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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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.

I started exploring the Catalan rural area around Ebro river so make sure to follow me on KookyLovestoTravel INSTAGRAM PAGE to find out all about amazing places and activities!

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Me from the Serra del Montsia mountain range looking over the Ebro Delta and surrounding little cities

 

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