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01 Aug 2012 1 comment Lídia Penelo

The Wetlands and Wildlife of Delta de l’Ebre

Whether it’s a weekday or weekend, every day is a good day to enjoy the largest wetland of Catalonia, the Delta de l’Ebre.  For the perfect experience you have only to hope for three things: no clouds, no wind and a burning desire to observe.  Regardless of the conditions, you should be prepared for an unforgettable experience.

A Catalan Natural Park since 1986, the Delta de l’Ebre has been gradually adding new observatories to help better understand its biodiversity, and for good reason.  Its near 20,000 acres make it the second largest in Spain after Doñana National Park and the largest wetland in the western Mediterranean after the Camargue (a French Regional Park).

Nice views in Delta

The newest observatory is Delta Espai­, located between a lagoon named Tancada and the ancient salt marsh of Sant Antoni.  It is designed to preserve the local fauna and flora and help detail its characteristics thanks to a state-of-the-art facility.  Simply put, it’s technology at the service of nature. As an example, Delta Espai has recreated a large-scale salt marsh to serve as a hands on educational environment for visitors, the purpose of which is to help explain the dynamic of this particular bio-fields makeup and its purpose.  Also, Delta Espai recently helped recover almost 40 acres occupied by an old fish farm thanks to the EU’s ‘Life’ program.

If you’re looking for a complete outdoor experience, Delta Espai also offers educational workshops, which is excellent food for your brain.  If what you’re looking for is some playtime, there is a recreational area where you can even go fishing.  Or, if you prefer something quieter in a more discreet location, you can head over to the 360-degree view terrace that crowns the facility.  You can also put your eyes to the test and enjoy local birds with your binoculars.  Is there a more perfect place to enjoy nature?

La Punta de la Banya (Tip of the horn)

If you want to take full advantage of your trip to la Tancada, it’s worth going to Punta de la Banya.  Be advised that due to its unique characteristics is has restricted access except between July 15 and September 15.  You’ll also need to beware that if it rains it’s better to stay away since the area floods very easily. However if weather permits, it is highly recommended you visit this jewel of the delta, which consists of a large stretch of sand and a group of small islands that many species have chosen as their breeding grounds. The three miles of sand connecting Punta de la Banya with the rest of Delta are known as the Barra del Trabucador. Here, fishing and hunting aren’t allowed, however you are free to catch shellfish…it’s fun and is great exercise!  Speaking of which, a stroll on the salt flats –specifically the flat known as Trinitat or ‘de la Ràpita’, the oldest and most popular– not only will pump up your legs a bit but also put you right at the heart of an industrial extraction operation that produces 25,000 tons of salt per year. Ironically it’s a great place to see the local birds as well, including flamingos who most of the day are gather around mounds of salt. No doubt and odd and unforgettable sight.

Comments

  1. Delta de l'Ebre (Català) va dir això el 08 Aug 2012

    Hola,

    Yo recomiendo a todo el mundo que visite l zona, la playa del Fangar.
    La playa es de arena fina, aguas tranquilas y poco profundas, ocupa unas 400 hectáreas en forma de silueta de flecha. Repleta de dunas, totalmente virgen, natural, aislada y sin servicios, uno no sabe si esta en una playa del Mediterráneo o ¡en el desierto del Sahara! Su inmensidad y belleza, le dan un carácter especial.

    ¡No os la perdáis!

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