Many times, finding a vacation destination where pets are welcome is quite a difficult task.
Here in Les Terres de l’Ebre province it’s very easy, there are endless activities to do with your pets, and at Calafat Holidays we make it even easier for you, we adapt our services and facilities for our four-legged guests and we offer you a variety of accommodation where you can enjoy a perfect stay with your pet.
Once you have found the perfect accommodation, let’s see what you can get up to with your pets! It’s fair to say that Terres de l’Ebre is a recommended area to travel with pets since there’s a wide variety of services on offer. Here’s a look at some of the many things you can do in the area. Here we go!
To begin with, hiking enthusiasts have the option of following all the different routes offered in the area, including the GR 92 that runs from Ametlla de Mar to Ampolla, passing through the town of El Perelló and the “Via Verde” that goes from Tortosa to Alcañiz. For more information click here, try a hiking route through the middle of the rice fields or simply walk the down the seafront of all the many beautiful towns in the area.
Click here to check out everything you can get up to in L’Ametlla de mar.
A great option is to discover the many beaches in the area. During the winter season and outside of the bird nesting season all beaches accept pets. The “Bassa de l’Arenal” beach, which is located in the Riumar urbanization, is the only beach that accepts pets throughout the year, it has specific signs indicating this.
To learn more about the Ebro delta, we recommend you read our article.
Also, all the nature lovers have many different options. The first option is to take the route through the Tancada and Encanyissada lagoons, it is a 26 KM route that offers various observation towers and also reading panels with interesting information about the lagoons and the birds. It’s the best place for a bit of bird watching and if you do not want to do the entire route on foot it’s easily accessible by car.
The final alternative is to go to “als Ullals de Baltasar”, a set of small freshwater lagoons surrounded by an amazing green landscape. You will find a rich diversity of fauna and flora, a perfect place to enjoy with your pets.
And this is where we finish, as we said before, these are just a few of the many activities on offer close to Calafat.
In today’s post we are focusing on the activities that take place in Calafat Port, 10 minutes from L’Ametlla de Mar. Boat rental no license needed, sailboats, kayaks, jet skis, paddle surf… For daring sailors and sea lovers!
As we have mentioned, in Calafat Port you will find a wide range of activities provided by Enjoy Calafat and other companies that we will present to you later. Let’s go!
You can get to Calafat Port in 3 ways: by car, bus or cab. If you go by car you must take the N-340 towards Tarragona, take the Calafat entrance and follow the signs. If you do not have your own vehicle, you can use the public bus that Turisme de L’Ametlla de Mar provides during the summer months. Finally, for the cab, you can get the contact information at L’Ametlla de Mar Tourist Office within 10 minutes you will be in Calafat.
Once at the port, you must access through the entry barriers, which need to be paid for, but if you do an activity you will get a free ticket to leave. You must go straight on until you are close to the beach and, on the right side, you will see a little wooden hut where you will be attended by the very charming guys from Enjoy Calafat.
Enjoy Calafat offers boat rentals whether you have a licence or not, sailboats and kayaks.
With its 10 boat fleet with a 1 to 6 people capacity and of 2, 4 or 8 hour tours, it offers great versatility to get to know the coast of L’Ametlla de Mar and Les Terres de l’Ebre from another perspective so that you can enjoy your vacation at your leisure.
With a 15 minute explanation you will be able to perfectly sail a boat, no licence needed! Click here to find out more information.
You also have Kayaks for 1-2 people that leave from the beach, so it is easy peasy! We recommend visiting the creeks closest to the port, there is no need to paddle all day and you can also take a dip in the sea. Keep in mind that kayaking is a bit exhausting if you have not done it before.
However, if you prefer to enjoy without having to sail yourself, we also have a 39 feet captained sailboat, and in case you have a licence you can sail it yourself. You will be guided, being able to discover the best spots on La Costa Daurada and Les Terres de l’Ebre. The rentals go from 4 hours to 1 or 2 weeks.
As we have mentioned above, in Calafat Port there are other companies that carry out nautical activities, and now we will present them to you.
Liberty Wings, jet ski outings which can be rent with or without a monitor. They have activities such as the banana as well, the Monstersofa, paddle surf or the flyboard, will you dare to try it?
