What could be more relaxing than a holiday on the water stream and away from the crowded Mediterranean beaches? Departing from Zaragoza, where our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains arrive, you will have a great experience, which will help you get rid of all the stress that has been accumulated during the last months.
A river trip to Zaragoza
The Ebro is one of the largest in Spain and crosses seven autonomous communities
Since a very long time, the Ebro has been a navigable river. Witness to the history of the Aragonese capital, and without a doubt the reason for its birth, the construction of the 13 bridges of the city united this last one.
At the time, the river allowed the city to obtain goods from more distant lands, and even if today the port is still a source of economic exchanges, a service of boat tours offers you the possibility to contemplate the city from another point of view.
From fifteen minutes to one hour, departing from the Náutico, Voldorrey or Expo piers, these excursions are 100% recommended, whether you do them in the morning or at sunset.
Did you like this stroll on the river? Did you like the feeling of fresh air on the Ebro? Take your bike, a backpack and water, take its course and discover other landscapes, some of them steeped in history like the one where the Battle of the Ebro took place.
Along the Ebro
Miravet Castle was very important because of its strategic location
5 stages on the banks of the river at the highest flow of Spain to its mouth in the Mediterranean.
-The first stage, a hundred kilometers, will take you to Sástago. You will cross many protected natural areas, such as the Natural Reserve of Galárticos de la Alfranca de Pastriz, La Cartuja or El Burgo de Ebro. During this stage, you will also see many tributaries flowing into the Ebro, the ancient monastery of La Cartuja Baja, the Roman site of Celsa Lepida, the Monegros in the distance, among others.
-The 62 kilometers of the second stage will take you to Caspe, passing by the Castle of La Palma, the Monastery of Rueda, the dam of Mequinenza, the hypersaline lagoon of Chiprana and the Caspe trenches of the Spanish Civil War.
-46 kilometers form the third stage, the shortest, which runs along the immense "Sea of Aragon" then crosses the Valley of Freixes.
-From Mequinenza to Miravet, you will cycle 81 kilometers where you will be between, on one side the Ebro, and on the other the beds of Cinca and Segre which will throw further into the first, feeding the dam of Ribarroja, a paradise for fishermen. During this stage you will cross the border between Aragon and Catalonia and you will cross the Area of Natural Interest of Sebes, where the bird watching center will welcome you if you wish. After the village of Ascó, you will see the Bunkers dels Reguers, other vestiges of the Civil War, then you will begin to divide a landscape announcing the approach of the cordillera of the Catalan coast.
-The fifth and final stage, the longest with 124 kilometers, will take you through the Natural Way of Val de Zafán, then Tortosa, Amposta, several rice paddies and finally the river promenade of Deltebre and the lighthouse of Garxal, which marks the official mouth of the Ebro. There, you will be able to observe the fauna and the local flora, before taking a well-deserved rest.
Sit on a boat
The passage of the river by Tortosa divides the city in two
Here is what we recommend for the way back: a boat trip that will allow you to observe ducks, flamingos and other birds and see how, when the sea water joins the fresh water, the boat moves much more. You will also enjoy extraordinary views of Buda Island, Sant Antoni Island and Garxal.
Do not tell us you're still having second thoughts! What's more wonderful than combining sport, relaxation and landscapes off the beaten tracks during your vacation? Book your train tickets now and come and enjoy the magnificent settings that the Ebro has to offer.