagorça)formthemostoutstandingsetofRo- manesqueconstructionsinCataloniaandweredeclared aUNESCOWorldHeritageSitein2000.Theyinclude the churches of Boí, Santa Maria and Sant Climent of Taüll,Durro,BarrueraandErill-la-Vall.ThePantocrator (ChristAlmighty)ofSantClimentdeTaüllisoneofthe mostemblematicelementsinthegroup. La Val d’AranThefirstsurprisingfeatureoftheVal d’Aranresidesintheircharacteristicpointedbelfrieswhich showaclearGasconinfluence.AswellastheirRomanes- queandgothicarchitecture,theinteriorsofthechurches ofBossòst,Vielha,Escunhau,Arties,Tredòs,Salardúand Unhaalsohouseextensivesetsofmuralpaintingsand relevantworksofRomanesqueimagery,includingthe ChristofMijaranandtheHolyCrossofSalardú. El Pallars Sobirà Romanesque church of Sant JoanofIsil.GroupofRomanesquebuildingsofSondel Pi (church of Sant Just i Sant Pastor of Son). Church and Romanesque paintings of Sant Pau i Sant Pere of Esterri de Cardós. Church, engravings and paintings of Santa Maria of Ginestarre. Romanesque-style her- mitage of Santa Eulàlia of Alendo. Monastery of Sant PeredeBurgal,Escaló.ChurchofSantaMariaofÀneu. Romanesque church of Sant Iscle i Santa Victòria of Surp. Romanesque church of Santa Maria of Ribera deCardós.MonasteryofSantaMariaofGerridelaSal. HermitageofNostraSenyorad’Arboló. El Pallars JussàHistoricgroupofMur:castleand religiouscommunityofSantaMaria.Historicgroupof Llordà:castleandreligiouscommunityofSantSadurní. Churches of the Vall Fosca: Sant Vicenç of Capdella, Sant Martí of La Torre de Capdella and Sant Julià of Espui. Church of Santa Maria of Covet. Church of the VergedelaCintaofLlimiana.ChurchofSantEsteveof AbelladelaConca. La Cerdanya Groupofrelativelysmallbuildings amongst which the most outstanding are the former religious community of Santa Maria of Talló and the parishchurchofSantPereofAlp. L’Alt Urgell LaSeud’Urgell:cathedralofSantMa- ria,churchofSantMiquelandtheDiocesanMuseum. Castellbò:collegiatechurchofSantaMaria.Estamariu: church of Santa Maria. Organyà: collegiate church of Santa Maria. Coll de Nargó: church of Sant Climent. Valldarques:churchofSantRomà.Oliana:chapelofSant Andreu.Peramola:MaredeDéuofCastell-llebre. An- serall:SantSerniofTavèrnoles.SantMaximíofSallent.
  • 41. 41 T. 973 248 840 aralleida.com goo.gl/maps/ZvAVq Q Sant Joan of Montanissell. Sant Romà of Valldarques. Sant Martí of La Plana. Sant Miquel de les Masies of Nargó.SantSerniofGavarra. La Noguera Camarasa:watchtowerandchurchof BaroniadeSantOïsme.Àger:collegiatechurchofSant Pere. Les Avellanes: church of Santa Maria. Cubells: churchofElCastell.Balaguer:monasteryofSantaMaria de les Franqueses. La Baronia de Rialb: monastery of SantaMariaofGualter,SantaMariaofPalau,SantIscle iSantaVictòriaofLaTorreandSantAndreuofElPuig. Ponts:collegiatechurchofSantPere. El SolsonèsSolsona:cathedralofSolsona(apseand belfry), Marededéu del Claustre, paintings of Pedret, virgins, capitals and iconographic representations at the Diocesan and local District Museum of Solsona. Olius:churchandcryptofSantEsteve.SantLlorençde Morunys:churchandcloisteroftheformermonastery. Navès:churchofSantPeredeGraudescales,churchof La Móra Comdal and Romanesque bridge of the Vall d’Ora. Clariana de Cardener: churches of Santa Àgata andSantMartíofJoval.Guixers:churchesofSantSerni of El Grau, Santa Creu of Els Ollers and Sant Martí of GuixersandtheRomanesquebridgeofVall-llonga.Pinell deSolsonès:churchandwalledsettlementofSantCli- mençandchurchofSantPereofMadrona.Castellardela Ribera:churchofSantJuliàofCeuró.Lladurs:churches of Santa Eulàlia of Timoneda and Sant Sadurní of La Llena.Llobera:churchesofSantaMariaofTorredenagó, SantaMariaofMontravetaandSantPereofLlobera.La ComailaPedra:churchesofSantQuirze,SantaJulitaof LaComa,SantSadurníofLaPedra,SantaMagdalenaof LesTragines,SantCristòfolofElsPasqüets,SantLleïr ofCasavellaandSantaCreuofElRoser. El Segrià Lleida: cathedral of La Seu Vella, church of Sant Llorenç, church of Sant Martí, La Paeria (City Councilbuilding). Les Garrigues ChurchofGranyena.ChurchofSant JoanBaptista,Vinaixa.HermitageofSantSalvador,Les BorgesBlanques.RomanesqueportalofBovera.Chapel ofSantMiqueldelesBorgetes,Arbeca.ChurchofSanta Maria,Fulleda. L’UrgellAgramunt:churchofSantaMaria.Vallbona de les Monges: Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria. Tàrrega:palaceofthemarquisesofLaFloresta.Maldà: churchofSantPere.Verdú:castleandchurchofSanta Maria.Vilagrassa:monumentalportalofthechurchof SantaMaria. La Segarra Cervera: church of Sant Pere el Gros, monumentalportalofSantMartíofthechurchofSanta Maria. Massoteres: Sant Pere of Talteüll. Els Plans de Sió:SantEsteveofPelagallsandSantSalvadorofCon- cabella.Torà:churchoftheformermonasteryofCellers. LesOluges:SantPereofSantaFe.Talavera:SantJaume ofPallerols.TorrefetaiFlorejacs:SantJuliàofElLlor. Guided visits
  • 42. 42 Generalitat de Catalunya T. 973 248 840 gencat.cat Takeatripbacktothe11th ,12th and13th centuriesthrough monuments,museumsandemblematicmedievalcons- tructions.Theseuniquenaturalsettingsandcountryside bringvisitorsclosertothebirthofCatalonia,aterritory whichemergedfromthecountiesofthePyreneanand Pre-Pyreneanfringes.Therouteisdividedaccordingto thethirteenoldcounties,sevenofwhicharelocatedin theLandsofLleida.Itispossibletotravelthroughthis area,fromplacetoplace,followingtwo5-dayitineraries, or to make a series of weekend visits to one county or another. The routes, which are theme-based, make it possibletodiscoverthepowerofsomeoftheterritory’s noblewomen,itsdifferentreligiousbeliefs,themeaning ofdifferentimagesfromthemedievalperiod,thefirst textswrittenintheCatalanlanguageandthestruggles forpower. Thebirth ofCataloniain theMiddleAges The Pyrenees of the Counts Whole route option and routes through a particular comarca option goo.gl/maps/ipGJm Guided visitsQ One of the most differentiating cultural elements of thecomarca(localdistrict)ofLesGarriguesisitsvaul- ted stone shelters; these are dry stone constructions which are closely linked to the growing of olive trees. Longdaysspentworkinginthefieldsandfarfromthe villagesmadeitnecessarytohavesomewheretorestthe working animals and for rural workers to shelter. The peculiar way in which these shelters are constructed, withoutanythingbeingusedtobindthestonestogether and with dirt-covered barrel vault ceilings, gives the outward impression of them being small mounds of earth. Around 1,100 of these constructions have been cataloguedinLesGarrigues.Thisroutetakesvisitorsto nineofthemandalsotosomeotherstoneconstructions, includingwaterdeposits,channelsandtanks. Drystone amongst theolivetrees The Vaulted Stone Shelter Route 55 km 3 hours Consell Comarcal de les Garrigues T. 973 142 658 turismegarrigues.com goo.gl/maps/cIw8H Y Q$
