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BALAGUER

The city

SITUACIÓN

Balaguer, historical city of Urgell County is the capital of the region of La Noguera, the largest region of all Catalonia. Its provincial capital, Lleida, is located about 30 km. Balaguer is populated by about 17,000 inhabitants, it has an altitude of about 240-250m and its surface occupies about 57.4 km2.


OPENING HOURS FROM 16th SEPTEMBER TO 30th JUNE

Pla d'Almatà preserved archaeological site / City Walls / Civil War Observatory / St Domènec Cloister
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 11am to 2pm.

Santa Maria church
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 11am to 2pm.

Sant Crist sanctuary
Saturdays from 8am to 7pm, Sundays from 8.30am to 7pm, other days from 8am to 6pm.

"Formós" Castle
Temporarily closed for excavations.

Museum de la Noguera and Local Tourist Office
From Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 11am to 2pm and from 6pm to 8pm
Sundays and public holidays from 10am to 2pm

Gold Information Centre
From Tuesday to Sunday, from 11am to 2pm
Public holidays from 11am to 2pm

CLOSED: Mondays not public holidays. Days 25th and 26th of December, 1st and 6th of January and Easter Monday.

HISTORY

Balaguer's strategic position as a gateway to the foothills of the Pyrenees and it's location on the banks of the River Segre have meant that man has placed his encampments and towns here since prehistoric times. The hillside where the Formós castle is located was already occupied at the beginning of the first millennium BC. The ancient Ilergetes and Romans moved through these lands- and we can see settlements such as the Tozal de Mormur as well as the Roman villas of Franqueses and Hostal Nou.

However, the foundation of the city of Balaguer came with the arrival of the Arab and Berber contingents, who first came to the Segre area in the first half of the 8th century. A military camp was installed in the Almatà (an Arab work meaning "plain") area, and it was here that the armies preparing for incursions into Septimania across the river were lodged.


This primitive encampment was converted into a prosperous "madina" (city) by the end of the 9th century, with the establishing of the border between al-Andalus and the feudal earldoms. They made use of the fertile land which surrounded them and constructed an ample network of irrigation channels.

The construction of Balaguer castle started in the year 897, and under the rule of the governor Yusuf-al-Muzaffar of the Banu Hud dynasty, was converted into a splendid palace in the mid 11th century.

The medieval counts took advantage of the disintegration of the Caliphate of Cordoba and the subsequent political instability and set out to conquer the rich lands and cities of al_Andalus. It also led, in the case of Balaguer, to the expulsion of its inhabitants. The city was conquered by Count Ermengol VI in 1105, and was thereby incorporated into the Urgell earldom.

It was due to this noble lineage that the city came to be slowly repopulated, with the creation of municipal bodies, the granting of privileges, the holding of markets and fairs, and the construction of some of Balaguer's most emblematic monuments.

The Urgell house, since its inception, passed through the hands of various families, until, in 1314, the ancestral house of Barcelona came to manage the earldom's affairs. This was due to the close relationship between the count-kings and Balaguer: Alfons el Benigne (Alfons the Kind) was count of Urgell before his enthronement and his son Pere III el Ceremonioso (Peter the Ceremonioius) was King of Aragon and was born in Balaguer castle.

In 1412, when King Martin el Humano (Martin the Humane) died leaving no heir to the throne, Count Jaume II of Urgell became a candidate for the Aragonese throne. However, a tribunal which met in the town of Caspe decided to name the Trastamara house's candidate Fernando de Antequera as king. The count of Urgell rose up against this new king and started a war which would ultimately lead to the count's imprisonment, Balaguer castle's destruction, and the dissolution of the earldom.

From the 15th century, the city came under the dominion of the king's first-born son. Balaguer continued to be an highly agricultural city, focussed on the production of vegetables, cereals, wine, as well as flax and hemp production. The various wars of the modern period brought with them, on many occasions, widespread destruction of houses and monuments, and led to public and religious buildings being used as prisons, hospitals and military barracks. In many cases this caused considerable destruction of the city's artistic and architectural heritage.

Despite this, the city was continually rebuilt, and endured within its walls up to the mid-20th century when a big expansion was initiated, taking over the fields on the left bank of the river Segre.

