Discover the most delightful secrets the Ebro Delta holds with this trail amidst lagoons.
The route begins at Casa de Fusta (km 0) and continues along the Encanyissada bicycle lane. The vegetation that predominates along this initial stretch is the common reed (Phragmites australis), a plant which surrounds the reservoir and from which it gets its name. At the end of the lane (km 3.7)—where oxen normally graze—, turn left along a dirt road that will bring you to the road that connects Sant Carles de la Ràpita to Poble Nou del Delta. To avoid the road, 150 m before getting to it, turn left again (km 7.4) and continue along the dirt road that ends right in front of the Canal de Sant Pere. Here, you’ll have to go along the road for 500 m. Take a look at pantena—a static fishing method using a funnel fish trap—and with great care, keep going about 250 m further until you get to another dirt road that begins on your left and runs parallel to the Encanyissada. This road will bring you to Poble Nou (km 11.1). Here you have two options: go back to Casa de Fusta (located 2.7 km away) or continue the route.
If you decide to continue, taking every precaution necessary, keep going along the road that connects Poble Nou and Barra del Trabucador (see suggestion). You’ll always have the rice fields to your left, with the ever-present cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) looking for food. On your right, some distance away, you’ll see Alfacs Bay. In the final stretch, you’ll see the old salt flats of Sant Antoni and right before getting to the beach, a road begins on your left (km 16.3) which will bring you to the Tancada Viewpoint, from where you can observe the fauna that can be found in the reservoir, particularly flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus), mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus). It’s time to take a well-deserved break. Continue on about 600 m until you get to the bicycle lane that goes around Tancada Lagoon. You can see how the vegetation changes. Now the glasswort (Arthrocnemum fruticosum), a plant adapted to saline environments, predominates.
When the lane ends (km 21.7), go 1 km along a country road until you get to the road that runs parallel to a large earthen canal. Turn to the right (km 23.2) and after 700 m, you’ll see a bridge where you’ll have to turn left to go back to your starting point. Before getting there, you’ll see Embut Viewpoint (km 24.1) where you can take in the magnificent views of the Clot de l’Encanyissada and see Eurasian coots (Fulica atra), as well as Europe’s largest bat nesting box. You’ll also see Casa de Fusta, located 2 km away. The total distance of this route is approximately 26.2 km.
This route goes through an area of the Ebro Delta Natural Park where you are guaranteed to catch sight of birds any time of the year.