One of the oldest settlements in Catalonia, Lerida is off the usual tourist track but still has so much to offer the keen traveller. Home to plenty of festivals, including the Aplec del Cargol (Snail Festival) in early May, Lerida has a fascinating culture and history stretching back to the Roman times. Hiring a car in Lerida is the easiest way to get around the city and explore the surrounding area, as public transport links are sparse, as well as being the best way to get to the nearest airport.