Las Terres de l'Ebre is one of the TOP 100 global green destinations
Las Terres de l'Ebre is to be congratulated. This privileged land situated in the south of Catalonia, where mountain landscapes merge with a deltaic ecosystem in less than 40 kilmetres, is considered one of the 100 best sustainable destinations in the world. This recognition, awarded by Global Green Destinations (http://greendestinations.info/) confirms environmental values in the region and adds to the distinction of Biosphere Reserve which was attained in 2103.
From Niagara Falls to Terres de l'Ebre
Like Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon in Colorado, Selinda Game Reserve in Botswana or San Carlos de Bariloche in Chile, Terres de l'Ebre now forms part of this demanding TOP100. These are destinations which have special charm or are one of the unique landscapes to be found on our planet. The jury values landscape and anthropological factors, for example the fact that a region promotes certain sustainable policies, such as respecting natural and human ecosystems. More specifically they concentrate on the wildlife living there, promoting local products and the protection of its tangible and intangible heritage.
10 plans par excellence to do in Terres de l'Ebre
This paradise offers various different ideas of things to do with your family, partner or friends. To follow we suggest some of the best activities for exploring the countryside, to see how it changes depending on the season, interact with the people who live there, experience the most innovative ecological projects, local gastronomy and all the outdoor sports on offer.
1. A van and an adventure
What about putting some bikes into the back of a van and immersing yourself in the Ebro Delta Natural Park? The river, the dunes, lagoons and the rice fields stretching out in front of you along the horizon give a new meaning to the word depth. One of the most incredible experiences you will ever have is watching the sun set over a landscape of sand dunes with Fangar lighthouse in the distance. You can rent bikes and visit Encanyissada and Tancada lagoons and Casa de Fusta. Have a great road trip!
2. A route taking in wineries in the Terra Alta vineyards
Terra Alta is perhaps the trendiest apellation of origin for Catalan wine. Why? Well, because they realized the potential of keeping some of the most authentic varieties, like Grenache Blanc for example. New generations from villages like Gandesa, Batea and Bot have taken over family wineries, opening their doors to visitors. Have a look at some of these wineries and discover the ancestral art of wine making, and why not combine this with visiting the remains of the Battle of the Ebro in villages as emblematic as Corbera d'Ebre.
3. Discover the river while you are on it
Activities such as kayaking, paddle surf or taking a boat trip, are some of the best ways to discover the Ebro river. When you are actually on the river the countryside seems more impressive and villages like Miravet seem even more beautiful. A little higher up at about the same height as Flix, is Sebes Nature Reserve which has some spectacular forests, and well worth a visit are the Towpath Interpretation Centre and Swans country house, which can also be reached on foot along the GR-99, otherwise known as the Camino Natural del Ebro (Ebro Nature Path).
4. Trekking along the GR92 with coves and transparent waters
Walking along the coast from L'Ametlla de Mar to L'Ampolla is one of the most pleasant experiences you can have in Terres de l’Ebre. If it’s summer you can go swimming in transparent water in one of the coves you come across along the way. Otherwise, you can just discover the coves and other isolated spots. A great way to travel back in time and walk in the footsteps of smugglers, pirates and soldiers from past ages. Careful you don’t come across one!
5. Salt and traditional fishing at the Delta
One of the special features in Terres de l'Ebre is that many traditional activities are still preserved, some of which are linked to the marine environment. Salt, traditional fishing and bird watching are the three main factors uniting Món Natura Delta del Ebro, a collection of areas which add value to the Delta region and the biodiversity around it. There are guided visits, workshops with activities and the chance to learn how to “perxar”, this is a typical method of boating in the Delta and what is more, it is free. A memorable unique family experience.
6. The secrets of the mountians
Discovering Els Ports Natural Park either on foot or by 4x4 is a must. If you like going on walks then Els Estels del Sud route, which takes in Els Ports mountain range, is a compulsory option. This route which is almost 100km long and signposted in blue is divided into five stages, and you can start your journey at any of them. On the other hand there is the exceptional natural lookout of Mount Caro which has a new viewpoint. If you are lucky you will see birds of prey and wild mountain goats!
7. The best way to discover the world is by bike
Have you Heard of the Vía Verde trail? It is an old railway line which crosses Terres de l’Ebre from the old train station in Lledó-Arnes to the Ebro Delta. By bike, you go past Horta de Sant Joan cycling round the foot of Santa Bárbara Mountain where Sant Salvador convent lies. Then go through Bot, and little by little you will start to lose height as you enter the extremely beautiful valley of river Canaletes. Pass the old Prat de Compte train station located a few kilometers from Fontcalda sanctuary, and carry on towards the Baix Ebre region where you can enjoy a great meal at the “Antigua Estación de Ferrocarril de Benifallet” (Old Benifallet Train Staion), which has been restored for eating and sleeping. You can also cover the Via Verde on foot or horseback.
8. For the more adventurous
Terres de l'Ebre is a great region for enjoying adventure sports. Els Alfacs Bay offers plenty of opportunites for lovers of kitesurfing or sailing, then there is canyoning in Canaleta River, the last tributary of the Ebro, and located at the foot of the fantastic Roques de Benet (a group of sheer rocky outcrops), this is an experience where the more daring can feel at one with this incredible natural landscape. Or you can go mountain climbing in Tivissa which has some of the most amazing mountain walls in Catalonia!
9. Signature cuisine with products from the vegetable garden
Terres de l'Ebre is home to some great restaurants offering a wide variety of styles, from the most traditional to signature cuisine, with three chefs who have obtained the Michelin star. Great cuisine is based on respect for products and a talent for creativity. Ebro cuisine values products from the sea (i.e. king prawns or shrimps) as well as vegetables and meat. Some of its products with Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) and Protected Geographical Indication (IPG) are rice, olive oil and citrus fruits.
10. Horta de Sant Joan, where Picasso discovered a new life
The old quarters of many villages in Terra Alta are an absolute must for visiting. With this route you can enjoy some fantastic panoramic scenery such as the Roques de Benet (rock formations), which seduced the painter Pablo Picasso and still attract many artists from different parts of the world, who decide to set up their studios there. There is no doubt that Terres de l'Ebre is a place for discovering the real meaning of life.