A few kilometres away via an excellent road that crosses the Sierra de Pauls, with which we can enjoy a pretty landscape. We will find ourselves in front of the Ebro river on the border of the regions of Ribera del Ebro and the region of Baix Ebre, its orography worked by the River over millions of years and has formed a wide interior Valley, where you can find ecosystems of mountain and river mixed with fertile orchards of fruit vine and olive trees. These ecosystems are preserved intact and wild thanks, above all, to its inhabitants and the different administrations. Various sand banks, River Islands, declared protection zones, as well as the lush riparian forests where you can find a great diversity of flora and fauna give the area a valuable natural and tourist, being our responsibility to maintain it and respect it.

The River is the source of life that has enabled man to establish throughout history, that it has respected and used as a waterway to develop a culture and a country within itself, farmhouses, watchtowers, irrigation wheels, crop fields, castles, and villas of Templar or Muslim heritage. Chapels and churches silent witnesses of the conversion and expulsion of the moriscos ancestors.
And also unfortunately ruins that give evidence to the darkest part of the human being reflected in the fateful battle of the Ebro, as the culmination of a war that should never have happened; as all in history.
On these lines, we will reflect a few descriptive lines of the most striking towns and villages for vistors to this area.

MIRAVET

Castle of Miravet.
Castle monument declared of Cultural interest, property of the Generalitat of Catalonia, which has become one of the most visited.
It was an old Islamic fortress converted into a convent in the mid-12th century castle by the Templars.
Cistercian Romanesque architecture is considered one of the best examples of religious military architecture of the Templars throughout the West, together with the castle of Peñiscola.

Of Andalusian origin, it was transformed as said previously by the Knights of the order of the Temple, they reformed it by creating a castle convent so finally its architecture is a blend of Islamic, Byzantine and Cistercian, styles with the style that predominates the building belonging to the late Romanesque and Gothic transition. Its impressive mass dominates the majesty of the river. The castle of Miravet is the second most important Romanesque castle of Spain and which has more units covered in Catalonia.

Paso de la Barca de Miravet.

The only surviving ferry without a motor that still operates on the Ebro, only pushed by the flow of water and the mastery of the Ferryman to cross the width of the River is almost magical, watch as the barge full of cars and people crossing the river based on the expertise of the boatman.

Old Town.

At a first glance its panoramic picture with its typical narrow streets and porches and the last river shipyard where typical River boats caulked, the oil mill, Morisco Mosque and its mudejar arch, Renaissance of the hospitaller order, the old Church and the viewpoint of the Sanaqueta stands out.
Worth visiting are also the archaeological remains of the first Berber village at the foot of the Castle from the where there are incredible views over the Tamarigar meandering, the lush riparian forest and dolomitic formations by the River

Alfarería.

The typical pottery of Miravet deserves a special mention as it is oneof the last towns where this trade still lives, especially concentrated in the area called "Raval dels canterers". You can not visit the town without acquiring one of their magnificent pieces of pottery in any of the seven workshops in the town that makes classical items, with the typical miravetano style, some of the workshops have private museums which are very interesting.

BENIFALLET.

Typical picturesque small town on the riverbank with an immensely attractive landscape due to the fact that it is surrounded by mountains and watered by the River Ebro, you can enjoy different landscapes in a compact space. Tourists will discover the power and beauty of nature where stone and water have slowly created another nature.
In 1968 speleologists from the speleology group of Gràcia (Barcelona) on an expedition that made the Sierra de Cardó, found a number of cavities that they investigated. This led them to the discovery of the Marigot cave and the Maravelles cave which were added to the already known forming what is known today as the caves of Benifallet. Which are currently partially open to the public are the Maravelles cave and the Cueva del Dos.

La Cueva Maravelles.

This cave stands out for its quantity and quality of limestone formations, the slow drip of filtering water of carbohydrate solution have given rise to these fascinating formations where the imagination of the visitor can discover images and whimsical figures. The cave has a distance of 510 m with about a 10 m slope, apart from stalactites and stalagmites, we can discover all kinds of formations such as columns, lava flows, tubes, flags and surprising structures that seem to challenge the law of gravity in the cave.

La Cueva del Dos.

