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When to go
The Catalan Pyrenees is influenced by a temperate, humid climate, characteristic of all Mediterranean territories.
The best period for vacationing at ski resorts is considered to be the period from the end of November to March, when in lowland Catalonia the air temperature is +10 ° C, and in the mountains +0 ° C. The air temperature in spring and autumn is between + 18– + 20 ° C, and in the summer months it can reach +25 ° C. The maximum sun exposure in July and August is +40 ° C.
A comfortable time for a vacation with the aim of mountaineering, mountain walks and fishing is considered to be the period from mid-April to September inclusive.
Spending time in the Catalan Pyrenees from March 19 to October 12, tourists get the opportunity to visit a real Spanish bullfight (Corrida) in Barcelona.
Every year on August 15 throughout Catalonia celebrate Festes de Grazia - the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The brightest celebrations with fireworks, flowers and music are held in Barcelona.
In the administrative center of the Catalan Pyrenees, vacationers and their companions will be able to visit the Old See of Lerida (Old cathedral of lleida), built in the city center in the 13th century.
Palace of Paeria (Paeriya palace) is the ancient residence of the ruler of Lleida, located near the Cathedral Hill (Cathedral hill) The facade of the building, divided into three tiers, is decorated with an arch, high windows and a covered gallery. Above the entrance are three royal coats of arms.
During your holidays in the Catalan Pyrenees, we recommend to visit the Gardeni Castle (GardenyCastle), located at a distance of 1 km from the historical center of Lleida (Historicalcenter of Lleida) The castle building, built in the XII century, has been preserved only partially. Today, tourists can visit the surviving corner of the castle, several bastions, a church and a donjon.
The castle of La Suda is noteworthy (LaZudaCastle), erected on Cathedral Hill, 70 meters from the temple. From the rectangular structure, only the ruins of the courtyard and the chapel, as well as the southern part of the facade and 3 towers remained.
At Cathedral Hill between the University (UniversityofLleida) and the building of the Public Library (Public Library) the Diocesan Museum of Lleida is located (Diocesan Museum of Lleida) This museum is under the protection of the Catalan authorities and the bishop. The museum displays works of religious art, as well as Roman and Islamic paintings.
During a trip to the Catalan Pyrenees, vacationers can visit the Church of St. Lawrence (Church of St Lawrence), which was built near the Diocesan Museum. The building has three short naves with aspids. The central nave is the original and made in the Romanesque style, and the side ones were later completed in the Gothic style. The church displays exhibits of the Diocesan Museum.
Tourists interested in historical and architectural monuments will have the opportunity to travel to the sights of all of Catalonia.
In Barcelona, excursions to the Sagrada Familia (Sagrada familiaTemple), Montserrat Monastery (Montserrat monastery), on Mount Tibidabo (Tibidabo mount) Vacationers can stroll around the Gothic Quarter (Gothic quarter) and the Spanish village (Spanish village), visit the Gaudi House Museum (Gaudi House-Museum) and the Picasso Museum (Picasso museum) Everyone who comes to rest in Barcelona can see the Grand Royal Palace (GrandRoyalPalace), Agbar Tower (Agbar tower) and the Guell Palace (Guell palace).
Shopping and entertainment
You can purchase the goods necessary for recreation and sports activities in any village of the resort region.
In the central city of the Catalan Pyrenees, Lleida, you can shop more thoroughly. Brand stores Lacoste (Lacoste), Jacqui (Jacadi) and Zara (Zara) Women's clothing can be bought at the Basler multibrand store (Basler store), and evening and wedding dresses - in the Simbelin boutique (Cimbeline boutique).
In addition, Sandro Ferrone stores are open in Lleida (SandroFerronestore), Mercade Navarro (MercaseNavarrostore) and J-Star (G-Starstore).
If desired, tourists can go on a trip to Barcelona and do some shopping on the shopping line at Paseo de Gracia (Paseo de gracia), the length of which is 5 km. At Paseo de Gracia, you can buy almost everything - from designer interior items to Spanish delicacies.
In winter, you can have fun and play sports in the ski resort of the Catalan Pyrenees. On its territory there are 72 ski slopes with a total length of 104 km and 33 ski lifts. Tourists will be able to use the services of instructors who put on anyone's skis or snowboard. In the summer, there are several mountaineering schools at the resort, where vacationers and their companions will be able to learn how to use climbing equipment, and also make their first climb to one of the peaks of the region.
