Terres de l’Ebre

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The final stretch of the Ebro river and its delta give this area its distinctive and characteristic appearance and a wealth of natural landscapes. The Terres de l’Ebre, comprising the Tarragona regions of Baix Ebre, Montsià, Terra Alta and Ribera d’Ebre, provide visitors with an extensive tourist provision that is closely connected with its natural heritage, but without neglecting the attractions linked to its history and traditions.



Parc Natural del Delta de l’Ebre, seaside towns, rice.

The easily accessible cycling trails along the Greenways.
  • Region: Baix Ebre, Montsià, Ribera d'Ebre, Terra Alta
  • Province: Tarragona
  • District: Alcanar, Aldea, l', Aldover, Alfara de Carles, Amposta, Arnes, Ascó, Batea, Benifallet, Benissanet, Bot, Camarles, Caseres, Corbera d'Ebre, Deltebre, Fatarella, Flix, Freginals, Galera, Gandesa, Garcia, Ginestar, Godall, Horta de Sant Joan, L'Ametlla de Mar, L'Ampolla, Mas de Barberans, Masdenverge, Miravet, Móra d'Ebre, Móra la Nova, Palma d'Ebre, Paüls, Perelló, Pinell de Brai, el, Pobla de Massaluca, Prat de Comte, Rasquera, Riba-roja d'Ebre, Roquetes, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Sant Jaume d'Enveja, Santa Bàrbara, Sénia, Tivenys, Tivissa, Torre de l'Espanyol, Tortosa, Ulldecona, Vilalba dels Arcs, Vinebre, Xerta
  • Size: 3309
  • Inhabitants: 179049
  • Web: https://terresdelebre.travel

Geographical location

The Terres de l’Ebre are set in the Tarragona regions of Baix Ebre, Montsià, Terra Alta and Ribera d’Ebre, at the southern end of Catalonia.

Climate

Economic activity

History

History, culture and traditionThe historic heritage of the Terres de l’Ebre area covers an extensive range of periods. The caves at Ulldecona, El Perelló and Freginals contain examples of cave paintings that are valuable enough to have been declared World Heritage Sites. Equally interesting are the remains of Iberian settlements preserved in La Moleta del Remei and Castellet de Banyoles.Examples of Medieval civic and religious architecture can be seen at the Templar castle of Miravet and in the city of Tortosa you can visit the Arab castle of Suda, the Palau Episcopal and the cathedral. Also in the Baix Ebre capital city you can see the famous 16th century Reials Col•legis (royal colleges). Modernism left its mark in the wineries owned by the Pinell de Brai and Gandesa cooperatives.A number of traditional festivals re-enact historic events and periods: the Festa del Renaixement in Tortosa, declared of National Tourism Interest; the Móra Morisca in Móra d’Ebre, celebrating the peaceful coexistence of the Christian, Muslim and Hebrew religions, and the performance of the Setge de Miravet, the end of the persecution of the Order of the Knights Templar. The Passió (passion play) in Ulldecona, the traditions connected with rice growing and ´bous´ (bulls) are just a few other examples of local festivals.

What to see

The historic heritage of the Terres de l’Ebre area covers an extensive range of periods. The caves at Ulldecona, El Perelló and Freginals contain examples of cave paintings that are valuable enough to have been declared World Heritage Sites. Equally interesting are the remains of Iberian settlements preserved in La Moleta del Remei and Castellet de Banyoles. Examples of Medieval civic and religious architecture can be seen at the Templar castle of Miravet and in the city of Tortosa you can visit the Arab castle of Suda, the Palau Episcopal and the cathedral. Also in the Baix Ebre capital city you can see the famous 16th century Reials Col•legis (royal colleges). Modernism left its mark on the winery belonging to the Pinell de Brai and Gandesa cooperatives.

What to do

The Delta de l’Ebre Natural Park is Catalonia´s main wetland area and the second largest in the Spanish State. The 320 square kilometres of dunes, salt pans and fertile rice growing land where the Ebro river flows into the Mediterranean sea houses a hugely rich variety of plants and animals, with over 600 plant species and, in particular, 350 different types of bird, which can be seen from its network of trails and observation points. The limestone massif of the Ports de Beseit marks the area of the Ports Natural Park. Its sheer landscape is home to species such as wild goats, otters and golden eagle, and is a highly prized and valuable area of botanical interest, with more than a thousand species of plants and flowers. The conservation of great holm oak forests, oaks and yew trees, and particularly the caving activities practised in the caves of La Rabosa, Les Ortigues and Benifallet are the main attractions of the Cardó and Boix mountain ranges. The reed beds, water meadows and riverside forests on the way up towards the Flix reservoir cover the 200 hectares of the Sebes i Meandre de Flix Natural Reserve, a habitat for forest birds that depend on water courses for survival. The Pàndols and Cavalls mountain ranges, of great geological value, were the scene of the bloody Battle of the Ebro during the Spanish Civil War. Nowadays, the historic battle sites can be visited. Beyond the Delta, it is possible to enjoy seaside villages such as L’Ametlla de Mar, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, L’Ampolla and Les Cases d’Alcanar. A wide range of high quality beacheshave earned the Blue Flag award.

The many open air activities that can be enjoyed in the Terres de l’Ebre include the extremely popular one of walking, with a number of itineraries for all levels of fitness following the river course, in the natural parks, along the coast and inland. There are two Greenways (former train lines converted into cycling trails) in the Terra Alta and the Baix Ebre areas. Other activity holiday options are rock climbing (the limestone rock systems have some 750 routes) and river activities (ranging from kayak trips along the Ebro river to canyoning in Els Ports).

Tradition has bequeathed a number of popular festivals in the area that reenact historic events: the Festa del Renaixement in Tortosa, declared of National Tourism Interest; the Móra Morisca in Móra d’Ebre, celebrating the peaceful coexistence of the Christian, Muslim and Hebrew religions, and the performance of the Setge de Miravet, the end of the persecution of the Order of the Knights Templar. La Passió (Passion Play) in Ulldecona and traditions linked to rice growing or bous (bulls) are other examples of festivals.

The main stars of Terres de l’Ebre cuisine are the rice paddies in the Delta, which supply the basic ingredient for the most traditional recipes: "arròs negre" (rice cooked with squid ink), "arròs a banda" (rice and seafood served separately) and the paella. Other top quality products are olive oil (from the Terra Alta, Siurana and Baix Ebre-Montsià designations of origin) and wine (from the Terra Alta and Tarragona designations of origin).

Surroundings

CoastlineThe Mediterranean coast of Terres de l’Ebre, packed with quiet natural beaches, coves and cliffs, is an less overcrowded option for family tourism. Beyind the Delta, it is possible to enjoy seaside villages such as L’Ametlla de Mar, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, L’Ampolla and Les Cases d’Alcanar. A wide range of high quality beaches have been distinguished with the coveted Blue Flag.Active tourismOne of the best outdoor activities on offer is hiking, with a number of routes for all levels of fitness that follow the river, wind through natural parks, hug the coastline or venture further inland.There are two Greenways (former train lines converted into cycling trails) in the Terra Alta and the Baix Ebre areas.Other active tourism options are rock climbing (the limestone rock systems have some 750 routes) and river activities (ranging from kayak trips along the Ebro river to canyoning in Els Ports).

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