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Since the city was founded, Lleida has welcomed different cultures and peoples who settled in the area on account of its privileged location, on a hill in the middle of the River Segre valley. Founded in the fifth century BC by the Iberians, it was later occupied by the Roman Empire, when it got the original version of its current name: Ilerda.
The city is packed with history and this can be seen in its cultural heritage, such as the monumental complex of the Seu Vella and the Castle of the King - Suda, the Templar Castle of Gardeny, the Palace of the Paeria or a series of modernist buildings.
Lleida is undoubtedly a destination that has a lot to offer, so pack your bags and prepare for your trip to Lleida by train. What are you waiting for?
A mandatory stop on your trip to Lleida is the Seu Vella or Old Cathedral, the city's prized jewel. Romanesque Gothic in style, construction began in the early thirteenth century on the site of a former Muslim mosque.
It is worth noting for its layout that is out of sync with the tradition at the time, as the cloister is located at the front of the building. Its impressive tower will also catch your eye, along with its famous bells, Silvestra and Monica, dating back to the fifteenth century. If you are a fan of excellent panoramic views, make sure to head to Baluarte de la Reina, offering some of the best views of the city. Make sure to have your camera ready!
Just outside Lleida, in the high Lleida Pyrenees is the Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. As well as being a natural space of high ecological value, it boasts a rich architectural heritage, as it is home to the Vall de Boí Romanesque churches, declared a World Heritage Site.
This mountain range is also home to some of the best ski resorts in the country, such as Baqueira-Beret, Boí-Taüll, Espot-Esqui, Port del Comte or Port-Ainé, perfect for snow lovers or mountain tourism.
Lleida is not only a city that is bursting with charming corners or historic buildings, it also has great gastronomy for visitors to enjoy. Its culinary tradition has always been linked to local quality products and signature restaurants even use them too. Its various designations of origin stand out, including for its wine, cheese and pears.
You cannot leave without trying the famous snails a la llauna washed down with a good local wine. Believe me, you will want to come back for more! There is a place for those with a sweet tooth as well, as Lleida boasts a great pastry tradition closely linked to its festive calendar.
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