The Best Secret Beach in Catalonia – Astonishing & Special Fangar

EL FANGAR IS A PENINSULA in Catalonia ENCLOSED WITH FANGAR BAY and a beach CREATING A PART OF NATURAL PARK the DELTA DE L’EBRE

Google maps Catalonia El Fangar Peninsula
El Fangar shown on Google Maps

This post consists of two parts: a brief introduction about The Delta de l’Ebre natural park and El Fangar peninsula/its beach with some useful tips before you decide to come here. The main focus is on El Fangar beach and its semi-desert dazzling appearance that will absolutely blow your mind! I would dare to say that Fangar is one of the most beautiful natural areas of Tarragona but also the whole Catalonia, protected, and still kept as a secret. After reading this, I bet you will be dying to come here!

NATURAL PARK the DELTA DE L’EBRE

The Delta de l’Ebre Natural Park is one of the most spectacular places in Catalonia. I have never visited the area with as many birds as here. Rich flora and fauna, rice fields, sand dunes, river Ebro and long, golden beaches are the main characteristics of this natural park. It is the largest protected wetland area in Catalonia with a total of 7,736 hectares.

El Fangar bay with sand and sea in contrast

The Delta is completely flat so you can enjoy the nature on foot, by bike, on horseback, by canoe or by KAYAK. I mentioned how this area has rich flora and fauna, but I also want to share some numbers so you can have a clearer picture. There are 800 different species of flora, from which reeds, reed beds, eucalyptus, and river honeysuckle are the most notable! 

A girl observing Flamingos in their natural habitat from Mirador de la Tancada
Observing flamingos in their natural habitat from Mirador de la Tancada (bring binoculars or observe them from close by museum)

The fauna of the Delta is full of birds and attracts bird lovers and birdwatchers from all around the world (here is one! 🙂 

A board of different kind of birds in Delta Ebro
Some species of birds in this area

You can find here between 50,000 and 100,000 specimens of exactly 343 species of birds – even flamingos! (see Mirador de la Tancada)

El FANGAR PENINSULA

El Fangar is a peninsula the same as The Banya from the other side (see the map below of the unique Delta appearance). Fangar enters the sea to the north of the mouth of the Ebro, in front of Fangar Bay. Its radiant beauty of the extensive coastal line that includes the best-constructed sand and dune system of the Delta reminded me of a Sahara desert.

The view on sand dunes and footsteps in El Fangar peninsula

No, I have never seen a desert but I’ve seen a semi-desert for the first time exactly here!

WAIT…

BUT WHAT IS A SEMI-DESERT?

By a definition, a semi-desert is an arid area that has some of the characteristics of a desert but has greater annual precipitation. These areas are extremely dry the same as regular deserts but what distinguishes them from deserts are rains and sparse vegetation.

A girl in the middle of semi-arid-desert near the sea


I was not only impressed by all those sand dunes and their softness but the fact that this area is a place where the breeding of marine birds occurs.

Fangar is also a refuge and feeding area for migratory aquatic bird species and many areas are restricted so you definitely should respect it and stay away. That is why you should bring binoculars together with your camera so you have a chance to observe those tiny birds from the distance.

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The Fangar peninsula is about 6 km long and 3 km wide and a place called “Punta del Fangar” (Fangar Tip) is its end.

I advise you to put on some comfortable shoes which you should take off in some part to feel an incredible sand softness under your feet, bring plenty of water, a cap or a hat (no shade) some food and sun cream of 40 SPF at least! Keep in mind that this place does not have any services along the path!

Grey Adidas Gazelle sneakers on the sand beach
Leave the sneakers, walk barefoot!
My Adidas Gazelle Sneakers Suncream That I Use
A girl in the Mediterranean sea on the sand beach


It took us two-hour (about 6 to 7 km in total) to reach this lovely looking lighthouse. We walked one hour to get there and one hour back to our car so make sure you don’t start around noon or the similar times of the day when the sun is too strong (choose the morning or afternoon).

Cars or scooters are not allowed here so don’t think that you will cut some walking time haha. Perhaps, you can cycle here, but to me, it seems super hard to cycle on the sand, even harder than cycling on snow which I did in Amsterdam!

Sand dunes of El Fangar Peninsula

This route is not complicated, maybe a bit long but the views are extraordinary so it is totally worth it! You can even take the whole family here especially children – they will love it!

A girl on the yellow sand beach in Catalonia, Deltebre


The sea was turquoise blue in some parts although we had some grey clouds, I still could see its true beauty. We had a windy day and the sea wasn’t so warm so I skipped swimming this time. If it’s a warmer day, take a swim to refresh yourself so it’s easier to continue walking! You will be impressed with the contrast of the dunes and with the sea.

The contrast of the sand dunes and the sea in El Fangar peninsula of Delta Ebro natural park in Catalonia

Unfortunately, Catalonia suffered from huge tragedy in January: a huge storm called Gloria destroyed even sand dunes and now they are not so big anymore liked they used to be. Lucikly, this area recovered more or less but you can still spot the results of Mother Nature’s force.

However, many sand dunes still exist and they are gorgeous! Actually, I moved to Catalonia a bit before those storms and floods and I must say – it was terrible and I could not sleep during the night at all!

