The suggested natural route leaves l’Ampolla in the direction of l’Ametlla de Mar running along the GR 92 path until it reaches l’Àliga Cove (approx. 9.7 km before l’Ametlla de Mar). This walk runs close to the sea, along the old patrol paths, which were used until recently by the carrabiners to control the activities of smugglers operating under the cover of night along this rugged coastline.
The walk takes in beautiful, almost totally unspoilt spots scattered along the coast. Rocky sections are interrupted by small pebbled coves where the stones heap up, dragged along by the torrents during the flood season. The colours created by this landscape are of fascinating intensity: from the ochre and gold of the marl banks to the subtle red hues of the cliffs; all this combined with the green of the pine groves and the deep blue of the sea.
Rocks, waves and fishing
The beauty of this route is the result of a slow but inexorable cycle, where sometimes the waves lightly greet the colored cliffs and, others, they violently strike it until they sink and return to create.
The coasts of the Baix Ebre present very favorable natural conditions for fishing activity. The waters have different temperatures and salinity as they come from the sea or the Ebro River. These waters are full of nutrients that favor the formation of plankton, the food of the fish.
Route GR path
(0.000 m) Starting Point: l’Ampolla. Tourist Office. (Ronda de Mar, 12) Walk along the sea front in an easterly direction along Vista Alegre Street and continue along the GR 92 beside the sea via Banys Street and Mar Street, passing by Capellans Beach on the right before reaching Baconé Beach.
(1.100 m) Baconé Beach. Cross the beach and climb the steps that lead to the patrol path.
(1.630 m) Maria Cove. Continue beside the sea along the patrol path.
(2.000 m) Escaret Cove. Continue beside the sea along the patrol path.
(2.670 m) After Punta Pinyana, you pass the entrance to a bar on the right. Go down the steps.
(2.790 m) Cap Roig Beach. Continue beside the sea as far as the end of the beach, then turn left and climb the steps to the street and take the steps that go up on the right.
(3.900 m) Cross the Cove la Buena and Morro de Gos beach. In Santa Llúcia Beach, when the beach ends, continue along the wooden walkway and then along a recently paved path; when this comes to an end, go down to the right and cross a small gully, then pass in front of a dock with space for two boats. Continue along the water’s edge.
(5.530 m) Cliff’s end. Go up to the left until you reach some pine trees, turn right along the patrol path. After passing another gully, turn right at the crossroads. Crossroads. One path turns to the left, take the path to the right and go down to the beach.
(6.700 m) Moros Cove. Cross the cove and climb up the other side by the public steps. Crossroads. Turn left and go down.
(7.200 m) L’Àliga Beach. This is the end of the walk. A long tunnel leads under the railway track and the motorway to the Cales Path that goes towards l’Ampolla or L’Ametlla de Mar.
This route will bring you to an especially interesting place to enjoy bird watching during winter and prenuptial and postnuptial migrations. About 205 species have been cited here, among which we can stand out small passerines during migratory periods, that remain among the vegetation that crowns the cliffs waiting to find the food that gives them the necessary energy to continue their routes, and the favourable winds that makes it easier, safer, and faster to cross the Mediterranean in search of places of wintering in the African continent.
During the winter, the great northern diver, Shearwater, Northern gannet, cormorants and gulls, remain in these calmer waters, looking for food and protection. The wader doesn’t have the best place here, but if you look at the beach and rocks where the waves break, you can see how they also adapt to this type of habitat. You can also observe one Common House Martin (Delichon urbicum) that, coming from the mountains, likes to spend the winter on the coast.
During the summer, the blue rock thrush will be the species that together with the pallid swift will be part of the investigation to fill your list in the obligatory annual visit to the Ebro Delta.
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Species to observer
- Song thrush (Turdus philomelos)
- Common blackbird (Turdus merula)
- Warblers (fam. Silviidae)
- Common chiffchaff (Sylvia borin)
- Frinches (Fringillidae)
- Great northern diver (Gaviidae)
- Shearwaters (Procellariidae)
- Common gannet (Morus bassanus)
- Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
- Gulls (fam. Laridae)
- Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
- Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
- Calidris species (Caradriformes)
- Common House Martin (Delichon urbicum)
- Blue rock (Monticola solitarius)
- Pallid swift (Apus pallidus)
- The suggested walk runs along the GR-92 path at all times.
- This walk does not end at the same place as it started. It is important to bear this in mind and leave a vehicle at the other end. Another option is to order a taxi by telephone (it is, perhaps, a good idea to take along a mobile phone, as there is no public telephone at the finishing point of the walk), or simply, turn back when you reach the halfway stage in the walk.
- This walk is perfect for any time of the year. The spring and autumn months are the best. Sunny winter days can also be especially very pleasant.
- It can be extremely hot in the summer and you must start off early in the morning so as to avoid the midday heat. Do not forget to bring along drinking water and a hat.
- The estimated time for the walk has been calculated at an easy relaxed pace. It should be borne in mind however that, depending on the number of stops made, it could take much longer. It goes without saying that great care should be taken to avoid the risk of forest and brush fires.
- The l’Ampolla tourist office can provide further information and will be only too pleased to help you with any queries or hear your suggestions.