The memory of the river

A walk along the Ebro between the fields and farmhouses of Móra la Nova

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Introduction to the route

The Ebro, like all great rivers, was hyperactive. A few years ago I didn’t stop still carrying sediment now here, now there. As soon as he left them on one side and built a galatxo, as with the next flood, he dismantled it and sent it to the sea, to make the Delta grow. People who have always lived by his side were well aware of his mood swings. The Ebro was an impulsive river, sometimes crowded and dangerous, other times, peaceful and harmless like a lamb.

Like all great rivers, its water gives life, but it can also take it; gives fertile soil, but not always hard. Now, however, as if he were a hypermedicated child, the reservoirs have run out of steam (which many are grateful for, of course). Unfortunately, however, the dams ended the river navigation and doomed the delta. There are now more and more voices demanding that the river play again to load and distribute sediment until it reaches the sea.

The proposed walk goes through the fertile terraces in front of Mora d’Ebre, formed by the river in other times and where families of farmers raised the farmhouses of Mora, the origin of the town of Móra la Nova officially born in 1830. You walk to next to the river, between orchards and riparian forests, linking some of the old farmhouses in the area.

Map and tracks


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Route description

The route starts at Mas de la Coixa, located next to a roundabout on the C-12 and N-420 roads. It is one of the oldest and most emblematic farmhouses, now converted into accommodation for the Xarxa d’Albergs de Catalunya. It is believed to have originated in an ancient medieval river watch and control tower. The current building dates from the 18th century and was built to serve as a market and warehouse for the products that the llaguters transported up and down the Ebro with their boats, the llaguts. The farmhouse had stables, corrals, oil and wine mills and a grain depot, among other outbuildings.

From the car park (1), go down to find the path that, on the right, runs alongside the farmhouse and you will find a passage under the C-12 road (2). You will soon reach Mora la Nova, in Plaça Catalunya (3). At this point, turn completely left and continue down the street towards the river. Pass under the C-12 again and reach the pier (4).

Go left, downstream, to go under the Mora bridge (5) and then under the new national road bridge (6). Follow the path of Les Sequines which here runs parallel to the river. Below is Galatxo Island (7), a memory of when the river avenues stirred the riverbed and changed its course. This area is now part of the Illa de l’Ebre Wildlife Nature Reserve.

The path runs between the riparian forest and the crops until it reaches the point where it turns left, up (8). Before climbing, however, it is worth going into the forest following a clearly visible path. In a few meters you reach a beautiful corner over the galatxo, the arm of the river that runs between the island and the shore.

Following the path again, you pass by the Txevarria farmhouse and reach the top (9). Turn left to continue on the way back, which then leads to Mas de Pedret and Mas de Batistet. Turn around the farmhouse on the right and you come to a crossroads (10) with the path that leads to the road. Continue in the opposite direction, to the left, to finish around the farmhouse, go down to the lower terrace of the river and go to find a passage under the national road (11). On the other side, turn right to return to Mas de la Coixa (1).


This is a very pleasant walk between the fields and farmhouses next to the Ebro, in front of the town of Mora la Nova. The proposal is very easily shortened in half, for example. It is ideal for children and bicycles, especially when the fruit trees are in bloom.

To be able to follow the route correctly, you need to download the track. On this route, the route is signposted, although at some point it may mark some directional signage.

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