The Fangar lighthouse is the most recognizable part of this place. It is very picturesque and “instagrammable” so you can play around and make some nice photos. If you want to climb to the next level, wear something that will match with the colors of the lighthouse or some bright, contrast colors so you can pop up.

The Fangar lighthouse is not the only thing here that can help you make great photos. You can play with the sand too! I am not a professional, but I am very creative so I ended up with around 1500 photos after this day haha.

PRO TIP: Pay attention from where the wind blows because you might end up with the sand all over your face! This is exactly what happened to me! I advise you to stay here for the sunset because it’s captivating!


If you have some clouds like we had, you can be sure that the sunset will impress you with its colors!

You know how they say: “A picture is worth a thousand words

Now sit back and enjoy some more photos of this impressive place (and me haha)…

Sunset view on sand dunes in Fangar peninsula in Catalonia
The contrast of the sea and sand with a girl in an orange dress  that smiles
The sunset view of Fangar peninsula
The sunset view in Delta Ebro natural park in Catalonia

If you want some more ideas in this area, see my MIRAVET CASTLE post or HIKING TO LA FORADADA!

To make sharper photos, I advise you to use a TRIPOD!

My Peyou tripod with Bluetooth remote

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Kayak Holidays in Stunning Catalonia: Everything You Need to Know

If you are one of those persons who likes to have an active vacation SUCH AS KAYAK HOLIDAYS, you came to the right place!

There’s no better way to explore stunning Catalonia than to enjoy in kayaking along the picturesque Ebro river.

Ebro river from Miravet castle
Ebro river from Miravet castle

In this post, you will find out all the essential kayaking tips, a route that my bf and I took along the longest river in Spain, and some info about the charming surrounding cities on the riverbanks of Ebro river in Catalonia.

A COUNTRYSIDE ROAD TRIP TO EBRO RIVER/The Ebre River (Catalan)

8.00 am. The day before my birthday. My boyfriend decided to surprise me with a kayaking adventure. I had no idea where we are going, all I knew it will be on the radiant Ebro river which is 930 km long and running through Catalonia holding large stretches of amazing beauty. I must say I love road trips – short or long – especially driving through the countryside. Catalan countryside is remarkable and noteworthy with its green and lush landscape but almost desert-like in some areas.

The view on greenery and Miravet castle
Miravet town with the view on Miravet castle

The mountains are somehow sharp and while I enjoyed riding next to the wind with the scent of lemons and oranges, new mountains appeared and turn out to be smooth. I enjoyed opening the window and being closer to all those olive and palm trees while listening to El Camarón de la Isla – the gypsy god of flamenco or Gypsy Kings. 

After a while, we finally came to our starting point – Móra d’Ebre.

Mora d Ebro town
The view on Móra d’Ebre town

MORA D’EBRE

The history of this dazzling town dates back to the Neolithic period, but remains of Iberian, Roman, and Arab towns have also been found. Unfortunately, the large number of battles in this region have left their mark and altered the landscape especially the buildings of this town as well as the surrounding ones (War of Separation, the War of Succession, the War of the French, the Carlist wars and the Spanish Civil War – the most recent in which Ebro battle was the bloodiest). Still, the city is gorgeous the way it is and more about it I will write a bit later. Now, let me show you the kayaking route that started from here!

Kayaking route along Ebro river

KAYAKING ROUTE FROM MORA TO MIRAVET CASTLE

The route we took is a 13.30 km long way of pure paradise filled with the soothing sounds of nature! It is considered to be the middle length route and you will need approx. 4 to 5 hours to see the castle which comes as a cake at the end of a perfect dinner! You will probably go in the morning, same as we did because later in the afternoon wind starts blowing so it is not so pleasant to drive plus in some parts, it can be quite dangerous. Our guide gave us the map (picture above) and marked for us the dangerous parts and areas that we should avoid or the ones we shall visit.

A girl in kayak on the river

We booked double kayak for more than 5 hours with a couple from Enblau and it turned out to be 60 euros all together with all equipment included. Some might say it is expensive because there are also a bit cheaper companies in the area, but Alba and her colleague were the only ones that spoke English (oops, we are still not so great with the Spanish language).

Kayaking team carrying the kayak to the river

Above all, this kind of couple helped us with everything and they even gave me brief and careful instructions with a short practice class because I have never driven kayak until this time. Don’t worry, they will do this with you too. 🙂

The arcade bridge of Móra d’Ebre is the first thing you will notice in this cute town plus you will sail underneath it with the kayak. The bridge is an emblematic and characteristic monument of Mora de Ebro that forms part of the town’s skyline. It was built after the previous iron bridge was destroyed during the Battle of the Ebro.

The citizens are very proud of this lovely bridge as well with the galatxo of Móra La nova, which is a natural and protected area full of all different kinds of fauna.

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The view on galatxo of Móra La nova (on the left) after kayaking
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WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM THIS KAYAK EXPERIENCE?

During the entire journey, you will experience a certain level of tranquility, loneliness, and the calmness of the river while the only sounds that will cross your ear will be the extraordinary songs of many birds. The area of Delta Ebro is close by and it has more than 340 species of birds!

River Ebro in Catalonia, Spain


Of course in some parts, you will hear the bubbling of the river especially on those parts where the river is a bit faster and “dangerous”.

