The peace of the Ebro

A walk along the edge of the Flix meander

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Introduction to the route

Few things are as majestic as contemplating the calm, calm traffic of millions of cubic meters of water. Everyone knows the terrible power of water. So being able to watch it run placidly, peacefully, giving away life, is a delightful spectacle. There are many who could spend hours and hours watching him. Like fire, the great elements of nature have this power to enchant us.

Can you imagine being able to catch the eye of a child who sees the Ebro for the first time? Here, in La Ribera? It would be wonderful. Where can so much water come from? What do you do going through here? And crossing territories that, precisely, can become very arid. It is the great Ebro, the river that gave its name to the whole of the Iberian Peninsula.

The inhabitants of Flix enjoy a sensational treasure, a pleasant path that goes around much of the meander that the Ebro makes at this point. This is a very advisable proposal to do with children and, at the same time, an ideal walk to do it alone, in the evening, for example, to let the river exercise all its balsamic power over us, to get wet. us of the peace he gives.

Map and tracks


Recommended map

Flix 1:20.000 Ed. Piolet

Route description

The route starts at Flix, on the other side of the boat crossing (1), on the left bank (according to the direction of the waters). You start walking along the river. When you reach the picnic area under the poplar grove (2), it is advisable to jump on the path above. The path below ends without a way out. You walk along crop fields until the pass narrows. The path is called the Aumaec, which is what the people of Flix and Ascó call the rocky escarpments on the river bank; an inheritance from the Arabic al-maḍīk meaning ‘gorge’.

It passes by the Vingalis pumping station (3) which collects water for agricultural irrigation. The path continues with small gradients to adapt to the slopes of the mountain and crosses areas with magnificent specimens of white pine (Pinus halepensis), absolutely extraordinary. The route passes through the Nature Reserve of the wild fauna of the banks of the Ebro in Flix. In addition to being able to see orchids, depending on the time of year and time of day, bird watching can become a spectacle.

Later, the path narrows and regains its original appearance, reaching the remains of the abandoned quarry of Boca Bovera (4). From this place, sailing downstream, in the 14th century, blocks were built for the construction of several chapels in the cathedral of Tortosa and, two centuries later, to build the portal.

You soon reach the ravine of the river Cana (5). A new wooden jar helps to cross it comfortably. The section that would allow to complete the turn to the meander, between the river of the Cana and Flix, still is not conditioned nor signalized (it is necessary to leave to the highway to save a private property). The most prudent option is to go back and enjoy the walk again.

«Walking through the countryside, where the elements of nature gently stimulate the activity of the mind and with its variations keep it immersed in a pleasant game, promotes the relationship with oneself in an enormous way, and, by the way, without the painful character that in the long run permeates the introspection between the four walls of a room ». This was written by Karl Gottlo Schelle in The Art of Walking, a small work published in 1802. Perhaps this German, ahead of other compatriots, had already tasted the pleasure of walking near the meander of Flix.


The starting point can be reached by car, but it is well worth it to cross the traditional boat crossing, one of the only three remaining in Catalonia (Flix, Miravet and Garcia). If you have a kid, don’t stop. Regular hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a daily stop from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. It can be checked on the town hall website.

To be able to follow the route correctly, you need to download the track. The route has interpretive signage of the meander, signage with wooden spades where it appears “PR – Meander Route”, directional signage indicating “Direction Vinebre” or “Direction Riba-roja”, and an old signage of Tourism indicating ” Camí de Vinebre “and” Itinerari exterior del meander “.

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