The Urgell region, in the province of Lleida, it is one of the most charming and historic areas in all of Spain. Throughout the region there are true medieval wonders nestled in a beautiful environment that make this part of the Iberian Peninsula an ideal destination for those looking to relax for a few days in a weekend getaway, And there are many small towns in it, but full of historical buildings that are worth visiting.

One of the most beautiful towns in the Urgell region is lfrom Vilagrassa, Located just half an hour by car from Lleida and a quarter of an hour from the impressive Organyà waterfalls. This small, but beautiful town, in addition to having an incredible 13th century church, It also has one of the most curious buildings in all of Catalonia and is reminiscent of one of the most famous constructions.

Very close to the city of Madrid, we can visit some very charming towns, such as Buitrago de Lozoya, Patones de Arriba or Chinchón.  The latter is not only part of the association of The Most Beautiful Towns in Spain, but also has a magnificent Parador where you can sleep surrounded by history.

The Parador inside a historic monastery in one of the most beautiful towns in Madrid

The Vilagrassa church and its inclined bell tower

Church of Santa Maria in Vilagrassa.
Church of Santa Maria in Vilagrassa.

This town of just 600 inhabitants can boast of having two incredible buildings. The first is the Church of Saint Mary, Built between the 13th and 14th centuries and has numerous altars spread throughout the temple. Although it has been renovated over the years, it still retains its artistic wealth, such as its post-war altarpiece or its various religious carvings.

But without a doubt, the most peculiar part of the entire Church of Santa María is the bell tower, which may remind us of the famous tower of Pisa, since it is slightly inclined towards the temple itself, creating a curious image. Although it does not have as much angle as the famous monument of the Italian city, it is still peculiar that this part, erected at the same time as the rest of the building, is so tilted. Furthermore, one of the four gargoyles that decorate the top of the construction was lost many years ago, so only three corners are ornamented.

Aerial view of the Cantabrian town of Comillas.

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For all these reasons, the town of Vilagrassa is a magnificent option for a short rural getaway far from the bustling city, and it is also perfect for making excursions to other locations from the incredible region of Urgell, such as Puigverd d’Agramunt, Guimerà or Tàrrega, which are also worth visiting and will delight tourists.

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