Then, there is Ametlla Diving and Marina Diving Center, who offer courses and daily diving excursions. Contact them and delve into the depths of the Mediterranean Sea, discover sunken ships and learn about the fauna and flora that hides on our coast.
Do you fancy scuba diving? Then Plancton Diving is ideal because you will be able to have your first diving experience and they do snorkelling outings every day. They will introduce you to the largest posidonia meadow in Catalonia, you will get started in the snorkelling world and, moreover, your children can join the summer camp. Indeed there is a summer camp in Calafat port for the little ones where they can learn everything related to the marine world: learning and enjoying all at once.
Last but not least, Servicios Marítimos Mementos carry out excursions and fishing charters by catamaran, do not tell me you don’t feel like going fishing.
As you can see, in Calafat Port they have a wide range of activities for you to enjoy. We hope that you have a great time during your holidays in L’Amettla de Mar.
The Nature Park is located in Les Terres de l’Ebre. It became a Nature Reserve in 1983 and it belongs to the Les Terres de l’Ebre Biosphere Reserve. It was divided in two parts, the North and the South. That is why our advice is to plan two visiting days in order to get to explore this amazing place.
To get around there we advise you to go by car, since there is no public transport. You can go through l’Ampolla or through Camarles. We recommend l’Ampolla route, this way you can benefit from visiting the town.
There are available parking areas for cars and caravans at all points of interest, so it will be easy for you to get there. A piece of advice: park your car and rent a bike, there are many companies that offer this service. To discover the Delta you can choose between so many routes which are adapted to both adults and children.
During the tour you will be surrounded by the rice fields, that change every season. It’s really spectacular!
To begin with, there is the North part of The Ebro Delta Nature Park, which is located in the Baix Ebre region. In this region you can visit a town called Deltebre, and its most touristy area: Riumar. Nevertheless, you definitely cannot miss La Bassa de les Olles, La Punta del Fangar, La Marquesa beach or La Bassa del Garxal. ¡Let’s begin!
La Bassa de les Olles
It’s the smallest llagoon in the Ebro Delta Nature Park. You will find it between rice fields and dunes and you can get there from l’Ampolla. Don’t miss it because you will be able to do some birdwatching and, if you are lucky, you will find flamingos during certain months of the year.
La Platja de la Marquesa y La Punta del Fangar
To get to La Marquesa beach or to El Fangar lighthouse you’ll need to follow the signs (the way are well indicated). Once there you can park on your way to the beach, always keep to the sides so others can pass freely, or you can also park in front of the restaurant Los Vascos.
You will see La Marquesa beach to your right. The dunes on this beach are the most well conserved, it is an unspoiled beach with crystal clear water and golden sand and it’s more than 1 kilometer long. What is curious about this beach is that you can find dunes inside the water as well.
To the left of Los Vascos restaurant you will find the beginning of El Fangar beach, which is the way to go to El Fangar lighthouse. La Punta del Fangar is the peninsula that penetrates into the sea in the North part of the Ebro River mouth, an idyllic place to relax. If you want to walk to El Fangar lighthouse you must take into account that you will be walking in the sand and it will take you approximately two and a half hours.
Check the weather in advance, since it’s best to visit on a calm day. This way you can take a dip halfway to the lighthouse. We recommend to bring water and sun cream, since there is no shade along the 4 kilometer walk. On your way to the lighthouse, on your right, take a look at the beautiful dunes that have been growing and moving throughout the years. You don’t have access because that area is protected and is part of the Ebro Delta Nature Park fauna and vegetation salvation program. The closer you get you will be able to see the lighthouse. Once you get there take as many pictures as you want, let your imagination fly!
The mouth zone of the Ebro river is divided between the North hemidelta and the South hemidelta. In the mouth are three protected natural spots of great importance, El Garxal, L’Illa de Sant Antoni and La Illa Buda (two little islands). The access to both islands is restricted and you must ask the Park for permission. El Garxal is an available zone near Riumar, you can go across it by walking or by bike. You will find different bird viewpoints.
In the mouth zone of Riumar you will find restaurants, gift shops and boats to visit the mouth and get to the open sea.
Deltebre and Riumar
Deltebre is located in the middle of the Ebro Delta Nature Park. With all the tourism, it still maintains its traditional agricultural spirit. Riumar is its residential area and we recommend it to you because there you can find Riumar beach, which is almost 4km long. With wood walkways to get to the beach, it has beach bars so that you can cool off on the hottest days.