  • 43. 43 TheCathars,whowerealsoknownasthe“goodmen”or“per- fectpeople”,weremenandwomenofarigidmoralitywhore- jectedwealth,didnotbelieveintheOldTestamentandrejected theCatholicChurchandthefeudalrightsofthenobilityof theirtime.Asaresult,theyweredeclaredheretics.Thisroute, whichbeginsatthesanctuaryofQueralt(Berga)andendsat theCastleofMontsegur(France),followsthemigratorypaths usedbytheCatharsduringthe12th and14th centuriesasthey fledfromthepersecutionofthecrusadersandtheSpanish Inquisition.Theitinerary,whichcanbefollowedonfoot, onhorsebackorbymountainbike,followsalongdistance footpath(GR-107)whichallowswalkerstodiscovermedieval settlements,Romanesquechurchesandcastles.Aswellasthe historicalaspect,therouterunsthroughtheprotectedarea oftheCadí-MoixeróNaturalPark,whereitispossibletovisit themunicipaldistrictofGósol.Fromthisvillage,avariant oftheroutegoesofftoJosadeCadí,Tuixent,LaComa,Sant LlorençdeMorunys,ColldeJou,Odèn,Timoneda,Lladurs andSolsona,beforefinallyreachingtheMiracleshrine. Inthefootsteps ofthepersecuted Cathars The Good Men’s Route Camí dels Bons Homes T. 938 244 861 camidelsbonshomes.com 189km +84km (Gòsol-el Miracle) GR-107 GR-7 i GR-1 (Gòsol-el Miracle) Route card goo.gl/maps/F9vWk Y Q$ This route is an ethnographic journey through seven municipalities in the comarca (local district) of L’Alt Urgellwhosecentralthemeistoprovideaninsightinto thetraditionalwayoflife,customs,andsocioeconomic activityofthemountains.Thisroute,whichisorganised arounddifferentlocationsandthematicmuseums,will helpvisitorstodiscover:thethousand-year-oldwine- makingtraditionofthisarea(MuseumoftheVineand Wine, at Pont de Bar); the workings of an 18th century spinning jenny at the Wool Museum of Arsèguel; the day-to-day routines of small-scale mountain farmers (Museum of Rural Workers, of Calbinyà); the age-old tradeofthetimberrafters(MuseumofRiverRafters,at ColldeNargó);theflourmills(theoldLaTrobadaFlour Mill,atMontferrer);theprofitabilityoficewells(Oliana); the value of traditional herbal remedies (Museum of Trementinaires,ofTuixent);andthecentralroleofthe accordioninthefestivitiesandcustomsofthePyrenees (AccordionMuseum,atArsèguel). Age-oldforms ofmountain life The Old Trade’s Route Museus en xarxa T. 973 353 112 ccau.cat/museus 175 km Q Visits must be booked in advance goo.gl/maps/AIWQ0
  • 44. 44 Turisme de Lleida T. 973 700 402 turismedelleida.cat On line booking Thecapitaloftheterritorycanbediscoveredinmanydiffe- rentways,butoneofthemostspectacularisbyvisitingthe mosticonictreasuresofthecity,whicharetheiconsofits veryhistory.Forexample,thePaeriaPalace,whichisthe presentseatoftheCityCouncil,isoneofthemostimpor- tantexamplesofRomanesque-stylecivilarchitecturein Cataloniaandcontainsmonumentalremainswhichdate fromthe5th centuryBCEthroughuntilthe18th centuryCE. TheSeuVellahill,whichprovidesthemosticonicimage ofthecityanditsbestvantagepoint,alsohousesthelon- gesthistoricwalledperimeterinEurope,theoldMuslim fortressknownasofLaSudaandtheSeuVellacathedral,a Romanesque-Gothicarchitecturalensembleconsistingof atemple,cloisterandbelltower.Meanwhile,thecity’sSant JoanSquare,theauthenticnervecentreofthecity,ispresi- dedoverbytheneo-gothicstylechurchofthesamename. Historical icons ofthecity ofLleida The Historic Monument Route of Lleida goo.gl/maps/kTRkG $ The remains of the old city walls, churches, Andalus bathsandthemedievalprison.Thisroutetakesinthe mainarchaeologicalsitesthathavebeenunearthedin thehistoriccentreofLleidaandisbasedonfourmain attractions which are complemented by lesser sites locatedonthepremisesofvariouscommercialestablish- ments.Here,visitorswillfindtheremainsofwhatwere oncethewallsandtowersofthecity,backinmedieval timesandduringtheAndalusandfeudalperiods.They willalsofindtheremainsofthe13th centurytanneries, which are the oldest conserved in the whole of Spain, theruinsoftheapseoftheformerRomanesquechurch ofSantJoan,theremainsoftheAndalusbathsandthe formerprisonlocatedinthebasementoftheLaPaeria Palace(today’sCityHall). Archaeological remains oflittle-known Lleida Secret Lleida goo.gl/maps/UFC4T Turisme de Lleida T. 973 700 402 turismedelleida.cat On line booking$
  • 45. 45 When Ramon Berenguer IV, the Count of Barcelona, began the siege of Lleida’s Muslim city from Gardeny Hillin1149,hereceivedthesupporttheKnightsTemplar militia,amediaevalreligiousinstitution.Oncethecity hadbeentaken,inappreciationfortheirhelp,theCount gavethemilitiaseveralproperties,includingGardeny Hill.Nowadays,over800yearslater,visitorscandiscover what the Templar base was like and revisit the way of lifeandtheidealsoftheTemplarorder.TheCentrefor Interpretation offers visitors a piece of the history of thecityofLleidainaverydidacticandaccessibleway. TogetherwiththetownsofMiravet,Montsó,Peníscola andTortosa,Gardenyformspartofthe“DomusTempli” KnightsTemplarRoute”.Thesitealsooffersaninfor- mationofficeandothertourismservices. Thecommand centre ofthemilitary monks The Templar Route Turó de Gardeny T. 973 271 942 · turismedelleida.cat Domus Templi T. 973 700 402 · domustempli.com goo.gl/maps/kcsak Audio Guide service On line booking TheprovinceofLleidacontains16oftheprehistoricsites whichformpartofthegrouplocatedintheMediterra- neanarcthatwasdeclaredaUNESCOWorldHeritage Sitein1998.Oftheseremains,itisparticularlyrelevant tohighlighttheRocadelsMoros(Moors’Rock),inthe municipalityofElCogul.Thissite,whichbelongstothe Palaeolithic period, was discovered in 1908 and con- tains42humanandanimalfigures,whicharegrouped together in hunting scenes, as well as over 250 other prints. Another site worthy of mention is the Bronze AgeCova,orBalma(Cave)delsVilars,nearthevillage ofOsdeBalaguer. other cave art remains Les GarriguesL’Albi,LesBorgesBlanques.El Segrià LaGranjad’Escarp,Alfés.La NogueraCamarasa,Alòs de Balaguer, Artesa de Segre, Vilanova de Meià, Pera- mola. Alt Urgell Peramola. La Cerdanya Bellver de Cerdanya.Pallars Jussà Tremp. Themagicof ourmostdistant ancestors The Cave Art Route Ruta de l’art rupestre T. 973142658·turismegarrigues.com T. 973 448 933 · montsec.cat T. 973 353 112 · ccau.cat Guided visits to Els Vilars Visits must be booked in advance goo.gl/maps/QGw0R $
