Natural, vulnerable and authentic
The River Ebro peacefully meanders its way through the plain before entering the Mediterranean sea. Its flow creates an array of unique physical, geographical and natural features whose influence is reflected in local traditions, culture, architectural heritage and history.
Covering a surface area of 320 km2, the Ebro Delta is at once the most extensive and most vulnerable aquatic habitat in Catalonia. It is also a very important enclave within the wetlands of the Mediterranean. The expansive rice fields, which dominate the low-lying land, change colour with every passing season.
The coastline boasts one of the most stunning landscapes to be found anywhere in the Mediterranean, where large lagoons surrounded by reed beds and rushes stretch out as far as the eye can see. The most eye-catching feature of the surrounding areas is the vast expanses of saline soils with salt marshes and long, deserted beaches whose dunes are crowned with tufts of marram grass and other plants which thrive in this environment.
At both ends, two strips of fine sand, known as Punta del Fangar and Punta de la Banya, enclose the magnificent bays of Fangar and dels Alfacs respectively. At the same time, the Delta is teeming with life. In view of the amazing biodiversity of its landscapes which are home to a vast array of animals and plants, the region has been designated the Ebro Delta National Park since 1983 in a bid to protect the area.
The Ebro Delta makes for the perfect setting and its year-round offer caters to people of all ages and interests.
Sustainable tourism across the Ebro Delta
In recent years, the Ebro Delta has confirmed its status as a sustainable tourism hotspot based on its commitment to sustainability, and has received international recognition with distinctions such as the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism.
The commitment involves a number of initiatives which seek to promote and guarantee compatibility between the economic, social and aesthetic impact of tourism, and the cultural and environmental integrity of the Delta. In the light of the efforts and results of these initiatives, the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) was awarded in 2009, and the local region was declared a Terres de l’Ebre Biosphere Reserve in 2013.
When you visit the Ebro Delta, please follow these guidelines and rules. Have a great time and don’t forget to remain eco-conscious and responsible so you can do your bit to protect this unique and vulnerable heritage.