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(English) Getting to know the Ebro Delta

By | 18 January, 2019 | 0 comments

The Ebro Delta is one of those special hidden corners of Spain, loved for its calm and tranquillity. This region of Tarragona offers a whole host of phenomenal rural landscapes and is the perfect destination for nature lovers, as well as those seeking out active tourism and people who just enjoy amazing Spanish food and drink – not forgetting those of you who want to switch off and enjoy everything this stunning area has to offer.

Delta del ebro

Officially declared an area of unique natural importance in 2013, the Ebro Delta is the most humid part of the Spanish peninsula, an exceptional landscape alongside the mouth of the largest river in the Mediterranean. Just 200 kilometres outside Barcelona, a labyrinth of trails and roads lead you through the rice fields of the Ebro delta and transport you to a whole other world of stunning natural beauty. A perfect destination for those looking for some active tourism, water sports, hiking, mountain bike trails, bird watching, or simply some relaxing strolls through this paradise setting, full of unspoiled beaches where time seems to stand still for everyone.

The Ebro Delta is also the ideal destination for enjoying some of the finest food Spain has to offer. A large part of the region’s economy is dedicated to growing rice. This particular foodstuff not only shapes the landscape, but also takes centre stage on some of the delightful regional menus you’ll find here, particularly well-celebrated in September and October as part of the regionalRice Day celebrations.

The bicycle is by far the most popular mode of transport in this part of the region, allowing you to lose yourself in the beauty of the Ebro Delta and its extensive plains as you enjoy a relaxing ride. Bikes allow you to get lost in the beautiful trails on both sides of the river, as well as plenty of other stunning locations, such as the Encanyissada Lagoon, the region’s most expansive lagoon and part of an 18-kilometre trail. While exploring on two wheels, you’ll be able to indulge in a spot of birdwatching if the mood takes you, seeing egrets, kestrels, kingfishers and warblers, among plenty of others, with an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 different birds calling the region home. And what could be better than resting your legs with a visit to Casa de Fusta, an old hunting lodge for Barcelona’s high society, now housing a great museum on the Ebro Delta.

But we mustn’t forget, the Ebro Delta is also the perfect destination for watersports, including fishing and kayak rides, where you can enjoy the oasis of the Ebro in all its glory. Not to mention the spectacular sunsets on offer here – straight out of the most romantic movie scenes – one of Catalonia’s most spectacular natural features.

At HCC Montsia, we’ll give you all the information you need to find the perfect active pursuits in the region, helping you make the most of the Ebro Delta Nature Reserve and the wider Amposta area.

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