Like many Pyrenean counties, Pallars Jussa is a great place to do all kinds of mountain sports. However, besides that, this county also offers the chance to do some interesting archeological, architectural, or even paleontological site seeing.
In fact, this part of Lleida province is known as one of the best areas in Europe for studying the ecosystems from the end of the dinosaur era.
Along with the tremendous paleontological wealth of Pallars Jussa, there are also a number of Romanesque style churches, and some important military architecture too. Including several medieval castles, and about 25 defensive tower, which line the Sierra of Montsec.
The castle of Santa Maria de Mur, which sits atop a steep rocky hill, is one of the most important monuments in Pallars Jussa, and has been declared a Historical and Artistic Monument of Spain.
The earliest documents related to the castle date back to the year 969, and in 1053 it became a strategic location for the re-conquest of the country from the Muslims.
If you venture inside the ancient walled area, you’ll also find the Collegiate(A church, other than a cathedral, having a chapter of canons), and the Santa Maria de Mur church, both in Romanesque style.
Another interesting thing to do in Pallars Jussa, is to see a concert or show, with the backdrop of an ancient setting.
Usually in summer, a series of concerts and performances take place in Medieval castles and buildings of various districts in the Catalonia Pyrenees.
For the concert programme, consult the official web site:
Water is this region’s most important resource. And, for centuries, the strength of these rivers has been used to power mills, operate forges and to transport timber in the form of the famous river rafts.
These traditions are revived every summer at the Baixada dels Raier (River Raft Descent Festival) in- La Pobla de Segur.
Pallars Jussa Castles
Mur castle is located in the region of El Pallars Jussà, 3,5 km.from Guàrdia de Noguera, 14 km from Tremp, capital of the region, 46 km from Artesa de Segre and 78 km from Lleida.
How to get there:
By car: at the C-13 crossroads, follow the LV-9124 which gets directly to the castle.
By train: nearest train stations: Cellers (6 km) and Tremp (14 km)
By bus: Regular line until Tremp (14 km).
Saturdays : 17.00 h., 18.00 h. and 19.00 h.(Except November, December, January, February and March).
Sundays : 11.00 h., 12.00 h. y 13.00 h.
This castle, built in the 11th century, sits on top of a hill to the north of the village of Llordà.
It’s one of the most important examples of non-religious, residential architecture from the Middle Ages, and one of the best preserved in all of Catalonia.
This castle sits on a hill that rises up behind the village of Orcau. It was built between the end of the 12th and 13th century.
The castle has a unique square ground plan, which at one point had circular towers at each of its four corners.
Some of the mural paintings that once decorated its apse can now be found in the National Art Museum of Catalonia, in Barcelona.
Pallars Jussa Villages
Sitting halfway up the Noguera Pallaresa valley, is Tremp- the capital of the Pallars Jussa county.
The territory of Tremp actually covers about thirty small rural towns, making it the largest municipality in Catalonia.
The untouched natural surroundings of this area make for many nice routes, and of course, the opportunity to do all kinds of outdoor activities.
Especially hiking, mountaineering and even sailing on the Sant Antoni reservoir.
Tremp has a pretty historic quarter which maintains its medieval layout, as well as several defensive towers, once belonging to the city’s old wall.
Tremp, and surrounding area- Highlights
- Basilica de Valldeflors
- Local District Natural Science Museum
- Passeig del Vall, 13
- The Manyanet Manor House, Tremp
- Museum of la Conca Dellà
- C/ del Museu, 4
- 25650 Isona and Conca Dellà (El Pallars Jussà)
- The Mur castle
- Orcau Castle
- Llordà Castle
Paleontological Sites and Dinosaur Remains:
- La Conca Dellà
- An extraordinary collection of paleontological remains that date back to the end of the Cretaceous period (between 65 and 75 million years ago).
- They include the remains of dinosaur bones, eggs and footprints.
- * See above for address.
- Basturs Poble
- One of the most important sites in the area, and in Europe.
- With a collection of over 500 different dinosaur and crocodile remains.
- Orcau– Ichnological remains (fossil footprints)
- La Posa (near Isona)
- Rafter’s Day
- Month: July
- La Pobla de Segur
- (El Pallars Jussà)
- A day of celebration in which tribute is paid to the people who used to carry tree trunks, goods and even passengers down the river Noguera Pallaresa on hand-made log rafts.
- Fira Boletus
- Fira del Bolet d’Isona i Conca Dellà (Mushroom Fair)
- Month: October
- In Pallars Jussà.
- Fair dedicated to the mushroom and its derivatives.
- Gastronomic display and mushroom competition/exhibition. With a traditional craft market.
- Fira de l’Arbre i del Pessebre (Tree and Nativity Scene Fair)
- Salàs de Pallars
- In Pallars Jussà
- Month: DecemberDisplay and market of Christmas trees, nativity scene figures and decorations.
- Sant Antoni
- Held in Tremp.
- Month: January (Usually around the 19th.)A celebration with agricultural origins which includes traditional dances, markets and tasting of typical products.
- Spring Fair of Tremp
- Month: MayA traditional trade fair which has been held since 1964. Motor show; exhibition of local products and cuisine, including a market; and various other activities.
- Lifestock Fair of La Pobleta de Bellveí
- Held in La Pobleta de Bellveí, (Pallars Jussà)
- Month: OctoberThis is one of the most important fairs in the Pyrenees; strongly linked to traditional products like the “girella” (a typical local cured lamb sausage). With an exhibition of traditional craft products.
- Quince Fair
- Month: October
- Demonstrations and markets of typical cuisine, and products from Pallars Jussa.
- Fira d’Art (Art Fair)
- Salàs de Pallars
- Pallars Jussà
- Month: AugustExhibition by painters from all over Catalonia.
- Takes place in the setting of an old porched, straw-yard in the historic centre of the village.
- Month: June
- Includes a display of medicinal plants, household remedies, traditional crafts, agro(cultural)-food and ecological products.
Typical dishes of Pallars Jussa
- Girella– a lamb based sausage
- Solís and secallona– Pork-based dishes, pork products like xoriço (chorizo), secallona and gossets, and cured sausages.
- Poultry and game dishes– perdius amb col (partridges with cabbage, conill amb carreretes (rabbit with St. George’s agaric)
- Escudella– A thick soup, often made with vegetables, chickpeas, pasta and meat.
- Carn d’olla (hot pot)
- Trucha– fresh river trout
- Coca, or Coques de samfaina-pizza-type savoury pastry with ratatouille.
- Cargols amb salsa– snails in sauce.
Wild mushrooms are also an important ingredient in this area’s gastronomy.
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