Delta de l’Ebre – Enjoy the beauty of the mixture of river and sea
The Delta is located south of the City of Tarragona, right next to the State border of Valencia State. over a thousand years, sediment layers have deposited in the transition area of the river Ebre into the mediterranean sea, forming a wetland that rises like a peninsula into the mediterranean sea.
The Ebro delta with it’s 320 km² area is the largest water habitat in Catalonia. It offers a rich variety of habitats, characterised by the transition between sea and land.
The autonomous region of Catalonia declared the Delta de l’Ebre Natural Park the most important wetland in Catalonia in 1983. After Camarga (France), the Delta is the most important underwater habitat in the western Mediterranean.
It includes the Olles lagoons, the Canal Vell, the Calaix, the Alfacada, the Platjola, the Tancada lagoon and the Encanyissada; the islands of Buda, Sant Antoni and Sapinya; the peninsulas of the Punta de la Banya and the Fangar; the waterholes of Baltasar and the wastelands of Casablanca.
What to do
As it is flat land, the visitor can travel long distances on foot or by bicycle, while enjoying the scenery without much effort. The psammophile vegetation (typical of sand and dunes) preserves the shape of the long sandy beaches, where water sports and sunbathing are a real luxury due to the beauty of the area.
The lagoons and waterholes, surrounded by rushes, reeds and rice fields, make the Delta, with its wonderful colour changes, an ideal area for observing the rich flora and fauna of this wetland ecosystem. There are numerous vantage points strategically located so that the splendour and elegance of flamingos, kingfishers and cormorants as well as many other animal species can accompany us on our walk.
A boat trip along the coasts and the mouth of the Ebro in Galatxo and exploring the highest point of the delta in Garxal are undoubtedly impressive.
Before we walk along the paths of the park, it is worth visiting some of the sites that give us information about this so important natural heritage.
One example is the Casa de Madera (1926), a symbolic delta building built of Canadian wood and originally used as a hunting lodge. The complex houses an information centre and a bird museum, and includes a cinema and an observation tower above the Encanyissada lagoon. From here we can start the routes that lead us through the right hemidelta.
Also worth mentioning is the Ecological Museum of the Delta de l’Ebre Natural Park, located on the left side of the delta, in Delta de l’Ebre. It gives us a general view of what this so important Catalan wetland represents.
In addition, the Comarca Montsià Museum in Amposta provides information about nature, the history of rice paddies and the archaeology of the Montsià Delta. The biological reserve of Canal Vell in Delta de l’Ebre is a centre for the regeneration and reintroduction of protected species. Also an enjoyable entertainment is the planting festival – Mas de la Cuixota. On these days of the rice plantation like the ancestors did. Every year, Amposa holts the traditional rice festivals at the Restaurant L’Estany. When planting season begins, all visitors a given chance to actively participate. Some of the farmers will show how to predecessors of the Ebro Delta planted the rice fields. The counterpart of this festival is the harvest festival during October. The farmes will show you how the rice fields are harvested and sheaves are brought, to harvest the threshing floor.
Where to eat
In-terms of gastronomy , we can recommend you Temps de terra. This is a high-quality sustainable farming and breeding, preserving and enriching restaurant, that offers all kinds of outdoor activities. another institution is LO RIU is situated on the river in Amposta and offers bicycle hire service and guided tours. In addition they have also a craft beer brewery, age-old olive groves and rice cultivation. LO RIU runs a farm shop and offers accommodations for travelers.
As you see it’s all about sustainability and nature protection. Therefor is logical that the Riet Vell Nature Reserve is standing for organic rice farming and sustainable tourism to recover the the natural wetland and habitats to favour protected species. This leads us to a maintenance of environmental and landscape quality, rural development and ecotourism.
How to get there
The perfect way to get there is via train or car. You can take the train directly from Barcelona Saints Station with the Regional Express you are in two hours to Camarles-Deltebre for the price of 12€. So this is a good alternative of renting a car.
The area offers all types of accommodation: from hotels and campsites to the traditional houses of the area (Barracas). The reception and documentation centre of the Delta de l’Ebre Natural Park in Deltebre provides information about all the services that the park offers. In addition you can look for a place to stay at Barcelona-Home.