Vinaixa valley

Located in the Garrigues region, this is a natural area with a remarkable combination of agriculture and forests.

Vinaixa Valley is an area of nature interest located in the north-east of Les Garrigues region and has a surface area of 3,024 hectares. It is made up of two sectors. The north corresponds to the headwaters of the Vinaixa Valley, and the south is situated in the Tossal Rodó mountain range, between Les Garrigues and La Conca de Barberà.

This is an area with a remarkable combination of agriculture and forests that promotes diversity and is home to highly valued species of wildlife such as the Bonelli's eagle.

VIRTUAL TOUR

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  • KNOW THE PLACE

    The headwaters of the Vinaixa torrent, included in this area, are characterized by a series of gullies oriented from south to north, which carry the waters to the torrent of Vinaixa. Separating the valleys are some uplands a little over 650 metres high.

    The torrent of Vinaixa, also called the Espariguera torrent, is born under the Hospital hill in Tarrés. It passes through the northern part of village of Vinaixa and traces a path north west (passing near the hermitage of Sant Bonifaci and La Floresta) until at the northern tip of Les Borges Blanques it meets the Trull torrent, which comes from L'Espluga Calba and the ubacs of the Tallat mountain range, and together they form the Femosa torrent, a tributary on the left side of the river Segre.

    The area's vegetation is dominated by a mosaic of masses of Aleppo pine forests, kermes oak thickets combined with agricultural areas that cultivate olives, almonds, grapes and cereals.

    In these landscapes, we must highlight the large amount of folk architecture: stone cabins, wells, drystone walls - above all the Blanco or Bessó drystone wall which is possibly the most spectacular in Catalonia -, lime kilns, etc.

    Also worth noting is the numerous fountains present in the space, which have paved margins and ponds and banks where you can rest and enjoy the environment, such as Fontfreda, in Tarrés; the Marieta and Ventoses fountains, in Fulleda, and the fountains of least flow of water include the Sivines, the Macot and the Quadrat, in Vinaixa.


    FLORA AND VEGETATION

    The vegetation is dominated by masses of Aleppo pine forests and, to a lesser extent, kermes oak thickets, combined with agricultural areas where olive trees and almond trees are cultivated, with some clearings for cereals.

    In the forests of the shadier slopes of this area we find Aleppo pine, holm oak, Valencian oak, strawberry tree and even Scots pine.


    WILDLIFE

    Mammals are represented by insectivores: the North African hedgehog, the European hedgehog, the greater white-toothed shrew; rodents: the garden dormouse, the field mouse, the brown rat, the western Mediterranean mouse, the Mediterranean pine vole, and the squirrel.

    The types of mustelidae that are resident in the area include: the weasel, the beech marten and the ferret. There is abundance of wild boars and, to a lesser extent, roe deer and the fox. There are also rabbits and some examples of hare.

    In terms of reptiles, the ocellated lizard is very common.


    BIRDS (ORNITHOLOGY)

    The Vinaixa Valley is a scattering area for young Bonelli's eagle individuals, from the Catalan pre-coastal and coastal mountain ranges as well as from other areas of the Mediterranean and Iberian Peninsula, and southern France, where it nests in scarps and cliffs.

    At the end of summer, the young leave their birthplace and take up an independent life for two or three years, until finally they end up settling in their own territory and find a mate. This initial period of life of eagles is called dispersal.

    Other birds of prey such as the short-toed snake eagle, the golden eagle, the booted eagle, the common kestrel and the Eurasian eagle-owl also inhabit the area.

    There also birds such as the stone-curlew, the European nightjar, the greater short-toed lark, the Thekla's lark, the woodlark, the tawny pipit, the black wheatear, the dartford warbler and the ortolan bunting.

  • VISIT US

    There are various signposted routes that start out from the villages of Vinaixa, Tarrés and Fulleda and follow paths and ways that cross through hollows and ridges that make up this area.

    In these itineraries you will find private and public heritage elements linked to dry stone and the use of water: pools, wells, cisterns, rain tanks, fountains and walls which, in most cases, are well preserved.

    ITINERARIES

    The dryland water paths

    The viewpoints and fountains of Fulleda route

    TO COMPLEMENT THE VISIT

    You can visit the Les Garrigues tourism website and consult more routes in Les Garrigues region.

  • EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES

    VINAIXA

    Bar El Sol
    Ctra. de Lleida, 31
    Tel. (+34) 647 595 797

    Bar Skoda
    Ctra. de l'Albi, 6
    Tel. (+34) 680 608 382 / (+34) 973 175 606


    TARRÉS

    El Sindicat de Tarrés
    ATL-000001 - Tourist Apartment
    C. de Montserrat, s/n
    Tel. (+34) 973 175 676 / (+34) 697 268 021
    http://www.elsindicattarres.com

    Accommodation El Pati
    Bookings: (+34) 973 402 045 (Castells de Lleida)
    HUTL-000379
    C. de les Eres, 14
    (+34) 973 175 648
    http://www.elpatidetarres.com

    El Sindicat de Tarrés
    Restaurant
    C. de Montserrat, s/n
    Tel. (+34) 973 175 676 / (+34) 697 268 021
    http://www.elsindicattarres.com

    Parador de Tarrés
    Restaurant
    Ctra. N-240, km 50
    Tel. (+34) 973 175 817


    FULLEDA

    Cal Jordi
    HUTL-000889 - Tourism accommodation
    C. de la Bassa, 4
    Tel. (+34) 610 510 423 / (+34) 607 810 124
    jordi.arbosg(ELIMINAR)@gmail.com
    http://www.agroturisme-km0-fulleda.cat/


    L'ESPLUGA CALBA

    Cal Tresó - Tourism accommodation
    HUTL-000014
    C. de Montblanc, 33 
    Tel. (+34) 669 836 897
    http://www.caltreso.net

    Bar restaurant Casa Nostra
    Pl. del Pou, 9
    Tel. (+34) 680 591 955


    ELS OMELLONS

    Restaurant El Drac
    C. de Sant Miquel, 9
    Tel. (+34) 973 156 306

    Bar El Casal
    Pl. Major, 13 / C. de Francesc Macià
    Tel. (+34) 973 156 066

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