The towpath, a centuries-old trail tied to the river culture
This route is part of the project “Comprehensive restoration of the riparian forest along the Ebro River between Tortosa and the its mouth” carried out by the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs.
It has led to the recovery of the right bank of the Ebro and the old towpath of the Delta. This path was located on the riverbank and closely tied to the llaguts—boats that sailed on the Ebro carrying mainly rice upriver and scarce materials in the Delta (stones, wood, etc.) downriver.
The llagut was towed upriver, from the riverbank by animals, the matxos or by people, the sirgadors. Downriver, it would take advantage of the current and used a lateen sail to use the wind.
By the middle of the 20th century, with the improvement in road and rail transport and the construction of the Ribaroja, Flix and Mequinensa dams, the Ebro eventually lost its role as a transport link and, as a result, led to the decrease in river navigation and the use of llaguts.
At present, it’s possible to visit two llaguts in the Delta: one is on display at the Ecomuseum and another one is in front of the Deltebre Yacht club. What’s more, a llagut called Lo Sirgador has been recovered and is now used in tours from Amposta to Miravet.