Let’s start a trip through the Pyrenees and the Lands of Lleida to discover things that cannot be seen or touched, but which are there. This is a visit to the Lleida that we experience in each square, all over the immense plain, and in each valley of the Pyrenees. This is a journey through the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the thirteen comarques (local districts) of Lleida. It is an adventure that reveals the essence of its settlements and explains the pride that its inhabitants feel for their territory and their identity.
Visitors will discover the hidden culture that has united different generations of people in this territory over the centuries, via the River Segre, River Garonne, the Canals d’Urgell, the River Noguera Pallaresa and the River Noguera Ribagorçana. These waters have given life to a community that is proud of its past and which places great importance on projecting itself into the wider world. This is the land that guards hidden secrets in each of its traditions, customs and dialects. The people of Lleida have carried these with them since the dawn of time, in their folk dances, grandmothers’ recipes and ancestral rites.
The Intangible Cultural Heritage of the comarques of Lleida has a common thread that will lead visitors to discover the true nature of these comarques and their inhabitants. Visitors will enter a world of many and varied attractions: agricultural fairs, which reveal the treasures guarded by smallholder farmers and livestock herders; festes majors (local festivities) that bring together families and indeed whole villages; and falles (fire festivals) that pay homage to nature and to age-old beliefs and superstitions. Visitors can also sit at a table and savour a cuisine which reflects the best of what the earth can give and discover the, often difficult, reality of some of the trades of yesteryear.
Visitors will discover Intangible Cultural Heritage in every corner of Lleida; it is simply everywhere and in everything. Let’s travel to the very soul of Lleida and find what really gives meaning to the Pyrenees and the Lands of Lleida!