Day trip from Barcelona Ebre Delta

Barcelona is a good point from which to consider trips to the rest of Catalonia. When you visit Barcelona you can find plenty of guided tours, activities and monuments to visit, but the Catalan capital is a good place from which to raise excursions allow back the same day for not having to change accommodation.

In southern Catalonia we find the Ebro Delta, one of the areas with a differentiated landscape across the country, with a wetland Park. We explain how to get public and private transport.

Delta de l’Ebre (Ebro Delta)

Delta is a land that is formed due to sediments transported in a river promenade ground, in other words it is a land of fresh water enters the sea salt water. Currently in the last kilometers of the Delta, with a depth of about 8 meters, there are 1.5-2 meters of surface fresh water, the rest is salt water, that difference in density do not mix. With fewer the salt water comes isn Amposta. Really the coastline would be located in this city, now about 30 kilometers from the river mouth.

The Ebro Delta is located at the mouth of the Ebro river, the river with a flow largest in the Iberian peninsula and formed within the regions of Montsià and Baix Ebre. The most important towns in the area are Amposta, Sant Jaume d’Enveja Deltebre, L’Aldea, Camarles and formerly also the Buda Island.

Its geography has changed over the years, not always naturally the hand of man has had a special influence. As mentioned, the river carries sediment along the course are placed at the end. It began to form some 6,000 years ago, but in the seventeenth century had a tremendous growth due to the large logging in the area of ​​Monegros, desert now for this logging, which led to total deforestation and river erosion easily the area, providing lots of sediment.

This geographic area creates a special, flat topography and spectacular landscapes and allows the production of various food products with unique characteristics. The large wetland, the union of the river’s fresh water and salt from the Mediterranean coast, sign stakes wetlands ecosystem, which facilitates the growth of several plant species and allows growing areas.

In the area of ​​the Ebro Delta can do many tourist activities that allow us to know more territory. To see all the places you can join us on guided hikes, horse riding or water sports in the river or the sea. To find Amposta Museum Terres de l’Ebre collections of archeology, ethnology and nature, the Ecomuseum Deltebre Natural Park and the town itself is the museum of the rice. Do not miss the Buda Island at the end of desenvocament Delta.

The cuisine highlights both the products grown and the quality of the restaurants. We also find places to sleep if we extend the stay in the Delta.

The construction area is typical of the hut, a small building where people lived on the edges of the river and also had a small orchard where the cultivation of subsistence.

The boat used to sail on the river was the lute. A long narrow boat designed for loading and transporting materials. It took one month and four days on the river back to Zaragoza, dragged by ropes through animal traction. The return trip, taking the direction of the water, did in half the time.

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Delta Ebre Natural Park

In 1983 the Government of Catalonia created the Delta Nature Reserve. The main intention was to protect the whole area of ​​the effects of man’s hand. The park covers an area of ​​320km2 and is one of the most important aquatic habitat in the western Mediterranean, where there coexist several species, a unique landscape in the country. It is also a perfect habitat for mammals, amphibians, fish, reptiles and birds, small animals that live in calm sea.

The Wood House museum and found the first bird viewpoint also store food in the area and a restaurant.

MónNatura Ebro Delta is a museum located in the former salt. Currently there is a recreation of how to produce this commodity, very important economically for many centuries, since it allowed the preservation of food. It also has a small bird observatory in the building of the former owners of salt, with rooms for activities.

You can catch a return to a hanger, small boats used to move through the marshy areas and channels. Rowing is a plan or pole that sticks to the ground, you can remind the Venetian gondolas.

Next MónNatura kilometers you can reach the beaches. It is accessible by car and is perfect for enjoying a relaxing bath.

You may not know that the landscape has been one of the most viewed worldwide, thanks to the recording of the Irish group U2 video of the song Vertigo. Among the visual effects we can see how the group acts on the sandy tip mud.

Typical products of Delta

Delta is known for various products, which highlight three products above the rest thanks to the geographical characteristics.

Above all emphasizes its rice, both for its quality and the economic importance of the region. Rice Delta has its own protected designation of origin, and cultivate up to 14 varieties. The waterways not taken directly from the river, come embasament a few kilometers upstream.

Sea products also stand out for their quality and importance. We begin with the mussels, although that can be found throughout the year. From the beginning of the summer, between the months of June and July, is when you collect the better quality and tastier. The Delta oyster or clams are other varieties of seafood to be found in the area.

Within the river also caught species of saltwater fish or octopus, remember that only 2 meters of surface water is sweet and salty bottom.

Also salt producing area, because of the vast flat expanse in contact with sea water using the method of evaporation of seawater. Currently, production is carried out in the Punta de la Banya, but it’s restricted area and can not be visited.

As you can see are basic products for the realization of a good paella, one of the specialties of local restaurants.

Finally you can also find eel, artichoke and herb brandy known as products of the local cuisine.

Delta endangered due to human action

Delta has to fight constantly against the imprint left on the man around. The effects of apple snails (Pomacea insularum), either by its presence or actions that are to free themselves. This invasive species coming from America is used in aquariums, this means that it has been introduced by man. It mainly affects aquatic plant species

Mussel production in 2016 fell approximately 20% compared to 2015 (very good year for the winter rains) the fight against the plague of apple snail, introduced intentionally, which has dried different channels combat and eliminate intrusive species. Reduction of fresh water. Also decreasing the size of the mussel meat. The growing areas are the Fangar and Alfacs bay. Add the mussel is a food rich in iron.

The Platform in Defence of the Ebro fighting NHP transfers to protect the river flow. Not to transfer or + Water + sediments are some of the campaigns, among others, to protect the river.

The Hydrological Plan aims to transfer water to Castellón, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Almeria and Barcelona. These contributions would cause a drop in water level would flow down the river sediments decreased freshwater varying percentages current and would forever change the geography and affect the ecosystem of the Delta.

For years, due to the large number of reservoirs that hold the sediments, the Delta is retrossés. As shown disused lighthouse is currently 5 km from the coast, where just 60 years ago was met coastal area where the inhabitants of the island to celebrate Buddha’s festivities.

Where to eat well in the Ebro Delta

Surely the Delta area can be found many places where you can taste the local cuisine of quality and a good price, but I will tell you three restaurants well known to people in the area:

Restaurant La Barraca Delta: Carretera Sant Jaume 4

The Wood House Restaurant: The PDA Encanyissada.

Corner Restaurant Rio Av Ebro 162 43877 Sant Jaume d’Enveja

How to get the Ebro Delta

From Barcelona, ​​the most practical and easiest way to get there is by private transport. The car trip is about two hours on the motorway A7-E15. Bear in mind that most of the journey by highway, and along the way there are tolls to pay.

Public transport communication between Barcelona and towns in the Delta is not so good, we could say that it is really precarious.

If we choose the alternative train traveling from Barcelona Sants station L’Aldea-Amposta-Tortosa. The journey takes less than two hours and costs about 15 € *. The problem is that once you reach the village, take a taxi or a bus to HIFE to move to the area.

The alternative of traveling by bus brings us inside the populations of the Delta. From Barcelona for about € 23.07 * The company offers different routes to Hife Deltebre, lasting 3 hours and 45 minutes the journey.

We can also travel to Eurolains € 19.90 * to Sant Carles de la Rapita.

We advise arriving by car, and once Delta move in bicycle bequeath to the House of Wood.

* Prices June 2016