A girl kayaking on the river Ebro

Amongst many enormous fish and birds, if you are lucky, you will also see some dragonflies and goats. The views will blow your mind! I felt like I’m in a fairytale or some fantasy movie and I definitely advise you to stop kayaking for a while, just laidback and enjoy surrendering with the great Mother Nature.

Along the way, you will see some interesting and historical, stone buildings, one more bridge and plenty of fallen trees. There were huge storms and floods at the beginning of this year, so many areas in Catalonia are still proof of how bad the storms were.

River Ebro in the Catalan area has some fluvial islands and this area here is no exception only the ones here are significantly smaller. When there is a flood, tiny islands along this route almost disappear.

Let’s assume it’s a nice day because who does kayaking in the floods time anyway? Take a break from driving in one of the small islands, eat something, chill and get some tan.

If you are brave enough, throw yourself in the river because it ain’t cold! Remember, you are far from the source of Ebro so it can only be refreshing. Perhaps it is chilly in the beginning, but you’ll be alright especially if it’s summer (it was above 30 Celsius Degrees when we were kayaking!). By the way, the last time I swam in the river, I was 10 years old or something like that. So…if I can do it – anyone can do it! 🙂

Don’t forget that rivers flow constantly and it can even so strong to pull you! Hold yourself or just get up and stand on your feet haha. The Ebro in this area of small islands is not so deep, more shallow-like.

Maybe the best part of this route is its end. After passing all those striking natural views, you will arrive right in front of the captivating MIRAVET CASTLE.

Don’t miss the boat and once you are done with kayaking, stroll around Miravet city to explore every single corner of Templar’s castle because trust me – you will love it! The castle looks spectacular as from the river, so from the hill on which it was built.

The kayaking route Mora-Miravet is not the only route you can take in this area. Maybe you would prefer to take other stretches, or maybe you would prefer to make the outing shorter. If that’s the case, there are stretches that can be divided or you can take two different stretches in an all-day outing. The ball is in your court!

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Middle length routes:

Vinebre-Móra d’Ebre
Móra d’Ebre – Miravet
Miravet-Benifallet
Benifallet-Xerta
Xerta-Tortosa
Tortosa-Amposta

Short routes

Garcia-Móra
Vinebre-Garcia
Meandre de Flix

KAYAKING TIPS

Kayaking is not a dangerous sport unless you take dangerous paths. However, there are certain tips you should follow for the best experience you can have. If you are kayaking during the winter season, it’s important to bring a thermal sweater, a waterproof jacket, or a raincoat. The following tips will mostly refer to the summer season.

  • You should wear comfortable clothes and footwear that can be soaked. The footwear should be preferably tight to the foot. Avoid wearing flip-flops as it’s easy to lose them plus it’s not comfortable at all. Slippers are a better option!
  • Have some extra clothes in your backpack for changing after you’re done with kayaking. You will get wet! The company we choose had a yellow-lid-thing that you will notice (or you already did notice) on my photos and that keeps your valuable things safe from getting wet.
  • IMPORTANT: bring enough water, food, anti-mosquitos spray, or something similar and sun lotion of at least 30 SPF. A hat/cap is a great idea too and sunglasses if you prefer. Bio bag or any bag to dispose the trash and carry it with yourself. LEAVE NO TRACES!

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KAYAKING FOR THE FIRST TIME?

If it’s your first time trying a kayak, I recommend you to take a double kayak. In a lot of places, you will see people recommending an individual kayak for beginners, but I wouldn’t agree. Simply because it’s easier to drive in two than alone and to take some rest while the other person is kayaking. Besides, many people have problems with kayaking in the right direction and tandem kayak can help you master that while you are preparing for your individual kayak adventure!

PRO TIP: wear gloves to prevent blisters! It is not uncommon to develop blisters after even a few hours of kayaking and special kayaking gloves are designed to make gripping the paddle easier.

INTERESTING FACT: Alexander Doba was the first person to paddle a 7-meter sea kayak across the Atlantic ocean, a voyage that spanned 5394 km! DOBA RECENTLY KAYAKED
ACROSS THE ATLANTIC AT 70 ! (FOR THE THIRD TIME)

Let’s get back to our kayaking adventure! The company we book with has double kayaks with are a couple of central sits for the kids. So if you have kids, you can bring them to kayak adventure and sail together! Two adults and two kids can fit in these models of the kayak. Don’t worry, as I already mentioned, kayaking is not a dangerous sport! Once you are done kayaking and exploring Miravet plus its castle, stroll around charming МORA D’EBRE!

WHAT TO SEE IN MORA D’EBRE?

Móra d’Ebre is the capital of the comarca of the Ribera d’Ebre in Catalonia on the riverbank of the Ebro river. In Catalonia, almost every town has a fortress or a castle on top of the hill that were strategically built in the past to defend the city against the enemies. This delightful city has only 6000 citizens but millions of reasons to visit!

The old town of Mora de Ebro has the Mora Castle, a remarkable construction that dominated the river and that today still preserves its walls and towers. It is called “Castell de Móra” or The castle of Mora d’Ebre.

Built during the Muslim domination, this imposing castle was a direct witness of the war against French intruders and the Carlist Wars.

