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Did you know that... Ambasmestas

It is located to the west of the province of León, at the mouth of the river Balboa in the Valcarce. Ambasmestas is mentioned, as a population nucleus, in a document from the 16th century, although in the same document a chapel dedicated to Saint Lazarus is also named, of which no vestige remains and which predates that century. Its name means waters together or a mixture of two waters, given that the village is located at the confluence of two rivers.


To discover What to see in Ambasmestas?

In the little village of Ambasmestas and over the river Balboa there was a Roman bridge of which nothing remains but a piece of its abutment. In the village, the medieval church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen stands out, with a beautiful altarpiece from the popular baroque style. Ambasmestas shows part of its past in a 19th century mill, the building of a tannery, also from the 19th century, and some haystack from the same century. Its surroundings, its landscape and the slopes of its mountains, full of chestnut trees, do not cease to surprise the visitor.


Ambasmestas celebrates its festivities on 16 July in honour of the Virgen del Carmen.​

Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Ambasmestas


As the chestnut trees are very abundant in this zone it is tradition to make the Bordones with the wood of this tree.


Ambasmestas can be considered the gateway to Los Ancares through this area of Bierzo.

Get to Ambasmestas by car

To Ambasmestas we arrive following the A-6, until the section that goes from La Portela de Valcarce to Pedrafita do Cebreiro, being in the surroundings of these two localities where we will find the accesses to the N-VI, for where we will have to continue in search of the crossing with the road that will finally lead us until the locality, after passing before Vega de Valcarce if we arrive until here from Pedrafita do Cebreiro. Ambasmestas is one of the entrance gates to Los Ancares and from the town starts the LU-723 that goes into this natural space and communicates it with Quintela and Balboa among other towns.

By bus

Ambasmestas has a bus service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays that covers the route El Castro-Ponferrada. For further information the telephone number is 900 204 020.

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3:10 h.10.7 km.

Stage 22b Pradela Variant
Difficulty-ModerateRed difficulty category, level 1. More demanding stages, either because they are longer, more uneven or have a specific difficulty.

8:05 h.28 km.

Stage 22 Villafranca del Bierzo-O Cebreiro
Difficulty-HighRed difficulty category, level 3. Mountain stages in not very steep terrain, in which there are no major technical difficulties. They need sufficient experience and training for this type of terrain. These are fairly "easy" itineraries with gentle slopes, for the usual mountain routes.

5:20 h.23 km.

Stage 21 Ponferrada-Villafranca del Bierzo
Difficulty-MediumGreen difficulty category, level 3. Stages of moderate distance and slope, not overcoming great distances or slopes.
Sanctuary of Santa María la Real Do Cebreiro
O Cebreiro, Lugo
Sanctuary of Santa María la Real Do Cebreiro
Monastery of Santa María de Carracedo
Carracedo del Monasterio, León
Monastery of Santa María de Carracedo

Benedictine monastery and Royal Palace of the Leonese monarchy

The Medulas
Carucedo, León
The Medulas

In the Dorado of the Roman Empire

Castle of Ponferrada
Ponferrada, León
Castle of Ponferrada

Castle of the Templars, the most representative construction of Ponferrada

Abbey of Samos
Samos, Lugo
Abbey of Samos

Samanos, meaning place where religious live in community

The Smithy of Compludo
Ponferrada, León
The Smithy of Compludo

Beautiful example of popular medieval industry

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