Delta de l'Ebre, the pure nature
The Ebro Delta, with 320 square kilometers, is the largest wetland in Catalonia and the first western Mediterranean aquatic habitat.
The route that we propose will let you know a space richest biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine, hospitable people find a special charm, landscapes full of contrasts, enjoy fine dining in the area and make numerous sporting, cultural and entertainment that will make you want to return when ye not yet gone.
The Ebro Delta nature reserve to discover
The Ebro Delta is a natural area of ??great biological wealth which is home to over 500 plant species, more than 300,000 birds of 300 different species, and wintering area or rest during migration periods.
This nature reserve is full of contrasts, as, the wild beaches of large, dune fields, gaps, spaces where there are plains and salt mirages, share space with holding much of their surface, especially rice. In short, this is an ideal setting to get away from the crowds and stress of big cities and experience nature at its best.
The delta can be accessed in several ways, by foot, bike, boat, car ..., but if you want to make a weekend stay the best option is to combine all the options. That is, you can travel by car the longest distances and making many stops at viewpoints amenizándolo with a bike ride or walking. In either case, due to the ease with which one can be lost on the roads of the delta, we recommend that before you start you approach the Information Center natural park located in the village of Deltebre, to organize your outings with all the necessary information.
We will propose a route from south to north starting with Alcanar, the southernmost municipality of Catalunya. There you can visit the chapel del Remei, a building of the sixteenth and seventeenth century and from there get close to a nearby hill that hosts an Iberian.
At about nine miles north from Alcanar, will come to Sant Carles de la Rapita, city anchored in an inlet largest natural harbor of the Mediterranean, the Alfacs. The bay is ideal for the practice of sailing, rowing, surfing and other water sports.
From Sant Carles can enter the Ebro Delta the southernmost part of the park. If you will come to the bay costeáis Poblenou del Delta, a village from where you can explore the great lagoon of l'Encanyissada, the largest in the delta. Nearby you will find the House whip, and former hunting lodge that currently hosts an ornithological museum.
Beside Tancada l'Encanyissada is the second lagoon area. If you catch a detour to the right you will penetrate in Trabucador bar, a narrow sandy isthmus start five miles that can travel by car to reach the top of the Banya, one of the bird nesting places most important Mediterranean. In this area you will find the salt of the Trinitat. No one can visit, but you can see them from a nearby viewpoint.
From Poblenou del Delta you can direct towards Sant Jaume d'Enveja, a village with origins in salt mining and construction Des Ebro channel there is a track parallel to the river, heading north, will take you to Buddha Island, which includes a representation of all the natural environments of the park. Even so, know that the island can only be visited a city tour, although they can be seen from a dune lookout located on the left bank of the river. Without yourself away much too can enjoy the wild and unspoiled beaches of the Delta: the Mitjorn, the de l'Alfacada and nude from the Seraglio.
In 2010 he opened The pin that connects the towns of Sant Jaume d'Enveja and Deltebre. The bridge has become an emblem and infrastructure totally integrated into the life of the Delta. Moreover, when strolling down the afternoon; admire the sunsets from its highest point; a stroll through the neighboring town ... now part of the daily life of the inhabitants of this territory. The pin has two lanes for cars, one for each direction, a bike lane and a rest area along its 250 meter length. It has an elegant design, friendly and well integrated into the landscape. Night lights and create a beautiful reflection in the river.
On the other side you will find Deltebre, the largest population in the delta where the headquarters and the Eco-museum Delta Nature Park.
From here you catch the T-340 will arrive until Riumar Beach, Delta the only service available. Beside this Garxal lagoon, a group of small islands and lagoons that can be admired by performing a walk on foot or by bicycle. Also find the river port of Gatxo, from where tourist boats plying the river mouth and reach the islands of Buddha and Sant Antoni.
A little more to the left of the beach Riumar find the Marquesa beach and the tip of the Fang, a large area of ??sand dunes best preserved of all the Catalan coast. Because it is at sea level at times, and depending on the strength of the wind, is flooded.
To say farewell Delta de l'Ebre, we recommend returning to Sant Carles de la Rapita and climb to the Mirador de Guardiola, from where you will have an unforgettable panoramic views of the delta. If you do you will return safe.
If you come from the motorway AP-7 direction Barcelona - Valencia, you can choose between exits 39 (l'ampoule), 40 (l'Aldea-Tortosa) and 41 (Amposta-St. Carles de la Rapita).
If you come on the N-340, you can choose any of the four outputs on Deltebre direction.
You can also get there by train, with the line between Barcelona and Valencia.
When to go?
The best time to visit the delta is autumn, from October to November, when the rice has been harvested and the fields are filled with migrating birds. The best times to observe are the dawn and dusk, when they forage for food.