Today, it looks damaged still from the Spanish Civil War with some holes from bombs and although it looks a lot more damaged than close by Miravet castle, I advise you to visit it especially because there’s no entry fee!

Another of Mora de Ebro’s most notorious buildings is the Prioral church with different architectural modifications during history. The church is located in the Plaza de Baix and you can have a great view on it if you climb up to the main hill from where you can also see the Mora castle.

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The Templars Best & Unique Masterpiece Of All Time

Castles remind me of my childhood.

Miravet castle in Catalonia

Once upon a time, I was a kid. Well, we’ve all been there. We all played during our childhood. But perhaps, our toys were a bit different. To be frank, I didn’t have many toys to play with when I was young, and most of the toys I had were inherited from my sister and my cousins. Regardless of that, my childhood spirit always liked way more to create toys and entertainment from anything that was around me than to have nicely wrapped gifts that were hiding items inside. My childhood crew and I would climb on fig trees and pretend each tree is someone’s fortress.

Oddly enough, we would play war using any high building or a hill pretending it’s our castle and fold our hands pretending we have weapons to shoot. If now I think about it, it is not that strange considering I grew up in Croatia, on the territory of Ex Yugoslavia where the last war ended somewhere around 25 years ago – exactly when I came to this world. So I realized, that is maybe the reason why I love castles so much. I admire how castles are massive, powerful, glorious, and what people made centuries ago usually only with the power of their own hands.

A girl sitting on the window of Galeria de Profundis in Miravet castle
The view from Galeria de Profundis, one of the five rooms on four floors inside of the castle

I am a visual person, so while I stroll around any castle, I am imagining everything that was happening there in history – both good and bad. If you ask me, castles are like time machines. And while they can drag you back in the past and relive some amazing emotions, at the same time they can take you to the future leaving you wondering what we, as humans, will now leave behind to some future generations. To be frank, I haven’t visited many castles in my life, but fortresses. The first and actual castle I have ever seen was a castle Trakošćan in Croatia.

A girl smiling while sitting on the window of Miravet castle overviewing on Ebro river and surrounding area
My happy face from Miravet castle viewing Miravet village and Ebro river

So let’s dive into history. In this article expect to find out everything about 11th-century old Miravet castle; where is it located, how to get here, is there any public transport, what is the nearest largest city and much other useful information. You simply have to visit this place and you are about to find out why!

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WHERE IS IT LOCATED?

Miravet castle and catalonia on Google Maps

Miravet castle is located in the municipality of Miravet in Catalonia, the country of Spain. In the heart of the Terres de l’Ebre, and on the banks of the River Ebro. The first biggest city close by is Tarragona (around 70 km) and the second biggest is Barcelona (160km or 1h and 40 min). You can land to the airport in Barcelona (El Prat) but I advise you to choose Reus airport because it’s way closer (around 60km or 40 min).

The view from Miravet castle to Miravet muncipality and Ebro river
The view from Miravet castle to Miravet muncipality and Ebro river
The view from Miravet castle on Ebro river
The view from Miravet castle on the other side of the Ebro river and Serres de Cardo-el Boix

Getting to Miravet

1. BY CAR

If you ask me, the best way is to rent a car and head off to adventure in the south of Catalonia. Do you remember my cave painting explorings I was posting about on my Insta stories? Well, here close by you can find them in the place called Rasquera. Take the AP7/A7 motorway or NACIONAL ROAD N420 or the N340 along the coast (depends what is your starting point) until arrive in Hospitalet de l’Infant and follow direction Mora (C44 and C12). If you are using GPS: search for BENISSANET and continue 3 km along the same road until Miravet.

Orange signs are some other medieval places to explore in the surrounding of Miravet

ATTENTION: BOTH GOOGLE AND GPS Maps lead to the traditional navigation ferry powered only by the ebro river current (open from 9 to 18h in winter and 9 to 19h in summer). Access by car is only allowed for the residents of Cap de la Vila (old town), so if you decide to take the ride with this ferry, just leave the car in the parking at the Arenal square.

2. BY TRAIN

Spanish trains are the fastest in Europe plus the landscapes are extraordinary so you can expect to have a great time with the train. However, I advise you to book tickets in advance as if you do, they tend to be much cheaper.

LOOK FOR RENFE – THE SPANISH STATE RAILWAY AND The Regional R15 the station Móra la Nova / Line Barcelona-Zaragoza-Madrid. it will take you around 2 hours to get here from Barcelona.
beware that you will still have the Distance from the railway station to Miravet of 11 km. here you can hitchhike or call a local taxi in Miravet- +34 609 226 821 / +34 685 810 072)

3. BY BUS

I was driving with ALSA – Spanish bus company and those buses are the most comfortable I have ever seen. They even have screens on each seat and plenty of space for your legs. You can sleep like a baby or simply enjoy scenic views of the Spain. HIFE is also a great company that offers high-quality services in their buses.

My first blog appearance in ALSA, the Spanish bus company when I was driving back to my previous home in Valencia

With the Company Hife you can take the line: Barcelona-Zaragoza-Madrid. Of course, check their official website first and timetables. the CLOSEst STATION is MÓRA D’EBRE, around 6 km from miravet.

