This section of our website provides you with more information about the Ebro Delta Natural Park, it's location, and the natural and man-made environments you will discover during your birding tours within the region.
Spain's longest river, the mighty Ebro, discharges into the Mediterranean Sea in the North Eastern corner of Spain approximately 200km to the south of Barcelona. We are based in a countryside location close to the coastal resort of L'Ampolla on the northern side of the Delta. This position acts as a perfect base from which to commence bird watching tours of the delta, whilst offering easy access to the resort amenities of L'Ampolla for evening entertainment.
The sheer variety of different environments within the Ebro Delta is the key to why it attracts such a diversity of bird life. The natural landscape is comprised of salt marshes, sand dunes, coastal lagoons, riverside woodland and beaches, creating a mecca for both resident breeders and migratory transients alike. During bird watching tours we will move quickly between contrasting habitats which harbor different species of birds.
The fertile, sedimentary deposits of the Ebro have created a unique location suited to the cultivation of rice, which has been grown here since 1860. Today, over 45 million kilos are produced annually in a cultivated area of over 22,000ha. 14 different varieties of rice are produced by a cooperative comprising in excess of 2000 members. When we are out on birding tours we will have the opportunity to stop for lunches at some fantastic local eateries serving mouth watering rice and seafood dishes.
Due to it's international importance as an area of biodiversity, 320 square km of the Delta was declared as Natural Park by the Catalan Government in 1983. Over 300 different species of birds have been observed in the area. The spring and autumn migration periods are regarded as the best time of the year for bird watching holidays.
After completion of daytime birding tours, many of our clients grab a taxi into L'Ampolla, a charming Mediterranean resort with a relaxed and civilised vibe. The town offers a great range of restaurants, beaches and bars where you can sit back and enjoy the surroundings. The resort has developed quite rapidly in the last 20 years based around a typical Mediterranean fishing harbor and marina.
Traditional Catalan cuisine and excellent, fresh local produce culminate in a huge range of eateries where you can wine and dine to your heart's content. Some of our favorites are the mouth watering seafood rice dishes found in Restaurants in the heart of the delta, complimented by exquisite red and white wines produced locally in regions such as Priorat and Penedes.