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About Lleida

While most people’s minds go to Barcelona when talking about Catalonia, the true heart of the region is the historic city of Lleida. Sitting beneath the colossal shadow of the Turo Sou Vella Cathedral, the city is a living museum where every corner features some small piece of Catalonian history. Typical for the region, the city is also a fantastic cultural hub, with a superb selection of art galleries and festivals.

Weather is standard for northern Spain, peaking around 31°C in the summer and rarely freezing in the winter. While you’ll have to travel around 100km to get to the closest beach, the city boasts many picturesque parks that offer spectacular days in the sun. With such an incredible combination of history, culture and climate, Lleida is a hidden gem and a fantastic holiday destination.

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Hotels in Lleida

While it’s a less common holiday destination, Lleida has accommodation to rival that of Barcelona. Those in search of luxury should book into the Finca Prats Hotel which features modern rooms, an indulgent spa and a beautiful golf course. Families may find a little less choice in the city but there are still a few hidden gems further afield, including the Hotel Vall Fosca which boasts incredible views of the surrounding forest and mountain range. Backpackers and thrifty travellers are advised to look for the chain hotels in the city which often have the best nightly rates.

Shopping in Lleida

Lleida may not be a natural shopping destination but it’s hard to argue with a 2.5km high street boasting over 450 shops. Whether you’re looking for the best of local Catalonia produce or the latest brands, you’ll be able to find everything in the main shopping district of the city. If you fancy some bargain hunting, you can also visit the Ramble de Ferron antique market on Sundays and snap up amazing deals.

Food & Drink in Lleida

Sample the very best of Catalonian food while visiting Lleida. The region is famous for creating many of the world’s favourite Spanish dishes and there is nowhere better to taste them. You’ll be spoilt with a mouth-watering selection of delicacies, making tapas a natural choice. Be sure to order the region’s speciality dish pa amb tomaquet, toasted bread and tomato, which often comes with Botifarra, a type of sausage flavoured in a similar way to Cumberland. If you have more of a sweet tooth, look out for crema Catalana which like French crème Brulee but with a strong cinnamon flavour.

Events in Lleida

Lleida mostly plays host to the same Catalonian festivals that you’d expect to find in Barcelona however, the city has a few unique holidays that you should experience if you get the chance. 

Aplec del Caragol

Embracing the border between the Catalan region and south France, Aplec del Caragol is a snail eating festival in May where escargot is brought in by the boatload. If you get the chance to experience this unique food festival be on the lookout for the many weird and wonderful flavours that street sellers use to stand out from the crowd.

Festa Major Lleida

Running in mid-May, the Festa Major Lleida is a celebration of the city itself and sees everything from fireworks and parades to street performances and traditional dances. Those looking to truly experience the culture of Lleida and Catalonia should put this on the top of their lists.

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Language:Spanish
Currency:Euro
Time zone:GMT +1
Flight time:2 hours 25 minutes
Airport code:ILD
Holiday type:City Break / Summer Sun

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