Where we are in Spain.
Our finca is situated in Catalonia in North Eastern Spain. It is cradled by mountain ranges to the north, west and east and the Ebro Delta and Mediterranean to the south. There is stunning countryside all around and a multitude of things to do and see.
We are about 15 minutes from the nearest beach by car and about 25-30 minutes from every variety of beach you can imagine: including coves and fishing ports, long stretches of deserted sandy flat beaches, shingly beaches, beaches with bars or without. There are Marinas and sweet little ports all around us including L’Ampolla and L’Ametlla de Mar. The beaches are free from litter and kept clean during most of the year. There are 120 beaches in Tarragona and about 60 of them are within easy reach.
Have a look here at the photos and beach conditions for L’Ampolla for today.
For the energetic amongst you, the Els Ports National Park about 25 minutes drive away has a huge variety of quite challenging outdoor activities. With serious multistage treks as well as more gentle routes to walk. The park is also suitable for All Terrain Bikes, canyoning and climbing in the Massif while Kayaking is available at various places in the area with both easy and challenging routes. Click here for more details on outdoor activities in the Terres de l’Ebre area.
We have bikes and a bike rack to hire let us know what you need when you book and we will reserve it for you.
Bikes, birds and biospheres.
For those of you who are less energetic, the Delta is as flat as Els Ports is mountainous. Here the huge River Ebro disappears slowly and thoughtfully into the Mediterranean through the Delta and the Delta d’Ebre nature reserve is wonderful place to visit. We have a couple of bikes to hire out with locking chains and helmets. We are perfectly placed for bird watchers too. Close to the Ebre Delta and also to the mountains towards Morella and Alcaniz there is a huge variety to spot. Click here to see what our last birders saw.
Theres a big birding event this September being held at the Delta with talks and trips and lots to see. Click here for the web site of the Ebre Birding Festival.
History and Culture.
The Catalonian tradition of castells is a must see when you are here. These are human towers built in minutes and clambered up and down by small people. It is a competition which progresses around the state of Catalonia for as long as the weather allows, which is about eight months. Well worth spending an evening doing this
There are other kinds of Castles to discover as well and the one at Miravet was a stronghold for the Knights Templars and is about 25 minutes away. One of the routes to the castle includes a leisurely ferry across the river using the power of the water to carry you across the river.
The town was the site of one of the most important battles of the Spanish Civil war and we can arrange for a guided tour of the battle site for those interested. The castle is open most days and the views over the river are spectacular.
The Castle is open every day except Monday and the Barca (ferry boat) is there all day except for his 2 hour lunch!
There are working potteries to be found in the beautiful old town with many bars and restaurants to call in at.
It is well worth a trip to Ulldecona which was designated a World Heritage Site in 1998 by UNESCO. The paintings in the caves there date back 8000 years and the tour guides are well informed and enthusiastic.
For the Roman historians amongst you this part of Catalonia is steeped in it and Tortosa has a large cultural centre and excellent museum for history enthusiasts. For a long time Tarragona was the largest settlement outside Italy and has a Roman Amphiteatre. It is about an hour away by car and a little bit less by train. It is well worth the journey. A bit closer to home are the Roman ruins about a five minute drive away. The sites of Battle of the River Ebro, which marked the end of the Spanish Civil War, make an interesting day and trips can be arranged for you.
Wine, Vino, Vi or Vin…
Just a little way up the coast and into the mountains the wine growing regions start. Trips to a bodega in the Terra Alta can be quickly organised if you are interested. Cava and Rioja regions are a little further but still worth a trip. Cataluña is one of the top three wine making regions in Spain and anybody who is even vaguely interested in wine making should go to Museum of wine at Villafranca. There are tours of the caves and vineyards and although you have to book and reserve places it is well worth the effort. We can also arrange visits to wineries and Vineyards if you want to.
If you are interested in the most popular recreational activity in the UK let us know and we can arrange trips on fresh or salt water. This guy deMeerval knows his stuff and you will catch something
Of course if all you want to really do is chill, our finca is a marvellous place for it. You can gently explore the farm, there are around 500 trees to climb or sit under, hammocks to lie in and plenty of places to play hide and seek for children. We have chickens and ducks to amuse you as well as our lovely dogs. There are seven and a half acres to discover so it is easy to find yourself somewhere quiet with or without a book, with or without company.
How to get here.
The infrastructure here in Spain is superb and a lot of money has been spent on roads and rail links, making travel very easy. We are just off the N340/A7 and the AP7 roads which run down the east coast of Spain. The main Barcelona to Valencia railway line is about 10 minutes away and we are about two hours from each of these regional capitals and the coastal city of Tarragona with its mass of Roman history is about 45 minutes away.
The airport at Reus is also about 45 minutes away and Barcelona airport about an hour and three-quarters. Both the airports are easily accessible via the AP7 and A7/N340 which run almost parallel to each other; while the AP7 is faster and is a toll road, the A7 and N340 are more scenic and slower but free.