Unsuspected Lleida: Seven places you wouldn't expect to find


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There are companies that give them a commitment to contemporary creativity in a big way. And one of them is Sorigué, a construction company that already had a headquarters in Lleida, where they exhibit their interesting collection of current art. Not satisfied with this, since this year they have chosen to make their quarry and logistics center in Balaguer an exhibition space more, as if the industrial environment were a stimulant and not an element of estrangement.

The initiative, called La Planta, not only consists of hosting works, but also hosting concerts (the foundation actively collaborates with the SONAR festival), contemporary dance and all kinds of performances.

However, for those who are only interested in the curious dialogue between sculptures and pedruscos, the different exhibitions that are programmed here ensure that the work itself is not valued as much as its disposition and its relationship with the environment, as if the museography ( in this case nonexistent) it was one more art.

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That Modernism, after triumphing in the cities, conquered the rural world is something that can be verified throughout the province. Not surprisingly, one of the successes of the Commonwealth (regional government during the Restoration) was to encourage cooperatives and finance them with banks that, in the end, ended up imposing Gaudí's following architects.

However, this building located in the Pobla de Segur is earlier than this time . Here the first rarity. The second, which is located in an area away from the agricultural lung of Catalonia, closer to the Ebro and the plains. And the third, which is a Modernism more decorative than architectural.

Not surprisingly, the straight line rules in this Romanesque-looking ship. However, ceramics, floral motifs and color stand out in a building that, next to the Mauri House, overflows in this flirtatious prosperous town because it is where the mountain streams become rivers and reservoirs.


Visiting the Bohí Valley is almost an obligation for every cultural traveler to preserve unique Romanesque churches for their fusion of influences. But here we have not come to talk about each one of them, but to focus on how progress has affected their way of exhibiting.

And it is that in San Clemente impresses the projection of Videomapping that reveals and details how the paintings of his apse were before they were transferred to the MNAC of Barcelona.

A simple projection, without fireworks and without extra paraphernalia. Only a gift that helps to locate and understand the succession of figures, medieval iconography and its relationship with architecture.


The Montsec is much more than a bare mountain range cracked by sculptor rivers. His fame, beyond being a paradise for active tourism, comes from a sky free of light pollution and with a weather so benign that makes it perfect for observing the universe. Hence, in 2010, a series of state-of-the-art telescopes will be installed to gossip beyond the atmosphere.

Parallel to this grand opening, the Astronomic Park was created, a tremendously interesting space for dissemination since it manages to make this science sexy. How? Well, introducing visitors to real telescopes, teaching them how to use them and showing certain space wonders such as a nebula or a red dwarf. And all this with some nice, close and informed explanations that make any child dream of being an astronaut. And any adult.

Parc Astronomic de Montsec

Parc Astronomic de Montsec © PAM


We owe several things to the flirtatious population of Arbeca . The first, the Arbequina variety, an olive that the Duke of Medinaceli brought from the Jordan Valley and that took root very well in these lands from which he ended up taking the name and name.

The second, having been an impregnable home for the Iberians. This is what is discovered at the Els Vilars site where the military ingenuity with which it was raised surprises. It is a fortified town, designed to never be conquered, surrounded by strong walls that linked high towers and with a defensive moat at its feet. Its power, despite being in ruins, is still perceived when you walk among its alleys while its foundations act as a model to imagine this curious village that, like Asterix, was a hard bone for Carthaginians and Romans.

Yacimiento de Els Vilars

Site of Els Vilars © Site of Els Vilars


The association of Lleida plus hill, in 99.9% of minds, is resolved by mentioning the turó on which its magnificent cathedral-castle is built . However, the capital has another mound that saves, in turn, a surprise.

It is about Gardeny and its castle, an impoverished, lonely and semi-ruined construction that has seen its glory reborn in recent years. No, it is not a reconstruction or a rehabilitation, but a reinvention is a multimedia exhibition space that explains to all types of travelers who the Templars were and why they were so powerful. A curious route that is spilled in several scenarios and that is crowned with the ascent to its Tower of Tribute, from where the city and, finally, the turó, pose heroic.

Castell d'Encús

Castell d'Encús © Castell d'Encús


Costers del Segre is an unpopular DO outside its own borders. However, they have managed to make a small hole in the wrestled wine tourism map thanks to a rarity: the wineries that, despite being outdoors, are being used again to make fermentation in stone.

This curiosity preludes what is found in the payments of wineries such as Castell d'Encús or Finca Siós, winemakers who have made this remote legacy a singularity with which to differentiate and, in passing, with which to attract wine travelers.

Finca Siós

Finca Siós © Finca Siós