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.
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.
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.
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.
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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