The Delta de l’Ebre
Delta de l’Ebre
The Ebro Delta is one of the most important ornithological destinations in the Mediterranean and southern Europe. It is of particular importance during migratory periods, due to its strategic position for birds, which in both spring and autumn use the vast wetlands of the Ebro Delta to make a stop during their long journey.
The Ebro Delta occupies 320 km², 20% of which are natural areas, 75% is arable land and the rest urban. About 50,000 people live in the territory. In winter there are many species that choose the calm waters of the marshes as a wintering quarter, especially waders, making the Ebro Delta the best birding destination from October until almost end of March.
We must not forget the resident species, with birds as important as the repicatalons (Emberiza schoeniclus whitherby), a very rare subspecies and having the largest breeding colony in the world in the Ebro Delta. Other species of relevance to central and northern European visitors, such as the Nightingale Bord (Cetta cetti) or the Gull Corsa (Larus audouinii), should also be considered. Apart from the ornithological interest, the Ebro Delta delights its visitors with changes in the landscape that are repeated year after year depending on the season of the cultivation of the large rice fields. It all starts with a crystal clear image of the reflection of a vast surface of water that covers almost the entire Ebro Delta.
This is the preparation of the countless rice fields that are prepared in the spring for rice planting. In summer, the green shoots of the millions of rice plants give the Delta joy and vitality, making it an ideal breeding ground for many waterfowl species.
At the end of the summer, the color of the Delta is browned due to the ripe ears of the rice fields, until they are collected, leaving the landscape in a bucolic brown color as a result of the cultivated barren fields that rest until the next season. And again, let’s get back to it.
Sant Carles de la Ràpita
La Ràpita – as the locals like to call it – is the tourist capital of Terres de l’Ebre, and especially Delta de l’Ebre, given its location.
It is an essentially fishing town, where its gastronomy, based on fish and seafood, and the open nature of its people so captivate the visitor that he cannot leave without wishing to visit the town again. in the future.