Ebro Delta Nature Park, Catalonia

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The Ebro Delta is the delta region of the Ebro River (Catalan: Ebre, Spanish: Ebro), in the Province of Tarragona, Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. It is on the Mediterranean Sea, and is the northernmost point, by some designations, of the Gulf of Valencia. Its location per Ramsar site designation is.GeographyThe Ebro Delta is one of the largest wetland areas 320km2 in the western Mediterranean region. The Ebro delta has expanded rapidly on soils washed downriver. The town of Amposta, a seaport in the 4th century, demonstrates the historical rate of growth of the delta as it is now located well inland from the current river mouth. The rounded form of the delta attests to the balance between sediment deposition by the Ebro and removal of this material by wave erosion.The area at the primary mouth of the Ebro is currently protected by several fluvial islands: the Isle of Garxal (280ha), the Isle of Sant Antoni (170ha), and the Isle of Buddha (1231ha).The Ebro Delta was placed, with 7.736 ha in 1993, on the Ramsar Convention list of wetlands of international importance as defined for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value.UsesAgricultureSome delta areas have been drained for agricultural use over the centuries. The modern delta is in intensive agricultural use for rice, fruit (in particular citrus), and vegetables. A network of canals and irrigation ditches constructed by both agricultural and conservation groups are helping to maintain the ecologic and economic resources of the Ebro Delta.
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  • On a sunny day in February this was a beautiful area to visit. Flamingos, rice, fishing and any amount of bird life. We saw Marsh Harriers, so take your binoculars. Small town with a few restaurants s...  more »
  • Essential to stroll in boat with a duration of 50 minutes by the Delta of the Ebro. We were lucky to have good time and watch a beautiful sunset. While you browse you are explaining things very interesting, as it is the fact that the seawater penetrates about 40 km up the River, so the two first meters of depth are fresh water and from there even the background is sea water as it has a significant level of salinity, weighs more and that explains that it is under the fresh water of the river. It is also very important to the ecosystem in the area, with a great diversity of birds, such as heron and flamenco; major rice farming and the life of those who work to obtain. The boat takes you right up to a few meters before the mouth, where waves are formed by the meeting of the River with the sea, and therefore water is more moved. Ultimately, should your visit and take a shot of liquor from rice, very typical of the area.
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  • Much to see and do in this particular environment. The long beach is really fantastic nice and in the lagoon you can all kinds of water sports. The delta is also wonderful with rice paddies and many birds. Very suitable for children.
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