  • 46. 46 FortwocenturiestheLandsofLleidaformedthefron- tier between two civilisations: the Arab and Christian worlds.Severalcastlesstillremainassilentwitnesses ofthosetimes.ScatteredacrosstheterritoryofLleida, although not immense fortresses, they are majestic and well conserved, often standing on hilltop sites to guarantee the security of frontier areas and as visible symbolsofpower.TheycanbefoundinElPallarsJussà, La Noguera, La Segarra, L’Urgell and Les Garrigues. Some of these castles are now also venues for music concertsonsummernights. La NogueraTheCastleofMontsonísstillconserves itsprisonandasecretescapepassage.TheCastleofLa Ràpita(private).TheCastleofOsdeBalaguercurrently houses the Bell Museum of Catalonia. The Castle and Religious Community of Sant Pere d’Àger. L’Urgell The Castle of Montclar is renowned for the stairway to its noble quarters, its music room, library, stately diningroom,prisonandcellar.TheCastleofVerdú.The Castle of Maldà. The Castle of Ciutadilla. La Segarra TheCastleofLesPallarguesisfamousforthe13metre gothic-style arch on its facade, its spacious halls and largewindows,undergroundprison,icewell,cellarand systemofchannelscarvedoutoftherock.TheCastleof Florejacsisaveritablemuseumwithhistoricfurnitu- re, paintings, cellar, dungeon and a lovely bedroom. It housesobjectsfromvarioushistoricalperiodsandhas asecretpassageandinterestingcollectionofarms.The CastleofVicfredhasa2km-longsecretpassagewhichis hiddenbehindasmalldoor.TheTowerofVallferosais oneofthebestexamplesof10th centuryEuropeanmili- taryarchitecture.ThestrategicpositionoftheCastleof LesSitgesmadeitanimportantprotagonistintheHigh Middle Ages during the struggle between Christians and Saracens. The Castle of de Concabella houses the Centre for Interpreting the Castles of the River Sió.El Pallars Jussà The Castle of Mur offers spectacular views over the Tremp river basin and the Terradets reservoir.Featurestohighlightincludethesystemfor usingwaterandthecapitalsofitscloister.TheCastleof Llordàisoneofthebestexamplesofresidentialarchi- tecturefromthehighmedievalperiodinCatalonia.It is possible to organise guided visits to the Museum of theConcaDellà.Moreexamplesoffrontiercastlescan be found in the remains of the medieval fortresses of Sant Gervàs, d’Orcau and Guàrdia de Mur and there arealsoanumberofwatchtowersscatteredacrossthe comarca.Les GarriguesTheCastleofLaFloresta.The Castle of L’Espluga Calba. The Castle of Arbeca. The CastleofL’Albi. Fortressesbetween theArabandChristianworlds The Castle Routes Castles of Lleida T. 973 402 045 · castellsdelleida.com Local District Council of La Noguera T. 973 448 933 · ccnoguera.cat Local District Council of L’Urgell T. 973 500 707 · urgell.cat Local District Council of La Segarra T. 973 531 300 · lasegarra.org Local District Council of El Pallars Jussà T. 973 650 187 · pallarsjussa.org Local District Council of Les Garrigues T. 973 142 658 · ccgarrigues.com goo.gl/maps/6K38s Guided visits Q Y $
  • 47. 47 TheSióisasmall,little-knownriverwithalimitedflow,butit islongandhasservedasafrontierspacethathasshapedthe historyofthisareaandalsocreatedacommongeographical spaceforsocial,culturalandeconomiccommunication.In the10th ,11th and12th centuries,thesefrontiercastlesformed alineofdefensivethatprotectedthisterritoryfromtheArab forces.TheSió,whichrisesnearGàver,intheupperpartofLa Segarra,runsforabout70km,crossingLaSegarra,L’Urgell andLaNoguera,untilitfinallyflowsintotheRiverSegrenear Balaguer.Itispossibletovisitanumberofcastlesalongits courseaswellasotherplacesofgreatmonumentalvalue. Asmallriver: frontier andcohesion The Castles of the River Sió Route Guided visits Castells de Lleida T. 973 402 045 · castellsdelleida.com Centre for Interpreting the Castles of the Sió. Castell de Concabella T. 973 554 151 Castle of Les Sitges T.600537970·castelldelessitges.com Castell of Les Pallargues T. 973 520 041 castelldelespallargues.com Tourist Information Centre of La Segarra T. 973 531 300 · lasegarra.org Tourist Office of de Balaguer T. 973 445 194 · turisme.balaguer.cat goo.gl/maps/1soa1 Q $ Local Council of Gósol T. 973 370 055 gosol.ddl.net Tourism Office of Gósol T. 973 370 016 Inthespringof1906,PabloPicassoandhisthenpartner, Fernande Olivier, arrived at the village of Gósol. The laststretchoftheirjourneywasmaderidingonamule, with Picasso carrying only a few things: some clothes, hiseaselandafewboxescontaininghisbrushesandoils. In August of the same year, on their way back to Paris, thecoupletookwiththemasmallcaravanofmules,so Picasso had evidently done a lot of painting. At Gósol, Picassopaintedsomeofthemostrepresentativeworks ofmodernart.Thisstayhadbeencrucialforhisartistic research.ThePicassoRoutestartsatGuardioladeBer- guedà and ends at Bellver de Cerdanya. The itinerary issignpostedwithyellowmarkersasafarasGósoland thenwithwhiteandyellowonesfromGósoltoBellver deCerdanya. Onthetrailofthe greatpainterof the20th century The Picasso Route goo.gl/maps/YevUB 60 km $
  • 48. 48 Consell Comarcal de l’Alt Urgell T. 973 353 112 ccau.cat ThisisaroutethatbeginsandendsatOrganyàandwhich runsthroughtheCabóvalley.Alongtheway,visitorswill findvariousexamplesofNeolithicfuneraryconstructi- ons(atSerratdelesCobertrades,Colomera,Serratde Malpàs,MolídeFavà,ClotdelesCanyes,Pedracabana andl’Oliva),butitisalsoanopportunitytowalkthrough pine and oak woodland, to remember some of the va- lley’s long-lost trades related to these woodlands and todiscoverthearea’sexquisitecuredmeatproducts... Neolithic funerary monuments The Dolmen Route goo.gl/maps/5wZfv 32 km Signposted routeY $ ThefamousCamídeSantJaume(WayofSaintJames), whichunitesthemanypathstoSantiagodeCompostel· la,alsohasanumberofsectionswhichpassthroughthe Lands of Lleida. One of these routes takes travellers through the history and culture of the Way, providing instructionsabouthowtodothepilgrimage,mapsand ideasofwheretostayalongtheroute.Themainbranch oftheWaythatrunsthroughCataloniagoesfromSant PeredeRodes(intheextremeeastofthepeninsula)to themonasteryofMontserrat.ThesectionfromMont- serrat to Alcarràs (in the extreme west of Catalonia) mainly passes through the Lands of Lleida. This 140 kmlongroutecanbedonein5stages.Othertransversal variantswithintheterritorypassthroughTàrregaand othersettlementsinL’UrgellandBalaguerorcomefrom TarragonaandpassthroughVallbonadelesMongesand BellpuigbeforereachingLleida. TheCatalan connectionto thepilgrimage The Way of Saint James 140km Montserrat Alcarràs Stages 25-30km Signposted route Camí de Sant Jaume camidesantjaume.cat Tourism Office of the Generalitat T. 973 248 840 goo.gl/maps/NZFGB
