Castillo de Balboa

Dominando el pueblo de Balboa ("Vallis Bona") se conservan las ruinas de un castillo del que se encuentran referencias en el siglo XIV.
Perteneció a la familia de los Rodríguez de Valcarce y posteriormente a los Condes de Lemos. Los Reyes Católicos lo compraron a finales del siglo XV para incorporarlo a la Corona de León.

Iglesia de Santa Marina

Ejemplo notable en el Bierzo del Renacentismo, en su etapa manierista.
Retablo renacentista del siglo XVI y dos barrocos del siglo XVII.
Con planta de salón, dos capillas laterales y torre a los pies, adosada a la nave que está dividida en cuatro tramos rectos separados por arcos fajones, posee una cabecera de estilo románico siendo el resto de la iglesia del último cuarto del siglo XVI.

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LA CASA DE LAS GENTES

La CASA DE LAS GENTES de Balboa es una herramienta cultural de desarrollo rural. Se trata de un espacio expositivo creado por Domingo de Canteixeira a partir del reciclaje de un polideportivo en desuso y que presenta una amplia colección propia y permanente de tallas de madera, además de la sorprendente transformación del espacio. Cuenta con exposiciones temporales y promueve actividades culturales, talleres, cursos..., especialmente basados en artes tradicionales. También dispone de un espacioso salón de actos que puede alquilarse para reuniones.

PALLOZA DE BALBOA

Sentirse cobijado en una palloza es una experiencia diferente. Nos parece estar en otro tiempo, en otra dimensión. Construida de nueva planta y con elementos modernos como la chimenea o las ventanas, sin embargo respira tradición al ser tremendamente respetuosa con el vocabulario de la arquitectura popular. Además, una observación más detenida nos permite apreciar elementos artísticos integrados en la estructura en madera y piedra.
Bar-restaurante-conciertos.
No está de más reservar, sobre todo si es fin de semana. Abierta todos los días, salvo los miércoles de invierno.

Telefonos: 987 563 739 / 649 881 635

PALLOZA DE CHIS -Balboa

La Palloza de Chis es un lugar especial: aunque de nueva base, su tipología sigue la forma de las pallozas en llano de Ancares y, además, para su construcción se reciclaron decenas de troncos de castaños que el paso de la cercana autovía cercenó y que fueron desechados por los madereros. Su teito de palla encierra sobre nosotros una amplia atmósfera que nos invita a elevar nuestro pensamiento por encima del tiempo.
Situada en Balboa, en la carretera a Chandevillar, funciona como bar y cafetería desde las 4 de la tarde y su escenario acoge memorables conciertos gracias, sin duda, a la belleza del espacio.
Abierta de viernes a domingo los fines de semana y las vacaciones.

X - ENGLISH SUMMARY

LA CASA DE LAS GENTES: TOURIST OFFICE & CULTURAL CENTRE

OPENING HOURS:

SPRING: WED-SUN
From 11.30h to 14.00h and 16.00h to 20.00h
AUGUST: EVERYDAY
From 11.30h to 14.00h and  16.00h to 20.30h
REST OF SUMMER: WED-SUN
From 11.30h to 14.00h and 16.00h to 20.30h
AUTUMN: WED-SUN
From 11.30h to 14.00h and 16.00h to 20.00h
WINTER: WED-SUN
From 11.30h to 14.00h and 16.00h to 19.30h


EXHIBITIONS:
- ADULTS.................................................................. 2€
- RETIRED PEOPLE AND GROUPS OF + 10 PEOPLE.......... 1€
- CHILDREN DO NOT PAY

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TOURIST INFO

BALBOA, the dreamy village
Balboa Township is the head of the area villages and it is also the capital of the namesake valley. It is located in the Northwest face of the region called “Bierzo” and it has the same location in the province of León.

Due to its border with the Galician province of Lugo, Balboa is a mixed area where the main language is the local variant of Galician. As it is located in the South of the Sierra de Ancares, Balboa shares with those villages an ancestral culture that has remained thanks to the isolation suffered due to orographic and weather conditions.

Balboa is a village that we must visit in the region. On it we can find three pre-roman roundhouses, an auditorium together with the 13th century castle ruins, a windmill, a 600-year-old chestnut, a 16th century church, La Casa de las Gentes, a multicultural space, and much more.

Click on the link to check or download a map of the main places of interest:
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B3kkbdlbLSWNZDRjNTcxNWEtYzAzMy00M2VkLWEwMTEtODY3YWUwYzUwYjY1&hl;=en_US


DOMINGO
The prolific constructive and sculptural work of Domingo de Canteixeira spreads in its living environment, a place that invites us to travel around old valleys and mountains with rich and mixed vegetation. This work comes from the traditional culture, the old tools and materials. This craft talks about human condition in a land where we have to work hard every day to survive. His particular way of creating and recreating traditional noteworthy spaces such as Celtic roundhouses, taverns and mills and the ambiance created by his sculptures take us backwards and makes us think about other possibilities of our role in life.

He dignifies all the things related to the rural life by giving new uses to the tools that have importantly helped to the survival of the man in this land. Recycling and tradition are the most essential parts in Domingo's work. The fact of recycling elements -such as relief window shutters, chest covers changed into tables...- which is deeply rooted in traditional culture, has a new meaning in Domingo's work. He gives wood pieces a new life.

Thanks to the new spaces built or decorated by Domingo or his work, the valley is getting more and more visitors and agritourism is being boosted.

The attractiveness of those places does not only come from its beauty but also because of the new social functions that they offer -bar, restaurant, performance... Even just been there, sat under a straw-roof is a great experience.

Apart from it there is another reason and value to visit it, that is a beautiful agritourism route among valleys and groves.



LA CASA DE LAS GENTES

Depopulation emptied villages and so it did with Balboa's sports center. The recycling task was not easy for an artist who bases his work on primary and basic materials such as wood, iron and stone and uses organic natural lines and forms.
In short, the challenge was to recycle and make art of a huge structure of steel and concrete which demolition was impossible because of the high cost involved.

In this incredible transformation of a sports center into a cultural space we must talk about the important and invaluable labor of a group of workers of the area. They are also seasoned in wood and stone works and they have developed their particular way of working apart from Domingo.

The result of all this work is a new space of 2800m2 in the countryside. It aims to be an alternative to the rural cultural impoverishment of the society as well as a place of thinking about the traditional culture contribution and its new role nowadays.

If you want to see some photos of this space, click on the link:
https://picasaweb.google.com/108554737292074898457/LaCASADeLasGENTES

 
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