Cervera


Within a relatively reduced space and limited time, visitors to Cervera (La Segarra) will find a very complete historical and artistic testimony. These records not only relate to the capital of La Segarra, but also to some of the most important milestones in the history of Catalonia.

The geographic location of Cervera, which occupies a hilltop site, has long conditioned the physical structure of the town, giving rise to its narrow streets, sloping neighbourhoods and covered alleys, which provoke thoughts of witches and Black Sabbats. As with the winding main street, everything adjusts to the town’s topography, while the defensive nature of the site has been made even more evident by the buttresses supported by its time-honoured walls.

At one end of the oldest part of the settlement, it is possible to find the gothic-style temple of Santa Maria and to observe the rugged austerity of the Casa de la Vila (Town Hall), which is only broken by the corbels that attach the balconies to the facade of the building. Further on, we find the university, which occupies a space that was once occupied by a neighbourhood of rural workers. In the north of Cervera, we find the railway station and a number of storage buildings amongst which the Sindicat building is perhaps the most imposing; this belonged to the institution which dominated and regulated the industry of Cervera during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


What to visit:

Monuments:

  • THE UNIVERSITY: This is the oldest and most representative building in the town, on account of its great historic importance. The main façade, which is in the baroque style, is supported on blocks of stone and framed by a monumental portal with two columns on each of its sides. Above the doorway, there is a statue of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of this institution. The royal crown on the highest part of the building serves as a reminder of its foundation by the Spanish monarchy. The chapel, or auditorium, contains a magnificent altarpiece dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of the institution’s students. BCIN (Monument declared a Cultural Good of National Interest).   


  • THE CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA: A building whose construction began in the latter years of the 13th century and which was mainly built during the 14th century and finished in the 15th century. It is particularly relevant to highlight the windows by Colí de Maraya and the sculpture of the Virgin and Child, known as the Dark Virgin of the Coll de les Savines, which stands next to the Romanesque-style monumental doorway to the sacristy. Another characteristic worthy of mention is the fact that the bell tower has been fitted into the space between the church and La Paeria (Town Hall) and that its six bells are still rung by hand. BCIN (Monument declared a Cultural Good of National Interest)



  • THE WALL: The walls that can be seen at Cervera mainly date from the medieval period and were built between the 14th and 15th centuries, during the reign of King Pere the Ceremonious. They were constructed on a site that had already been built on before the 13th century. In total, the wall was once over 3,000 metres long. BCIN (Monument declared a Cultural Good of National Interest)



  • THE MONUMENT TO THE GENERALITAT: This work by J. M. Subirachs represents the recovery of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government of Catalonia) and one of its four pillars, which represent the four bars of the Catalan flag, records the most important milestones in the history of Catalonia. 



  • THE SINDICAT: A work by Cèsar Martinell, a disciple of Gaudí. Its main function was to house flour-making machinery and to provide agricultural services. This was done in order to reduce to the minimum the cost of consumption and dependence on intermediaries and to thereby enable small-sale farmers to make greater profits. BCIN (Monument declared a Cultural Good of National Interest)



  • SANT PERE THE GREAT: Located on the road to Vallfogona. This is a small, Romanesque-style church with a circular floor plan and steeple. It is the only remaining part of what was once a group of monastic buildings that had been associated with the monastery of Ripoll. BCIN (Monument declared a Cultural Good of National Interest)



  • THE PAERIA OF CERVERA: A baroque-style building dating from the 18th century, which stands in the Plaça Major (main square). The most outstanding features of the facade of this majestic building are the corbels located under the balconies. From left to right, the different groups represent: the virtues that traders had to have, the five senses and motives related to the prison.  BCIN (Monument declared a Cultural Good of National Interest).



