Parc Natural del Delta del Ebre

Parc Natural del Delta del Ebre
 

Overview
The Natural Park of Ebre Delta is located in the Southern most part of Catalonia where the River Ebre and the Mediterranean meet. It is made up of rice fields, plains and sand dunes. Covering 7,800 hectares, the park is divided into lagoons, islands and peninsulas. It is the 2nd largest wetland in the western Mediterranean and is important for not only birds but along agriculture and in particular rice production.

Walking
The town of Amposta is considered a good staring point to visit the park and a bicycle is recommended for getting around. There are a number of companies that rent bikes in the vicinity. Many routes are available and many companies offer guided tours. For those who want to go at their own pace the local tourist office provides maps with itineraries. Another way to visit the delta is by boat either up the river or around the mouth of the Ebre and the islands of Sant Antoni and Buda.

Sightseeing
Llacuna de les Olles: Smallest lagoon of the delta, interesting area between beach and lagoon
La Punta del Fangar: This is an area with a sand surface of 410ha which can be visited by car, bike or by foot. Llacuna de la Tancada: The area covers 312 ha. It is possible to visit this area by car or bicycle. Punta de la Banya: A great amount of birds stay here during the winter. Tourist access is restricted with exception of the days between the 15 of July and the 15 of September, without leaving the beach the area can be entered by car.
Llacuna de l’Encanyissada: The area covers 1192ha it is the largest lagoon of the Delta.

Animals/Birds
Over 300 species of birds have been recorded here. These include flamingos, several kinds of heron, including the purple heron, red-crested pochards and bitterns. The shallow offshore waters around the delta are extremely important as spawning and nursery areas for fish, including many commercially valuable species such as seabass, and red mullet.

Plants
The vegetation of the Ebro Delta is particularly unique. 515 species have been recorded with reed beds being the most predominant. There are woods which are situated along the banks of the Ebro. These include alder, ash, elm and water-willow. Where the influence of the sea becomes stronger, the wood becomes thinner and only oleanders and tamarisks can be found in these coastal area’s.

 

 
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