  • 49. 49 ThegeographiccentreofCatalonialiesinthemunicipal areaofPinósandisindicatedbyacompasscarvedoutof stone.ItcanbefoundneartheshrineofSantaMariade Pinós,acentreofreligiousdevotionforthelocalinha- bitants.FollowingthepathtothevillageofArdèvol,itis possibletoclimbupwhatusedtobethedefencetowerof itsformercastle,whichdatesfrombeforethe11thcentury, andfromthere,youcanenjoyanexcellentpanoramic view.ContinuingoninthedirectionofSu,youwillfind theMiracleshrine,withitsmajestic23metre-highand 12metre-wide18th centurybaroque-stylealtarpiece.This workbyCarlesMoratóisoneofthemostimportantof itskindinCatalonia.ItisthenontoSolsona,thecapital ofthecomarca(localdistrict),tovisititshistoriccentre, cathedral,icewell,DiocesanandLocalDistrictMuseum —whichhousesimportantexamplesofRomanesqueand baroquestyleart—,theCentreforTouristicInterpretation ofElSolsonèsandtheKnifeMuseum.ThechurchofSant Esteved’Olius,anexampleof11thcenturyLombardRo- manesquearchitecturewithacryptdating fromthesameperiod,isjustanother4km afterSolsona.Theroutefinishes,justafew metresaway,attheCatalanModernist(Art Nouveau)stylecemeteryofOlius,awork bythearchitectBernardíMartorelliPuig. Journey tothecentre ofCatalonia Route to Olius and the Geographic Centre of Catalonia Tourist Information Office of El Solsonès T. 973 482 310 turismesolsones.com goo.gl/maps/2XBVk Q This small, little-known, Pyrenean valley has been slipped into the pages of various successful novels in Catalanliteratureandhasbeenmentionedinsomeof thebookswrittenbyJaumeCabré,MariaBarbal,Josep MariaEspinàs,JoanLluísandJosepVirós.TheÀssua valley and El Batlliu project offers these readers five thematicroutesthatrunthroughitsrealandfictitious geography.Theserouteshavebeendesignedthinking about those who love reading and walking, but they are also for anyone who likes to let themselves fall in lovewiththetypeofscenerythatformstheessenceof anovel.Theshortestoftheseroutestakesabout2hours and the longest up to 12. The website dedicated to the project provides detailed instructions, a technical file andthecoursefollowedbyeachroute.Thereisalsomore information about the novels and their authors, and thevillagesandtheservicesavailableinthelocalarea. Real andfictitious itineraries The Àssua Valley and El Batlliu 5 routes Materials available in PDF Vall d’Àssua valldassua.cat Local Council of Sort T. 973 620 010 goo.gl/maps/r94zs $
  • 50. 50 DuringtheyearsoftheSecondWorldWar,thousandsofpeople crossedthePyreneeseitherrunningawayfromNazibrutality orinordertojoinupwiththealliedarmyintheNorthofAfri- caorintheUK.Themountainpassesboresilentwitnesses totheirodyssey.Ithasbeencalculatedthatbetweenabout 60,000and80,000fugitivescrossedthroughthesepasses. ThroughthevillageofSortvillage-wherevisitorscanvisitthe prison-museum-passedoneoftheroutesthatconnectedthe twoFrenchdepartmentsofAriègeandHauteGaronnetoEl PallarsSobirà.Thisrouteisknownas“ThePathtoFreedom”. Thisrouteisnowwellsign-postedandallowsthehikerto followinthefootstepsofthosewartimetravellers.Theroute, whoseCatalansiderunsthroughtheHighPyreneesNatural Park,beginsatthemunicipalityofSeixandendsatAlòsd’Isil. Togetherwiththebeautyofthelandscape,visitorswillalso findcompleteinformationabouttheheritagevalueofthis area,whichmakesthisasignificantexampleofwhathascome tobenamed“HistoricalMemoryTourism”. Escapingfrom Nazismthrough themountains The Path to Freedom and the Prison-Museum of Sort Camí de la Llibertat camidelallibertat.cat Local Council of Sort T. 973 620 010 Local District Tourism Office of El Pallars Sobirà T. 973 621 002 goo.gl/maps/x2K4W $ TheIgnatianWayfollowstheroutethattheJesuitpriest SaintIgnatiusofLoyola(BasqueCountry)followedto the Cave of Sant Ignasi at Manresa (Catalonia). This routefollowsthesamecourseastheWayofSt.James, butintheoppositedirection,andcrossesthecomarques (local districts) of El Segrià, El Pla d’Urgell, L’Urgell and La Segarra along a route signposted with orange arrows.InL’Urgell,therouteturnsofftoVerdú,where it is possible to visit the shrine to Sant Pere Claver, a Jesuit missionary who was born in this municipality beforegoingtoColombia. Following inthefootsteps ofSt.Ignatius The Ignatian Way Camí Ignasià caminoignaciano.org Tourist Information Office of Verdú T. 973 347 216 Local Council of Verdú T. 973 347 007 Local District Tourism Office of L’Urgell T. 973 500 707 goo.gl/maps/al9wb $Y Q
  • 51. 51 Local Council of Vallbona de les Monges T. 973 330 260 · larutadelcister.info Local District Tourist Information Office of L’Urgell T. 973 500 707 · urgell.cat Consell Comarcal of La Segarra T. 973 531 300 · lasegarra.org TheL-2isasectionofthedefensivelinethatwascons- tructedinthecomarques(localdistricts)ofL’Urgelland La Segarra during the Spanish Civil War as a fortified militarylinetodefendtherepublic.Theroutethrough what was a zone of conflict during the war is a project designedwithhistoricrigourtomeetthedualobjective ofrecoveringthecollectivememoryandconservingand disseminatingtheprinciplesoffreedomanddemocracy. Ithasbeenorganisedintothreethematicblocksorgani- sedaroundacentralthreadwhichplacestheemphasis ontheindividualandonhumansuffering.Thefirstblock presentsarbitraryactionsandreprisalsintherepublican zone,startingwiththeactionsofuncontrolledelements andtheSIM.Thesecondshowshowdifficultlifewasin theimmediaterearguard.Thethirdblockwillshowhow lifewasunderthenewlyimposedFrancoistregime.It is possible to see various types of construction: trenches, sniping nests, coveredtrenches,machine gunnestsandobservation points. Witnesses totheSpanish CivilWar Thelegacy oftheLord ofÀger L-2: the Republican Defensive Line Guided visits Local Council of Àger T. 973 455 004 · ager.cat Peperepep Cultural T. 677 701 820 · castellmur.cat Museum of La Conca Dellà and Tourism Office of Isona T. 973 665 062 · isona.cat TheArnauMirdeTostRouteisanauthentictripback through time to the 11th century when the sierra of El MontsecservedasafrontierbetweenMuslimandChris- tian territories. It was at that time that Arnau Mir de Tost crossed this frontier and captured Àger from the Muslims,therebyextendingtheChristian-heldterritory towardsthesouth.Heleftbehindalargeandimportant patrimony:castles,watchtowers,palaces,churches,etc. Theroutefeaturesasitsmainpointsofinterestthecastle andreligiouscommunityofSantPered’Àger,thecastle ofMur,thecollegiatechurchofSantaMariadeMurand thecastle-residentialpalaceofLlordà. The Arnau Mir de Tost Route goo.gl/maps/mSTKB QGuided visits goo.gl/maps/poeUh Y Q$
