Amposta – Casa de Fusta

AMPOSTA - DELTA DE L'EBRE

From Amposta to the heart of the Ebro Delta through fascinating landscapes

Characteristics

  • Duration: 4:00 h.
  • Distance: 27km
  • Location: Oficina de Turisme Avinguda Sant Jaume 42 43870 Amposta
  • Arriving by: Bike, Walking
  • Seasonality All year
  • Difficulty Low

Description of the route

The trail sets out from the Tourist Information Office of Amposta (km 0). With the Ebro to your left, continue along Avinguda Sant Jaume. 150 metres after crossing the bridge on the N-340 road, turn right and continue onwards towards Sant Carles de la Ràpita. After 400 m, turn left, leaving the tree-lined road. After 60 m, continue along a dirt road that you’ll find to your right (km 1.4).
Go along the dirt road, with small orchards strewn about the landscape, and you’ll soon see the first rice fields on the route.
After 2.5 km, turn right onto a bridge, using a large eucalyptus tree beside a farm as a landmark (km 3.9).
Go straight ahead 600 m further and turn left onto a dirt road which—after 1.1 km—will take you to the Ullals de Baltasar (km 5,6).
The Ullals are natural discharge points of water from the recharge areas of karstic aquifers in Ports de Beseit and the Serra del Montsià mountain range. Their flora is quite unusual, with lovely water lilies. What’s more, different fish species such as the three-spined stickleback, the Valencia toothcarp and the Iberian loach can be found in its waters.
Leave the Ullals behind, and keep going forward until you get to a farm, where the Anglès irrigation channel starts (km 5.9). Carry on with the irrigation channel to your left and the road of the ship canal from Amposta to Sant Carles de la Ràpita behind you.
After 1.2 km, turn to the left, crossing the Anglès irrigation channel using a bridge. After 100 m, turn to the right along a dirt road parallel to a drainage channel and continue along it for 2.4 km. On this long stretch of road, you’ll get great views of the Serra del Montsià mountain range until you get to the TV-3406 road which connects Sant Carles de la Ràpita to Sant Jaume d’Enveja. Cross the road with care and go straight 500 m until you find the path that will take you left and—after another 400 m—meets up with the start of the Encanyissada bicycle lane (km 10.5).
At this point, this trail meets up with the Sant Carles de la Ràpita-Vilacoto-Casa de Fusta trail.
Continue along the Encanyissada bicycle lane. After 2.5 km, you’ll get to the Carreter Watchtower (km 13). Go straight and after 1 km, you’ll get to Casa de Fusta, an iconic building of the Delta and information centre for the Natural Park, where there’s an exhibition on the reservoirs of the Delta (km 14).
From Casa de Fusta, retrace your steps until you find yourself back at the Ullals once again (km 22.3). You’ll find yourself in front of the farm and with great care, in l’Enclusa. Here, you can see the old Charles III navigation channel, which connected the Ebro with Alfacs Bay.
Go back to Amposta with the navigation channel (now an irrigation channel) to your right. After 3.6 km, you’ll have to leave the channel behind. Taking every precaution necessary, get on the road, and after 600 m, you’ll get back to the riverside path in Amposta (km 26.5).  After 300 m, this trail meets up with the Towpath, 20 km of bicycle lanes that connects Amposta to the Migjorn River.
From here on, go back to the Tourist Information Office of Amposta, located 500 m away, for a total distance of 27.1 km. This route goes along roads (20%), country roads (52%) and bicycle lanes (28%).
Asphalt (67%), dirt (33%).