Alt Urgell is a region of the province of Lleida that is located in the Pyrenees. It is the second largest region in Catalunya, although it is also one of the least populated. Their Holiday cottages are located on land that allows you to do all kinds of activities in nature such as paragliding, hiking, canoeing among others. Its cultural wealth and its traditions are other attractions of this region. Take advantage and stay in one of the Holiday cottages in Alt Urgell.

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Do you know his story?

The first settlers of Alt Urgell are from the Neolithic period. Throughout its territory, more than a hundred megaliths have been found that are currently in a good state of conservation. The fact that the region is isolated has contributed to making the Roman presence minimal. In the Middle Ages it was part of the county of Urgell.

In the 15th century, it experienced conflicts with the Huguenots and bandits due to the fact that they systematically attacked the capital, La Seu d'Urgell. During the 17th century, the French intensified their attacks. All this caused the fortifications to be reinforced and during the French War the Seu was one of the main bastions of border defense. With the arrival of the 20th century, the dairy industry was implemented. After the Spanish Civil War the region had a strong urban and commercial growth. In fact, in 1992, during the Barcelona Olympic Games , it was designated as an Olympic venue.

What can you do in Alt Urgell and its Holiday cottages?

Alt Urgell has an important natural heritage, as you can see if you visit the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. During the winter you can do activities in the snow such as Nordic skiing at the resorts of Tuixent-La Vansa and Sant Joan de l'Erm. On the other hand, museums are also very important. The Museu Diocesà de l'Urgell and the Museu de les Trementinaires stand out. In La Seu d'Urgell, specifically in the Parc Olímpic del Segre, you can do water activities such as canoeing or rafting.

10 ideas to enjoy Alt Urgell

  • La Seu d'Urgell, a capital with great charm.
  • The route of the 10 dolmens, discovering prehistory.
  • Discover Romanesque architecture.
  • Enjoy the snow.
  • Water activities for everyone.
  • He lives his traditions.
  • Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, a unique natural space.
  • Visit its museums.
  • Take a hiking route.
  • Taste its gastronomy.

La Seu d'Urgell, a capital with great charm

One of the main tourist destinations of Alt Urgell is its capital, La Seu d'Urgell. It stands out for having an important monumental heritage such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria, which houses the Diocesan Museum, where important works of sacred art are preserved. Walking through the historic center you will see stately homes and buildings such as Ca l'Armenter which was the residence of Papa Luna's family. Also of great relevance is the Medieval Market, an event that fills the town's streets with music, theater and local products.

The route of the 10 dolmens, discovering prehistory

In Alt Urgell you can find important prehistoric vestiges. From Organyà there is a route that allows you to discover a set of prehistoric dolmens that are in a very good state of conservation. You can do this route by bike and it passes places of great interest such as the Romanesque church of Sant Serni, the Molí de Favà or the hermitage of Santa Fe, from where you can enjoy splendid views of the territory.

Discover Romanesque architecture

Romanesque art has left a great mark on Alt Urgell. One of its greatest exponents is the Seu d'Urgell cathedral. It dates from the 12th century and is the only Romanesque cathedral in Catalonia. During the year 1950 it was restored. Its cloister stands out with four galleries with decorated capitals. Be sure to visit the church of Sant Serni de Tavèrnoles, a 9th century building of Visigothic origin declared a Cultural Property of National Interest.

Enjoy the snow

In winter, Alt Urgell is a land that invites you to do numerous activities in the snow. At the Sant Joan de l'Erm ski resort you can go cross-country skiing. Founded in 1970, its location in the Alt Pirineu Natural Park allows you to enjoy a unique natural environment. Its slopes reach Port Ainé and the maximum elevation is 2050 meters. You can also visit the Tuixent-La Vansa station. It has 30 kilometers of cross-country skiing tracks with a maximum height of 2150 meters. On the other hand, there are itineraries that can be done with snowshoes.

Water activities for everyone

For water sports lovers, Alt Urgell has Olympic equipment that was the venue for the canoeing events of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Specifically, it is the Parc Olímpic del Segre. An 800-metre canal that runs parallel to the Segre River and is located in La Seu d'Urgell. The range of activities you can do is very wide. On the one hand, rafting, canoeing or water sledding stand out. On the other hand, you can go on rowing boats or one of the mountain bike routes organized by the La Seu-Alt Urgell Mountain Bike Centre.

He lives his traditions

Popular traditions and festivals are deeply rooted in Alt Urgell. Throughout the year, numerous events are held that are of great interest. In Coll de Nargó the Baixada de Rais is celebrated, a festival that celebrates the profession of raiers, who were responsible for transporting the sap from the trees of the Pyrenees to the interior and coast of Catalunya. Throughout the day you will see how the rays go down the Segre River as it was done in the past. Music also has a marked presence in the region. Arsèguel hosts the Pirineu Accordionists' Meeting, one of the most important diatonic accordion festivals in Europe.

Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, a unique natural space

One of the most important natural spaces in Catalonia is the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. It stands out for its abundant vegetation. In fact, it is estimated that there are more than 1400 plant species. The fauna is also very varied. One of the symbols of the park is the black woodpecker. Throughout the park you will find signposted itineraries that can be done on foot or by bike. On the other hand, the towns in the park maintain their medieval centers and Romanesque churches.

Visit its museums

If you like visiting museums, Alt Urgell has a wide range of museum centres. In the capital is the Museu Diocesà de l'Urgell. This center was founded in 1956 and has numerous liturgical objects, images, paintings and goldsmithing from the 10th to the 18th century. In Tuixén is the Trementinaires Museum, dedicated to the craft of manufacturing healing ointments with medicinal plants. It was inaugurated in 1998 and organizes trips to look for aromatic and medicinal plants.

Take a hiking route

The upper part of the Segre river basin is occupied by Alt Urgell. Its natural and landscape wealth is very extensive. There are many itineraries that you can do and that have different levels of difficulty, so they are suitable for all ages. If you like mountains , you can go on excursions that reach peaks such as the Saloria peak at 2789 meters or Volturó at 2649 meters. On the other hand, you can take a trip to the Vansa valley and enjoy an atmosphere where calm and tranquility reign.

Taste its gastronomy

Gastronomy in this regionstands out for its quality and for using local ingredients. Some of the best-known dishes are the potatoes at the buffet or the snails from the Paramola. Cassolas al tros, a local dish based on rabbit, snails and lenegues, are also very popular. You can't leave without tasting the cheeses and butters, especially the goat cheese.

Frequently asked questions about rural accommodation in Alt Urgell

How far from Alt Urgell is the nearest beach?

The nearest beaches are just 120 km away from Alt Urgell in a straight line. Discover the best beaches of the Catalan coast from our rural houses.

How far from Barcelona is Alt Urgell?

Alt Urgell is only 119 km away from Barcelona as the crow flies. Our charming houses await you there!

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