Our experiences will take place in Terres de l’Ebre, southern Catalonia. The regions of “Montsià”, “Baix Ebre”, “Terra Alta” and “Ribera d’Ebre” form these lands.
Most of these were declared Biosphere Reserve in 2013 by the UNESCO. The delta area and the Ebro basin alone encompass 367.729 hectares with many interior and coastal ecosystems. Currently, Spain is the second country in the world with the most Biosphere Reserves, 45 total.
We need to highlight that, in order to be part of this Biosphere Reserve, innovative practices need to be applied to reconcile human activity with environmental protection.
2 natural parks are gathered in this expanse, together with several nature reserves of great value and a scenic route:
"Els Ports" Natural Park
A 35.050 hectare surface of Natural Park, the regions of Terra Alta, Baix Ebre and Montsià comprise it. With 28% of its surface surpassing the 1.000 meters of altitude, “Caro” is its highest peak at 1.441 meters. Of great geologic, fauna and flora values
"Delta de l’Ebre" Natural Park
A 7.736 hectare surface, the biggest humid area of Catalonia and one of the most important aquatic habitats in the western Mediterranean. With the Montsià and Baix Ebre comprising it, has a great diversity of environments: the river, the sea, beaches, salt marshes, dunes, riverbank forests, etc. Regarding its fauna, birds are its most precious value with a wide diversity of about 300 species that add up between 50 and 100 thousand specimens
Montsià Mountain Range
A Natural area that’s very close to the coast with 3.500 hectares of surface. In the Montsià region, a mountain range with the “Torreta” as its highest peak at 764 meters. Included in the Areas of Natural Interest Plan of Catalonia (PEIN in Catalan). The Mediterranean forest and crop fields together form a habitat for several animal species, including aquatic habitats where we can find amphibians and invertebrates
A massif formed by the mountain ranges of Cardó and Boix, with a 8.874 hectare surface. In the regions of Ribera d’Ebre and Baix Ebre. With the “Creu de Santos” as its highest peak at 941 meters. Vall de Cardó is one of its most important areas, with a landscape of great beauty and a historic and cultural heritage of great value. Included in the Areas of Natural Interest Plan of Catalonia (PEIN in Catalan). Of great fauna and flora diversity
Sebes Reserve and Flix Meander
Wetlands at the edge of the Ebro along its course through Flix, in the region of Ribera d’Ebre, with a 204 hectare surface. Also included in the Areas of Natural Interest Plan of Catalonia (PEIN). Of great fauna and flora diversity
Road that traverses the old Val de Zafan railroad, was intended to connect Puebla de Híjar (Aragon) with Tortosa, permanently closed in 1973. Nowadays, you can hike along its 150km from Alcanyís until the Ebro river mouth (Deltebre), with a maximum slope of 600 meters. You can travel along by foot, horse or bicycle
Ports Experience sustainable ecotourism travel agency
Forest Bathing, getaways and trips in Terres de l’Ebre in the south of Catalonia