The Lleida Province lies near the corner of north-eastern Spain, on the borders of both France and Andorra. Renowned as one of the country's fruit growing hotbeds, the Lleida Province is a popular destination for those seeking either a relaxing break or a skiing holiday, with high-quality accommodation options to be found around the area, such as renovated farmhouses and newly-constructed townhouses.
The city of Lleida draws many visitors every year with its historical sites and all of the modern attractions that you would expect of a medium-sized Spanish city, but the remainder of Lleida province consists mainly of farmland, fruit crops and smaller towns and villages, making for a relaxing environment for those looking to get away from it all. Nature lovers and those with a particular interest in outdoor activities will be at home here, as there are many walks, hikes and wildlife spotting options to pursue. The far north of the province is all about skiing and winter sports, with the locals claiming their territory to offer some of the best slopes in the Pyrenees.
The city of Lleida (often also spelt 'Lerida' in English) is the capital of the province, and the biggest city of inland Catalonia, being the home of over 30% of the province’s residents. It is also one of the oldest towns in Catalonia, and as a result is the home of some interesting historical buildings. These include the 18th Century Seu Vella Cathedral – which is built in both Gothic and Romanesque styles, and the former hospital – which is also built in the Gothic style, and is now home to an interesting museum and visitor centre.
Those looking for a skiing and winter sports holiday should head to the north of the Lleida Province, and in particular the area around Vielha. This is the main town in the area for shops, bars, restaurants and accommodation, and offers close and easy access to the Bacquiera-Beret ski resort, which has over 100km of runs for skiers of all levels of ability, as well as many other outdoor sports options to suit the weather.
The climate in the Lleida Province can vary depending on whereabouts you decide to locate yourself. The area around the city of Lleida experiences warm summers and cool winters, whilst the area in the north of the province is more suited to skiing and winter sports, as winter temperatures are a few degrees lower and snowfall is naturally higher.
There is a new airport currently under construction in Lleida, but until then visitors will have to find the closest viable alternative to their chosen accommodation, usually Barcelona. It is worth noting that if you are holidaying in the far north of the province, you may be able to find cheaper and more convenient flights to French destinations such as Toulouse than to Spanish destinations.