Gourmets will be able to replenish their gastronomic impressions in Mediterranean restaurants “L’estel de la Merce” (L’estel de la merce) and Xale Suey (Xalet suis) Original seafood dishes are served at the Carballeira Restaurant (Carballeira) For a bite to eat or a cup of coffee, go to La Bambola Cafeteria Bar (La bambola cafeteria-bar).
Fans of nightlife while on vacation in the Catalan Pyrenees can have fun at Campistes Clubs (Campistes), "Gatzara S. L." (Gatzara s l) and Moa Serramona F (Moix Serramona F).
Attractions and attractions of the Catalan Pyrenees
The most famous resort of the Catalan Pyrenees is Baqueira Beret, located in the eastern part of the Val de Aran Valley (350 km from Barcelona). La Molina and Massella together form the combined ski area Alp-2500 (Alp 2500). Another resort in these mountains is Port del Comte. But the Pyrenees - this is not only skiing. A trip along the Iberian axis, which runs almost along the French border, will leave an unforgettable experience even if you don’t do anything here, just sometimes get out of the car and admire the landscapes. More active tourists can do alpine skiing and snowboarding here, hiking and cycling, canyoning and exploring caves, climbing and flying in wingsuit.
Perpendicular to the Iberian axis, fascinatingly beautiful valleys descend on both sides of it. Each such valley, together with its inhabitants, is like a special, separate world with its own charm, history and culture. The landscapes of each valley also vary as much as possible for zones so close to each other. Here you can see ancient glaciers, rocky hulks, mountain streams with cascades and waterfalls, clean mirror lakes, pine groves and ash forests, alpine flowering glades.
In total, seven conservation zones are located on the territory of the Catalan Pyrenees. These are two national parks and five natural parks. They offer travelers well-marked trails for walking and cycling, mountain shelters where you can spend the night, and also - UNESCO-protected remains of Roman buildings and archaeological sites.
A significant difference in elevation creates a variety of climatic zones: in this part of the Pyrenees you can get into the Alpine / subalpine, as well as the Mediterranean, Atlantic and mountainous. So, for example, in Val d’Aran, emerald beech forests, the coolness and freshness of the humid Atlantic climate await you. And on the slopes of Montsek much drier and hotter in the summer.
More than 100 Roman churches, stretched in a line from Perpignan (France) to Urgell, are called “Ruta Romanika”, and some of them can be seen in the Catalan Pyrenees.
One of these churches is located in La Seu d'Urgell, in the Alt Urgell Valley, on the south side of Oms Square, is the Cathedral of St. Mary. Built in the 12th century, it is considered one of the most outstanding examples of ancient Romanesque architecture in Catalonia. The cathedral features a magnificent cloister with a colonnade decorated with characteristic carved capitals. The western facade is typical for the Lombardy style, and inside you can see the sculpture of the Virgin and Child (13th century). There is an excellent museum at the cathedral, where Roman frescoes from different churches are exhibited.
In Val de Bois, you can see several small ancient Roman churches, almost the most attractive in all of Catalonia. These are buildings of rough stone high in the mountains, erected between the 11th and 14th centuries. In the complex, they were declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The most interesting are in Taulla (3 km east of Bois).
Other, equally interesting, Romanesque churches can be found in Barruer (Sant Feliu) and Durro (Nativatat).
Cultural heritage and cuisine of the Catalan Pyrenees
As for the cultural heritage of the Catalan Pyrenees, it can surprise even those who believe that they know a lot about Spain. Medieval musical instruments, traditional dances, incredible costumes and other cultural paraphernalia can be seen at one of the many local festivals. The most spectacular of them include vibrant and even slightly frightening fire shows and fireworks.
Another aspect of local culture that cannot be ignored is the cuisine. The region of the Catalan Pyrenees is much more than the "seafood and rice" Costa Bras, famous for its hot and hearty meat dishes. The most popular of them are Vedella dels Pirineus Catalan, local sausage, butifarra, mixed roast called Escudella. It is also worth paying tribute to the local cheeses, white wines, including sparkling ones, and mushroom dishes that go in the fall.