  • 52. 52 Onthisroute,visitorscanrelivesomeofthecustoms ofothertimesanddiscoverimportantjewelsofRoma- nesque art and architecture. Leaving Solsona by the C-55, visitors should turn off towards the Sant Ponç reservoirandthechurchofSantaMargaridadeNavès andthengoontowardsBerga,followingtheRiverAigua d’OrauntiltheyreachthefootoftheBusacliff.Inthis wide valley, they will find the Ecological Museum of the Vall d’Ora, where it is possible to learn about the oldsawmillandvisittheCal’Ambròsmill.Visitorscan alsogototheoldschool,whichnowhousesasmalltool museum. They can then cross a Romanesque-style bridge and see the monument in memory of Count Guifré - who is said to have been mortally wounded in this valley - and visit the hermitage of Sant Lleïr. Later, visitors will find a church that belonged to the 10th century Romanesque monastery of Sant Pere de Graudescales. Finally, on the route back to Solsona, along the C-26,visitorscanvisittheRomanesque church of Sant Esteve d’Olius and the nearbyArtNouevaucemetery. Following inthefootsteps ofCountGuifré elPelós The Vall d’Ora Tourist Office of El Solsonès T. 973 482 310 turismesolsones.com goo.gl/maps/w3nQb Q TheLakesTrainisahistorictouristicrailwayconvoythat connectsLleidatoLaPobladeSegurbyrail.Itcrosses threedifferentcomarques(localdistricts)andtherefore allowstravellerstodiscoverthishighlyvariedterritory fromthewindowofatrain:thefertilefieldsoftheplain, therough,calcareousandconglomeratecliffsandgorges ofElMontsec,thecalmwatersoffourlakes...andallofthis withthepeaksofthePyreneesinthebackground.Thisisa routethatcanbefollowedeverydayonconventionaltrains andthetripcanbecombinedwithawiderangeofparallel activitiesofferedineachofthecomarques.Visitorsshould consulttheroutewebsitetodiscoverthedaysoftheyear onwhichthisroutecanbecoveredonahistorictrain.Once visitorsarriveatLaPobladeSegur,theycancomplement thiswonderfuljourneyonahistorictrainwitharangeof outingsandguidedvisits:ArtNouveaubuildingsinLaPobla deSegur,themuseum-shopsofSalas,theVisitors’Centre ofElPallarsJussà,theHydroelectricPowerMuseumof theVallFoscaandtheCastelld’Encúswinery. Fromtheplain tothemountains, onahistorictrain The Lakes Train Book in advance Guided visits Tren dels llacs trendelsllacs.cat Municipal Tourism Office of La Pobla de Segur T. 973 680 257 goo.gl/maps/NZFGB S
  • 53. 53 The Llobregós River Valley, in La Segarra, is a Space of Natural Interest, within the triangle formed by the villagesofSanaüja,BioscaandMassoteres.Thevalley offersanumberofpossibleroutestocompleteonfoot or by MTB, with walkers using their own instincts or followingoneoffoursign-postedroutes.Thisisanarea withuniquecharacteristicsasfarasitsgeologicalfor- mation,vegetationandfaunaareconcerned.Inshort, this1,190hectaresiteformspartofwhatisafragileand vulnerablebutwell-conservedarea. 1,190 hectares ofLaSegarra Route through the Llobregós River Valley Guided visits Local District Tourism Office of La Segarra T. 973 531 300 lasegarra.org goo.gl/maps/g8c6n Y $ Thishistoricalroute,whichisnowsign-posted,usedto beusedbyreapers,carriers,militia,bandits,musicians andsmugglers.Inparticular,reapersusedtotravelalong itatthebeginningofJuneastheywentlookingforwork. In1906,thepainterPabloPicassoalsofolloweditduring hisstayinthearea.Thisseventoeighthourtrekstarts atGósolandendsatBellverdeCerdanya,crossingthe CadíRidgealongtheway.Duringthetrek,visitorscan discover the Pyrenean landscape and the fauna of the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. In winter, the route can befollowedbyskiesoronsnowshoes.Thereisalsothe optionofdoingtheReapers’Route-alsoknownasthe CerdanyaWay-overtwodays,becausetheCèsarAugust Torrasmountainshelteroffersthepossibilityofmaking anovernightstaybeforecontinuingalongtherouteon thefollowingmorning. Looking forworkon theCadíRidge The Reapers’ Route 7-8 hours Centre for Organising Mountain Activities of Gósol T. 973 370 016 Tourist Board of Bellver de Cerdanya T. 973 510 229 Local Council of Gósol T. 973 370 055 · gosol.ddl.net Bellver de Cerdanya T. 973 510 016 · bellver.org goo.gl/maps/Uxzpr $
  • 54. 54 This route is based on the myths and legends of the Pyrenees which have been compiled in the books of Pep Coll and Joan Obiols. The Minairons (elves) are tiny and mischievous beings that can be found inside thereceptaclesinwhichtheirownerskeepthemorup inthemountainsandinhiddencornersonSaintJohn’s Eve(Midsummer’sEve).Ratherthanarouteassuch,this is more of a proposal which groups together different locations in the Aguilar valleys that can be visited in anyorder.VisitorswillpasstheGuàrdiaD’Aresboulder quarry, the Taús scree, the Biscarbó dolmen and the Encantades(delights)ofCastellàsdeCantó.Theycan also visit Argestues and Noves de Segre and discover theirlegends. Atrip totheLand oftheElves Route of the “Minairons” Local District Tourism Office of L’Alt Urgell T. 973 353 112 ccau.cat goo.gl/maps/zWkMh 102 km Q $ Takeastrolltodiscoverthemarkedlyruralcharacterofthe landscapesofElSolsonès,wherethemasies(farmhouses) andchurchesthatarescatteredacrosstheterritoryshapea landscapeofremarkablebeauty.HavingvisitedSolsonaand itshistoriccentre,visitorswalkingalongthisroutewillfirst crosstheRiverCardenerandpasstheLlosadelCavallreser- voir,thenvisitthechurchandtheRomanesquecloisterand seetheMuseumoftheValldeLordandthehistoricalcentreof SantLlorençdeMorunys,avillagewhichispopularlyknown asSantLlorençdelsPiteus(duetotheitsindustrypastwhich wasassociatedwiththeproductionofPiteucloth).Walkers willthengoontovisittheFontPuda,thevillageofLaComa, the source of the River Cardener and the Port del Compte pass,beforegoingthroughtheColldeJouandontoCambrils, whereitispossibletovisitthesaltmines.Trekkerscanthen continueontowardstheSerraSecavantagepoint,theClop Bridge–underwhichtheRiverRiberaSaladaflows-,Castellar delaRibera-wheretheruralschoolcanbevisited-,andon untiltheycomebacktoSolsonaonceagain. ElSolsonès, athousand farmhouses A Natural World Tourism Office of El Solsonès T. 973 482 310 turismesolsones.com goo.gl/maps/E4tQh Q