  • THE CASTLE: Built in the 9th century, this building occupies the highest point on Montseré hill. It was built under royal jurisdiction and the old town grew up around it. Nowadays, only its external walls remain. BCIN (Monument declared a Cultural Good of National Interest)



  • THE CASA DURAN I SANPERE HOUSE MUSEUM: Carrer Major, núm. 115. Casa Duran is one of the municipal museums of Cervera and is officially known as the Museu Duran i Sanpere. It is considered the ancestral home of the Cervera branch of the Duran family, although they also owned other buildings in the Carrer Major (main street). Aesthetically speaking, the building belongs to the bourgeois style of the restoration period


VISITES GUIADES ALS MONUMENTS:

Visits organised by the Department of Tourism:

Information and reservations:        

Av. Francesc Macià, 78
Telèfon: 973 53 44 42
E-mail: turisme@cerverapaeria.cat

  • Guided tourism routes: Cervera currently offers visitors 8 different guided tourism routes.



  • Open days at the monuments:  Every Saturday, there are guided visits to the University of Cervera (11 am) and to the church of Santa Maria (12:30 pm).



  • Theatricalised visits to the University of Cervera: On certain specific dates (see www.turismecervera.cat), guided visits are led by the sculptor Jaume Padró and the Chancellor of the University, who treat visitors as if they were students and tell them about the construction of the university, the university in the past, and the later uses of the building. 


Other places to visit:

  • THE MAIN STREET: The Carrer Major (main street) shows us how its twisting form has been adapted to that of the local terrain. Along the route, visitors will see a series of unique buildings that tell us much about the town’s splendid past. 


  • THE WITCHES' ALLEY: In its early days, Cervera was an enclosed settlement and the outside walls of the houses served as defensive walls protecting the old centre. The Witches' Alley was created at a later date, when the balconies of the houses that had adjoining vegetable gardens were closed off to create this very special and magical space.  


  • THE GALLOWS: Located in the eastern part of the town and a little removed from the main settlement, it is possible to find this curious limestone structure which had once been used as a public place for administering justice to delinquents condemned to death by hanging. 


  • SANTA ANNA SQUARE: Before going into the Carrer Major, visitors will come to the Plaça Santa Anna square. At this point, at the end of the Carrer Major, access to the town is closed by the Portal de Santa Maria gate.


  • THE MAIN SQUARE: This has a uniform, symmetrical appearance thanks to the modifications made by King Carlos IV as part of the festivities to commemorate his accession to the throne in 1789. It is also important to highlight the part of the square with porches, which was constructed from 1401 onwards, which once ran the whole length of the Carrer Major. Today, there are only two porched sections of the Plaça Major, with another two at the end of the main street.


Routes:

MTB and trekking routes through La Segarra:  La Segarra offers a rugged yet often charming landscape which exhibits major contrasts from one season to another, when the comarca (local district) takes on a different appearance. This allows visitors to enjoy a series of different MTB and walking routes as they discover the comarca and its many secret corners. The routes take in various places of cultural and historical interest which visitors will discover as the route unfolds.

Markets:

  • Weekly market: Every Friday morning.  Street market where it is possible to buy fresh products straight from the market gardens of local farmers.


  • Antiques and traditional craft market: On the first Saturday of each month from 5 pm onwards. There are around twenty stalls and toasted snacks are handed out to everyone who attends. 


  • Christmas Fair Market: Held in the month of December in the Carrer Major and the Plaça Major, with various activities (communal Nativity scene, choir performance, a variety of toasted snacks, concert, show for children ...)