This cave has two entrances, hence it’s name, with a total distance of 253 m and a slope of 12m. It has a large room with an abundance of carbonated formations in descaling process since the geological aspect the cave is inactive, it is worth noting the large columns, eccentric impressive formations, as well as those in the Maravelles cave on the left side of the room.
Benifallet is without a doubt a place to enjoy landscapes full of life and colors, and you must take advantage of the opportunity for a cruise on the River Ebro with the classic "Benifallet" boat, which attempts to be a replica of the old ones who were working on the Ebro. The boat has a capacity for 50 passengers and does tours of almost an hour long upriver or downriver.

El Castellot de la Roca Roja.

Taking advantage of the option to travel by boat along the river you can make a guided visit to this Ibero town, located 20 minutes along the River journey by boat, we can stop at the pier of the village where we can take a walk to observe the structure of the following explanatory sign posts along the to see the way of life and way of working of our ancestors.

TORTOSA.

This city is the gateway and agglutinating point of the different attractions offered by the nearby territory distinctive in different regions, from the ports Natural Park of Tortosa-Beceite and their national hunting reserve, the Vía Verde set up along the old line of the railway Tortosa-Alcañiz, entrance to the Natural Park of the Ebro Delta of the wilderness of the Sierra del Cardó and historical datasets of Horta de Sant Joan, Miravet or Arnes, as well as the areas of the battle of the Ebro and gateway also the sand and rocky beaches of family tourism areas such as Ametlla de Mar, La Ampolla,, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Les Cases d´Alcalar etc.
The city of Tortosa has a history of notable dimensions in which we can enjoy really eye-catching and numerous architectural styles in proportion to the size of the town from different eras.

Zuda Castle or San Juan.

Impressive fortress high above the city overlooking the Ebro river makes it an exceptional viewpoint. The first structures were erected by the Romans but it was the Arabs, during the reign of Abd ar-Rahman III, that gave the shape to the building that is currently preserved. It is now a Parador de Turismo, having been the headquarters of the Court of Justice, and during the middle ages, it was the residence of King James I, who chose to start from here the conquest of Morella, Burriana and Peñíscola

Tenazas Fort.

The 17th century fortification located to the North of the city, currently privately owned.

The Sitjar fortifications.
Constructions from the 17th century built as protection from the former location of San Francisco headquarters, currently occupied by Hospital Virgen de la Cinta, there are three forts with large moats, the stronghold of Carmen, connects with thr external fort Bonete that displays on the outside a large Heraldic Shield, that even today it not been identified of who it represents.

Fort of Orléans.
A fort also built in the 17th century built located in front of the fortifications of Sitjar, are named by the Duke of Orleans, who besieged the city in 1708 on the orders of Philip V.

Old City Walls.

In this construction the old ciry wall Remolinos stands out, which can be accessed from the advanced parts of the castle of San Juan, which currently ends at the Celio tower. The other large city wall is Rastre built in 14th century accessible from the Sitjar.

Towers

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Scattered throughout the municipality we can see different towers, buildings deeply rooted in the city because of its importance as a river port which made her prone to pirate attacks and this type of building was erected as a lookout to protect the population. The Tower of Corder and the Prior's can be seen when entering the city to the North, Campredo and the Font del Quinto to the South, complemented by la torre Carrova Amposta and eastward towards the Hermitage of Coll de l´Alba is the Gassia Tower and a little beyond the Fullola Tower

Tortosa Cathedral.
Cathedral built in 1347 in honor of Santa Maria. In 1597 the Morella Bishop consecrated the temple.
Its construction, clearly Gothic, is defined by its exterior apse, aisle with double ambulatory the presbytery and the three naves of five sections with their stone arches.
In the main altar we can see can the polychrome altarpiece of 15th century, dedicated to St. Mary of the star, with scenes of the Virgin and the New Testament. Among the chapels you can observe the dedication to the Virgen de la Cinta, a great example of Baroque architecture in Catalonia and also dedicated to the Mare de Deu del Rosér where the tomb is located of most spectacular Alabaster of the Cathedral, dedicated to Joan de Girona.

