This beautiful and ancient city in Catalonia has so much to offer in the way of history and culture. Towering over the city, La Seu Vella and the Castle of Suda offer views of the surroundings and the city below while at the foot of the hill, a pedestrianized walk takes visitors past many fascinating shops in the old town, set in some of Lleida’s most striking and emblematic buildings. To the west, the Castle of Gardeny sits on a hill, gazing out over the city and its surrounding countryside.
The town has attractive parks and botanical gardens to visit, perfect for a stroll in the fresh air, along with several fascinating museums with exhibitions relating to the city’s past. Art galleries give visitors a look at some of Spain’s most talented contemporary artists. Explore the beauty and history of this wonderful city, while enjoying the traditional Catalonian cuisine at the many restaurants in town.
Here are some of the best things to do in and around Lleida:
1. La Seu Vella - Old Cathedral of Lleida
Sitting on top of a hill, looming over the city of Lleida, with views over the city and the surrounding countryside, Seu Vella is one of the most emblematic buildings in the city. Set in a monumental complex on the hill (together with the Castle of Suda, discussed below) construction on the cathedral began back in 1203. However, the towering bell tower was only completed in 1431. Historians believe the well-preserved cathedral was built on the site of a former mosque, dating back to the Moorish occupation of Spain.
La Seu Vella - Old Cathedral of Lleida
Address: Lleida, Catalonia, Spain
Website: La Seu Vella
2. Lleida Museum
This museum houses a permanent exhibition of archaeological objects, sculptures, paintings, tapestries, objets d’art, furniture and clothing, taking visitors on a journey through the fascinating history and heritage of the city of Lleida and the surrounding region. Eras represented, cover the prehistoric period right through to the twentieth century.
Museo de Lleida
Address: Carrer del Sant Crist, 1, 25002 Lérida
Website: Museo de Lleida
3. Castell de la Suda (Castle of the King)
Sitting on the same hill as the Seu Vella (mentioned above), the Castle of the King, or Castell de la Suda, is part of a beautifully preserved monumental complex. The castle was a military fortification, protecting the town, in the past. The castle’s ideal location on the hill has seen an uninterrupted occupation since its early days in 822 AD. A visit to the castle gives a sense of the history of the area, taking visitors back in time.
Castell de la Suda
Address: Plaça Hispanoamèrica, 1, 25004 Lleida
Website: Castell de la Suda
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4. Museu d'Art Jaume Morera
The Museu d'Art Jaume Morera is a museum and art gallery formed with the collaboration of the Catalonian artist Jaume Morera i Galícia. The museum is run by the Lleida municipality and exhibits both modern and contemporary art from the city of Lleida, including plastic works and other visual art, as well as photography. This is a worthwhile visit for anyone fascinated by art.
Museu d'Art Jaume Morera
Address: Edifici Casino Principal, Carrer Major, 31, 25007 Lleida
Website: Museu d'Art Jaume Morera
5. Arborètum - Jardí Botànic De Lleida
This lovely botanical garden covers almost 7 hectares (17.3 acres) with more than 500 species of trees and shrubs to be seen. There are four biomes represented in the garden, including Earth’s boreal forests, temperate forests, deciduous forests and sclerophyllous forests. The garden is a beautiful shady and leafy place to visit on a hot summer’s day.
Arborètum - Jardí Botànic De Lleida
Address: Carrer Enric Farreny, 49, 25199 Lleida
Website: Arborètum - Jardí Botànic De Lleida
6. Centre d'Art la Panera
The Centre d'Art la Panera, in Lleida, is named after the street in which it is located, in the medieval Els Vins, or old town of Lleida. The museum is housed in the town’s corn exchange, which dates back to the 12th century and exhibits contemporary art by Spanish artists, including Antoni Abad, Alicia Framis and Cabello/Carceller.
Centre d'Art la Panera
Address: Plaça Panera, 2, 25002 Lleida
Website: Centre d'Art la Panera
7. Museu de l'Automoció Roda Roda
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Museu de l'Automoció Roda Roda is an automotive museum, housing an extensive collection of cars, motorcycles and scaled reproductions, taking visitors on a journey through the history of the automotive industry. Set in an old garage, the old vehicles are fascinating to view.
Museu de l'Automoció Roda Roda
Address: Carrer Santa Cecília, 22, 25001 Lleida
Website: Museu de l'Automoció Roda Roda
8. Parc Municipal de la Mitjana
Spread over more than 90 hectares (222.4 acres) of forest, water and wet meadows, this beautiful park lies at the gates of the city of Lleida. The name is taken from the river which passes through the park. This is a lovely area for long walks and leisurely picnics, among nature.
Parc Municipal de la Mitjana
Website: Parc Municipal de la Mitjana
9. Parque de Los Campos Eliseos de Lerida
Parque de Los Campos Elíseos is a public park and home to Cafè Xalet and the Templet de la Música, both designed and constructed in the fin de siècle style. The Aquarium is also located in the park, in a Modernist building with attractive glazed tiling. There are several exhibitions of sculpture throughout the gardens.
Parque de Los Campos Eliseos
Address: Avinguda Tarradellas President, 2, 25007 Lérida
Website: Parque de Los Campos Eliseos
Activities near Lleida
Ebro River is the second longest river in Spain at 930 km (578 mi) near the Atlantic coast, running through Catalonia’s mountains before emptying into the Mediterranean. It has the largest water volume and supplies a substantial portion of Spain’s hydroelectric power making it the most important river in the country. Not only that, this well-preserved nature site has become a go-to site for sailing and kayaking. Join this 5 km (3 mi) of kayaking and marvel at the sight of fluvial landscapes. Paddle out, exercise your arms and discover the Castell de Flix, the site of a battle in the Spanish Civil War in 1938. Stunning nature and historic sceneries await you along the riverbanks. The package includes all the equipment and safety gears. So, if you are looking for a relaxing getaway, this is the perfect one for you!
Kayaking down the Ebro in the Province of Tarragona
Price: 19 USD
Duration: half day
Soar up high and fly like an eagle with a 20-minute tandem paragliding spirited flight! Experience wonderfully refreshing views of the Ager region, its valley and turquoise waters from the sky. The Ager area is world-renowned for hosting paragliding local and international tournaments. Whether you want to steer the canopy-parachute yourself or leave it to our certified tandem pilot, or engage in acrobatics in the air, it’s for you to seize and enjoy the moment. Remember to wear comfortable clothes and sun protection. All the necessary equipment and insurance are included in the price. Book now and step up the challenge.
Tandem paragliding flight in Ager, Lérida
Price: 80 USD
Duration: 20 minutes
A via ferrata which literally means ‘iron road’ is often used to describe a protected climbing trek with iron rung stapled onto the rock, fixed steel cables and zip wires. Explore the via ferrata in the mountains of La Morera de Montsant. The mountain is an epitome of hermitage tradition with the many caves discovered there. The activity requires some experience in mountaineering & via ferrata. The approach consists of obstacles and challenges but will perhaps be the most rewarding climb that you have ever done! Apart from the spectacular views, it gets more exciting as you squeeze your way through the narrow 'graus’, walk across two Tibetan bridges and descend via the 30-metre (98-ft) a vertical needle. The package includes all the safety equipment, services of expert guides during the activity, and insurance.
Via ferrata in La Morera de Montsant
Price: 28 USD
Duration: half day
Enjoy your visit to historic Lleida
Make a point to visit Lleida and experience all the history, beauty and green spaces this Catalonian city has to offer.
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