The city of Lleida has a series of spaces that allow its inhabitants to be in contact in a very fast and ecological way with nature. The same council of Lleida organizes a series of activities that teach you to understand and respect the various ecosystems that surround the city. In addition, there are also public and private spaces dedicated to promoting the landscape, fauna and flora that are close to the city. Lleida is not a big city, but its environment and heritage are.
The Estany d’Ivars and Vila-Sana is a lake located between Ivars d’Urgell and Vila-Sana. The distance between the city of Lleida and the lake is 32 kilometres.
It has an area 156,84 hectares, being the biggest lake of Catalonia. The Estany gets the water from the Urgell canal and flows into the Corb river.
In 1951, during the Franco dictatorship, the promoters of the Proyecto del Saneamiento, a project to obtain more farmland, carried out the drying and finally the disappearance of the lake, against the will of the people.
After a long process, they managed to recover the lake in 2009, this caused an increase in the flora and fauna of the lake.
Almatret is located at the western end of the Segrià and is very close to the Ebro River. It is a village where you can enjoy incredible natural landscapes, cycle routes, follow the old trenches or discover the coal mines.
The Tossals “(or small mountains) of Almatret are located on the wide waters of the Ebro, at the southern limit of the Aiguabarreig -the confluence of three rivers: the Segre, Cinca and Ebro. There are several water activities available, including sport fishing. You can also enjoy this environment by hiking or biking to discover the memories of the Civil War. It is an area of natural interest protected in 1992 by the government of Catalonia.
La Granadella, Torrebesses and el Cogul are villages near the city of Lleida which are few known but are sustainable villages with agricultural life. These towns are very interesting to visit to know the character and traditions from the people of Les Garrigues, the region where are located these three villages.