4. TAXI

Although Spain is an affordable country especially in rural areas, taxis can be quite expensive especially if you are taking it from the long-distance from Miravet. I wouldn’t recommend getting a taxi, but if you are out of options, let it be – it will be totally worth it – promise!

MASSIVE AND MARVELOUS

Massive Miravet castle and its walls
Miravet castle from the parking lot (back side)

Imposing Miravet castle lies on top of the historical town called Miravet, in an idyllic countryside of picturesque Catalonia.

The view on Miravet village from river Ebro
The view on Miravet town and castle from the Ebro river

I advise you to book a kayak along Ebro River from Mora D’ebre village where at the end of the route, the castle will emerge allowing you to admire the beautiful views of the Miravet skyline.

A girl kayaking on the river Ebro with Miravet castle in the distance
It was my first time kayaking and I already came in front of the castle! 🙂

Built on a strategic position, this medieval castle is one of the best examples of the Romanesque architecture of the Order of the Templars in Europe. Terres de l’Ebre region is full of monuments and fortresses but this castle is the most popular monument in the area. The purpose of the building was military and religious, built in the defensive style with enormous walls around 80 meters that rise up over the River Ebro. The views are simply stunning! If it wasn’t so windy that day, I’d stay even longer, just staring and sitting…

A girl enjoying in epic views over Ebro river from Miravet castle
I could sit and stare there forever…but, how long is forever?

After its conquest in 1153, the castle ended up in hands of the Christians. After Christians, it has been given to Pere de Rovira, master of the Knights Templar. Under Knights Templar’s power, the castle has been reconstructed becoming one of the main centers of Christian power on the Iberian Peninsula. However, Miravet castle is not just a castle but a walled citadel with constructions on different levels. On the picture below you can see different levels that I am talking about.

Miravet castle from the back

Templars constructed the building in a relatively short time, but the remains of an Andalusian fortress are still visible especially in the lower sections of the wall.

A girl in red sitting in the Miravet castle
Sitting in Galeria de Profundis, thinking how amazing it would be to live in one castle…

WHEN TO VISIT?

Anytime! The castle is closed on Mondays except for public holidays, 25th and 26th December and 1st and 6th January.

From 16th December to 28th February: from 10 am to 3.30 pm (+30 min)

From 1st March to 31th May: from 10 am to 7.00 pm (+30 min)

From 1st June to 30th September: from 10 am to 7.30 pm (30 min)
From 1st October to 15th December: from 10 am to 5.00 pm. (+30min)

Castell de Miravet
Camí del Castell, s/n
43747 Miravet (Tarragona)
Tel. (+34) 977407368
MORE ABOUT MIRAVET CASTLE – OFFICIAL WEBSITE
A girl in red inside of the Miravet castle in Terres de l'Ebre

TICKET PRICE TO MIRAVET CASTLE

We visited Miravet at the beginning of June and we were surprised that the entrance was free – probably due to the coronavirus and the whole global situation that is currently going on. Usually, the ticket is symbolical – €5.
PS: Beware that you still have to wear face mask both indoors and outdoors in Spain. Fines are huge – don’t mess around! We couldn’t come inside without face masks.

A girl standing on the entrance to Miravet castle
The entrance to Miravet castle

HOW DOES IT LOOK FROM THE INSIDE?

Miravet is one of the largest fortified structures in Catalonia. The castle complex includes spaces and rooms that are clear proof of the economic independence of Templars: a church, granaries and storage rooms, shops, a large kitchen, and a dining room, etc. In total, there are 15 rooms. Apparently, this castle had everything that anyone needed at that time.

A girl in red inside of the Miravet castle on the top of the staircase

If you ask me, the most interesting room is the church of the Virgin Mary because it’s hidden and it is the most simple church I have ever seen. Comparing to churches that were built later especially today, Templars seemed to me like a modest organization instead of a wealthy one. In fact, there are only a few, barely visible crosses engraved on the walls. Nothing fancy, quite minimalistic – just a room where people used to come to pray.

The castle suffered the most (as well as people) in the time of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) when it was repeatedly damaged and rebuilt.  

After climbing the spiral staircase to the very top, you should find yourself in an open area with some extra amazing views of the surrounding countryside and river Ebro that flows with its long 928 km! However, this part was closed for us and I have no idea why – we did not even ask. We blamed it on coronavirus. In this area, you will also emerge yourself inside one of the five rooms, all with different purposes. The last room will be the church.

A staircase to Miravet castle

WHAT ELSE TO SEE?

A CHARMING SMALL MIRAVET TOWN

After you finish sightseeing at the castle, stroll around picturesque Miravet town. This cute place is a perfect corner of Catalonia to get lost and wander… The Moors built this old town on the steep red rock and houses are charming with pastel colors, perfectly matching with the natural shades of the area, full of bunny ear cactuses and prickly pears. Oh, and of course – oranges!

There’s also one Romanesque church that you probably noticed on my previous pictures with stunning views. This gorgeous city offers many street cafés right on the banks of the river, little shops, and restaurants where you must sit, perhaps eat a bocadillo, tapas or drink a cerveza and enjoy the cozy atmosphere.