  • 55. 55 Centre for Visits to El Pallars Jussà T. 973 650 187 pallarsjussa.net Local Council of Tremp T. 973 650 005 ajuntamentdetremp.cat Thisisa31-kilometrecircularroutewhichcanbedone onfoot,byMTBorbycar.TheroutestartsatPontd’Orrit andpassesthroughseveralvillages,includingTorrede Tamúrcia(whichhousestheVultureCentre),Esplugade Serra,CastelletandSapeira.Thisisavalleysurroundedby thecalcareousandconglomeratedmountainranges,like theSantGervàsridge,thatseparatethePre-Pyreneesfrom thePyrenees.Ithaslandscapesofgreatnatural,cultural andscenicinterestandisalocationthatsimplyemanates peaceandtranquillityunderthecalminginfluenceofits ever-presentsheep.Thisisaverylow-difficultlyrouteand issuitableforpeopleofallages.Therearebirdshereall thetimeandespeciallybirdsofpreysuchasthebearded vulture,commonvultureandEgyptianvultureandalso thegoldeneagle,eagleowlandperegrinefalcon.Inspring andsummer,migratorybirdscanalsobeseenhere,ascan otherspeciesoffaunasuchasthewildcat,fox,wildboar and,onoccasion,thePyreneanchamois. Aroute oflandscapes, faunaandgeology The Valley of the Vultures goo.gl/maps/6V20a YQ $32 km The Ivars and Vila-sana Pool was recovered in 2005 afterithadbeendriedoutinthe1950s.Itisthelargest inlandlakeinCataloniaanditsfourthlargestwetland area.Asaresult,itisanexcellentplacetovisitinorderto observeover210differentspeciesofbirds.Itisequipped withobservationpointsandpicnicareasandalsooffers bicycles for hire and two information points, where it isalsopossibletohirebinoculars.Overtheyear,ithas also been a venue for a series of educational, sporting andleisureactivities.Aswellastheintrinsicinterestof this space, the pool is at the centre of four of the most important tourist routes through the comarca (local district)ofElPlad’Urgell:theornithologicalroute,the horseback route, the route through the surrounding municipalareasandthevariantoftheCatalansection oftheWayofSaintJames. Thelargest inlandlake inCatalonia Routes to the Ivars and Vila-sana Pool Tourist Information Office of the Ivars and Vila-sana Pool T. 973 711 313 estanyivarsvilasana.cat Consell Comarcal del Pla d’Urgell plaurgell.cat goo.gl/maps/RcRHG 6 km 2 hours Guided visits
  • 56. 56 Although Les Garrigues is a dry comarca (local dis- trict) which is known, above all, for its dry land crops, itsnorthernpartisirrigatedbythewatersoftheCanal d’Urgell.Thisiswhereitscapital,LesBorgesBlanques, andJuneda-thetwomunicipaldistrictsthroughwhich thiscircularrouteruns–arelocated;itispossibletostart the route from either of these settlements. Although the route is very flat, visitors will find a number of wa- terfalls which were once used to generate electricity. Thisexplainssomeoftheirnames:“Primeramàquina” (first machine), “Segona màquina” (second machine) and Nou Salts (New Falls). Just outside Juneda, there isalsoaleisureareaknownasSaltDesfet(Dismantled Falls).Almostthewholeroutefollowsasmallfootpath thatrunsalongsidethewaterintheshadeoflargetrees; insummer,thisoffersmuchappreciatedshadeinthis partofinlandCatalonia. Thehumid trackthrough adrydistrict The Les Garrigues Canal 18 km All year Consell Comarcal de les Garrigues T. 973 142 658 ccgarrigues.com goo.gl/maps/nFLjk Y $7h — 8h Signposted route Local District Tourist Board of L’Alta Ribagorça T. 973 690 402 turismealtaribagorca.cat L’AltaRibagorçastandsoutforitsgreatnumberoflakes andthewatersthatflowwithforceandwhichdefinethe networkofpathwaysthatcrossthecomarca(localdis- trict)fromnorthtosouthandfromeasttowest.There areage-oldpaths,horseshoetrails,royalroutes,livestock pathsandpathsthroughthemountainsthat,aboveall, allowustocomeintocontactwiththenaturalenviron- mentbyexaminingallofitshiddencorners.TheWater Routerunsalongdifferentstretchesofthisnetworkof traditionalpathways,closelyfollowingthemainrivers thatpassthroughthecomarcaandconnectingthetail oftheEscalesreservoirandthemonasteryofLavaix,at ElPontdeSuert,tothespaofCaldesdeBoí. Following themurmur oftherivers The Water Route goo.gl/maps/dS2iL Y $7-8 hours
  • 57. 57 FromthesouthtothenorthoftheLandsofLleida,from theplaintothemountains,thereareseveralareaswhere different bird species have found a place to settle and breed.InthesouthofLleida,forexample,therearetwo wetlandareas:theAiguabarreig(riverconfluence)and Utxesa,bothinthecomarca(localdistrict)ofElSegriàt The Aiguabarreig is a breeding area for heron species, including the black-crowned night heron, the cattle egret, the little egret and the squacco heron. Visitors can arrive here via the LP-7041, the road which leads towardsSoses,SeròsandLaGranjad’Escarp. To get to Utxesa, visitors can leave from Torres de Segre,whereitiseasytoseethewesternmarshharrier throughouttheyear.ThevillagesofAlfés,SarrocadeLlei- da,Llardecans,SudanellandAlbatàrreccanallbevisited alongtheway.Thisisasteppearea,wherevisitorsaresure toseethecalandralark,thetheklalarkortheEurasian dotterelinwinter;iftheygothereinsummer,thelesser greyshrike,thegreatershort-toedlark,theEuropeanbee- eaterandtheEuropeanrollercanalsobeareseenthere. TheareaaroundMenàrguensistheperfectplaceto seethelesserkestrel,asthisisanareawherethereare severalnestingtowers.Visitors canthencontinuealong theroutefollowingtheC-12andC-13towardsMontsec. There are then 14 sign-posted routes to guide them to thebestplacesforbirdwatching.Alongtheseroutes,it ispossibletoobservebirdsofpreysuchasthebearded vulture,Bonelli’seagleandtheEgyptianvulture.Onceat Tremp,itispossibletoseeotherbirdsofpreyincluding the bearded vulture. Visitors can then continue on up towardsthePyrenees,followingtheN-260andC-13,as farasthesmallvillageofEspotwhichistheentrypointto Birdingparadises: thePyrenees andtheLandofLleida The Ornithological Route Local District Tourist Board of L’Alta Ribagorça T. 973 690 353 turismealtaribagorca.cat Local District Tourism Office of El Pallars Sobirà T. 973 621 002 · pallarssobira.cat Consell comarcal de la Noguera T. 973 448 933 · montsec.cat Consell comarcal del Pallars Jussà T. 973 650 187 · pallarsjussa.net Consell comarcal del Pla d’Urgell T. 973 711 313 · plaurgell.cat goo.gl/maps/vPf2k YQ $ theAigüestortesiEstanydeSantMauriciNationalPark, atypicalhighmountainlocationwhereitispossibleto see such nesting species as the black woodpecker, the alpine chough and the red crossbill. At the Escalarre marsh,whichcanbereachedbyfollowingthesameC-13, intheHighPyreneesNaturalParkandattheheightof Guingueta d’Àneu, there are other interesting species toobservesuchasthelittlegrebe,thegreatcormorant, thegreyheron,thecommonmoorhen,themallardand thecommonkingfisher.
