Discovering the region with your 5 senses
Terres de l’Ebre is an extremely diverse region in terms of landscape, natural areas, gastronomy, cultural and historical heritage... and it is all concentrated in a relatively small area, from the highest peak in the south of Catalonia (Caro at 1143m) to the impressive mountain range of Els Ports and rice fields on the Ebro Delta to the plains reaching down to the Mediterranean sea.
Hikers are used to travelling through this region at a slow pace, on foot, enjoying the countryside and stopping to take amazing photos of nature, discovering beautiful scenery or simply relaxing and feeling at one with nature.
However, rarely do they realize that far from being wild and original, this landscape has been moulded by humans since ancient times to meet the needs of each era, and for centuries inhabitants have strived to find a dynamic balance so that the environment is not irreversibly damaged. This land surprises us with its fauna, flora and geological richness, and is partly protected as Els Ports Nature Park and the Ebro Delta Nature Park. Farmers have grown crops in this region, producing high quality products, some of which are already known internationally.
In line with this, the hiking company El Brogit, which also became an ecotourism agency in 2013, has for years tried to transmit this philosophy to visitors, by not only showing them the land but also the daily work of farmers and people who have modelled the landscape.
With the event Vive un día histórico entre viñas (Go back in history for a day in the vineyards), winner of the 2nd prize at the 2014 Awards for Responsible Tourism in Catalonia for the Best action to develop rural economy, we spend a day in the Cavalls mountain range and discover the brutal impact the Civil war had on the village of Corbera, and later descend to meet Francesc who is a winemaker and farmer at Frisach ecological wine cellar. This gives us the chance to find out how the vineyards are pruned during the winter and how wine is made, and afterwards there is wine-tasting whilst eating a delicious “clotxa” (typical local meal) at the Santa Madrona hermitage. To digest the food, there is nothing better than a game of bowls! This is an activity which we have on our agenda but is also offered to groups.
For those who want to spend more time in the mountains and take photos of nature, we recommend a photography trip in Els Ports Nature Park, called Instantes acuáticos (water shots). However, we also offer the chance to combine the land, scenery, nature and local farmers with a trip called Vino, historia y naturaleza en la Terra Alta, 100% Garnacha Blanca (wine, history and nature in Terra Alta, 100% Garnacha white wine).
Thanks to our extensive knowledge of the land, we are able to specialize in customized itineraries. Check out our web page to discover all of the activities on offer, but don’t hesitate to get in touch if you can’t find what you are looking for because we can arrange almost anything!