Miravet town in Spain
I couldn’t believe how half of these houses were completely empty, abandoned, full of dust and bats…

PRO TIP: If you have time, check MIRAVET’S POTTERY, THE “PAS DE BARCA”, THE LAST ORIGINAL OF THE EBRO, AND THE ARTWORK OF THE GREAT PAINTER JOAQUIN MIR

I would describe this town as a fairytale because that is how it made me feel. I know many people aim mostly for Barcelona when they visit Catalonia but there is a lot more to see such as this piece of paradise. Miravet should be a must-see and on everyone’s bucket list of places to visit in Spain. Beautiful little streets, stunning views, pottery, art, traditional ferry or a kayaking adventure along Ebro river…there’s a bit of everything here for everyone!

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The town of Miravet was built right under the red steep rock
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You can actually overnight in this blue beauty! The Palau de Miravet is the most emblematic Miravet civil building. The location is so dreamy overlooking the river Ebro and the historic site. It’s vibrant blue color caught my eye already from the river. However, it is indeed pricy and my pocket is not that much deep, but if yours is – just go for it!

in case you didn’T KNOW…

The Knights Templar

The Knights Templar was a huge organization of devout Christians. They were active during the medieval era and their mission was of great importance: to protect European travelers visiting sites in the Holy Land while also carrying out military operations. They were extremely wealthy, powerful, and mysterious order. Historians are still fascinated by them and their architecture and so am I, and so will you be too!

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And this is how happy you will be after visiting Miravet castle and the town…:)
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THE BEST HIKE IN ATTRACTIVE CATALONIA: LA FORADADA

Spain Map Catalonia area the view from La Foradada to Delta Ebro
The view on Sant Carles de la Ràpita and Ebro Delta from La Foradada, Catalonia, Spain

Spain is an extraordinary beautiful country with around 50 provinces.

Four provinces are being a part of an unique area called Catalonia. Catalonia is a semi-autonomous region located in north-east of Iberian Peninsula. Catalan rich history dates back to somewhere around 1,000 years ago which makes it a perfect place to dig into exploring and to wander around.

Sharp mountain tops along the spanish highway
Driving along the Catalan highway is nothing but a pure visual pleasure

A region full of natural beauty and charm with about 7.5 million people, own language, parliament, flag and anthem.

 

Extraordinary landscape along Catalonia highway
Tell me…who can resist this natural beauty?

I am a resident of Catalonia for more than a year and I decided to explore as much natural beauty as my free time allows me.

Besides, going to the nature is an excellent way to reset and rest your mind and soul. It’s always a plus if I can use a content of my own adventures for my business. So, here it is. An article of first Catalan nature reserve I’ve explored since I’m a resident. Serra del Montisà mountain range and an amazing mountain top called La Foradada are today’s topic.

In this post I will include some hiking tips and information about the location as well some beautiful landscape photos that will eventually make you come to Catalonia, or at least to hike up to your closest mountain.

 

Looking over the Delta Ebro from La Foradada mountain top
I am the happiest person on this planet when I’m high between the clouds even if there are no any 🙂

SERRA DEL MONTSIÀ

Looking on to Serra de Montsià mountain range from the highway
Looking on to Serra de Montsià mountain range from the highway

First, let me tell you a bit more about the Montsià mountain range. This visually incredible soft mountainous complex is located on the south of Terras de l’Ebre. It extends from the diverse Ebro river to north and Sénia river to the south.

Montsià has a length of 20 km and a width of 6 km. The highest point is the Pic del Montsià at (764 m).

However, the most beautiful and charismatic point is La Foradada, more than 500 above sea level. This magnificent natural viewpoint looks wide over the Ebro Delta (the largest wetland in Spain).

The towns which you can see from the top are: Alcanar, Ulldecona, Freginals, Amposta and Sant Carles de la Ràpita.

Overlooking the Montsià mountain range from the top in Catalonia
Overlooking the Montsià from the top

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child

WHY DO WE HIKE OR CLIMB?

To be frank, I’ve always liked to climb. Whether were fig trees in question, high mountain tops or modern skyscrapers, I have always aimed for that rewarding but also overwhelmingly scary feeling when you reach the heights.

Isn’t it the best perspective the one from above?

It’s the same with the last bench in school or the last seat in the bus. Somehow, you feel extremely pleased because your sight has a wide perspective of all the impulses from outside.

In fact, there’s no danger, just an internal peace. Once you reach the mountain top, the sound of silence and the gentle voice of nature will fill your inner being with tranquility. All of the sudden, you totally surrender and imaginary, yet spiritually, start to fly as those birds you constantly see piloting around.

I was born right under the mountain called Kozjak and I’ve spent most of my childhood days exploring it. Probably my love towards mountains can relate to my early memories of the best days of my life but whatever the reason might be, I can honestly tell you that climbing to any mountain top once a month, can highly and positively affect on your well being.

No to mention loads of inspiration you can get.

Sunset time colours little bit above the La Foradada in Spain, Catalonia
Sunset time little bit above the La Foradada

HIKING TO LA FORADADA

La Foradada is perhaps the most beautiful place, around 500 m above the sea level, from where you can enjoy some of the best panoramic views of the Ebro Delta and its surroundings. The route is one of the most interesting and diverse hikes that crosses: the Burgar Fountain, Mata-ronda and finally the top of La Foradada.

