Protected nature reserve
In 1983, following a campaign launched by local residents, the Government of Catalonia established the Ebro Delta National Park in a bid to strike a balance between the natural values of the area and human activity. The National Park is a unique space within Catalonia and its importance is recognised internationally by leading organisations.
The Ebro Delta is the largest wetland area of Catalonia and one of the most important regions in the Mediterranean. This very special setting, across which the River Ebro estuary extends, is home to an exceptional and remarkable national park teeming with a vast array of animal and plant life.
Covering a total surface area of 7,736 hectares, the Ebro Delta National Park is located in the regions of Baix Ebre and Montsià, and every single inch of the territory is teeming with life:
- More than 500 species of plant. They predominantly consist of reed beds, rushes, eucalyptus trees, river honeysuckle and, of course, the star of the show: rice.
- As for the various species of animals in the region, birds figure prominently. According to calculations, there are thought to be between 50,000 and 100,000 birds from 300 different species.
Action must be taken to safeguard the future of the National Park’s wondrous biodiversity. To this end, in addition to its status as a protected nature reserve, the area is also a Special Protection Area (SPA) for Birds and is part of the Xarxa Natura 2000 and the Terres de l’Ebre Biosphere Reserve.
Areas of interest
Bassa de les Olles
The smallest lagoon of the Ebro Delta
Punta del Fangar
An expansive sandy area with moving dunes
The final frontier following a 1,000 km journey
Large area of submerged grasslands
Ullals de Baltasar
When the water emerges from the ground
Llacuna del Canal Vell
The origin of the Park
Punta de la Banya
The jewel in the crown of the National Park
The most recent lagoon
The last island
The perfect spot for birdwatchers
Public facilities of the National Park
Eco-museum of the Ebro Delta National Park
- Further information: +34 977 489 679
The Eco-museum introduces visitors to the strange world of the Delta and gives a particular insight into how the natural and human aspects of its ecosystem work side by side.
The visit begins in the country house, where the information centre and projection room are located, before continuing to the top floor which hosts the permanent exhibition about the National Park and the Ebro Delta. The journey then takes visitors outside where they are able to discover various environments of a natural (river, lagoon, riverside woods and ullal) and man-made nature (irrigation system, market garden and rice field), and to learn about traditional human activities (traditional rice-growing and inland fishing techniques). Its magnificent aquarium accommodates the principal species of fish and amphibians found in the Delta.
The whole experience is adapted for blind people and those with a visual impairment or physical disability. Following an agreement with the Spanish Organisation of the Blind (ONCE), much of the information is available in Braille and large lettering.
Casa de Fusta
- Further information: +34 977 261 022
The Casa de Fusta is one of the most iconic buildings in the Delta. It hosts a permanent exhibition dedicated to the lagoons of the Ebro Delta, as well as a collection of the most representative naturalised birds of these wetlands. Visitors have access to a range of services which they can use either to discover and understand the complexity of this ecosystem, or to relax and enjoy the magnificence of the natural surroundings.
These services include an information centre, farm shop, audiovisual room, specially-designed guided tours, various observation points, cycle lane and recreational area.
Observation points of the Ebro Delta National Park
Observation points have become one of our most popular visitor attractions. And not by chance. As the Delta sits on low-lying land, any vantage point a few metres above the ground will afford fantastic panoramic views of the region.
These facilities are strategically located around the lagoons and showcase the breathtaking beauty of the landscape and the rich diversity of wildlife by which these diverse, though vulnerable, protected spaces are characterised.
Besides the above-mentioned attractions available to visitors across the Ebro Delta National Park, the Delta also offers other museums and information centres where visitors can discover and learn more about our traditions, culture, architectural heritage and history.
Guidelines and rules for visitors
As the Delta is unique and vulnerable in equal measure, our visitors are asked to follow these guidelines which are designed to promote sustainable tourism, optimise the use of natural resources and ultimately protect the environment.
- Pay attention to signposts and do not enter prohibited areas, especially during the nesting season (from February to August, both inclusive).
- Follow designated pathways, routes and directions for observation and photography points.
- Use binoculars and telescopes to observe animals at an appropriate distance so you do not disturb them.
- Leave the natural surroundings as you would wish to find them. Use the bins provided to dispose of your waste.
- In nature reserves, you must not disturb, destroy or remove any animal or plant, living or dead.
- Off-leash dogs may startle birds and are not allowed to enter the nature reserve.
- Do not camp in prohibited areas or pitch a tent overnight in birdwatching areas.
- Leave your vehicle in the designated parking areas or on the side of a road which is wide enough to allow other vehicles to pass unobstructed.
- You may approach any rule breakers and respectfully point out their transgression, especially those who have entered a prohibited area.
- For hygiene reasons, do not touch dead animals. If you suspect that an animal of an endangered species has died in suspicious circumstances or that an animal is injured, please call our rangers on +34 977 706 261.
- If you come across any branded birds that have died, you are urged to note their relevant details and send them to email@example.com or inform the head office of the National Park you are visiting.
- If you encounter any highly unusual events, dead animals, illegal hunting, fires, etc. please contact our rangers (+34 977 706 261) or the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) (+34 977 500 108).