The most hidden Ebro

A walk through the Mallades and the Barrufemes gorge

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Introduction to the route

Ibrahim was only ten years old, but for some time his father had entrusted him with the responsibility of grazing the small herd of goats that the family had. They lived in the small farmhouse of Muràbit, located on cliffs that fell on the river. Sailors found it at the exit of the mountain pass that was upstream of Xârta: Barrufemes.

That morning he decided to go down to graze the goats precisely on the mountains that closed that gorge. He was restless. At dawn, after the muezzin had called to the first prayer, he had gone up, as every day, to sell milk to the al-murabitun, the warriors of the castle. This time, however, he overheard a conversation that upset him. As he understood, in Al-Quabtíl, the place where the river Turtûxa reaches the sea, a few weeks ago a good number of madjus had camped. It was only a matter of time before their dragon-headed ships and square sails appeared up the river.

Centuries later, Barrufemes, this hidden corner of the Ebro, remains the place where it is easiest to evoke all the stories that the river holds, including that of the warriors of the North who traced it back and who are the protagonists of the novel. that of Jordi Tiñena The smile of the viking.

Map and tracks


Recommended map

Miravet 1:20.000 Ed. Piolet

Route description

Before reaching the end of the Xesa estate, at the corner of a ravine, at the end of the dry stone wall that supports a field of mandarins, is the starting point (1). The first section of the path is marked with the blue marks of one of the itineraries of the hiking group La Cameta Coixa de Miravet. You start walking along a field of mandarins and soon enter the forest, to go around the slope and look for the ravine of the Caseta de les Mallades.

Shortly before reaching a pass (there is a blue mark on a stone mound), leave the marked path to take another one on the left (2). This leads to another ambushed pass, very characteristic for its dry stone well (3). At this point, on the right, you will find the marked route that descends from La Talaia. They are 200 m of difference of level and a magnificent option for those who want a longer excursion. Those who are encouraged to climb will have as a reward an excellent and very little known view of the course of the Ebro at the foot of the Sierra de Cardó, with the mountains of Els Ports in the background.

Continue following the signs in a south-westerly direction, descending along a fairly straight path. The path turns until the view opens onto the river and the Barrufemes pass. A fork is immediately reached (4). The path on the left goes straight down to find the Barrufemes path (7) (it is a good option if you need to shorten the route). Continue on the right.

Soon you descend a rocky and straight slope to end up turning right and crossing the ravine. Not long after, he finds another rocky descent again and, finally, he finds the old Pinell path again. Follow until you reach a pass where there is a small ruined farmhouse (5). On the right, take the path that goes down until you find the beginning of the old horseshoe path of Pas de Barrufemes, near the Ebro (6). Continue to the left, up the river. The route coincides now and until reaching the starting point, with the GR 99 route, the Camí de l’Ebre. Loose cliffs are common and have damaged some parts of the road. However, as long as a more ambitious recovery is not addressed, alternatives have been opened up that guarantee the passage.


From inside the village of Miravet there is a road that leads to the starting point of the excursion (7 km). Just where the road to the castle begins, the steep climb of Carrer de les Flors, which you have to follow, also starts on the right. The path goes all the way to the mountain of Miravet to find the ravine of Negrer and go down by the river. Then, continue parallel to the citrus plantations of Xesa. Before reaching it, the door to the estate is always open. Later there is a fork. The public road is the one on the right (not very recommended for cars). By car or on foot, you have to go up and then down the track, towards the end of the estate, downstream of the Ebro.

To be able to follow the route correctly, you need to download the track. The route is not signposted, except for some points with blue markings that are insufficient to follow it safely, due to its scarcity and little visible color on the rock.

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