Sort and its rafting activities

Sort is the capital of the provinces Pallars Sobirà, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain. The city is located at an altitude of 692 m above sea level, near the Noguera Pallaresa River, a tributary of the Segre River, Pyrenees.

The name “Sort” in Catalan means “good luck”. The lottery ticket shop “La Bruixa d’Or” (“Golden Witch”) is the most famous in Catalonia. They say that this shop sells a lot of winning tickets – according to statistics, those who buy tickets from this shop are more likely to win.

The administrative division of Sort includes the traditional district of Sort, as well as the settlements of Llessui and Enviny that were joined in 1970. In 1976, Altron was also attached to the municipality. The territory of the municipality extends along the shores of the Sort, Barran de Montardit valley (Mall del Barranc de Montardi), Barranc de Santa Anna valley (vall del Barranc de Santa Anna) and almost all of the Val d’Asua valley (Vall d’Àssua).

In the north, the land is bordered by the municipality of Espot, in the north-east by Rialp, in the south by Soriguera, and in the west by Baix Pallars and Torre de Capdella.

Tourism and attractions

Sant Feliu de Sort is the parish church of the city, in the old municipal district, the Pallars district of Sobir. It is located in the city center, in the Plaza Mayor, opposite the C13 national highway. This monument of Romanesque architecture belongs to the objects of cultural significance and is protected by the state.

The church has three naves and a rectangular “back” facing the west. Tts facade is located at the foot of the nave. In the north-eastern part of the tower stands a powerful bell tower.

Sant Esteve de Castellviny – a parish church, is also included on the list of Spain’s architectural heritage sights. The church was built in a strictly Romanesque style. It is located in the suburbs of Sort.

The Sort Castle, located at the top of the town (far northwest), occupies a wide polygonal perimeter 700 meters above sea level. The fortress sits on a large open ground with a surface of 1,934 m², closed by a series of walls that define the polygonal perimeter.

The ancient fortress of the Counts of Pallars was presumably built in the 11th century. In the Middle Ages, the fortress served as a defense mechanism. In the era of civil wars in Spain, there were prisons in the citadel. Only in 2007, the local municipality opened a museum in this area. Museum expositions are devoted to the Catalan wars, including the era of the Second World War.

The narrow and winding streets of the city are of separate architectural interest.

Activities

Rafting and kayaking are the main sports activities in Sort, and are famous both in Europe and in other countries of the world. The Noguera Pallares River is the most important river in the Pallars district of Sobir and one of the three best in Europe where water sports are held. In particular, in 2018, events on the river (stage 1 and 2) of the World Free Kayak Championship were held, as well as the Spanish Cup kayak (slalom) for juniors.

Shopping

There are markets 2-3 times a week where you can buy local delicacies – cheeses, ham, sausages, bakery products, Pyrenean pastries.

Buying good clothes here is unlikely. The closest shopping centers are in Lleida and Barcelona.

Best hotels

Hotel Pessets & SPA is located in Sort, near the banks of the Noguera-Pallaresa river. It offers a spa, pool and gym. All the rooms at the Pessets Spa Hotel overlook the garden which has swimming pool, or the city.

Shortest distances to the main Catalan cities and resorts

From Balaguer: 1 hr 27 min (102 km) via C-12, C-13 and Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From Begur: 3 hr 46 min (292 km) via C-25

From Berga: 1 hr 59 min (123 km) via C-16, N-260 and Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From Calafell: 2 hr 54 min (227 km) via C-15

From Cardona: 2 hr 7 min (127 km) via C-14 and Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From Cervera: 1 hr 52 min (127 km) via C-1412b

From Corçà: 3 hr 37 min (269 km) via C-25

From Figueres: 3 hr 33 min (215 km) via N-260

From Girona: 3 hr 21 min (245 km) via C-25

From Hostalric: 3 hr 11 min (224 km) via Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From La Seu D’Urgell: 55 min (51.3 km) via Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From L’Arboç: 2 hr 47 min (212 km) via A-2

From L’Estartit: 3 hr 51 min (282 km) via C-25

From Lleida (Lerida): 1 hr 47 min (127 km) via C-12 and C-13

From Lloret de Mar: 3 hr 23 min (253 km) via C-25

From Manresa: 2 hr 17 min (167 km) via C-1412b

From Mataró: 3 hr 8 min (246 km) via C-1412b

From Montblanc: 2 hr 20 min (159 km) via C-14

From Os de Civís: 1 hr 25 min (73.8 km) via Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From Osor: 3 hr 17 min (236 km) via C-25

From Pals: 3 hr 47 min (291 km) via C-25

From Puigcerda: 1 hr 38 min (99.4 km) via N-260 and Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From Reus: 2 hr 44 min (188 km) via C-14

From Ripoll: 2 hr 35 min (142 km) via Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From Sabadell: 2 hr 47 min (210 km) via C-1412b

From Salou: 2 hr 48 min (198 km) via C-14

From Sant Llorenç de Morunys: 2 hr 11 min (112 km) via L-401 and Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From Sitges: 2 hr 49 min (217 km) via C-15

From Solsona: 1 hr 45 min (107 km) via C-14 and Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From Suria: 2 hr 18 min (142 km) via C-14 and Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From Tarragona: 2 hr 45 min (195 km) via C-14

From Tàrrega: 1 hr 48 min (123 km) via C-1412b

From Talamanca: 2 hr 55 min (194 km) via C-1412b

From Terrasa: 2 hr 42 min (202 km) via C-1412b

From Tossa de Mar: 3 hr 30 min (264 km) via C-25

From Torroella de Montgrí: 3 hr 45 min (277 km) via C-25

From Tremp: 37 min (40.3 km) via C-13 and Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From Valls: 2 hr 32 min (174 km) via C-14

From Verges: 3 hr 35 min (269 km) via C-25

From Vic: 2 hr 37 min (174 km) via Eje Pirenaico/N-260

From Vilanova i la Geltrú: 2 hr 49 min (214 km) via C-15

From Andorra: 1 hr 18 min (70.7 km) via Eje Pirenaico/N-260

Main information

Area: 105.13 km²

Population: 2.113

Languages: Spanish, Catalan

Currency: euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1, in summer +2

GPS coordinates: 42°25′N 1°8′E

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