  • 58. 58 7h — 8h Torisme Val d’Aran T. 973 640 688 visitvaldaran.com senderismovaldaran.com TheAigüestortesiEstanydeSantMauriciNationalPark offers mountains over 3,000 metres high, spectacular lakesandwaterfalls,signpostedfootpathsforwalkers ofeverylevelandawiderangeofotherleisureactivities associatedwithtrekking.TheVald’Aran,withover300 kmofsign-postedfootpaths,guaranteesthewidestva- rietyoftrekkingoptions,sochoosingarouteisthemost difficult thing to do. This comarca (local district) also hasaseriesofthemeroutes,designedbyprofessionals, totakevisitorstothewildestexamplesofnatureandto allowthemtodiscoverthebesthiddenandmostremote cornersofthisterritory. Routes:CaminReiau:150km,caminreiau.cat;Carrosde Foc:55km,carrosdefoc.com;Pass’aran:64km,passaran. com;4cumbres,4lenguas:50km,camins.net;Encantats: 92km,camins.net;SetauSagèth:103km,setausageth.com; ElGranBlucle:setausageth.com;ViaCalda:camins.net. *Thelastfiveoftheseroutesformpartofthe“Walkwithoutluggage”route. Walking,thebest waytodiscover theVald’Aran On Foot through the Val d’Aran goo.gl/maps/nGUkL $8 routes TheVald’Aranhasover400kmofofficialMTBroutes whichareaccessibletocyclistsofalllevels.Theserange fromasimple,butevocative,ridetothesteepest,most technicalanddemandingofrides.Thecomarca (local district)alsocontainsvariousotherorganisedroutes, with established, well-defined circuits, which make it possibletoconcentrateononlytherouteitself. Routes: Era Ròda: 210 km, an accumulated ascent of 7600m, eraroda.com; Pedals de Foc: 220 km, an accu- mulated ascent of 5800m, pedalsdefoc.com; Pedals d’Occitània:227km,anaccumulatedascentof6000m, pedalsdoccitania.com;LeDéfiOccitan:197km,anaccu- mulatedascentof4500m,ledefioccitan.com. Over 400km ofMTBroutes By Bicycle through the Val d’Aran Torisme Val d’Aran T. 973 640 688 visitvaldaran.com bikingvaldaran.com goo.gl/maps/nGUkL Y7h — 8h 4 routes
  • 59. 59 Leaving the village of Almatret, at the southern end ofthecomarca(localdistrict)ofElSegriàbehind,this route offers walkers the possibility of enjoying one of theexceptionallandscapesoftheLandsofLleida.This isoneofthefewareasintheterritoryvisitedbytheRi- verEbroanditispossibletofindtheremainsofmining activityonitsbanks.Itslocation,onahighplateau,offers privilegedviewsovertherivermeanders.Thiswasone ofthescenesoftheBattleoftheEbroandattheendof theroute,attheLaPenacliff,itispossibletoseeformer combat trenches and an embedded mountain bunker whichhavebeenmaintainedinperfectcondition.The route,whichiswell-signposted,canbefollowedonfoot orbyMBT. Views over theRiverEbro From Almatret to the “La Pena“cliff Signposted route Almatret Local Council T. 973 138 013 almatret.cat goo.gl/maps/RfZD1 Y $10.6 km Tourist Board of the Vall Fosca T. 973 663 001 vallfosca.net Tourist Information Office of La Pobla de Segur T. 973 680 257 pobladesegur.cat Thisoldrailwayline,whichwasusedinthebuildingof some of the hydroelectric plant infrastructure of the Pyrenees, is now a cycle-tourism and trekking route. Theformertrackscanstillbeseeninplaces.Thereare5 kilometresofamazingviewsalongthestretchbetween theEstanyGentopoolandthewatersofCapdella.The route continues as far as the village of Espui and the neighbouringÀssuavalley,inthecomarca(localdistrict) ofElPallarsSobirà.Inordertogettothestartingpoint, walkersmustfirstgotoCapdella(L-S03road)andthe Sallentereservoirwherethereisacable-cartotheEstany Gento pool (which operates from July to September). ThereisanalternativeroutefromEspuithatfollowsa foresttrackthroughtheTriadorcol. Following theold railwayline The Green Route through the Vall Fosca goo.gl/maps/KDTrT Y $5 km
  • 60. 60 The“LivingPathways”routeaimstopromotetrekking as an instrument for local development by creating a circularroutearoundtheAigüestortesiEstanydeSant MauriciNationalPark.Thisinitiativestartedwiththe recoveryofthehistoricalpathsthat,sincetimeimme- morial,haveinterconnectedthevalleysthatsurround this national park. This route joins together different comarques(localdistricts),valleys,andinhabitednuclei, allowingvisitorstodiscovertheenormousnaturaland culturalheritageofthispartofthePyrenees. These traditional paths therefore offer a trekking experiencethatalsoguaranteestheirpreservationand rehabilitation and the development of the villages in the area of influence of the national park by offering differenttypesofsustainable,non-motorisedtourism. These238kmofwalkingpathsmakeitpossibletodis- cover the human and natural landscapes associated withtheseroutesandthehistoryandculturethatthey represent.Thesearepathswhichjointogetherthesix differentvalleysthathousethepresentAigüestortesi EstanydeSantMauriciNationalPark:theVallsd’Àneu, Valld’Àssua,VallFosca,ValldeBoí,ValldeBarravésand Val d’Aran. These valleys are joined by three historic mountainpasses:thePortdeVielha,PortdelaBonaigua andPortdeRus. Thewalkaroundthenationalparkcanbecoveredin 7or9one-daystages,dependingonthetypeoftrekking undertaken and the physical fitness of the walker in question.Eachstageendsatavillagewherethewalker can stay overnight in a hotel or mountain shelter and take advantage of this to get to know and enjoy the in- tensivelyofvillagelifeandalsotherichculturalheritage ofRomanesqueartandarchitecture. Awalkonfoot through theAigüestortes NationalPark Living Pathways Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park Casa del Parc Nacional d’Espot T. 973 624 036 c/ de Sant Maurici, 5, Espot Casa del Parc Nacional de Boí Ca de Simamet T. 973 696 189 c/ de les Graieres, 2, Boí goo.gl/maps/HmGHa $ Guided visits 7-9 stages - At www.gencat.cat/parcs/aigüestortes it is possible to find the different route stages. They are presented for the two modalities in the section dedicated to 2D and 3D of the itineraries through the National Park. Q
  • 61. 61 Centre for Municipal Initiatives of Ponts T. 973 462 233 Tourism Office of Balaguer T. 973 445 194 ·balaguer.cat Tourism Office of L’Urgell T. 973 500 707 · urgell.cat Tourism Office of El Pla d’Urgell T. 973 711313 · plaurgell.cat Tourism Office of Les Garrigues T.973142658·turismegarrigues.com Tourism Office of El Segrià T. 973 270 997 · turismelleida.cat TheCanald’Urgell,whichwasbuiltinthemiddleofthe1st century,crossesfiveofthecomarques(localdistricts)ofthe LandsofLleida.ItstartsatPonts(LaNoguera),runsthrough L’Urgell,ElPlad’UrgellandLesGarriguesandendsatMontoliu deLleida(ElSegrià).Itirrigatesatotalsurfaceareaof90,000 hectareswhichhavemadetheLleidaplainoneofthemost fertileandproductiveareasinCatalonia.Thisgenerallyflat landmakesthisaparticularlysuitableareaforpleasantwalks anditispossibletofollowthese14routesonfootorbybicycle, followingsign-posteditinerariesofdifferentdifficultiesand durations:1:HeadwatersofPonts.2:Montclartunnel.3:Barony ofBellpuig.4:ThirdchannelandtheDuranFalls.5:Channeland theNewFalls.6: BaixSegrià.7:AgramuntandtheIronBridge. 8: Sub-canalofUrgell.9:AgramuntandtheLavenderMill.10: ArtesadeSegreandElCastellot. 11:Channel-embankment ofCastellserà.12: SecondchannelandtheCastelldelRemei. 13: FromTornaboustoBellpuig.14: IvarsandVila-sanaPool. Alltheroutes alongthecanal Routes along the Canal d’Urgell goo.gl/maps/quWAw Q $ Visits to Castell del Remei Guided Visits There are many ways to reach the Utxesa reservoir in thecomarca(localdistrict)ofElSegriàandtheyalloffer somethingspecialforthevisitor.GoingtherefromTorres deSegre,youshouldvisitthepartofthenaturalroutethat runsfor2kmalongthebanksoftheRiverSegrewithits vantagepoints,restareaandlargecolonyofwhitestork. Youcanalsoseetheoldmill,whichhasnowbeenturned intotheMuseumofEvolution,thecastlewalls,historic housesandmunicipalchurch.Goingonforanother3km, youwillcometothebridgethatcrossestheCanaldeSeròs. Here,youcanfollowthenatureroutesignstoUtxesaor branchoffandvisitCarrassumadahill,fromwhereitis possibletovisitthehermitageandenjoyviewsoverthe landscapes of the comarca of El Segrià. If you go to Ut- xesafromSarrocadeLleida,youcanfollowaruraltrack directlytothereservoirandjustbeforeyougetthere,you willseetheremainsoftheoldcastleandchurchofSarroca. TravellingfromAitona,youcanvisitthecastleandthen goontoUtxesafollowingthePathwayacrossthePlains. Then you can visit the “La Canadenca” hydroelectric powerstationandthereservoirsofXimoandBurgebut. OnarrivingatUtxesa,theroutearoundthereservoiris signposted and there are severalvantagepoints,rest areas and an information point.Itisalsopossibleto hire bicycles there and to bookguidedvisits. Alltheroutesthat leadtoUtxesa Routes through Utxesa goo.gl/maps/C4TLZ Consorci d’Utxesa T. 660 612 615 Y Q$
