- AN EXCEPTIONAL COASTLINE
A 16 km long coastline where there are 30 coves with chrystaline water, some of them with fine, white sand, others stony, cliffs where the pine trees grown into the water, 6 blue flags, 8 green flags (virgin beaches), areas of special interest to nature-lovers, protected lagoons, pools, harbours…
- MEDITERRANEAN ESSENCE
The sea, which gives the town its name, has been part of every space of l’Ametlla and its inhabitants since its origins. Its seafaring and marine essence penetrates every nook and cranny of the fishing harbour, where you can sit and watch the constant coming and going of the boats and, at the end of the day, observe the catch being auctioned in the Fishermen’s Co-operative.
The fact that l’Ametlla de Mar is near the estuary of the River Ebro stamps itself on its cuisine. Fish and shellfish caught in l’Ametlla de Mar (also known as La Cala) adquires a special flavour which is full of shades of different colours and never fails to surprise our palates. Arrossejat (rice cooked in fish stock), fideuada (noodles cooked in fish stock ) and suquet de peix calero (fish casserole) are all typical local dishes. However, we shouldn’t forget the sarsuela (fish casserole) and fish or shellfish mixed-grills. Throughout the year gastronomic days are organised to promote our high quality products and the proximity of l’Ametlla de Mar fish auction: these include oily fish, white fish, Mediterranean red tuna fish and “galeres” (a type of shrimp).
You can enjoy yourself doing a wide range of water sports and open air activities which several companies offer in l’Ametlla de Mar. To name a few, you can do diving, snorkelling, fishing, rambling, sailing, kayaking, go on trips and rent bikes or boats.
- BEAUTIFUL NATURAL SURROUNDINGS
If you love nature, this is the ideal place for you. L’Ametlla de Mar is home to one of the best-preserved coastal areas of the Catalan coast. You can also find large protected areas such as coastal lagoons that have extensive and varied native flora and fauna, for example, the Valencia toothcarp.
The GR-92 is a coastal footpath used by seamen in times gone by. While walking you can delight in views that shouldn’t be missed: some coves have fine, white sand, others are stony, cliffs where the pine trees grow down to the water, places full of history, such as el Castell de Sant Jordi (Saint George’s Castle), the fortifications built during the Spanish Civil War and places of special interest to nature lovers such as the lagoons at Santes Creus, Torrent del Pi or l’ Estany Tort.
- RELISH IN YOUR FAMILY
L’Ametlla de Mar is essentially a family-based tourist resort. It offers a large number of officially-registered apartaments to rent, hotels and top class campsites where you can enjoy your holiday with your family. The town council, hotels and campistes all offer a wide range of activities which are of interest to all ages, especially the younger ones.
Known as “Tuna-Tour”, Grup Balfegó offers you the opportunity to swim with the hundreds of red Mediterranean tuna fish that are kept in cages about 3 miles from the port of l’Ametlla. While you are enjoying your trip on the modern catamaran that takes you from the harbour to the cages, you can both watch a short documentary about the history of the fishing of red tuna fish and also enjoy the stunning scenery as you sail along the coast of the Gulf of Saint Jordi.
- HEALTHY HOME-MADE PRODUCTS
Although the produce of the sea is obviously the star product of our local cuisine, the essence of the land in its liquid forms must not be forgotten. Top quality olive oil and honey are both produced locally. Olives are also preserved and flavoured here. Why not try, for example, the “posades”, “trancades”, “tallades” or “mortes”?
L’Ametlla de Mar is located at the heart of the Gulf of Sant Jordi, halfway between the Cap de Salou and the Cap de Tortosa. It is an ideal place to stay while providing the opportunity for you to visit the River Ebro delta or the Ports nature reserve in the mountains behind Tortosa, try fluvial tourism on the River Ebro or visit prehistoric cave paintings. These are examples of just a few of the places of interest that can be visited within a radius of 50km from l’Ametlla de Mar.