LA RÀPITA – CALAFAT
A beautiful route
For air in a straight line, 13 nm separate San Carles de la Rápita from L’Ampolla. If we overcome the allusions of the Ebro, however, the distance is tripled.
To the north, a rugged steep coastline, and many yacht ports.
Port of the Alfacs – la Ràpita – 40° 32,7’ N 000° 35,5’ E
In the great lagoon of the delta there is the largest marina in the area.
Ampolla – 40° 48,7’ N 000° 42,7’ E
Animation around the harbor. Numerous restaurants and anchoring in the bay.
Ametlla de Mar – 40° 52,5’ N 000° 48,2’ E
Fishing plays an important role. Many restaurants and shops. A busy place.
Sant Jordi – 40° 54,8’ N 000° 50,2 E
A small well-cared sport port. The ideal place for those looking for tranquility.
Calafat – 40° 55,5’ N 000° 51,0’ E
A modern sports harbor that has mainly protected moorings for the winter.
An important fishing village of the Ebro delta, with a modern marina, another marina near the center and a jetty to moor on cruises up to 210 meters in length and 6 meters in depth. Located halfway between Barcelona and Valencia, in a very protected place in the southern lagoon of the delta, the Alfacs harbor, you will find many good anchor points.
HOW TO ARRIVE
About 4 nm southwest of la Ràpita, four bright yellow buoys delimit a mussel. A little more inland, there is a fish farm, currently out of use, also indicated by bright yellow buoys. In the direction of la Ràpita, immediately accesses the concrete access to the port of the Cemex cement at the port of Les Cases d’Alcanar. Every week, an average of three boats loaded and left for a few days on the road. About 2 nm southwest of la Ràpita starts the concrete path that leads to the lagoon of the Alfacs port and the port. Mark a 6-meter deep channel. Beyond the row of buoys, the water is deep enough for the sport boats.
However, it is necessary to stay far enough from the shore of the coastal cord, especially in the vicinity of the western tip, that of the Horn (nautical charts are also called Galatxo tip or Corballera tip), because there are sudden variations of depth
If you come from Levante, you will pass through a far fl (2) 12s located on the southern side of the delta.
At the outer pier of the harbor there is a brown building impossible to overlook. With the exception of the outer breakwater, all port areas have independent lighting, such as in the case of entrance to the CDM Navy. The depth is almost always 4 to 3 m.
One of the most popular excursions is the Route of the mussels. Departure from the port at 12:00 a.m. at weekends and every day in high season.
In the afternoon, it is worth visiting the center of la Ràpita. Do not miss the panoramic view of the delta from the statue that dominates the town, on Carrer de la Guardiola. Starting at 4 pm, go to the port to visit the Lonja, the largest in Catalonia. The year 2015 invoiced 14 million euros; There were 31 million tonnes of fish circulated. It is also essential to contemplate the return to the port of some 40 fisheries, the download and the sale in the fish market of the finished products. The sale to individuals is not authorized.
Port of the Alfacs
The first anchorage to reach the bay of the Alfacs port in the direction of the port of la Ràpita. Located about half mile northeast of Punta Corballera, the western end of the sand hook that surrounds the bay. The depth of the water to anchor it is 4 to 2 m; There are some steep points where the water is unclear, but they cost to see with the naked eye.
You need to be very attentive to the ecometer and maneuver slowly. Access to the coastal coastal area is prohibited, to preserve the environment. However, it can be reached with a boat in the shallow waters and soak up to the knees surrounded by fish.
There are other anchors available throughout the lagoon, depending on the direction of the wind. It can also be anchored in the northern part, near the oyster nurseries and musclers, where there is also the Musclarium. The depth of the water is 3 m; Access to the shore with boat. In these areas of seafood, you can eat and drink.
With the east, it is better to skirt the long and narrow beach of Trabucador, to the northwest of the ruins of the loading bay of the salt mines of the Trinidad. Here we must also be aware of the variations, sometimes sudden, of the depth of the water.
Trick: pull the anchor more than 3 m deep; then the lemon will hold the hook well. If light comes to the depths, the algae push and the anchor does not fit well.
Port of the Alfacs – la Ràpita – 40° 32,7’ N 000° 35,5’ E
Small municipality of the Gulf of l’Ampolla in the northern part of the Ebro Delta, equipped with a marina. Ideal starting point for a delta excursion by bicycle, by car rented or by taxi. The marina is adjacent to the village, behind which the highway on the coast and the railway line pass. If we arrive from the north, we see, very close to the Ebro delta, the slight green coloring of the sea, the product of the Ebro fresh water stream.
To the north of the lagoon of the Ebro delta (Fangar harbor), there are oyster nurseries and musclers with tasting. You can go with your boat, as long as you are notified in advance of the Mirador de la Bahía.
Lake of the Olles
The smallest lagoon in the Ebro Delta is a delight to discover by bicycle.
Ametlla del Mar
The port of the town houses a large fishing fleet. The larger vessels, exclusively dedicated to tuna fishing, are moored in the extensive outer spire. Ametlla de Mar also has moorings for 255 yachts, managed by the Club Náutico (CNAM). Next to the club there is the Port Captaincy. In the summer months, a dozen yachts circulate every night through the harbor. There are well-maintained health facilities for the crews.
Every day, starting at 4 pm, we recommend that you visit the Market, next to the anchors of the yachts, when they download the catch of the day. At the height of the Ametlla, the Balfegó group runs a large farm reserved for tuna, and proposes excursions with a motor catamaran. Possibility to swim with the tuna.
Port Marina Sant Jordi
A small marina built in a natural bay, managed by the Port of Calafat.
At 500 meters south of the entrance to the port there is the 11th century castle of Sant Jordi.
A well maintained and safe sports harbor, with 324 berths that have anchoring lines. Built in 1981, it was renewed in 2007 with new buildings. It has a good number of anchors at affordable prices, sections of summer homes, which are increasing.