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The Ebre sea: land of fishermen and sailors

The Ebre sea has always been an area of navigation and fishing.

The Ebre sea has always been an area of navigation and fishing.

The coast that stretches out on either side of the Ebre Delta has always been an important area for sailing and fishing in the Western Mediterranean.

A key incident in the history of sailing on these complicated waters was the battle at Les Goles de l’Ebre, between Romans and Carthaginians, which changed hegemony over the Mediterranean. The Kingdom of Aragon set off from the ports of Fangós and Els Alfacs for its expeditions of conquest. The modern period was one of turmoil due to the constant threat of pirates, leading to the depopulation of the coast and costly fortification works. Finally, the contemporary period brought with it repopulation of the coast , the definitive demise of navigation on the Ebre and the recovery of cabotage from the port of La Ràpita.

This repopulation led to the establishment of permanent fishing villages, which grew into today’s towns and endowed this coast with its unique personality. Natural diversity has resulted in a major fishing fleet, excellent seafood and a booming tourist trade.


<p>Wooden folis of the schooner&nbsp;<em>Aventina Masiques, </em>1945. Ebro Museum of the Sea. Terres de l&rsquo;Ebre Museum.</p>
Folis of the schooner Aventina
Folis of the schooner Aventina Masiques
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