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21 Jun 2012 0 comments Òscar Marín

Sailing through the bay “dels Alfacs”

One of the most elegant ways to enjoy the waters of this bay is on board of a classic sailing ship, letting the wind do all the work.  Allows for an unforgettable panoramic view of the Delta del Ebro.  However, you can choose more economical ways to do that, like renting a kayak or a sailboat.  Whatever you chose, you can make arrangements at Estació Nàutica, in the town of Sant Carles de la Ràpita.

If you feel adventurous there is always the kitesurfing, an excellent way to blend in with nature while standing on a board dragged by a kite.  Fun? You bet.  Daring? Only if you crave for some adrenaline-fueled acrobatics.  If you are not into xtreme sports, you probably are a better candidate to practice paddle surf.  You stay close to the beach and it feels like walking on water.

Kitesurf

The day of my visit I chose a more relaxed approach, focusing on gastronomy, landscape and tradition.  At 11 am, like every Saturday, a boat from company Creuers Delta de l’Ebre, sets sail from the port of Sant Carles de la Ràpita, towards the mussel beds on the bay.

The sea is calm, so we enjoy the sights. Far back inland you can spot the Montsià mountain range, a great place to hike and admire the grandiose views of the Delta del Ebro and the Mediterranean.

The mussel beds boat

The sailing is smooth.  Soon, we find the mussel beds.  There are about a hundred, that each year produce hundreds of tons of high quality mussels and oysters.  Among the thirty-odd workers who run the mussel beds we chat with grandpa Agustí who greets visitors from his blue “xiringuito” (hut). He offers us a tasting of the local product: fresh oysters and mussels cooked in wine…and a glass of cava.  “Experts everywhere tells us these oysters have a unique taste,” he proudly claims.  How so? Apparently the salinity and nutrients of this area’s seawater are ideal for the shellfish. I can vouch for it.  I raise my glass of cava to make a toast to this lovely less intense way of sailing…

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