Information about the Ebro Delta Natural Park, it's location and the natural and manmade environments you will find.
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 explore the Delta whilst offering easy access to the resort amenities of L'Ampolla.
The sheer variety of different environments within the Ebro Delta is the key to why it attracts such a diversity of birdlife. The natural landscape is comprised of saltmarshes, sand dunes, coastal lagoons, riverside woodland and beaches, creating a mecca for both resident breeders and migratory transients alike.
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.
Due to it's international importance as an area of biodiversity, 320 square km of the Delta was declared as Parc Natural by the Catalonian Government in 1983. Over 300 different species of birds have been observed in the area. The autumn and winter periods are regarded as the best time of the year for bird watching holidays, in order to see an abundance of species that seek refuge in the Delta during the colder months of the year.
L'Ampolla is just a few minutes away from our Villa, and is 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 harbour and marina.
Creative Catalan cuisine and some 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 favourites 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.