Nature trail: The banks of the River Fluvià

The nature trail on the banks of the River

Fluvià is in an area surrounded by landscape of great natural beauty, in which cultivated zones with orchards of fruit-trees are interspersed with zones with more natural vegetation typical of river-banks. The whole area forms part of the territory of the Empordà Marshes Nature Reserve (known in Catalan as the “Aiguamolls”). The trail is intended to draw attention and give access to a little-known area of great interest in terms of landscape and the natural environment.

We shall start the trail at the new Tourist Information Office, located very near the bridge over the River Fluvià. Here we find a grassy area with seats and wooden tables where we can rest, contemplate the scenery or have something to eat once we have completed the trail.

The first section of the route follows the banks of the River Fluvià. The surroundings are accentuated by a thick mass of trees and bushes that follow the curve of the river. Continuing along the path we find a wooden footbridge that crosses the Old River, the former course of the River Fluvià. If we are lucky we may get the chance to see a very lively animal: the otter.

A little further on we can make out the island of Caramany, one of the fully-protected areas of the reserve. In this area we can see nesting, flying or resting, a large number of birds such as the mallard, the moorhen, the sea egret or the grey heron.

After about half an hour of walking alongside the river we suddenly find ourselves in an area with vegetation that is very different to the rest, which tells us that we are approaching the sea. The flora in this area consists of marsh samphire, seablite, reeds and tamarisk, plants that are typical of terrain with high salinity. We are now near the mouth of the Fluvià, where we can see boats sailing peacefully in the calm waters of the river. On the other side of the river we can see the quayside of Sant Pere Pescador harbour.

And finally we come to the mouth of the Fluvià, where, after covering nearly 100 kilometres from its source in the Garrotxa region, the river reaches the end of its journey, merging quietly and placidly with the waters of the sea.

We now turn right and follow the path that borders the beach. Here we can see species of birds such as the black-winged stilt. After 700 metres we turn left and take the path that brings us back to the start of the trail.

The trail takes an hour and a half on foot, but it can also be followed by bicycle. The whole route is signposted, and has viewing-places where you can stop to rest, enjoy the scenery or take photographs.
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