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Lleida is the region that we find in the west of Catalonia, being the only one of the four provinces without sea, is the one that we relate to the interior of Catalonia and the one that offers a great variety of landscapes, from the gorge of Mont-rebei, passing through the plain of Lleida, to the Park of the High Pyrenees.
Starting from the north, Lleida has a large part of the Catalan Pyrenees, this part is called the Pyrenees of Lleida and includes some of the most impressive Natural Parks in Catalonia, such as the Natural Park of the High Pyrenees and the Aigüestortes National Park and Lake of Sant Maurici. Two parks of high mountain ideal for lovers of hiking and mountaineering as we find high altitude peaks. These parks also stand out for the large number of lakes and ponds that they have, which bring a lot of life and create wonderful landscapes.
In the most southern part, in the Pre-Pyrenees, we come across the Natural Park of Cadí and Moixeró, a mountainous system of less altitude than the Pyrenees but with the same charm. It is an ideal place for mountain lovers, where you can do many activities, such as looking for mushrooms in autumn or enjoy the abundant wildlife of the area among which we highlight the time of the rutting of the deer in the months of September and October.
Lleida is a territory where culture is very alive. In the highest part of the Pyrenees, we find many villages and churches with a clear Romanesque style very characteristic of the area and which has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Also in this high mountain area, many traditions that are very impressive in the eyes of a stranger are still alive. The one that stands out the most is the torch descent that is done around San Juan in the different mountain towns of the area.
Thanks to the wonderful natural environment that the province of Lleida has, it also has a wide range of activities to do outdoors with a wide range of levels so that they can be done with children, friends, or as a couple.
All these sports or activities to do outdoors are divided between winter and summer since a large part of the adventure tourism in the area is exclusive to do with snow. Baqueira-Beret, Boí Taüll, Espot, and Port Ainé are the main ski resorts that can be found in Lleida where you can enjoy all kinds of activities related to snow, as well as the different skiing modalities.
Leaving aside the snow, in the mountain you can do many other adventure activities during the rest of the year such as rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, trekking, horse riding, ideal activities to do with family or friends.
The gastronomy of the Lleida region can be divided between the high mountain and the plain of Lleida. In the high mountain hot and caloric dishes that originally were used to combat the cold winters stand out. The Aranese pot, the escudella, or the mountain sausages are some examples of typical dishes of the Pyrenees.
Down to the flat, the cuisine changes, where dishes and preparations predominate that are composed of local products such as vegetables and meat from the area. The most outstanding dish of Lleida are the snails, a very special product that is difficult to find anywhere else and which is a must try. Other very delicious dishes from the Lleida region are cocas, empanadas, Agramunt nougat, and especially olive oil from the area.
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