Reaching the weir
The Ebro has left behind Barrufemes Gorge and continues its tortuous journey to the sea, now more calm in a sensational place. We will see a really wide Ebro and we will cross the river sluice through the navigation channel.
We see from the canoe, “Coll de Som” on the left, which is where the road formerly got Tortosa, before the Benifallet Bridge. On the right the foothills of the Ports Massif. We also let the Cardo Hills, a place where you need to return some day for a walk because it is an unknown and very worthwhile. Sure that one day you must climb the Mont Caro, the highest peak of the Ports and witnessed the passage of different cultures and civilizations.
Like others in the area, the journey is full of remains of Iberian settlements, since the hills above the river were privileged places. We highlight Castellot de la Roca Roja.
The strategic location also favored quarry and cement plant on the banks of the river. We will see the rests. The proximity of the river Ebro, which was once the only way of communication was the reason for this location.
For those who never crossed a river sluice box, this will be the highlight of our journey. After the navigation channel, we enter the sluice and the door gets locked to let us down 7 meters, which separate us from the height of the river at the exit. This break of nearly 30 minutes, will be a good thing for the final part of our route and see the orange and lemon trees, famous of Xerta.
When getting out of the sluice, we will see how the weir (“azud”) looks like: Its origin is arab and is the starting point of Channels Right and Left of the Ebro, which are essential in providing water to the land Delta del Ebro.
It is possible to make a stop or end up in Tivenys village, only 20 minutes from our final Xerta.
2h30′ to 3h depending on the pace and the river flow. During non-guided tours it is important to advice to the sluice service point.
The best from our canoe:
- Benifallet Island. Just opposite the village.
- Mouth of the River Canaletes: Low Massif through the Ports Horta de Sant Joan and Fontcalda.
- Faió Tower was used to stop or shelter to Ebro navigants in trip up to Mequinenza, Tortosa or Miravet…
- Aldovesta prehistoric site.
- Iberian settlement of Roca Roja. It has its own jetty.
- Old cement factory Borras. Remains of the quarry. Up there, the higher point from here to the sea next. Great strategic importance.
- Dam of Arab origin.
- Tivenys: Nice wooded park to rest. Worths a visit.
- Xerta: Cozy Village wich deserves a walk. Known for its oranges and citrus.
- Adults: 25 € Low season and non-guided tour: 20 €
- Children under 14 y.o: 20 €; Low season and non-guided tour: 15 €
- Children under 8 y.o for free;
- High season: 15 jun to 15 sept. Low: 16 sept to 14 jun.
- Great discounts from 10 people or bigger groups.
- Briefing into technical, security and touristic;
- Choice of single kayaks , double, triple or quadruple if you have children.
- Vests and paddles.
- Graduate and expert guides accompanying throughout the route.
- Transportation back to the starting point .
- Insurance and permits to operate.
- And an amazing experience suitable for all