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BALAGUER

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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 23th JUNE

Museum de la Noguera and Local Tourist Office
From Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 7pm
Sunday and public holidays from 10am to 2pm
More information at: www.museucn.com

Gold Interpretation Centre
From October to March: from Tuesday to Sunday and holidays from 11am to 14pm
Gold seeking practical workshop: from Tuesday to Saturday,and holidays, at: 11am, 12 am and 1pm.
More information at: www.museucn.com/ca/centres-dinterpretacio.html

Santa Maria church / Portolà place
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 11am to 2pm

SantCrist Basilica
All days open. Afternoon subject to seasonal changes

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

"Formós" Castle
Temporarily closed for excavations.

Church of Les Franqueses
First Sunday of every month from 11am to 2pm (with guided tours at 11am, 12am and 1pm)

OPENING HOURS FROM 24th JUNE TO 15th SEPTEMBER

Museum de la Noguera and Local Tourist Office
From Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 7pm
Sunday and public holidays from 10am to 2pm

Gold Interpretation Centre
From April to September: Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 2pm, Saturdays from 11am to 2pm and from 6pm to 8pm (excepting afternoons from July and August when the activity takes place in the river), Sundays and public holidays from 11am to 14pm.

Gold seeking practical workshop:
- From Tuesday to Friday at 11am, 12am and 1pm
- Saturday at 11am, 12am, 1pm, 6pm and 7pm (excepting afternoons from July to August)
- Sunday and holidays at 11am, 12am and 13pm.
- Reservation required: here

Santa Maria church / Portolà place
Monday closed
From Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 13pm and from 5pm to 7pm / Sundays and public holidays from 10am to 1pm.

SantCrist Basilica
All days open. Afternoon subject to seasonal changes

Pla d'Almatà preserved archaeological site / St Domènec Cloister
From Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm / Sundays and public holidays from 10am to 1pm.

City Walls / Civil War Observatory
From Monday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm

"Formós" Castle
Temporarily closed for excavations.

Church of Les Franqueses
First Sunday of every month from 11am to 2pm (with guided tours at 11am, 12am and 1pm))

The lockdown ending plan establishes the following measures:

Church of Santa Maria / EspaiPortolà
The use of face mask is obligatory.
In the church the maximum capacity is 16 people and in the EspaiPortolà is one family.
You must disinfect your hands with the hydroalcoholic solution provided at the entrance.
You must not touch the glass cabinets or the exposed objects.
You must maintain the security distance of 2 metres between people.
The cleaning services have been strengthened, toilets will be cleaned after every use.
The sale of publications and objects will be done with POS.

City Walls / Civil War Observatory
You must keep the security distance between people.
Avoid touching the handrails.
The Civil War Observatory is closed, it can be visited with an appointment, reservations at 973 44 51 94 or turisme@balaguer.cat

St Domènec Cloister
Follow the established route to avoid visitors crossing.

Pla d'Almatà preserved archaeological site
You must not touch the boards or cross the limits of the park.

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 - MONUMENTS

PLACES OF INTEREST - MUSEUMS

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.tourismrentalmontsec.com
info@tourismrentalmontsec.com
HUTL-000744

EL 2n DE L'HOLANDÈS

Plaça Mercadal, 50. 2n. - Balaguer
679183943
www.tourismrentalmontsec.com
info@tourismrentalmontsec.com
HUTL-001111

EL 3r DE L'HOLANDÈS

Plaça Mercadal, 18. 3r. - Balaguer
679183943
www.tourismrentalmontsec.com
info@tourismrentalmontsec.com
HUTL-035475

CAL COMABELLA

C/Miracle, 1 - Balaguer
676680135
www.calcomabella.cat
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
www.hostalsantmiquel.es
hostalsantmiquel1@gmail.com

DPASS PEL SEGRE

C/ Sant Lluís 115, 3r 4a - Balaguer
667 886 930
dpasspelsegre@gmail.com
HUTL-034182-75

EL REPÒS DEL MONTSEC

C/ Urgell, 50 - Balaguer
676 680 135
www.elrepos.cat
info@elrepos.cat
HUTL-001230

PORTOLÀ, 1 APARTAMENT

Passatge Gaspar de Portolà, 1 3-1
690223370 / 637989527
www.portola1balaguer.cat
hola@portola1balaguer.cat
HUTL-0044534

Restaurants

1900
Pg. de l'estació, 49
973 983 605
Barbar
c/Barcelona, 64
973 443 048
Braseria can Sisco
c/Urgell, 97
973 802 277
Cal Pepito
Pl. Mercadal, 5
973 445 012
Cal Taribo Restaurant
c/Urgell, 62
973 450 549
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
Copacabana
c/Sant Lluís, 51
973 044 774
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
Fleming
c/Sant Crist, 23
629 476 013
Gerbmany Burge
Crta.de Tremp, 4
680 912 071
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'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 Garrafeta
C/de la Noguera Pallaresa, 36
973 446 517
La Nonna
Pl. Pau Casals, 6
973 448 993
centric@centric.cat
La Sal
c/Dr. Fleming, 56
973 449 976
Las Vegas
c/Sant Crist, 75
663 377 928
Les Roquetes
Pl. Lluís Companys, 6
973 445 174
Lo Pecat
passeig de l'Estació, 47
973 445 322
Lo Portalet
c/ el Portalet, 16
973 985 561
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
Niu Cup
Pl. Mercadal, 30
973 445 426
Nova Fontblanca
Pol. Ind. Camp Llong c/Gregal, 4
973 448 985
toni@novafontblanca.com
www.novafontblanca.com
Racó Ibèric
c/Sant Crist, 62
973 447 201
Restaurant Pere
c/Pablo Neruda, 3
973 451 516
Restaurant Xaloc
c/Marinada, 5-6
973 443 097
Rubies
Pl. del Pou, 5
697 295 129
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 monday to saturday, from 11am to 2pm and from 6pm to 8pm
Sunday and public holidays from 10am to 2pm
CLOSED: 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
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