Barcelona is a popular tourist destination, with lots to see and much to do. Not only the city itself,but the area surrounding it too. There is a wide range of diverse terrains to explore, with the Mediterranean sea stretching far in both directions, green wooded mountains jutting up behind, and many quaint towns and villages situated throughout. It is also ideally located if you want to travel even further afield, with the AP7 motorway close at hand, plus many different train and bus routes.
One up and coming tourist destination well worth checking out is Terres de l’Ebre.
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Where is it?
Terres de l’Ebre is located roughly 180 kilometers southwest of Barcelona. It is the southernmost territory of Catalonia, surrounding the huge river Ebre, from which it gets its name. It is naturally divided from its northern neighbour territory, Camp de Terragona, by the vast Coll de Balaguer mountain range. It can be accessed easily by car, via the AP7 motorway. Or alternatively, by train, on the coastal line which follows the same route.
What’s it like?
It is an area characterized mostly by its vast natural landscape. It is abundant in beautiful, unspoiled countryside, this being the main draw for tourists. It is very different from the conventional tourist spots usually on offer and a peaceful sanctuary in which to escape. Over 35% of the land is protected by the Xarxa Natura 2000. It has two huge national parks: Ebre Delta and Els Ports. And there is also a large stretch of coast, offering up the usual Mediterranean treats.
The area also has a very rich historical past. Many different civilizations have settled in the area over the years, each one leaving their own mark. There are landmarks, such as the cave paintings at UNESCO world heritage site, Ulldecona, the historical monuments of Tortosa, as well as many battle sites and castles.
What can I do there?
There are many outdoor activities to take part in throughout the territory. Activities around the river include sailing, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. There is also hiking, climbing and bird watching to be done in the parks. Many people go cycling, both in the mountains and in the Delta plain. There is also a 50km stretch of via verde (greenway), which passes through both Terra Alta and Baix Ebre.
There are many quaint restaurants within the territory, each serving up a variety of local cuisine. And there is also a vibrant wine industry, with many vineyards to explore, and many different varieties of wine to sample.
Where can I stay?
There is a huge selection of accommodation on offer, whether you want to camp, bunk in a hostel, rent an apartment, or stay in a hotel. Please visit the area website for more information.
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