L’Ampolla

  L’Ampolla is a small unspoilt seaside town.  Reus is the nearest airport and Barcelona is less than 2 hours away by car or train. It is on the Costa Dorada situated approximately half way between Barcelona and Valencia. Our congregation extends from L’Ametlla de Mar in the north to Tortosa in the south of the region.

L’Ampolla and L’Ametlla are fishing ports with harbour’s and sailing clubs. Both have coves scattered along the coast with sandy beaches, local markets and an abundance of cafes, bars and restaurants. The area specializes in fish and seafood culminating in the Oyster festival in L’Ampolla and the Tuna festival in L’Ametlla with many other food fayres in between.

Close by is the historic town of El Perello with its Roman remains and World Heritage designated rock paintings. The town has a honey museum and is renowned for it olive production.

The town of Rasquera is not far away where basket making and the production of “pastissets” (a sweet pasty) are its traditions. Each year there is a goat fayre with market stalls selling handmade items of wooden toys, jewelry and local produce.

Tortosa is a medieval city on the River Ebro 20 mins south of Ampolla. It is steeped in history with its castle (now a hotel), 14th century cathedral and modernist architecture. Every July the city is transformed into a 16th century town for it Renaissance festival with parades of people and animals, open air stalls with stallholders dressed in costume and artists and actors performing on the streets.

The village of Camarles lies south of L’Ampolla on the edge of the Delta of the River Ebro.    It is a friendly community, mainly of olive farmers and rice growers.  The River Ebro is a popular location for fishing enthusiasts.  The Delta has a nature reserve of 80 sq kms, which hosts some of the most important breeding colonies of birds in the Mediterranean.  A firm favourite with all visitors is catching sight of the flamingos.

The whole area stretches from the sea to the mountains with plenty of countryside in between. Each town has its own traditions, culture and fiestas to celebrate certain occasions. Visitors to the region have the option of staying in hotels, villas, apartments or campsites.