This year, the winter rains have been generous. Now, in late winter when the almond trees bloom and the fields are carpeted with green, it is worth taking a walk along the roads near the Torre del Codina. It is a satisfaction for the senses, to contemplate the beauty of a nature full of life, colors and sensations.
There is a nearby and not very crowded place where the great protagonist is the landscape. It is a hill located south of Tàrrega, and west of the Torre del Codina, which rises to 460 meters above sea level. It is the hill of Pla de la Ruda, also known according to Ramon Boleda as the Tossal de Guardia or the Tossal de Enfisec. Its excellent strategic and geographical position certainly makes it possible to monitor a considerable portion of the territory.
You have to choose a clear and sunny day and take the road to Verdu. When you begin to glimpse the tower of the Castle and the bell tower of the neighbouring village, you can see a hill above the road. A little further, we head for the road on the left towards the Pla de la Ruda. Up the hill, we walk through a wasteland heading north. There, with Verdú on our back, we can contemplate a vast and immense landscape, like no other.
At our feet, the city of Tàrrega is shown from a new perspective. Behind Tàrrega, well visible Altet and to the north, the Pyrenees, now snowed with the mountains of Andorra, the Cadi and the Pedraforca. To the east, the Talladell, Fonolleres and La Curullada, in the background the mountains of the Port del Comte. Further east, with the Pines de la Maresca in the foreground, the winding landscape of the Segarra. Towards the South, Verdú with the Bovera in the background. To the west, the Vall del Corb, the Molars and the entire plain of Urgell and Noguera, up to the Sierra de Almenara. The villas of Preixana, Bellpuig, Vilagrassa, Anglesola and Tornabous, with Sant Eloi and Torre Morlans in the foreground, and as a backdrop, the Coll de Balaguer and the imposing wall of the Sierra del Montsec.
On our way back, we followed the road along the old gravel pit, and turning left we went down towards Tàrrega. Forty minutes to Tàrrega and one hour to Torre del Codina.
All this a nice walk and a party for the senses.
Link to place and route: http://bit.ly/2tRGoHk
Jaume Ramon Solé.