Spain map Catalonia hiking towards the La Foradada
Along the way, you have many signs and explanations so don’t worry about getting lost

WHERE TO START?

The beginning of this route is at the car parking Cocó de Jordi. Apparently, there are two parking places, but we concluded that Jordi is the closest one since we didn’t have much time before the sun goes down.

In fact, that day, we decided to go hiking spontaneously, thinking between the museum of Deltebre or La Foradada mountain top. Not even a bit surprisingly, our adventure spirits decided about our plan that day lot before we did.

Sign in Catalonia from the mentioned parking to La Foradada, there is approx 3,6 km of hiking
From the mentioned parking to La Foradada, there is approx 3,6 km of hiking
A sign of the list of from all the actions that are forbidden in Serra de Montsià
The list of all the actions that are forbidden in Serra de Montsià
A little bit above the Cocó de Jordi parking between the rosemary and other bushes
A little bit above the Cocó de Jordi parking between the rosemary and other bushes

WHAT KIND OF A HIKE IS IT?

I would say it’s a moderate kind of hike that goes to harder kind of hike in some areas. But don’t worry, we’ve seen many elderly people on their way back, so if they can do it, you can do it too.

Make sure to have a good hiking shoes if you don’t want to have a muscle pain few days after. I mean, you will have muscle pain for sure if you are not regularly active person, but at least with the good shoes you can easier take the trail as well the upcoming days.

Don’t forget to bring

  • plenty of water (you will need it)
  • some food (as healthier as you can and as much proteins as you can)
  • navigation tool (mobile phone or something similar)
  • a lamp (when it gets darker)
  • first aid and repair tools (just in case)
  • backpack and non sweaty clothing (don’t dress up fine like I did thinking we will go to the museum because you will smell like a skunk lol)
  • a signalling device (also just in case).

Before going hiking anywhere not just here, check the weather forecast and if you expect some rain, bring waterproof clothes and waterproof backpack too.

Montsia hiking sign on the way to La Foradada
Even though signs are on Catalan, there’s no chance you will get lost

It’s absolutely important to mention that you must inform at least one person about your hiking destination and approx time of coming back. I’ve learned this from a good friend that was a member of a Mountain rescue service and this part can undoubtedly save your life if, in the worst case scenario, something goes wrong.

Something of great importance and very useful in case of emergency toward the La Foradada
Something of great importance and very useful in case of emergency

But, let’s get back to beautiful things like the nature you will be passing through. The trail to La Foradada is over a beautiful Mediterranean forest full of huge oaks and various bushes and trees.

You will come across rockery, forest, meadow, straight paths and slightly more difficult rocky climbs.

A sign with all types of greenery that you are passing by (almost everything is written on Catalan or Spanish)
A sign with all types of greenery that you are passing by
(almost everything is written on Catalan or Spanish)
List of animals in the area toward the La Foradada
List of animals in the area towards the La Foradada

Unfortunately, we haven’t seen much animals only some cute singing birds and a fat black pheasant that was running from us like a maniac. I wish he was slower so I could record that moment of hilariousness. In Font del Burgar, you will encounter a fountain or a small creek with fresh water full of tadpoles.

Around half an hour before reaching La Foradada, we pass by the ruins of Mas de Mata-Redona (the Masía de Matarredona).

Spain map, the Masía de Matarredona ruins in Catalonia
the Masía de Matarredona ruins

The Matarredona ruins are remains of a farmhouse. It was an old livestock and agricultural operation, inhabited and in full swing a few decades ago, of which today remained only the walls, half demolished. By some, it is the best known excursion in the Ebro region.

Today, the place is under the project for recovery but unfortunately, still without a financial endowment.

Spain map, the Masía de Matarredona ruins in Catalonia
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SPAIN MAP: FOLLOW THE MARKINGS ALONG THE WAY!

Okay, this was pretty much confusing for us and we weren’t able to find our answer yet. So the thing is: there are two kind of markings: white/yellow and white/red. We started following the yellow ones, and a bit before Matarredona ruins we ended up on the red ones. Since we saw two paths, and somehow switched from one path to another, we assumed that yellow markings are pointing to the shorter path on which we started and the red markings are pointing to the longer path.

Nonetheless, Matarredona ruins are on the red marked path (longer one). But that’s something we have to explore and conclude on our next hiking adventure to La Foradada.

The most important thing is that you see any kind of marking which indicated you are on the right, and already well checked trail.

Nature photo, a beautiful leafless tree on the background of the blue sky
Some nature photography that caught my eye 🙂

We (my boyfriend and I) even run in some parts like that terrified pheasant because we were bit scared of not making it to the top before the sun goes down and that additionally, we would need to go down in the night time which takes longer and it’s harder too.

Smooth surfaces of the Montsià mountains
Smooth surfaces of the Montsià mountains

BUT FINALLY after just one hour of hiking, we reached the top! The hike usually takes from an hour and half up to three hours (depending on your fit) but we, simply to say – nailed it! And we literally died a bit too haha.

However, it was all worth it. Our eyes were shining like the brightest stars of the night filled with pure and childish joy. As I said in the very beginning, the views from above are so impressive and they cover many kilometers around.