What to do

PLACES OF INTEREST

SIGHTSEEING ROUTES

Accommodation

HOTEL BALAGUER **

c/La Banqueta, s/n - Balaguer
973 445 750
www.hotelbalaguer.com
recepcio@hotelbalaguer.com

HOSTAL URGELL **

c/Urgell, 25 - Balaguer
973 445 348
www.hostalurgell.com
depasobalaguer@hotmail.com

HOTEL SANTUARI **

c/Parc del Reial s/n - Balaguer
973 449 617 - Hotel
973 446 444 - Restaurant
www.hotelsantuari.com
rest_santuari@hotmail.com

CAL XUT Agroturisme

Partida Coma dels Lliris, s/n - Balaguer
619 811 541
www.calxut.com
roser@calserret.net

EL PALAUET DE LA MURALLA

C/Miracle, 7 - Balaguer
667 248 299
www.elpalauetdelamuralla.com
info@elpalauetdelamuralla.com
HUTL-000489

L'ÀTIC DE L'HOLANDÈS

Plaça Mercadal, 18. 4rt. - Balaguer
679183943
www.teresapinyol.jimdo.com
teresapinyol2@yahoo.es
HUTL-000744

CAL COMABELLA

C/Miracle, 1 - Balaguer
676680135
info@calcomabella.cat
HUTL-000759

CA LA JOSEFA

C/Joan Miró, 38 - Balaguer
615 693 693
www.calajosefa.com
admon12@hotmail.com
HUTL-000870

HOSTAL SANT MIQUEL

Ctra de Tremp, 2 – Balaguer
603 558 490 – 680 912 071
marc.og31@icloud.com

Restaurants

Buongiorno Italia
Pg. de l'estació, 39
973 490 463
Cal Calí
Av. Països Catalans, 11-13
973 450 914
Cal Pepito
Pl. Mercadal, 5
973 445 012
Cal Xirricló
c/Dr. Fleming, 53
973 445 011
www.calxirriclo.com
Can Miquel 24h
c/Mestral, 19
Pol Ind. Camp Llong
973 674 052
www.canmiquel24.com
D4
c/Dr. Fleming, 49
655 922 765
Dilema
c/Urgell, 73
973 450 696
El Bosquet
Ctra. C-13, km. 31,5
663 132 562
El Faro
Ctra. Tàrrega, km 2
973 445 023
El Parador
c/Urgell, 2
973 446 400
Els Tres Fogons
c/Urgell, 37
973 446 614
H. Balaguer - Rest. del Pont
c/La Banqueta, 7
973 445 750
recepcio@hotelbalaguer.com
www.hotelbalaguer.com
H. Rest. del Santuari
Pla d'Almatà s/n
973 446 444
www.hotelsantuari.com
Karma
Pg. de l'estació, 43
973 106 486
L'Època
c/Urgell, 97
616 963 283
L'Espígol
Ctra. C-13 km 28'9
973 450 209
www.espigol.net
La Barretina
Pg. de l'estació, 57
973 448 405
maria-campas@hotmail.com
La Nonna
Pl. Pau Casals, 6
973 448 993
centric@centric.cat
La Passarel·la
c/Cardenal Bell-lloch, 6
973 449 296
La Sal
c/Dr. Fleming, 56
973 449 976
Les Roquetes
Pl. Lluís Companys, 6
973 445 174
Miq-mac Art Culinari
c/Urgell, 63 baixos
973 449 748 / 629 312 337
artculinari@miq-mac.com
www.miq-mac.com
Serveis per encàrrec
Nihao
c/Urgell, 22
973 449 995
Nova Fontblanca
Pol. Ind. Camp Llong c/Gregal, 4
973 448 985
toni@novafontblanca.com
www.novafontblanca.com
Reial Restaurant
Passatge Carretera, 16
L'Hostal Nou
635 417 069
reialrestaurant@gmail.com
Restaurant Pere
c/Pablo Neruda, 3
973 451 516
Sant Jordi
Av. Francesc Macià, 8-10
973 451 595
Taberri
Pl. Pau Casals, 4
973 448 468
Tastet del Reng
c/Barcelona, 58
973 445 255
www.tastetdelreng.com
Trèvol
c/Dr. Fleming, 47
699 327 479

TOURIST OFFICE


OPENING HOURS
From Tuesday to saturday, from 11am to 2pm and from 6pm to 8pm
Sunday and public holidays from 10am to 2pm
CLOSED: Mondays not public holidays. Days 25th and 26th of December, 1st and 6th of January and Easter Monday.


Pl. Comtes d'Urgell,5 - Tel. 973 445 194 - Fax 973 445 053 - turisme@balaguer.cat