Benifallet is a village in the region of Baix Ebre (lowlands), nestled between the highlands of Terra Alta and Ribera D.Ébre The area has diverse landscapes from mountains to the river donw to the Dela Ebre and the coast.
The village has 2 main attractions - Boat Trips along the River Ebro and the Caves of Wonder (Coves Maravelles). For more information, you can visit the oficial website of Benifallet.
The Via Verde (Green Route) is a network of cycling and hiking tracks that follow the old railway line from Alcañíz (Town in Aragon) through Horta de Sant Joan down to Tortosa. The routes have been tarmaced and the tunnels are mostly lit. Rent a bike from Beniemocions (website link) and they’ll drive you in a minibus with bike racks up to Horta from where you can take a leisurely cycle (hardly needing to peddle) back to Benifallet station (3-4 hours) where you can eat and drink well before getting a lift back to the village. Alternatively, you can drive up to Horta and rent (doing the same minibus transfer back to your car). It’s a perfect adventurous day out without being too strenuous and great for children as you cycle past sleepy villages, through breath taking scenery, olive groves, vinyards and herds of goats without a car in sight. You can stop at a railway carriage turned café and even take a dip in the hot springs (Font Calda). Depending on the time of year you might also be able to swim in the ravine.
Also does bike rental. View website .
Stunning for hiking. About 40 min drive.
Open from Sant Joan (June 24th) to the end of August. You can pay daily at the kiosk/bar (3 Euros). It closes for lunch everyday.
Beniemocions is one of the best Kayak and adventure companies in the area. Enjoy the water experts in canoeing on the Ebro river. View website
Font Calda - gorgeous ravine swimming up in hills where there’s an old monastery just off via verde.
Catfish and carp fishing are the main interests on the River Ebro and here, in the Lower Ebro Valley, Catalunya, the fishing is perfect for the serious angler.
Costa Dorada - L’Ametila fishing port. Head along the C12 to El Perello then weave through to the coves of Sta Luisa or Hospitalet (naturist beach) 25 mins drive.
Benifallet is steeped in history ... from Roman times to the discovery of the 11th Century wooden Madonna in the chapel next to our house. Casa Ermita means house of the hermitage (chapel).
On a hill just outside village is remains of Roman settlement. Visits can be organised through tourist information or drive or hike up there. Just beyond the caves.
The area was the last bastion of the Spanish civil war. The Battle of the Ebro was fought in the hills around Beni. There is a monument up in Rasquera to the Freedom Fighters (the communists) who were the final defence against Franco and the fascistas. A civil war museum in Gandesa relives it all.
Run by Amanda, an Anglo/Catalan artist who’s made the village her home and canvas. She’s also recreated the washhouse with brilliant mosaic tile effect (echoes of Gaudi).
Always an event and music. The whole village stops working for a week from Sept 9th every year … dancing, bands, dinners, talks and competitions.
A small city 20 min drive away. Parador in the old monastery, Cathedral. Moorish influences. Good shopping - hypermarches and Lidl.
Mountain town where Picasso spent time painting and gathering inspiration. Worth a visit and an explore.
Has ancient castle that was used by Knights Templar and in feudal times protected the whole area.
The land of honey, oranges, olives & almonds. Fields of apricots, cherries and peaches. It’s lush. It’s so fertile because the river runs through it and that’s reflected in it’s menus.
4 restaurants in village & 3 bars. Menu del Dia is big local thing and it’s definitely a gastro village. 15 Euros for 3 courses including wine and coffee between 1 & 3pm. Or can sit out with a cerveza or vermouth in one of village bars that spill out onto street.
Read about Benifallet's Xiringuito Restaurant on TripAdvisor
Tortosa has lively and colourful daily food market until lunchtime.
Village market on Thursday. Butchers, fishmongers and bakery in village and small supermarket (they close from 1-4pm). Big hypermarkets in Tortosa. Sundays - popular clothes and tourist markets in Mora.
Falset is wine capital of region. Can do bodega and vineyard visits. Vin de Piorat and the Baixes Ebres is getting quite a name for itself.
A 50 min drive away just outside the city of Reus are the tourist resorts of Salou and Cambrils – where most of the package holiday makers land.
One of Europe’s largest theme parks divided into parts of the world so you can visit the Wild West, the Orient, the Pyramids and even the Carribean all in a day. Attached to Port Aventura is Ferrari World and a waterpark with themed hotels. You can buy a day pass, including parking or multi visit tickets. View website
Enormous water park with lots of flumes, funnels, donuts and rides. Buy day tickets at entrance.
Train or bus from Tortosa. Amazing Roman city with walls, ruins, catacombs and amphitheatre. City of human towers.
Either by train from Tortosa into Sants station or bus which drops you on Diagonal (main road into the city) and a short walk down to Barca stadium- worth the tour! Barcelona is full of hop on hop off buses which will take you all around the sites of Gaudi and Olympic park. Can do it in a day. 2 hour drive in.
Either by train from Mora or 2 hour drive.