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 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.