Certified in 2017 as a perfect destination for enjoying Nature and Mountains as a family, Els Ports encompasses a large area made up of eight municipalities surrounding this mountainous zone, which was awarded the title of Els Ports Natural Park in 2001 and declared part of the "Terras de l'Ebre Biosphere Reserve" by UNESCO in 2013.This space offers a combination of attractions which are typical of a mountainous area and towns with a rich cultural, historical and architectural heritage.
The Els Ports (or Lo Port) massif is a mountain range which covers more than 800km2 in the south of Catalonia, situated between the Iberian mountain system and the Catalan Coastal Range.It also stretches into the regions of Aragón and Valencia.Its main attraction are the 35,050 hectares of the Els Ports Natural Park, which are spread across the districts of Monstià, Baix Ebre and Terra Alta and also include 861 hectares of Wild Animal Refuge.The whole massif is part of the Terres del Ebre Biosphere Reserve, recognised by UNESCO in 2013.
The most distinctive feature of the Els Ports landscape is, without doubt, its typically massif style steep and rugged slopes which rise up imposingly from the surrounding agricultural lowlands.With only 19 developed hectares, you can find more that 200 species of vertebrates, 1,370 species of flowers and 2 areas of geological interest.In Els Port you can see wild goats, otters, wildcats and some 200 species of bat. There are also birds such as vultures, different types of eagle and the Egyptian vulture, plus reptiles such as the Spanish pond turtle and the pink Mediterranean house gecko, and also amphibians such as the Iberian ribbed newt and the green newt.Furthermore, there are 17 monumental trees: maples, holm oaks, pines, olives, oaks, yews, beech etc.
Spending time in this massif is like entering a world where the presence of humans is barely perceptible: the only evidence of previous activity is found in the pathways, ancient ruined buildings and traces of abandoned farming activity.However, the sounds of the forest, the rocky and verdant landscapes, and taking in the flora and fauna give the visitor a sense of calm and wellbeing, allowing him to feel at one with nature.With over eight hundred kilometres of signposted routes, the whole family will find a many places to explore and interesting activities to do: hiking, cycling, canyoning, children's games, forest bathing nature therapy, etc.The eight participating municipalities are situated around the periphery of this mountainous area and all have information points where you can find all the details you need to really enjoy the massif.
The towns and villages of the Els Ports area boast a rich cultural, historical and architectural heritage which is worth visiting. The historic centres of Tortosa, Horta de Sant Joan and Arnes have very interesting medieval and renaissance buildings. Paüls, Alfara de Carles, Prat de Comte and la Sénia are settlements which blend perfectly into their space and surroundings, all with some buildings, facilities or complexes which really deserve a visit, such as the Observatori de l'Ebre (Ebro Observatory) in Roquetes, which has been undertaking scientific activity and studying the sky for more than one hundred years.All are interesting places to get to know, to visit at leisure and to spend time really focusing on the details.
In all of these towns and villages you can explore the tasty local food, stay in a wide variety of accommodation and check out some businesses which offer commercial and tourist activities.
Els Ports Natural Park
Terres de l'Ebre Biosphere Reserve
Turisme de les Terres de l'Ebre
Alfara de Carles
Horta de Sant Joan
Prat de Comte