Large rivers such as the Ebro find it difficult to stay still. And it’s not just water that circulates. Rivers are constantly changing their course, their course. Slowly the bed moves. As you eat one edge, you grow the other. Sometimes this is accelerated suddenly, even very violently, during episodes of floods and floods. The latter, of course, virtually ended with the construction of the reservoirs.
This obsession of the great rivers to pass now here, now there, is especially evident in the flatter parts and in their final course. It’s like they don’t want to get to the sea. They sense something, for sure. That must be why they are entertained by meanders and going from one side of the valley to the otherl.
For example, thousands of years ago, the great father Ebro came to play from where the village of Vinebre is now, but, like someone who doesn’t want the thing, he moved to the other side to get closer. to greet the old Templar order of Ascó. Thus was born a plain of fertile land in front of Vinebre. As toponymy often does, the name betrays its origin. The Islands say so, though you won’t see any. Farmers in both towns have been quick to cultivate them as soon as they can. Flat lands, fertile and with water; What more can you ask for?
The route leaves Vinebre in a northerly direction, following the paved road that leads to the Ascó weir and Flix. This word of Arabic origin describes the walls that have been built in the river since ancient times when it was necessary to divert water to a canal. In this case, the dam serves to capture the water that cools the nuclear power plant and explains the location of this large energy production infrastructure. When you reach the power station, turn left towards the river, going down a rural dirt road. It then continues downstream, pedaling very nicely alongside the river and crops. You pass under the C-12 road and continue down the concrete path. After a short turn, continue to the left, in the direction of Vinebre.
Since this is a very short excursion, when you arrive in front of the underground passage that communicates with the village, those who want to can continue to the right following the path that leads to the pier. It is a peaceful path suitable for people with reduced mobility, with rest areas and ending in the service and picnic area of the pier. Once there, just undo the road to return to Vinebre.
Circular route with departure and arrival in the village of Vinebre. A very soft and simple proposal, with virtually no difference in level, suitable for families. Paved sections are combined with dirt roads. The proposed route can be followed with a mobile phone or a GPS by downloading the georeferenced filet.
To be able to follow the route correctly, you need to download the track. On this route, the path is marked in part as the GR-99 / Camí de Sirga and in the second section as the Ascó route.