Emblematic places

Landmarks

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    Maritime avenue
     
    The avenue begins on an extensive and green area next to the nautical port called Parc de Garbí.It follows the beaches and it goes through a bridge on the water, to continue around the old lighthouse.
     
    It’s an avenue reserved to pedestrians, cyclists, sportsmen, etc…
     
     
     
    The Market Square
     
    This area was originally one of the neuralgic points of the city.There was a castle, half fortress half chapel, built by the Saracens. It was a worship place that continued being a pilgrimage point for the Muslims. Later, it became a convent of the Saint Jean nuns, under Santa Maria de la Ràpita's adoration.There was also a surveillance tower named Torre de la Ràpita. The city and the navigation channel entrance were protected. There was a hospital that served a lot in conflicts, the Sanity House.The market construction, finished in 1971, suposed the demolition of the old hospital, the moving of the well Pou de les Figueretes and the disparition of the east city wall.
     
     
     
    Viewpoint La Guardiola
     
    The old surveillance tower situated on La Torreta (116 m height) protected the city from the west side and, nowadays, is a perfect point to enjoy the panoramic view of the Ebre's Delta.We recommend to visit this point before starting with the tour in the Delta, because is the nearest panoramic point of the Delta.You can see the river, the Encanyissada and Tancada lagoons, the Trabucador beach, the natural reserve of Punta de la Banya, the Trinitat salt works, the natural Alfacs Bay with the mollusks beds, etc…  When the sky is bright the panoramic view continues on the littoral, until the Peñíscola Castle and the Salou cape.
     
     
     
     
     
    La Ràpita’s lighthouse
     
    The lighthouse is situated at 800 m at the south of the city. The building has only one high and it’s a square of 13 x 13 m, just in the middle there is a cylindrical tour keeping the lantern. The lighthouse started working with the optical system in 1975.
     
     
     
    Les Casotes and the Navigation Channel Dock
     
    It has the old installations and warehouses linked to the Navigation Channel built between Amposta and Sant Carles de la Ràpita to avoid the sandbanks of the Ebre’s embouchure. Next to them we find the mole and the rests of the big dock that was also there. Nowadays, this building is completely renovated and prepared to become the Sea Museum.
     
     
     
    The Fish Market and the Fishing Port
     
    The fishing port of Sant Carles de la Ràpita is one of the most important ports in Catalonia because of its fishing volume and its large fishing fleet. Some fishers share one day of fishing in the sea with visitors, where the culture and fishers seagoing traditions are the protagonists. It shows the importance that it had in Catalan society and, particularly, in the coast villages.
     
    The fish market is situated in the fishing port and it was built in 1919 by the fishers of “Verge del Carme” Association. Nowadays, is a modern building located in the fishing port where you can see the fishing ships and fishermen arrival, and where the auction takes place.
     
    Years ago the auction was realized in the old-fashioned way: the people were around the fish and the prices where sang and stopped by the buyers’ voice. In 2003 the auction process and expedition was modernized, including a new electronic fish market. This system has two transporting bands with digital projections which get the fish sold easier. Actually, it provides the highest quality and speed, between 25 and 30 tones fish per day.  The association has 60 dragging shipsand 48 minor fishing ships in 2 charging moles.
     
    THE VISITIS: The visitors can see the fishing auction in the first floor following the fish transport bands. The fishing ships arrival is after 15:30 hours from Monday to Friday, except in May and June, because during these months the fishers stop fishing.

 

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