We really wanted to see Miravet with its 12th century Templar Castle high above the Ebro but it looked “too hard”. Then we found we could get a bus from Reus to Móra d’Ebre and walk from there along the GR99 Sendero del Ebro. It was only 10 km, a bit over 2 hours. Click here for a map.
The local wine is Cami de Sirga (Towpath) named for the original path used to pull boats along the Ebro, now the GR99. It’s a very nice blend of Merlot, Grenache and Cinsaut.
Old Benifallet Train Station
25 April 2019
From Miravet the GR99 follows the Ebro closely before turning away to become the Camino (de Santiago) del Ebro. It’s 16.5 km to the Old Benifallet Train Station which took us 4 hours 20 minutes. A spectacular day despite intermittent drizzle.
26 April 2019
From the Old Benifallet Station we walked 10km along the Rail Trail to Fontcalda then on to Gandesa utilizing the Camino del Ebro.
The “official” distance is 17.6 km but my GPS recorded 22.2 km in 5½ hours. Whatever, it was a wonderful walk, one of the best, and the weather was perfect.
The first half through 13 tunnels and across 3 bridges on the old rail easy going; the second half, a 300 meter climb up the gorge from Fontcalda Monastery not so easy.
The Via Vedra (Greenway aka Rail Trail) runs along the route of the old Zafan Valley railway line. The line was built to link La Puebla de Híjar to Tortosa 130km away. Work began in 1882 but the line was not opened until 1942 and was never fully implemented. The train ran for thirty-one years until finally ceasing in 1973. The Greenway created in 1996.
We’ve already walked from Xerta to Tortosa on the Via Vedra – click here.
27 April 2019
Still on the Camino, we walked the 12.5 km from Gandesa to Batea in 2 hours 40 minutes. Easy walking on a quiet country road although strong cold winds slowed us.
We stayed in an apartment at the Celler Piñol. Walking along we decided on a bottle of Rosé with dinner. Imagine our surprise to find Señor Piñol had left a bottle of his Portal Rosé on the table as a gift! Fabulous wine too.