Map - BALAGUER FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

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We suggest starting the route in 1 Mercadal Square, at the heart of the city, where you will be able to park your vehicle and visit the local tourist office if you wish.

The 2 Local Tourist Office is located in the same building as the 2 La Noguera museum one of the most important Islamic art museums in the whole of Catalonia. If you head along Barri Nou Street, in the old Jewish quarter, you will arrive at the Comtes d'Urgell Square number 5, where the museum and tourist office are located.

Returning to the Plaza Mercadal, if you wish you can take a different route along 3 Miracle Street. Here you will see the church of the same name which holds one the city's patron saints and which was previously the Jewish synagogue. Now, take the steep Calle Botera up to the 4 Portal del Gel (Ice Gateway), which is an original entrance in the medieval wall.

Once you have passed through the gateway, you will notice an iron tower to your left. This will take you up to the 5 Gothic wall which you can walk along whilst taking in the fantastic panoramic views of the old medieval city, with its steep narrow streets a reminder of Balaguer's Arab past.

Continuing along the Gothic wall, to the right you will arrive at the old Civil War observatory, popularly known as 6 Torre del Bombo (Bombo Tower) to your left you will come to the 7 Santa Maria church, a single naved Gothic collegiate church, notable for its majestic and sober air. In the church's entrance hall you will find an information point, where you can find out about the church as well as other points of interest in the city.

After visiting the church, you can get back down into the Historic Centre by taking one of the streets that branch out from the top of the hill. Of particular note are the Sant Salvador Square, Jutge Square. You will then end up on the picture-perfect 8 Pont Street, one of the city's most emblematic streets.

If you head to the city's oldest bridge, 9 Sant Miquel Bridge, on the left hand side you will see a reproduction of the sculpture that used to decorate the city's entrance gate.

On the other side of the bridge lies the 10 Sant Domènec monastery, whose church and cloisters particularly stand out as exquisite examples of the Catalan Gothic style. In the monastery's square there remains an old boundary cross, also in the Gothic style. In fact, the cross that we find here is a replica, as the original is held in the La Noguera museum. The monks' living quarters now house a retirement home. Today only the chapter house, now a sacristy, and the refectory, now a chapel, remain of the original structure. Opposite the square, next to the bridge, there is a monument to the last count of Urgell, 11 Count Jaume II d'Urgell.

In the same avenue Jaume d'Urgell is located very close to yours, the 12 Segre's Gold Information Centre in the building of the old Molí de l'Esquerrà where you will feel like a true gold digger i know the beginning of his quest for gold i evolution through the years.

If you carry on along the Carretera de Tremp, on your left you will see the hill with the Sant Crist church on top. The hill is full of plants and flowers, and is an extremely inviting place to take a walk. Indeed, you can take a walk up past the different stations of the 13 Stations of the Cross, a magnificent set of early 20th century sculptures.

Once at the top, on your left you will find the ruins of the 14 Formós Castle. This was an old Arab Suda before becoming the residence of the Urgell counts. On your right you will see the unmistakeable 15 church of Sant Crist. This was originally the city's main Arab mosque, and currently holds a sculpture of Balaguer's patron saint, Santo Crist. Next to the church you will find a very pleasant green area to relax in and have a picnic, complete with swings and tables.

To finish the route, you can visit the archaeological site of Balaguer's original centre, the 16 Pla d'Almatà (dating from the 8th-12th century). Here you can visit part of the Andalusian medina's residential area-located right next to the Reial Park, a beautiful green space with wooden picnic tables. From here you can also admire the remains of the wall.

The Reial park joins up with the "barranc dels Rucs" ravine, which will lead you to the lower part of the historic centre, passing through the 17 Torrent gateway. This was opened in 1987 and is located very close to the original, which was destroyed in the late 19th century due to intense flooding (popularly known as the Santa Tecla floods). Going down Torrent Street you will come to Sant Salvador Square where you will see the ruins of the old Sant Salvador church, also originally a mosque. Continuing the route you can visit 18 la Reguereta, one of the city's old public laundries. To arrive back at Mercadal Square, head along Avall Street.


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