It’s a perfect 360 degree view massive over the horizon. We weren’t so lucky with the clear sky, yet we still enjoyed in what nature on heights can give us.

Now, rest your brain from reading a bit and enjoy in photos.

PS: There is more at the end! 🙂

La Foradada, Serra del Montsià mountain range in Catalonia, Spain map
Spain map, the view from La Foradada, Serra del Montsià mountain range in Catalonia
Spain map, the view from La Foradada, Serra del Montsià mountain range in Catalonia
La Foradada mountain top, rock with the hole inside
Spain map, the view from La Foradada, Serra del Montsià mountain range in Catalonia
Spain map, the view from La Foradada, Serra del Montsià mountain range in Catalonia
 La Foradada mountain top, Serra del Montsià mountain range in Catalonia
 Me from the La Foradada mountain top, Serra del Montsià mountain range in Catalonia
The view from La Foradada mountain top, Serra del Montsià looking toward the Ebro Delta
 Serra del Montsià mountain range in Spain, Catalonia
 Sunset time colours in Serra del Montsià mountain range in Spain, Catalonia
 Sunset time colours in Serra del Montsià mountain range in Spain, Catalonia
 Sunset time colours in Serra del Montsià mountain range in Spain, Catalonia
 Sunset time colours in Serra del Montsià mountain range in Catalonia
On our way back…

BONUS TIP:

We took the shorter path following the white/yellow markings on our way back (from La Foradada go down and stick to the right side). At that point, we literally started running because the night was falling rapidly.

I don’t advise you to run because that path is full of rocks and it’s very dangerous. Leave the dangerous stuff to us lol.

Furthermore, in one point you will have option A (left crossing with white/yellow marking) and option B (right crossing with no marking at all). However, we’ve seen on Google Maps that if we go right, there was a shortcut, although it wasn’t marked. Later on our way, we realized it’s a very difficult way down but shorter for at least 10 minutes.

So, if you are an experienced hiker, take that adventure and save some time.

HERE is an official website where you can find more information about Serra del Montsià and the rest of Catalonia. HERE is another website too.

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VALENCIA – STREET ART

The ultimate guide about Valencian street art + pro tips !

In this post I will share with you the best street art pieces that I run into by many international and local artists which left their mark in Valencia.

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain on a southeastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. It is just an hour and a half from Madrid by train, three hours from Barcelona by car, and 30 to 50 minutes to Balearic Islands, operating on a daily basis. Rich culture and perfect geographical position makes Valencia totally worth a visit. 


Did you know that Valencia has the largest inner city urban park in the whole of Europe?

However, that’s not only urban in this Mediterranean city.
When walking through Valencia’s Old Town, one of the first things you’ll notice is vibrant and lively street art. From huge murals to tiny artistic details, whether you are artist lover or not, Valencia will definitely blow your mind!

For years, underground artists have been making Valencia into an open-air gallery, painting fences, covering walls and even entire buildings with colorful works of beauty and messages with some sort of deeper meaning, if you can puzzle out what the artists are trying to say!

 

 

WHERE IN THE CITY?

The most murals and street artworks can be found in El Carmen, neighborhood at the northern end of Valencia’s Old Town.

As you stroll through this neighborhood, you will come across a pile of dilapidated and ruined walls covered in multicolored graffiti with contrasting tall buildings and charming, little cafes. I have to admit that all those street artworks have created a truly unusual atmosphere. I got hooked up immediately!

TRAVEL TIP!

If you don’t want to loose your time – don’t follow the street art locations marked on Google. Not even official city pages, famous blogs, magazines…none!
The main reason is because street art is very changing kind of art.

New pieces of art can be found almost every single day.
New buildings are constantly being built and old ones are being painted again. Buildings around the city are often damaged due to the behavior of the concrete itself (e.g. shrinkage and early age thermal cracking), due to the presence of damp or where origin can be traced even back to the construction phase. I came across workers and new buildings even three times while searching for popular street artworks and I walked all three times around 20 minutes!

Learn from others’ mistakes, not your own!

Examples of damaged walls of buildings & how it effects on street art.

 

SELF GUIDED TOUR OR?

I would really advise you to embark on your own exploration of the city, starting from the artistically mentioned El Carmen neighborhood across the main Market, the city center and surrounding neighborhoods. And yes, sunrise time and approx two hours before sunset are the best times for photos, and possible avoidance of the hustle and bustle.

However, if you are kind of person who likes to be guided, one of the cool things to do in the city is Street Art Tour. Of all of the Tours in Valencia, the urban art tour is the best for exploring murals and graffiti of the city.

POPULAR ARTISTS

The most famous artists are Hyuro and Escif. You can find their work around Central Market(Mercado Central) . Hyuro is an Argentinian-born artist who is lives in Valencia and Escif is one of the biggest names in Valencian street art scene – known as the Spanish Banksy.

CONCLUSION

The street art of Valencia really jumped out at me, I haven’t expected to encounter this much art! Besides, you can go sightseeing in the night too!
Street artists have done their best to tidy up the shops and you can only see their art when the stores close. Seriously, it’s the best street art city that I have ever seen.
Street art lovers and art lovers in general – don’t hesitate about planning your trip to Valencia. About four days at least!

Now sit back and enjoy in some art!
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