Lleida capital city

Despite its many charms and attractions, Lleida (el Segrià – Spain) remains a relatively unknown city. Visitors interested in history and art are sure to find an interesting variety of buildings that show how different cultures have left their mark on the city. These include Roman and Medieval ruins and much more recent constructions, such as La PaeriaEl Palau de la Diputació. Other interesting structures include numerous Catalan Modernist (Art Nouveau) buildingsthe new Enric Granados Municipal Auditorium and the old cathedral (known locally as La Seu Vella). La Seu Vella is an exceptional Romanesque-Gothic style building that towers over the city from its position on top of the hill of the same name and the Templar Castle of Gardeny

There are also a number of interesting parks: La Mitjana an area of parkland running along the banks of the river Segre, which offers various leisure facilities, the romantic Camps Elisis park... The irrigated area around the city also offers pleasant rural settings that are simply ideal for bicycle rides. 

Those who like to have fun and enjoy a good time will not be disappointed in Lleida, as this is a lively city both during the day and at night and one that offers an interesting range of traditional festivals and celebrations. Important local events include: Les Festes de Maig,or May festival; the Moros i Cristians, festival, in which battles between Moors and Christians are re-enacted; the Fira de Titelles, a puppet festival; the one and only Aplec del Caragol, which attracts thousands of local people and visitors who share an interest in eating snails and partying; and the Festes de Tardor, or Autumn Festival, which has a more cultural focus. Neither should we forget a number of other important festivities, including Carnival, Easter and La Processió dels Fanalets de Sant Jaume (a lantern procession).

It is impossible to complete this summary without mentioning the Monumental Route, the many museums in the city: the Jaume Morera Art Museum and Diocese and Local District Museum of Lleida. The amount of drama and cinema on offer of the city is quite remarkable, with the Mostra de Cinema Llatinoamericà de Lleida, which is usually held in January, Lleida puppet Theatre Festival, Conference and Congress of Lleida - La Llotja providing a good example of what is available. 

On the subject of reasons for visiting Lleida (el Segrià – Spain), visitors are also reminded of the city’s many interesting and attractive shops.


Gardeny castle

Contact information:



Gardeny castle

Turisme de Lleida - C/Major, 31 bis
25007, Lleida
Web: www.turismedelleida.com
Email: infoturisme@paeria.es
902 250050




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  • In the second half of the 12th century, the Order of the Knights Templar built a monastery complex on the strategic hill of Gardeny (El Segrià - Spain). This hill had previously been used as a base for military operations and had been visited by such brilliant strategists as Julius Caesar, who confronted Afranius and Petreius, two supporters of Pompey, who had established themselves in Ilerda in 49 B.C. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the original medieval complex was extended and turned into a new military fort. The new design corresponded to contemporary defensive needs associated with developments in artillery and saw the introduction of walls flanked by bastions and surrounded by vast spaces, moats and retaining walls. The present form of this monumental complex corresponds to the remains of what was once an impressive fortress.

    The Castle of Gardeny in Lleida and the castles of Miravet, Monzón, Peñíscola and Tortosa all form part of the Domus Templi, Templar route. This offers a journey through time that takes history-lovers back in time and enables them to discover important aspects of Templar heritage and this legacy of the former Crown of Aragon.


    One day, long ago, in the year 1156, the cold walls of the tower of the Castell de Gardeny (Castle of Gardeny) bore witness to the appointment of Fra Pere de Cartellà as commander of the Casa de Gardeny (House of Gardeny). The long and difficult siege of the Muslim city had recently ended and that was no doubt remembered by the austere community of the order.

    Today, more than 800 years later, we can discover what the Casa Templera de Gardeny used to be like. We can find out about and relive the ideals of the Order of the Temple, and understand how this monastic order used to live. The Centre d’Interpretació de l’Ordre del Temple de Gardeny (Centre for Interpreting the Order of the Temple) sets the scene for showing the history of that time. The presentation at the Centre d'Interpretació takes visitors on an audiovisual tour of the history of the Order of the Temple and the Command of Gardeny and a trip to the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries and the period of the crusades and the re-conquest, which is divided into four sections:

    • A historical introduction to the 11th century.
    • The Order of the Temple.
    • The Order of the Crown of Aragon.
    • The Command of Gardeny.

    For more information and to arrange visits: Turisme de Lleida