We present the best of Amposta
Municipal Market (Amposta)
This building was erected in 1947 by architect F. J. Barba Corsini, on the former site known as the Fábrica, where there once stood a soap factory and a rice-drying facility. It was a place where people went to enjoy themselves playing traditional games.
The municipal market stands there now. It consists of a nave with covered arcades along the sides, where there are various shops. Above these are some large windows with magnificent stained-glass, made using the medieval leading technique, depicting scenes of wildlife from the Ebro Delta.
The market supplies fresh produce from the region that form part of the traditional Mediterranean cuisine, including fish, meat, vegetables, fruit, bread, cakes and pastries, etc.
Location: Av. Alcalde Palau, 68, Amposta.
Terres de l’Ebre Museum (Amposta)
The Montsia museum preserves and manages the most important nature, archaeology, and ethnology collections of the region of Montsia and the Ebro Delta, which consists of over 20,000 objects.
The Montsia Museum, after an initial period of operation (1984-2000) which included explanatory sections based on these collections, began remodeling work that focused on three main themes: Archaeology, from prehistory to the medieval period; The Ebro, the water route; The Ebro Delta, memory of an environment, space of some men.
The Montsia Museum, as a cultural, open, and dynamic entity, annually organises activities such as conferences, courses, temporary exhibitions, local and regional tours, and educational workshops, etc. It also offers many services, including library and documentation services.
Location: C/ Gran Capità, 34, Amposta.
Suspension Bridge (Amposta)
Construction on the bridge began in 1915, after the completion of works directed by the author of the project, the engineer J. Eugenio Ribera. It was inaugurated in 1921.
The bridge’s main features are the two stone pilasters in the form of a triumphal arch on both sides of the river, and the metal structure supported by cables. It significantly improved communications for the town, being the first permanent bridge across the lower section of the Ebro river, and for many years the one with the most light between its columns in Spain.
The Amposta Suspension Bridge is a symbol of the town.
Location: In the town of Amposta.
Modernist Houses (Amposta)
Most of the modernist buildings in the town can be found on Avenida de la Rápita, including the houses of Fàbregues, Morales Talarn, Macià, and Palau Fàbregas.
In Victoria Street, we notice the bright colours of the modernist Notary House, which looks like a small Moorish palace. On Sant Joan street is the ancestral house of Miralles, a medieval building which has been renovated, and Also on Avenida Sant Jaume is the house of Enric Ramon, where the tourist office is located.
Location: Different areas in the town of Amposta.
Amposta Castle (Amposta)
The remains of a medieval fortification in the historic quarter of Amposta, near the River Ebro, which was built on a former Iberian settlement.
Amposta Castle was built by the Moors in the 10th century. It enjoyed its greatest period of splendour when it was conquered by Ramón Berenguer IV and proclaimed the headquarters of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem under the Catalan-Aragonese Crown, and given the name of “castellania” of Amposta.
After many successive wars and plunderings, the first rice mill in the region of the Ebro was constructed here in the late 19th century. The importance of its legacy remained unknown to us for centuries, though these vestiges and splendours of the past have since been recovered. Today, the area around the Castle -the historical symbol of the city- is another space to enjoy in the town, a place for leisure, which offers public cultural and tourism facilities.
A series of information panels allows visitors to take an interpretive tour inside the castle grounds, where they can learn about the historical evolution of the architectural testimonies that have been conserved: the base of the tower of Sant Joan; the moats; the slender, pointed arches made of stone washed by the river; the former handmade soap factory; the Iberian silos; and several walls.
Location: In the town of Amposta.
Encanyissada Lagoon (near Amposta)
This is the largest lagoon in the Ebro Delta and is found within the protected areas of the natural park, in the right hemidelta.
It is characterised by the halophytic and freshwater vegetation that surrounds it, the latter being the most prevalent, in addition to vegetation adapted to saline and halophilic land.
The fauna in the area is generally that associated with freshwater lagoons, like reed birds, anatidae, and herons (purple heron and grey heron), etc.
The area has four wildlife observation points around the lagoon. A cycle path skirts the north-western part and has interpretive panels explaining the area’s ecosystem.
Location: the lagoon is located within the Ebro Delta, where there is also the beautiful town of Poblenou del Delta. In 2013, the Ebro Delta was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Casa de Fusta (near Amposta)
The Casa de Fusta (Wooden House), situated beside the Encanyissada lagoon, was imported from Canada for use as a hunting lodge by the bourgeoisie of Barcelona.
These days, and since the creation of the Ebro Delta Natural Park, it houses a permanent, interactive exhibition on the lagoons in the Delta and most of birds that inhabit them. It also displays some of the equipment that was once used for traditional hunting and fishing, and serves as the information point for the park.
In this area of the park, visitors can enjoy the flora and fauna around the Encanyissada lagoon from the several viewpoints. A cycle path skirts the north-western part of the lagoon, dotted with interpretive panels giving information about this unusual ecosystem. There is an information service located next to the Casa de Fusta, where they sell handmade products from the area, various publications, and interesting material about the Delta.
Location: Partida de la Cuixota, s/n, Amposta.
Bou Gardens (near Amposta)
This botanical garden was created by Baladre school workshop. It is located on the outskirts of Amposta, and accessed via the Carrova road. The gardens cover 6,000 square metres and contain trees and shrubs that are typically found in the different ecosystems of the Montsià region.
The gardens offer visitors a virtual way to learn about the region’s typical Mediterranean landscapes and the vegetation of its riverbanks and highest mountains. You can see the characteristic vegetation of each area, that which grows naturally or which has appeared as a result of man’s transformation of the natural environment. You can also learn the names of the most representative plants of these vegetation groups, as each group has a corresponding information panel.
Location: Near Amposta, via the Amposta road.
La Carrova Tower (near Amposta)
La Carrova Tower is a small watchtower located 4 kilometers from Amposta, overlooking the Ebro river. It originally served as a strategic point for controlling traffic along the river.
The tower is a good example of the medieval defence towers at the lower stretch of the Ebro, as is evident in its robust structure belonging to the austere 14th-century Gothic style.
Near the tower is a picnic area, the Carrova fountain, the Boscaso springs -small lagoons which are protected because of their ecological value-, and the remains of a Roman settlement, currently being archaeologically reconstructed.
Location: the tower is near the town of Amposta. The archaeological park can be visited on Sundays from 11.00am to 1.00pm.
Barraca de l’Ametllé (near Amposta)
The Barraca de l’Ametllé (stone hut), with its impressive dimensions, is considered the largest with a single nave in the Ebro and Tarragona region.
It features a rectangular layout in the form of a thurible, with one side measuring 8.80 metres, and the other 5.40 metres, with a height of between 4 and 5 metres.
Facing the south, the entranceway is pointed and there are two other openings, for ventilation and to let out smoke. These are made with two or three slabs, forming a triangle with the east and north walls. The hut was used as temporary housing for farmworkers. It also has several shelves and a trough for animals, made from the same stone as the structure.
Location: On the outskirts of Amposta.