Just a 3.5-hour drive away from Activans Camper Rentals is the Delta del Ebro, a biosphere reserve in the very south of Catalonia. This large marshland is known for its rice cultivation, its biodiversity of birds with the superstar flamingo, its bicycle and kayak tourism and the water sports on the endless fine sandy beaches.
The perfect weekend destination, we think.
We left in the morning and arrived just in time for lunch. We took the Amposta exit, this town is located on the Ebro River in the middle of the delta. The river divides the delta into north and south halves. We drove south to the picturesque little town of Poble Nou del Delta. There are a variety of hostals and restaurants here. We ate a rice pan ( paella) which is one of the most typic plates of the region- what a great start! Seafood, mussels, and fresh fish characterise the gastronomy alongside the locally grown rice.
Afterwards, freshly strengthened, we continued towards the beach "Trabucador", where the afternoon breeze had already set in. This is probably the most popular beach for kitesurfers and windsurfers, as you can either surf in the lagoon with shallow water or on the open sea. The south wind was about 14 knots, perfect for windsurfing foiling. After a great session, we decided to stay there and enjoy the sunset.
We were not the only ones on this big car park with the campervan and felt comfortable to stay there overnight with several of us.
The next day, we had a quick coffee and headed straight for Riumar, as the wind was coming from the north. Once there, we had breakfast in a café. There were many kiters on the water, the spot is huge, but the water is a bit choppier. In the afternoon, we drove back and made a detour at the "Casa de Fusta", where there is a camper parking where you can stay for 9 € a night. It is genuinely nice and there are some shady spots there. However, we only discharged wastewater and "filled up" with fresh water; this service cost us 5 €. There is also a restaurant and a remarkably interesting information centre - worth a visit.
Afterwards, the bird watching started from here. Thank God we had our binoculars with us. The flamingo flocks were impressive.
After taking dozens of photos of flamingos, we drove back to Trabucador beach, which is characterised by a headland with a lagoon on one side and the open sea on the other, as already mentioned above. At the end of the headland is the salt extraction plant La Trinitat and the lighthouse Punta de Banya. Unfortunately, there was no wind that afternoon. But that wasn't a problem, because we had our bikes with us, so we did a little bike tour there. The impressive expanse and being surrounded only by water and sand reminded us somehow of Dakhla / Morocco.
In the evening, we looked for a place to spend the night and found a beautiful spot directly on the beach "Eucaliptus". There were large shady trees, and the camper community was already represented. At this time of year, wild camping seems to be no problem at all here.
The next day, after a walk on the beach and a hearty breakfast, we slowly headed back. We drove north via Sant Jaume d'Enveja over the bridge and stopped at the port for oysters and mussels "Port d'Illa de Mar".
The motorway exit on our return journey was in Ampolla.
We will come back, this area really enchanted us with its incredibly special charm.
Please find some interesting links below:
Monstia - the region: https://www.catalunya.com/montsia-2-2-22
Terres del Ebre: https://terresdelebre.travel/es