Good walkers are well aware that the Cardó mountain range offers beautiful horizons over the Terres de l’Ebre. At the northern end of the massif, when the mountain range descends towards the gentle plains of the Móra basin, there is a point that has a special meaning, and not precisely because of the beauty that is contemplated from there, but rather for the horror that was glimpsed there.
At the end of the Spanish Civil War, the Coll de Pins was chosen by the republican army to be able to observe, with a certain certainty, the development of the offensive on the other side of the Ebro. This is the so-called Lister Observatory, by Lieutenant Colonel Enrique Lister. Just below the summit, a small anti-aircraft shelter was excavated, in the face of the danger posed by the enormous superiority of national aviation. In holes of the same kind and even more precarious, on the other side of the river, in Pàndols i Cavalls, young people of eighteen, nineteen, twenty years old were huddled … while a hell was unleashing that was swallowing every day -the bear.
This place stands out for its ability to evoke tragedy, while, paradoxically, it also manages to fall in love with it. The views are extraordinary and the charming descent down the ridge of the Watchtower leaves a good taste in the mouth, despite the terrible episodes with which the mountain has been connected.