Located in the region of Catalonia in the north east of Spain, Amposta is a short 2 hour drive and a world away from Barcelona’s busy streets. This traditional town, perched between the river Ebro and the Costa Dorada, is a haven for local Spanish tourists in the know, who come to reconnect with nature, explore the ancient architecture, or simply for a weekend break away.
Getting there and around
The best way to get to Amposta from Barcelona is to rent a car and drive. The journey is approximately 100 miles and will take two hours. Alternatively, catch a train from Barcelona to L’Aldea, Amposta’s main train station. Once there, exploring the town on foot is a viable option, though having your own transportation is ideal.
Where to stay
Amposta offers a few different accommodation options – you can camp, stay in a B&B or book a hotel. The best hotel in Amposta is the HCC Montsia, which offers clean, central accommodation for a very reasonable price. Local B&Bs and camp sites are also available – for something a little different, try a stay at Torre Forcheron, an eco-farm.
Things to do
Amposta’s medieval roots are preserved in its 10th century castle, which was originally built by Moorish conquerors. It also served as the seat of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, and visitors today can still view the graceful stone arches, old moats and remains of the mill and soap factory that once stood in the castle grounds.
Architecturally, Amposta’s sites of interests include the many examples of Modernism, for example Casa Fàbregues, as well as magnificent works of engineering, like the mighty suspension bridge which arches gracefully across the Ebro river. La Carrova, or St Joan’s Tower, has stood sentinel over the town since the 14th century – visitors can picnic at its base while exploring the defense fortifications.
The jewel in Amposta’s crown is undoubtedly the Ebro Delta Nature Reserve, an area of wetlands formed by a network of channels, shifting sands and tranquil lagoons. The Reserve is a paradise for birdwatchers, due to the large number of birds, both local and migratory who flock to the wetlands. The most popular way of experiencing the Reserve is by boat, but intrepid travellers can also rent a kayak to explore at their own pace.