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Aragón Sea

Aragón Sea

Located among Caspe, Chiprana, Mequinenza and Fayón, in SE province of Zaragoza, the largest Ebro swamp opens up, also known as Aragón’s Sea
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It is the largest river swamp in the Iberian Peninsula, built in 1965 originally as tow swamps in a row, and which originated a 500 km inland coastal resort, forming a privileged place for adventure and water sports and a reference for fishing enthusiasts all over Europe.

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Aragón’ Sea, followed by Ribarroja swamp, keeps the river until flowing down into Catalonia. Although this massive construction transformed the river dynamics and affected different species, it also caused a massive humid habitat and an outstanding touristic resource.

Riverbank woods, numerous islands and great amounts of reedbed by sharp hills, orchards and Mediterranean forests… all together enhance an extraordinarily diverse fauna.

Moreover, Aragón’s Sea becomes a privileged scenery for water sports and a reference for birds and fishing enthusiasts all over Europe (‘siluro’, black bass, ‘perch lucius’, ‘perch sun’, etc).

Near Mequinenza, in addition to a nice rivers confluence – Cinca, Segre and Ebro – the largest fresh water mass in the Peninsula can be watched. It is known as ‘water mixing’ or ‘Aiguabarreig’, shared by Aragón and Catalonia. Meadows, reedbeds, water birds, mammals like the otter and native fish as the monk fish, provide this place with great biological importance.

The best way to know this area and enjoy nature is on foot and by bicycle. Following the Ebro Natural Path (GR99) along the river bank at Ribarroja swamp or riding by bike the route between Fayón and the swamp are only two examples. And if you are a birds lover, the path from Mequinenza swamp to Vessecrí is the right one. Cormorants or little herons are some of the species to be watched.

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