The restored cloister of the Cathedral, presents a trapezoidal shape and has a valuable Epigraphic collection on the walls as well as six striking sundials, next to the cloister is the ancient canonical, which retains the refectory, the Aula Mayor, the canonical dormitory and the Aula Minor. Under the cloister there is a large bomb shelter that was built in 1937 during the civil war.
The Cathedral preserves a large number of works of art of all types and styles which gives great wealth and cultural artistic value. Through them we can see the different periods and styles of sacred art. The Church of the Cathedral was named basilica and in June 1931 with the Palace Episcopal it was declared an artistic historical monument

Episcopal Palace.
Located a few meters from the Cathedral leaving by the door of Palau. It is a building which was built between the 13th and 14th century and subsequently renovated in the18th century and the new adjacent building was added in 1931. This was also declared artistic historical monument of national interest, while the Palace needs some restoration, it is without a doubt the most beautiful Catalonia.
In its interior from the patio, which is the heart of the building, we can distinguish a multitude of architectural elements, especially in its wide hanging staircase and you can observe the rest of the representative elements of the architecture that is in the construction of the building. In the interior of the chapel façade we can see an impressive sculptural work of the14th century with the remains of the original polychromy. The Diocesan historical file is here in the episcopal Palace.

Reales Colegios.

This name is givien to the three buildings of the Dominican order, located in Santo Domingo street. They were declared a national monument in 1974. The set of buildings are the school de San Jaime and San Matías, the school of San Jorge Santo Domingo, and the Church of Santo Domingo.
The first was ceded by the Generalitat de Catalunya to host the historical archive of the city and is the most outstanding Renaissance building in Catalonia.

The second, which only has left its Renaissance doorway, was the old University at the time of Philip II as says the inscription which can be read on the door with the words House of wisdom in latin. The Church of Santo Domingo was one of siezed assets with the Mendizábal law in the 19th century, becoming later a military facility and then a municipal facility which housed the Municipal Archives Museum, later used as a noble Hall of the city and since 2008 became the center of interpretation of the Renaissance.

Convento de Santa Clara

Convent of Santa Clara

One of the oldest in the city, which was founded in 1283, located in the neighborhood of the same name and adjacent to the medieval wall of the neighborhood of el Rastro. This convent was heavily damaged during the civil war, retains a cloister in Spanish Gothic style which only the North wing and the West and much of its architectural elements remain and were replaced in a restoration completed in 1998. Of the Church of the Templars only the five arches of pointed arch remain.

Lonja de Tortosa.

What was the old building, now only retains the “porch of wheat” from the 14th century, which was moved from its original location to the municipal Park Teodoro González in 1933 and is the oldest of the marketplaces preserved in what was the former territory of the Crown of Aragon, and it’s importance became such, that it established the price of wheat in the Western Mediterranean.

Palaces.
Due to the Spanish war and some unfortunate acts some of the palaces and noble houses of the City disappeared and currently are protected historically the following: Palace Montagut. In Santa Ana street 3-5 headquarters of the irrigators community of the left channel of the Ebro.
Romanesque Episcopal Palace. Located in front of the Gothic episcopal Palace, at present it is not visitable.

Despuig Palace.
A 15th century Palace located next to the Oriol Palace and which was restored in the mid 20th century include its Gothic Gallery and polychrome beams of the restored ceilings.
Oriol Palace.

Located on Calle de la Rosa was formerly the Palace of the Marcos, later the Marquis of Bellet and Mianes finally passing on to the Marqués de Santa Coloma, it presents an interesting inner courtyard and polychrome beams.
Campmany Palace.

Located on Calle de la Rosa and formerly had been the Palace of the Countess of Vallcabra, is noteworthy for its padded 18th century facade and the eaves of the roof; It also has an interesting inner courtyard.
Palace Abaria – Aldana.

After a controversy that emerged at the end of the 20th century on the occasion of the restoration of the building it was loaned to the Generalitat now belonging to this entity being a seat of the Government of the institution. Adjacent to it is the old church of Dolores destroyed in the Spanish war.

Palacio Oliver de Boteller or Villoria House

Built in the 15th century and currently declared of Cultural interest, is the headquarters of the Department of culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Its facade was moved stone by stone from its original location in front of the River Ebro about 150 m below. An old Gothic font from the 15th century which had been located in what is now the Plaza of Agustí Querol was installed in one of its corners.

