Ebro River routes

What could be more soothing than a summery interlude on the water, far from the crowded beaches of the Mediterranean? Departing from Zaragoza on Renfe train, you can enjoy a great experience that will make you forget all the stress accumulated over the last few months.  

A river trip to Zaragoza  

The Ebro has been a navigable waterway for ages. The construction of the city's 13 bridges is a testament to the history of the Aragonese capital, and undoubtedly the reason for its birth. The river once served as a source of supplies for the city from further afield, and although the port is still a source of economic exchange today, a tourist boat trip service gives you the chance to see the city from a different perspective. From fifteen minutes to an hour, departing from the Náutico, Voldorrey or Expo landing stages, these excursions are 100% recommended, whether you take them in the morning or at sunset.  

Did you enjoy this walk along the river? Did you enjoy this breath of fresh air on the Ebro? Now take your bike, backpack and water, follow its course and discover other landscapes, some of them steeped in history like the one where the Battle of the Ebro took place. 

The Ebro is one of Spain's largest rivers, flowing through seven autonomous communities 

Along the Ebro  

Five stages along the banks of Spain's largest river to its mouth in the Mediterranean: 

  • The first stage, covering approximately 100 kilometres, will take you as far as Sástago. You'll pass through a number of protected natural areas, including the Galachos de la Alfranca de Pastriz Nature Reserve, La Cartuja and El Burgo de Ebro. On this stage, you will also see many sights, including the numerous tributaries flowing into the Ebro, the ancient monastery of La Cartuja Baja, the Roman site of Celsa Lepida and the Monegros in the distance.   
  • The 62 kilometres of the second stage will take you to Caspe, passing by the Castle of La Palma, the Monastery of Rueda, the Mequinenza reservoir, the salt lagoon of Chiprana and the Caspe trenches from the Spanish Civil War.  
  • The third and shortest stage is 46 kilometres long, skirting the immense "Sea of Aragon" before crossing the Freixes Valley.  
  • From Mequinenza to Miravet on the fourth stage, you'll cycle 81 kilometres between the Ebro on one side and the Cinca and Segre rivers on the other, both of which flow into the Ebro, feeding the Ribarroja reservoir, a paradise for anglers. This stage crosses the border between Aragon and Catalonia and takes you through the Sebes Nature Reserve, where you can also visit the bird-watching centre. Past the village of Ascó, you'll see the Bunkers dels Reguers, another remnant of the Civil War, and then you'll begin to make out a landscape that heralds the approach of the Catalan coastal mountain range.  
  • The fifth and final stage, the longest at 124 kilometres, takes you through the Val de Zafán Nature Trail, then Tortosa, Amposta, a number of rice fields and finally the Deltebre river promenade and the Garxal lighthouse, which marks the official mouth of the Ebro. Here you can observe the local flora and fauna, before settling down for a well-earned rest. 

Miravet castle was very important because of its strategic location

Here's what we suggest for your recovery: a boat trip where you can watch ducks, flamingos and other birds, and see how much more the boat moves when the sea water joins the fresh water. You can also enjoy extraordinary views of Buda Island, Sant Antoni Island and the Garxal.  

Don't tell me you're still thinking about it! What could be more wonderful than combining sport, relaxation and off-the-beaten-track scenery on your holiday? Book your train tickets now and come and enjoy the magnificent scenery the Ebro has to offer. 

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