The unique nature of Terres de l'Ebre is the combination of the Mediterranean Sea, the river and Els Ports Massif in just one region. These three elements cover a surprising variety of landscapes and ecosystems of high environmental value.
The Ebre River has become the link between the sea and the mountains, and around it a natural hydrological pathway has developed, bordering Els Ports mountain range. In the riverside forest, there are meanders which reach down to the Delta, the estuary and the sea. Here the river is magnificent: salt marshes, rice fields, beaches of fine sand, pink flamingoes and more than 350 species of birds, all go to make this one of the most important natural areas – and also one of the most fragile - in the western Mediterranean. The Delta plains make a strong contrast with the rocky coast just a little further up north. Between the coves of transparent waters, there are pine groves, scrublands and fan palms, the only native European palm tree.
To the interior of Terres de l'Ebre, the uneven orography of Els Ports National Park stands out, with its impressive craggy cliffs which are excellent viewpoints for the Ebre valley. The landscape is formed by mountain Rivers and huge trees with a predominance of Mediterranean mountain vegetation. The fauna here includes the Hispanic goat, one of the native species of animal to this area, and inevitably the symbol of the massif. There are also vultures, and in places with water we find otters. Pine trees and holm oaks cover most of the landscape, so the colours of Fageda del Retaule forest really stand out; Fageda del Retaule is the most southern beech tree forest in Europe. Here, you can visit the Pare (father) beech tree which is almost 25m high, and as calculations go, is 250 years old.
There are buildings in the natural areas of Terres de l'Ebre where visitors can be attended to: Ebre Delta National Park and Els Ports National Park visitors centres, as well as a network of tourist offices, which can give you all the information you need to enjoy this area of rich natural heritage.