Thursday, December 15, 2011

CATALONIA: SALOU, LA BOELLA AND DELTA DEL EBRE

Last week I spent three fantastic days in La Costa Daurada. The first one in Salou and the other ones visiting the fabulous landscapes in Delta de l'Ebre, located at the southern end of La Costa Daurada, like this one:


Ricefields near L'Encanyissada lagoon in Delta de l'Ebre
Ricefields near L'Encanyissada lagoon in Delta de l'Ebre

Although one of the main attractions of this beautiful area of Catalunya are its long beaches of golden sand, in winter there are also a lot of activities to do.

For example, our first day began with a guided tour and an olive oil tasting in La Boella (www.laboella.com), a 110-hectare estate of olive trees and gardens located midway between Reus and Tarragona. At the heart of La Boella you will find a 12th century country house lovingly restored. That day ended with a pleasant walk along the beach of Salou.

Delta de l'Ebre was our environment for the following two days. We were cycling in La Bassa de les Olles and La Punta del Fangar. Besides, we walked along El Trabucador and stared at the flamingos at La Tancada and L'Encanyissada lagoons.

Below you can see the places I visited during these three days:


Day 1: Salou
  • Hotel Magnolia
  • La Boella
  • Salou Beach

Day 2: Cycling through Delta de l'Ebre
  • Port del Fangar Area
  • Punta del Fangar
  • Bassa de les Olles

Day 3: Delta de l'Ebre
  • Barra del Trabucador
  • Bassa de la Tancada
  • Arrossars
  • Casa de Fusta
  • Barraca del Delta
  • Bassa de l'Encanyissada

Other interesting areas of El Delta del Ebre to visit if you have enough time are L'Illa de Buda (Buda Island) or La Punta de la Banya.

Next, I would like to show you some pictures I took in Salou, La Boella and El Delta de L'Ebre.

Day 1

Hotel Magnolia


Hotel Magnolia in Salou
Hotel Magnolia is a comfortable hotel located close to the beach of Salou. Our room was quite large

La Boella


La Boella near Salou
The day was lovely as you can see in this picture taken in La Boella shortly before the tour we made to this state

La Boella near Salou
Roses and olive trees, a fantastic landscape I could enjoy before the guided tour in La Boella

La Boella near Salou
The large convention center in La Boella. The other two buildings are the restaurant Espai Fortuny and the Mas la Boella Hotel

La Boella near Salou
The restored medieval tower you can see in this picture is the symbol of La Boella


La Boella near Salou
After the interesting olive oil tasting, we walked among the olive trees in La Boella


Salou Beach


Sunset in Salou beach
Sunset in Salou beach

Day 2

Port del Fangar Area


Port del Fangar in Delta de l'Ebre
Boats close to the beach in the area of Delta de l'Ebre called Port del Fangar

Port del Fangar in Delta de l'Ebre
Near La Bassa de les Olles we rent a bicycle to discover La Punta del Fangar, one of the most interesting areas of Delta de l'Ebre

Punta del Fangar


La Punta del Fangar in Delta de l'Ebre
After half and hour by bike we hadn't enough time to arrive near the Lighthouse of La Punta del Fangar, located 6km from this point. Maybe we should have driven to this place and, then, walked up to the lighthouse and the mobile dunes, which give a desert appearance to this area of Delta de l'Ebre

Bassa de les Olles


Bassa de les Olles in Delta de l'Ebre
Birds overflying La Bassa de les Olles, the smallest lagoon of Delta de l'Ebre


Day 3

Barra del Trabucador




La Barra del Trabucador of Delta de l'Ebre
Walking along La Barra del Trabucador of Delta de l'Ebre under a lovely morning next to the water of La Badia dels Alfacs

La Barra del Trabucador of Delta de l'Ebre
Golden sand of Barra del Trabucador and the Mediterranean sea in the background. One of the most beautiful landscapes of Delta de l'Ebre


La Barra del Trabucador of Delta de l'Ebre
Sant Carles de la Ràpita from El Trabucador, a beautiful area of El Delta de l'Ebre

El Trabucador in El Delta de l'Ebre
Vegetation of El Trabucador in El Delta de l'Ebre


Arrossars



Ricefields in El Delta del Ebre
Beautiful scenery of ricefields in El Delta del Ebre



Bassa de la Tancada



Flamingos in La Llacuna de la Tancada in Delta de l'Ebre
Flamingos, which appear in this picture, can often be seen in La Llacuna de la Tancada (La Tancada lagoon). You can enjoy this lagoon by using the bicycle lane that surrounds La Tancada


Casa de Fusta


La Casa de Fusta in Delta de l'Ebre
La Casa de Fusta (Wooden House), a Park Information Centre located next to L'Encanyissada, the Delta's largest lagoon. In front of this building is the start of L'Encanyissada cycle path.

Barraca del Delta



Barraca del Delta de l'Ebre
Una barraca del Delta de l'Ebre, a typical house built with traditional methods


Bassa de l'Encanyissada 


Llacuna de l'Encanyissada in Delta de l'Ebre
Nice view of La Llacuna de l'Encanyissada in Delta de l'Ebre

Viewpoint next to L'Encanyissada lagoon
Viewpoint next to L'Encanyissada lagoon

L'Encanyissada in Delta de l'Ebre
Staring at the birds and flamingos of L'Encanyissada, an enormous submerged meadow of El Delta de l'Ebre

Sunset in L'Encanyissada of El Delta del Ebre
Spectacular sunset in L'Encanyissada, one of the most impressive environments of El Delta del Ebre


Of course, El Delta del Ebre is not the only interesting place to visit along La Costa Daurada. This 216 km of Mediterranean coastline offers very interesting tourist attractions such as:

For further information, you can visit the following websites:
  • www.parcsdecatalunya.net
  • www.larapita.com
  • www.enlarapita.com
  • www.ampolla.com

I also would like to recommend you the two hotels where we stayed:
  • Hotel Magnolia in Salou (www.magnoliahotelsalou.com)
  • Hotel del Port in Sant Carles de la Ràpita (www.hoteldelport.es)
and one of the restaurants of El Delta del Ebre where we enjoy a delicious paella:

  • Restaurant Casa de Fusta L'Estany, located next to l'Encanyissada and La Casa de Fusta (www.restaurantestany.com)

Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to other beautiful places in Catalonia.

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