  • 62. 62 ElPallarsSobiràisalandofbridges,whichwerebuiltin mediaevaltimesinordertoconnectvillagesandvalleys. Mostofthemstillcontinuetostandfirmandlookimpo- sing,eventothisday,givinganideaofthelargenetwork of bridle paths that El Pallars Sobirà still conserves. VillagessuchasGerridelaSal,Unarre,Esterrid’Àneu, Borén,Isil,Alós,Espot,LaTorrassa,Escart,Tavascan, Cassibrós,LladrósandLladorreareplaceswherevisi- tors can enjoy these marvellous constructions which represent an important part of the cultural heritage of this comarca (local district). This itinerary follows part of the trajectory of the River Noguera de Cardós, crossingfromonebanktotheotherbymeansofthese mediaevalbridges. Imposing Medieval constructionsand communications The Mediaeval Bridges Route Local District Tourism Office of El Pallars Sobirà T.973 621 002 turisme.pallarssobira.cat goo.gl/maps/HAKH3 $ High Pyrenees Natural Park T. 973 622 335 parcsdecatalunya.net Local District Tourism Office of El Pallars Sobirà T. 973 621 002 turisme.pallarssobira.cat Accordingtoage-oldtradition,water,wind,earthand firearethefourelementsthatmakeuptheworld.They arealsowhattheironindustryneedstodevelopandin theVallFerreraallfourcametogether.Thisroute,which startsatTírviaandendsatAlins,followsthesamepath thatdonkeysusedtotreadinthepast,loadedwithiron ingotswhichhadbeenproducedinthethreeforgesofthe area.Itisaroutewithamildgradientwhichrunsalong theleft-handbankofNogueradeVallferreraRiverand offersvisitorsthepossibilitytodiscoveraheritageclosely linked to iron mining, which was first development in Romantimesandhaspersisteduntilthepresent.Visi- tors can follow the interpretation routes through the BoscdeViróswoods(theCostadelsMenersandBuiro routes)andaroundAlins(theFallesd’Alins(waterfall) andTorredelesBruixes(witches’tower)paths). Woods ofironin ElPallars Sobirà The Old Forges Route goo.gl/maps/1jb9h $
  • 63. 63 Fromnorthtosouth,thisrouterunsthroughthemunici- palitieswherewinesoftheCostersdelSegreDesignationof Originareproduced.Thisareaextendsfromthemountains ofElPallarsSobiràtothefieldsofElSegriàandLesGarrigues, passingthroughLaNoguera,L’UrgellandElPlad’Urgell alongtheway.Bydiscoveringthecultureofwine,youwill alsolearntounderstandtheselandsevenbetter.Thisisa walkthroughthegastronomy,cultureandgeographyof Lleida,withitswineriesasthecentralthemeandonewhich willtakeyoutothemainattractionsandmonumentsin eachareaandwhichwillalsoallowyoutoenjoyanumberof complementaryactivities.Therouteincludesaselectionof restaurantswhichrepresentthecuisineofLleidaandwhich areasvariedastheterritoryitself.Brokendownintoseven subzones,theDOCostersdelSegreincludesthefollowing wineries: SubzoneofArtesadeSegre:CellerdelMontsec,Vinya l’HereudeSeró,ValldeBaldomar,AgropecuàrialesPletes, MasRamoneda.SubzoneofNogueraBaixa:BodegasCostersdel Sió,CellerLaFiguera,CellerCasaPatau,CastelldelRemei. SubzoneofUrgell:CastelldelRemei.SubzoneofGarrigues:Cérvoles Celler,ClosPons,MasBlanchiJové,TomàsCusiné,Vinya elsVilarsiCellerMatallonga.SubzoneofPallars:BodeguesVila Corona,Castelld’Encús,Sauvella,CellerBatlliudeSort,Mas GarciaMuret.Subzone of Raïmat:Raïmat(GrupCodorniu). SubzoneofSegrià:TorresdeSanuiiLaGravera.SubzoneofValls del riu Corb: Carviresa,MonestirdelTallat,CasaPardet,La PlanetaComalats,L’Olivera,CellerCercavins,Analec,Cal CaboCeller,MasdeMora,PetitDuran. Wine,gastronomy andscenery The Wine Route of Lleida The Wine Route of Lleida T.973250050 · rutadelvidelleida.com Consell Regulador DO Costers del Segre T. 973 270 494 · T. 973 264 583 costersdelsegre.es goo.gl/maps/1PSEg Withthecentralthemeofoliveoilandtheobjectiveof acquiringwhatisconsideredthebestoliveoilintheworld, it is possible to visit some of the places in the comarca (localdistrict)ofLesGarriguesandthesouthofL’Urgell and El Segrià which are included in the Les Garrigues ProtectedDesignationofOrigenandtocontemplatethe austerelandscapeofLesGarriges.Inthisdryterritory,the villagesaresmallanddispersed,bearingwitnesstothe truestaroftheshow:theolivetree.Thistreeisgrownin everysmallcorner,onstaggeredterraceswithdrystone wallsandonterrainwheredrystonevaultedcabinsare oftenhalf-hiddenfromview.Autumnisharvesttimeand, aswellasthesplendourandactivityoftheolivegrowing landscapes,thisisalsothemomenttoseetheprocessby whicholiveoilisproducedatthemillsofthecooperatives whicharepresentineachvillage.Itisalsoatimetovisitthe ruralmuseumsandthemeparks,castles,cavepaintings and Iberic remains. As well as the DOP Les Garrigues, oliveoilisalsoanimportantproductinthecomarcaofLa Noguera,withapresenceatitsfoodfairsanditispossible toenjoyguidedvisitstothepremisesbelongingtothe AssociationofOliveOilMillsofLaNoguera. TheLiquidGold oftheDryLands The Olive Oil Route Consell Comarcal de les Garrigues Mirador-Centre de Descoberta de les Garrigues T. 973 14 26 58 turismegarrigues.com Consell Comarcal de l’Urgell T. 973 500 707 · urgell.cat Consell Comarcal del Segrià T. 973 054 800 · segria.cat DOP Les Garrigues T.973280470·olidopgarrigues.com Consell Comarcal de la Noguera T. 973 448 933 · montsec.cat goo.gl/maps/aJ4ZZ
  • 64. 64 RURAL TOURISM RURAL HOUSE/ ð TR - AGRITOURISM - It is possible to do agritourism activities. Ð TR - RURAL ACCOM- MODATION: Itisnotpossi- bletodoagritourismactivities. MA - B&B farmhouse, detac- hed house providing accom- modationservicesandoffering at least bed and breakfast. MS - Farmhouse, accommo- dationlocatedoutsidethevi- llage, where the whole house is rented. CPC - Shared village house, accommodationlocatedinthe villagewithindividuallyrented roomsandofferingatleastbed and breakfast. CPI-Independentvillagehou- se,providingaccommodation inthevillage,wherethewhole house is rented. - Ł Seal of Rural Tourism Quality APARTMENTS AT - Tourist apartments HUT-Houseforusebytourists HOTELS H - Hotel HA - Aparthotel P - Boarding House/Hostel CAMP SITES 1st - Category 2nd - Category 3rd - Category SHELTERS AND HOSTELS RA-Youthhostelshelter,high or medium altitude mountain shelterwithguardandservices, accessible by road or track RG - Manned shelter YOUTH FACILITIES CC - Holiday activity centre CJ - Youth camp AN - Nature classrooms GE - Farm school Source: Generalitat de Catalunya, January 2013, and Torisme Val d’Aran — *Add +34 for calls made from outside Spain FrancescTur
  • 65. 65 You will feel completely at home A C C O M M O D A T I O N G U I D E