If you’re looking for a different experience on your next trip to Catalonia, put on your list a visit to the seafood farms at the Ebre river delta. The industry of harvesting mussels, clams and oysters in the south of Catalonia is an important one, alongside the rice farms which produce the famous arroç bomba (bomba-type rice), ideal to prepare paellas and risottos. These seafood farms are located both in the bays of Fangar and Els Alfacs, both at the mouth of the river Ebre as well as in open-sea a few miles off the coast. Over 4,000 tones of mussels, 800 of oysters and 30 of clams are harvested every year in this area.
The tourist exploitation of the seafood farms include a visit to some of them where visitors can see how mussels, oysters and clams are farmed and taste them in impromptu open air restaurants. A visit to these farms, in Sant Carles de la Ràpita, is a great family day escapade. Visits are organised in small groups (minimum required) which tour the bay and are then transported by boat to the farms.
For info: Delta de l’Ebre mussels can be purchased in the Bon Preu, Esclat and Condis supermarkets located across many towns and cities in Catalonia.
How to get there from Barcelona. Our advice though is to rent a car to visit the area as you’ll surely want to visit several other locations in the area, such as the Natural Park, one of the best preserved in Southern Europe: Delta de l’Ebre
Apologies for the video presented as it’s mostly an interview (and not in English!) nonetheless you can catch glimpses of the place throughout the video. Note this is NOT a tourist attraction per se -as neither most off-the-beaten path proposals in this website- but something for those looking out for “non-touristy” stuff to do/to see.
WHEN?: saturdays, all year around, at noon
http://www.enlarapita.com -for reservations
http://www.turismelarapita.com -tourist board of Sant Carles de la Ràpita
http://www.fepromodel.com -more info about seafood in the Ebre river delta (in Catalan and Spanish only)
IMPORTANT: these visits are organised in Catalan and Spanish only albeit they can also be accompanied by a translator if a minimum group is formed. If you’re interested in visiting the farms accompanied by a translator contact the organisers of the visits at Estació Nàutica (ctc Jordi or Sílvia at +34977101010 or [email protected]).
Video: © TV3, Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals, S.A.