Although many would say that Barcelona is the first city that comes to mind when talking about Catalonia, the heart and soul of the Catalan region is the city of Lleida. The tidy streets feel like a living museum, where every corner features some small piece of Catalonian history – culminating in the colossal Turo Sou Vella Cathedral which towers above the other buildings. With a superb selection of art galleries and festivals, the city also bears the trademarks of Catalonian creativity and the culture it produces.
As temperatures peak around 31°C in the summer and rarely drop to freezing in the winter, weather in Lleida is standard for northern Spain. The city boasts many picturesque parks that offer spectacular days in the sun – which is useful as the nearest beach is around 100km away. Lleida is a hidden gem and a fantastic destination with an irresistible combination of history, culture and climate.