Where to eat:

  • Restaurant-Bar Mercadet: Avinguda Catalunya 86. Telephone: 628 642 189 and 654 407 786. Typical home cooking, grilled meats and snails.
  • El Cordobés: C. Major, 125. Telephone: 657 12 69 07. Specialists in fish and seafood; great range of Iberic and cured meats. 
  • Restaurant El Port: Av. Catalunya, 59. Telephone: 973 532 852. Typical local vermouths at midday; fish, ham and Iberian tapas; snails; "patates braves"; grilled vegetables; bread-based snacks; ice-creams and homemade desserts.
  • Bar Felip V: Pg. Jaume Balmes, 10. Telephone: 973 531 210. Wide range of tapas, salads and toasted snacks.
  • Bar Txacolí: Av. Duran i Sanpere, 41. Telephone: 973 534 021. Grilled meat and vegetables, specialising in tapas and a choice of brochettes.
  • Braseria l'Antic Forn: Pl. Major, 18 baixos. Telephone: 973 533 152. Specialists in grills and wines and with a dish specially dedicated to Marc Marquez.
  • Braseria Cal Guim: Av. Catalunya, 192. Telephone: 973 530 494. Home cooking and market products, including grilled snails.
  • Braseria La Masia: C. Santa Coloma de Queralt, 19. Telephone: 638 40 52 25. Home cooking and homemade tapas, homemade "montaditos" and grilled products.
  • Braseria Terra Ferma: C. Lleida, 4. Telephone: 676 267 407. Single course meals and grilled meat dishes.
  • Frankfurt Passadís: Pl. Universitat, 37. Telephone: 973 532 461. Single course meals, tapas and sandwiches, specialising in cod and tripe snacks.
  • Pizzeria El Celleret: C. Combat, 20. Telephone: 973 533 908. Wood oven.
  • Pizzeria Jardí: Av. Guissona, 29. Telephone: 973 531 390. Pizzas, salads and grilled meats and vegetables.
  • Restaurant km 520: Ctra. N-II, km. 520. Telephone: 973 531 491. Grilled meat and home cooking.
  • Restaurant Bargués: Ctra. N-II, Km 518. Telephone: 973 530 402. 24-hour grill.
  • Restaurant Bona Teca: Av. Mil·lenari, 49. Telephone: 973 530 325. Social club for the fans of Marc Marquez.
  • Restaurant Bonavista: Av. Catalunya, 14. Telephone: 973 530 027. Home cooking.
  • Restaurant Cal Lluís: Rbla. Lluís Sanpere, 18. Telephone: 973 530 942. Homemade tapas and sandwiches.
  • Restaurant Gran Cafè: Rbla. Lluís Sanpere, 6. Telephone: 973 530 052. Home cooking.
  • Restaurant El Puzzle II: Av. Catalunya, 4. Telephones: 973 532 315-636 663 210. Hamburgers and pizzas.
  • Restaurant Fiol: C/ Ferran el Catòlic, 13. Telephone: 973 532 295. Home and market cooking and selected tapas. 
  • Restaurant la Marinada: C. Victòria, 9. Telephone: 627 422 011. Single course meals and tapas.
  • Restaurant Nostra Casa: Av. Mil·lenari, 23. Sandwiches, various types of tapas, single course meals and home cooking.
  • Restaurant La Cosa Nostra: Antic Camí de Castellnou, s/n. Telephone: 973 533 190. Pasta, pizzas, carpaccio, risotto, homemade salads.
  • Restaurant Gran Muralla: Av. Catalunya, 152. Telephone: 973 532 849. Chinese cuisine.
  • Bar Polígon: Av. Polígon Industrial, 3. Telephone: 675 099 032. Tapas and seasonal and local products.
  • Bar Ca la Tieta: Av. Catalunya, 176. Telephone: 973 53 44 15. Specialists in "marinated herring" and tripe, homemade sausage, sandwiches and tapas.
  • Bar Casal: Pl. Santa Anna, 1. Telephone: 973 53 25 77. Sandwiches, tapas and Catalan cuisine.
  • Bar del Nord: Pg. de l'Estació, s/n. Telephone: 973 53 00 02. Single course meals and tapas.
  • Restaurant CAT: Av. Francesc Macià,78 Telephone: 973 534 442
  • Cafeteria-Restaurant Estudiantil: Av. Duran i Sanpere, 39. Telephone: 973 532 820. Single course meals, tapas, toasted snacks, pizzas and Catalan cuisine.






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