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Lerida is a Spanish city located in the west of Catalonia, an autonomous community. The city of Lerida was founded in the 6th century BC and in present has an area of 81.7 square miles and 140,000 residents. The official languages spoken in Lerida are Spanish and Catalan, but many of the locals also speak English, as the city is very popular among tourists. Notable people from Lerida include tennis player Albert Costa, singer Lorena and football players Bojan Krkic, Carles Puyol and Joan Capdevila. If you want to visit Lerida, there are some attractions you should not miss.
Top Attractions within Lerida
La Seu Vella or the Cathedral of Saint Mary of La Seu Vella is located on top of a hill from Lerida. The Gothic and Romanesque church was used by the Catholics, by the Muslims and by the military forces throughout the years. In present, it can be visited and it is a huge attraction of the city.
L'Aplec del Caragol is one of the most popular festivals of Lerida. The gastronomic festival is a tradition of the city since 1980 and in present each edition gathers about 200,000 participants. It is organized once a year and the theme of it is snail-eating, but it also includes music and competitions.
La Paeria is the city hall of Lerida and is located in Placa de la Paeria. The mayor of the town bears the name of “paer en cap” which actually means “man of peace” in Latin. The beautiful building in which he does his job is a splendid example of Catalan Gothic style.
La Llotja de Lerida is one of the newest attractions of the city. This is a theater which opened about two years ago. The construction of it begun in 2007 and was finalized in 2010 and the total cost of it was of 37 million euros. It is very beautiful and also very impressive, so if you are a fan of theater, you need to see at least a representation here.