Then we have the South zone of the Ebro Delta Nature Park. This zone of the South hemidelta is in the Montsià region. El Poblenou del Delta, La Punta de la Banya, El Trabucador, L’Encanyissada, La Tancada and Las Salinas de la Trinidad, lots of enjoyable places to see.
Poblenou del Delta
El Poblenou del Delta is between L’Encanyissada and La Tancada, two lagoons that we will talk about later on. This little agricultural fishing town is made up of beautiful white houses and one of many magical places to discover; for example, La Torre de Sant Joan, a watchtower that was constructed in 1576.
L'Encanyissada and la Tancada
L’Encanyissada is the largest lagoon in The Delta Nature Park, it has a total surface area of around 15 square Km! The journey to visit the lagoon starts at an emblematic building called La casa de fusta it has ornithological museum situated in one of its rooms. The lagoon is surrounded by bird observation points.
La Tancada is the second largest lagoon in El Delta de l’Ebre. It’s just East of El Poblenou del Delta. If you go all through La Tancada by bike you will discover some old abandoned salt mines. You’ll be able to identify them easily because of the white salt crust that you find on its surface during summer.
Punta de la Banya and El Trabucador
El Trabucador is a long 5km sand barrier that is around 100-200m wide, to get to the Punta de la Banya peninsula you must go along it. Its main attraction are the amazing sunsets, since you have the sea left and right and this creates some truly amazing colours. La Bahia dels Alfacs is the most natural bay in Europe.
Les Salines de la Trinitat is at the end of La Punta de la Banya, If you are lucky you will see some flamingos, they nest there for large parts of the year.
If you go during the summer we recommend that you take into account the rising tides and the intense heat.
This area was particularly affected by Storm Gloria in 2020 and also by other storms that have been taking place over the recent years. La Barra del Trabucador is now a lot less wide and it has even been broken at times due to a lack of sediment and sand. We ask you to respect the area and to obey the regulations indicated on the all the signs. As the area was badly affected, the municipalities and the government have agreed to impose a payment on all the vehicles that want to access to La Barra del Trabucador. You can find more information on the Sant Carles de la Ràpita Tourism website.
We recommend you visit the Ebro Delta during throughout the year in order to appreciate the different contrasts of the rice paddy cycles.
That is all we have to say, but you can discover a lot more on your own! We hope you enjoy The Ebro Delta Nature Park and respect all of the signs so that we can keep enjoying this idyllic spot that we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep.
En 1974 se inauguraba el Circuit Calafat, el primer circuito de velocidad permanente en Catalunya, de la mano de un grupo de pilotos y amantes del motor junto al Grupo Calafat. Los ingenieros, Jordi Xiol y Vicente Gilera, muy conocidos en los medios del motor de la época, diseñaron entonces un trazado inicial de 2.500 m. que años más tarde, en 1987, se ampliaba para alcanzar los 3.250 m. actuales, con la ayuda de la Generalitat y la Diputación de Tarragona.
El Circuit de Calafat está situado en el municipio de l‘Ametlla de Mar, en la Urbanización de Calafat, a 800m del mar.Es un gran espacio lúdico y deportivo especializado en el motor, con un trazado único, de los más técnicos y físicos de España. Homologado por la Federación Catalana de Motociclismo y Automovilismo, esta capacitado para albergar carreras de ámbito autonómico, además de funcionar como circuito de test para equipos y pilotos profesionales.
EL CIRCUITO DE VELOCIDAD QUE VIO NACER A SITO PONS, HOY SIGUE RODANDO
Pilotos de la talla de Ángel Nieto, Aspar, Sito Pons, Joan Garriga, Carlos Cardús, Àlex Crivillé, Carlos Sainz y Pedro de la Rosa entre otros, se daban cita en el circuito convirtiéndose en la cuna del motociclismo y automovilismo de velocidad español y catalán de la época.
UN CIRCUITO DE VELOCIDAD TAMBIÉN TIENE SU MOTOR, LA AFICIÓN
Actividades y eventos en el Circuit de Calafat
En el Circuit de Calafat también se realizan cursos teórico-prácticos de conducción segura, conducción deportiva y conducción eficiente. son cursos impartidos por profesionales, para que empresas y amantes del motor puedan mejorar el control y la eficacia de la conducción.