Excursions

Hiking, Bike trails,

Charming villages

Santa Magdalena, Vallderrobres

Mountain, villages, walks

For hiking, at Casa Oriole we have books in Spanish, English and Catalan on routes through the mountains of Els Ports, an impressive limestone massif characterised by steep cliffs and forests full of flora and fauna such as ibex and wild boar.

There are many places in Tortosa, Amposta or the Delta where you can rent bicycles to ride along the Ebro on the existing cycle paths, or “get lost” among the lagoons and rice fields of the Delta, full of flamingos and other bird species.

It is also interesting to discover the medieval villages of Valderrobres and Beceite, in neighbouring Teruel; or Miravet in Ribera d’Ebre or in the Terra Alta wine region, visit Horta de Sant Joan, where Picasso spent long periods of time, the Wine Cathedrals in Pinell de Brai or Gandesa, Arnes or Prat de Compte.

Vía Verde

Vía Verde is an old railway track of 96 km converted to cycle touring, with several stations to do some sections by bike or walking, which begins in Tortosa and ends in Alcañíz and runs through spectacular scenery, tunnels, fountains, old train stations, bridges, etc..

For one of the most common routes, there is a rental service for all types of bicycles that will pick you up at Xerta Station (destination point) and take you by vehicle to the starting point in Horta de Sant Joan. From there, you can cycle down (you hardly have to pedal) back to the station. On the way, it is common to have a picnic or to stop for a refreshing dip or a swim at the Font Calda.

More info

Some routes

Vall d'Infern y La Moleta · Els Ports

One of our favourite routes that starts in Font Nova and climbs up to the top of La Moleta at 758 m and passes through the Vall d’Infern, with a duration of 3 to 4 hours over 6.5 km and 400 m of difference in altitude.

Complete route – Wikiloc

La Foradada · Serra de Montsia

An interesting route that passes by a fountain, an old farmhouse, a forest and climbs to the top to enjoy panoramic views of the Delta and the Trabucador. Medium difficulty covering 5.65 km and 617 m of ascent. Circular route.

Complete route – Wikiloc

Gúbies de Parrissal · Els Ports

A flat 7 km route following the Matarraña river that starts near Beceite, in neighbouring Teruel, which takes more than 1 hour to reach, but is well worth it. From June onwards you have to pay to park your car. It is not circular.

Complete route – Wikiloc

Les Picòssies · Serra de Cardó

Spectacular 4.7 km route that passes through a ruined farmyard, a forest and the peak of Les Picòssies at 768 m from 319 m. Medium difficulty, 5.5 hours, not circular, although there is a 6.5 km (difficult) option.

Complete route – Wikiloc

Rules

* There is flexibility depending on whether there are other guests arriving or departing on the same days.
** For stays longer than 4 days.

For electricity we use a photovoltaic system, designed for the average consumption of 2 people, so we cannot allow the use of high power appliances such as hairdryers (we can provide you with a low consumption one), irons, etc. and we ask you to use them responsibly.

The water at Casa Oriole comes from the rain and is stored in a cistern, so it is not advisable to drink it directly (we will give you a bottle of drinking water on arrival), but for making coffee or boiling water there is no problem. And, as it doesn’t rain much in this area, we ask you to use this precious resource responsibly.