Guimerà, the most charming medieval town in Catalonia?


Is Guimerà the most beautiful medieval town in Catalonia? Hard answer, right? Besalú, Peratallada, Pals, Begur, Castelló d'Empúries, Monells, Tavertet, Montblanc, Conesa, Ripoll, ... do we continue? Taking advantage of our route by car through Terres de Lleida, we have had the opportunity to know the medieval helmets of both Montfalcó Murallat and Guimerà out of season (the latter receives enough tourism on important dates) and, without fear of being wrong, I can say that it is how to get into a decorated frozen in time With many secrets to discover. For example, did you know that the parish church of Guimerà houses a replica of the one known as the Altarpiece of Guimerá that was painted by Ramón de Mur between 1402 and 1412?

Possibly Guimerà if it is one of the most charming medieval villages in Lleida, without a doubt

Visit to the medieval town of Guimerà, our experience

Located halfway along the Corb River, at 555 m altitude, a stepped town whose unique urban organization and architecture leaves the visitor speechless. This is the medieval town of Guimerà in the Urgell region and the view from its lower part parallel to the river early in the day is worthy of a first walk

There are several options for breakfast or lunch in this part of the villa on both sides of the river, which is a good idea to gain strength before facing the visit that we will make from the bottom to the top

A guidance map of the route the streets of Guimerà can be the following (based on the itinerary proposed in the Guimerà official website)

Perceiving Guimerà's charm is not complicated at the moment you enter through its labyrinth of streets with the aim of reaching the Church of Santa María or the Tower at its height

It can be considered that the start of the walk must go through its 12th century Plaza Mayor where some of the few businesses in the old area are located, to go up through arches and galleries through the different cobbled streets, at that point there is also the Guimerà Museum But it only opens on Saturdays and Sundays in the morning.

He conservation status is extraordinary and the tour is a show of elements to get covered streets or overpasses between buildings to communicate the houses on both sides of the street, exits at different heights by attics or marked shields or doors that denote the old life of some bourgeois

It goes without saying that the main constructive element is the stone accompanied by decorative details in doors and windows, which leave an impressive medieval setting

Unfortunately, from the middle part of the city, the scenario is literal and people barely live. One of the main reasons could be that the whole town suffers the phenomenon of cracking their homes, accused in the pipes, possibly due to an important settlement of the land. However, this is still small and there are some decades left for the traveler to appreciate


There is a cultural project with more than 8 years of life that has its origin in the right to the weekly market of Guimerà granted by Jaime II on July 18, 1294 and recognized in 1417 by King Alfonso the Magnanimo. It is done in the August month of each year and gathers in the best possible medieval framework a large number of artisan products and old crafts, shows and more activities.

We face the last part of the climb stopping the time in that S.X and now allows you to see the roofs of the villa from the best perspective

With some calories burned we arrive at one of the jewels of Guimerá, the church of Santa Maria

This parish church built between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries is located on a large rock just below the ruins of the castle and is especially surprised by an interior full of colors and its apse with a Alabaster altarpiece made by Josep María Jujol, disciple of Gaudí

But the treasures do not end there because Ramon de Mur, the main representative painter of the first international Gothic of the Tarragona school, has a presence in a side chapel. It is a replica of his best work made between 1402 and 1412 called"Great Altarpiece of Santa Maria de Guimerà" consisting of 23 preserved tablets (of the 32 originals) with scenes from the old and new testaments. They are currently preserved in the Vich Episcopal Museum where it was ceded in the 19th century.

Guimerà's last secret is more obvious. This is the symbol of the city, that cylindrical tower visible from any part that encompasses all the ruins of what must have been a imposing strength in the S.X and S.XI built with strategic function during the Reconquest over an old Iberian settlement to defend the region of La Segarra. It is possible to climb the tower thanks to some stairs enabled to get the best views of the city

The landscape from here lets us see typical rainfed crops such as cereals, vineyards, olive and almond trees with pine and oak vegetation before descending again, this time on the other side of one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Catalonia, without a doubt any, don't you think?

Practical data to plan your visit

How to get to Guimerà?

Guimerà is located 14 km from Tàrrega that has access with the N-II and A-2. From there on the C-14 (Andorra-Montblanc) there is no loss since 9 km from Tàrrega, on the left you take the local road that leads to Vallfogona de Riucorb

If you come from Lleida or Tarragona you have a journey of 1h and if you do from Barcelona it will be 1h 30min. Finding free parking along the walkway built parallel to the river has no major problem.

How to visit the ruins of the castle, the museum or the parish church of Guimerà? Are there guided tours?

Access to castle ruins and watchtower (by an external aluminum ladder enabled) is free and free of schedules. He Guimerà museum It only opens on Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Parish Church of Santa María Open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

It is possible to obtain other access schedules or guided visits to the town of Guimerà Contacting the City Council on 973 30 30 38 (if you are interested only in the Church you can arrange a visit on 973 30 30 45)

What to visit nearby can complete the getaway?

2 km from the town is the Hermitage - Sanctuary of La Bovera, on top of a hill at 589 m. It is also possible to visit theruins of Santa María de Vallsanta, a gothic church with large windows. If you are looking for a different experience, get in touch with Olea Soul, beyond traditional tourism. We did with them a walk among olive groves, snack with oil tasting, craft beers and local gastronomic products, enjoying a beautiful sunset

Do not forget to try their craft beers enjoying the landscapes of almond trees in the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčArbeca or Espluga Calva.

Where to eat in Guimerà?

Some of the most recommended options that you should evaluate if you want to eat in the area are:

The Cabana, one of the best options in the area with very elaborate menus (with 6 or 7 dishes to choose from and options like foal tartare and trinxat with egg)
The Cau de Guimerà, option for those looking for simple food of mixed dishes or snacks
Rocallaura Cafe restaurant, one of the great surprises of our trip with homemade food cooked with zero kilometer products and a very cheap lunchtime menu.

The atmosphere is extraordinary, such is that it attracts neighbors and tourists from all over the world to be able to buy products from the area (it is also a shop) such as craft beers, olives, honey, ...

Where to sleep near here?

Guimerà does not have too many sleeping options since it is usually more considered as a visit. However, if you decide to sleep, the best options would go through:

Hotel Balneario de Vallfogona de Riucorb, 3 km and with medicinal water treatments in the area, plus a great menu for dinner
Lleida Hostel, located in the 17th-century Roser convent and with an excellent restaurant inside the same church

And what do you think? Is Guimerà the most beautiful medieval town in Catalonia? Whether or not, we hope this article will help you prepare your future getaway to one of the best preserved villas in Terres de Lleida

Isaac, from Guimerà (Lleida)