Modernist buildings of architectural interest.

Public slaughterhouse. Built in the early 20th century and located in the neighborhood of Remolino in one of its pavilions is currently home to the showroom Antoni Garcia.
Passage Franquet. From the late 19th century located between Calle Ciutat and the Calle de Cambis.
Municipal market. One of the biggest in Catalonia, 2650 m² and os at the same good level as many of the great municipal markets or Barcelona.

Casa Pilar Fontanet popularly known as Casa Greco. Built in the early 20th century next to Portal Dels Romeus and opposite the door of La Olivera, one of the entrances to the cloister of the Cathedral.
Templo de la Reparación. Opened in 1903 and is located on Calle Merced highlights the multicoloured dome visible from various parts of the city.

Not to be missed.

Hotel Siboni. En el número seis de la Calle del Angel destaca como en la mayoría de los casos su especial fachada.

Casa Ricardo Climent. Located in Calle Montcada in front of the Avaria Palace, highlighted is the drawings of its facade and its viewpoint. At present it is the headquarters of the General registry of the Provincial Diputación de Tarragona.
Casa Ramon Sechi. At number four of the plaza Agustín Querol on one side an old pharmacy can be seen.
Almacenes J. Bennett Piñana. At number 3 Avenida de la Generalitat, very close to Puente del Estado
Hotel Siboni. Its special facade stands out as in the majority of cases at number six Calle del Angel.

Casa José Bau Verges. Calle Berenguer IV number 26 is a example of the economic hegemony of oil traders.
Casa Salvador Brunet Hall. On Calle Cervantes is now the headquarters of the official Chamber of Commerce, industry and navigation of Tortosa.
Villa Mercedes, popularly known as the House of the turrets.
Casa Bernardo Grego. On calle República de Argentina.
Clínica Sabaté. In plaza Alfonso XII an example of thematic architecture reflected on Egypt.

Casa Piñana. Located at number 105 of the Avenida de la Generalitat.
Casa Fernando Pallares (Villa Alicia). Remarkable colorful facade and its Tower.
Casa Manuel Carmos. Located on the Rambla de Catalunya in the District of Ferrerías.
Casa Doctor Antonio Lorca. On the paseo del Ebro cornering with of Rambla de Catalunya in Ferrerías.

Parque Teodoro González.

After a long process of reforms to the city in which walls and ancient buildings were toppled located next to the River. This Park was promoted by the Mayor of the same name at the end of the 19th century - beginning of the 20th century and it was designed as a romantic gardens with modernist traits, geometric landscaping sectors currently abound here with the use of typical flowerbeds of the French gardens, the vegetation of the Park represents a botanical variety which in addition to native species, there area also more exotic plants such as Cedars of Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, Magnolia originating in America and among other species giant Arborvitae, as well as species from Japan, Manchuria, and Korea. In 1933 the façade of a wheat marketplace was installed and later a steam locomotive of the old Carrilet train that carried out the service from Tortosa to the Delta del Ebro.

Monument to the battle of the Ebro.
Monumental sculpture located in the Centre of the river that today remembers all of those fallen in the Spanish civil war. It was built on the orders of the rebel general and later all fascist symbols were removed from it, even though incomprehensibly it still holds the Spanish imperial Eagle, in contravention of the laws and ethics that should govern especially in countries that have been victims of a genocidal regime.

Museums and historical archives.
Despite the patrimonial importance of the city, it lacks a regulatory Museum institution. Although the catalog of funds of the Town Hall of Tortosa exceeds 4000 records. Highlights: Comarcal Baix Ebre archives. Located in the colegio de San Jaime y San Matías included by the historical archive of the city of Tortosa, for the photographic, historical and newspaper library interest.

Archivo Capitular de Tortosa

Located in premesis attached to the Cathedral. It brings together an important collection of incunabula, medieval codices and scrolls.
Historic Diocesan archives. Located in the Bishop's Palace.
Parque de Esculturas Jardines del Príncipe, a park diplaying open-air sculptures from the artist Santiago de Santiago in the the Jewish quarter at the foot of the Zuda Castle.