The mountain that narrows the Ebro

Ascent to the Àliga peak from the hermitage of Santa Paulina, descent to the Pas de l’Ase path and return through the Barbers ravine

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Introduction to the route

“The river had started to grow at midnight, and at dawn, when I woke up, I could already hear it snoring like a beast. I felt a restlessness that kept me from closing my eyes. We had to travel to Móra that morning, and the lute, loaded with twenty tons of lignite, had been ready at the dock since the afternoon before.

“It’s gone up a lot,” my wife told me after looking out the window at the river. You mean, like, saltines and their ilk, eh?

I grumbled that I didn’t know, but anyone who knew Uncle Godda, our patron, a little, could say without specifying that even if heaven and earth were joined, the old man would let go. ”

Thus begins one of the stories by Jesús Moncada from the book Històries de la mà esquerra, in which he explains a hectic navigation, on the verge of shipwreck, riding on a large Ebro. To imagine that llagut, laden with coal, climbing the Pass of the Donkey, with the current hitting the rocky walls of the shore, still makes its hair stand on end.

The proposed excursion allows you to contemplate this strait of the Ebro from the heights and walk along the historic horseshoe path that is still preserved. In addition, the ascent to one of the best viewpoints in the region offers extraordinary views.

Map and tracks


Recommended map

Ascó. Rutes de senderisme. 1:20.000 Ed. Piolet

Route description

At the small roundabout in front of the hermitage, take the dirt road that goes flat on the right and continue south over a background of planted trees. At the end (1) there is a signposted path that leads to Punta de l’Àliga and climbs one of the ridges of the Barbers ravine.

During the first section, we follow a path, recently opened, which allows us to overcome the strip of rock that descends from the mountain. Once up (2), the slope softens and soon we find the testimonies of the farmers and shepherds who worked this place: a corral hidden in an entrance of the way, the remains of a small ruined farmhouse, a charming cistern, of course, the dry stone margins with which they sought to trap the fertile earth of the slope.

You reach the pass (3) where the era of these ancient crops had been. The summit of Pic de l’Àliga is very close (4) and it is worth climbing. From the top the views over the Ribera, the Priorat and the Terra Alta are splendid.

You have to return to the pass (3) to take the path that cuts the ridge and ends up going down to the river. The first point (5) is passed and after a while there is a fork (6). Please note that you must continue on the path that follows the ridge on the left, in a north-easterly direction. The road is very windy and the views over the river and the strait area are amazing.

You reach the foot of a high voltage power tower (7). The path that goes down to the Donkey Pass turns right. It should be noted that the slope is quite steep and the descent is not very comfortable (the track that leads to the tower may be an alternative, but it is far from the Donkey Pass, one of the most interesting corners of the excursion).

The path leads to the Pas de l’Ase path (8), a historic horseshoe path that has miraculously survived “progress”. It is worth following it a little in an easterly direction to admire it and then return to this point to continue towards Ascó. This section coincides with the Camí de l’Ebre route (GR 99).

The old horseshoe path ends at the track that descends from the electrical tower and, after nothing, you reach a large crossroads (9) where the paved road that comes from Ascó is located. Leave the wide dirt road that continues straight on and turn left, following the bottom of the Barbers ravine until you return to the starting point.


The proposed itinerary begins at the new hermitage of Santa Paulina. To get there, leave Ascó on the Camposines road (C-12B). Next, there is a turnoff to the left that gives access to the landfill. Continue along the paved road that runs parallel to the river until you find a fork, next to the wall of an old farmhouse. Continue in the direction of Mas de Prades. The paved road leads directly to the hermitage.

To be able to follow the route correctly, you need to download the track. The route has the GR-99 Natural Way signs and the Sirga Way signposted.

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