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Ruta del Ebro

General Description: The Ruta del Ebro begins in Tortosa about 15 km inland from the Mediterranean Sea in the southernmost tip of Cataluña. 338 km from Tortosa via Caspe (after which it parallels the Río Ebro), Zaragoza and Tudela to Logroño where it joins the Camino francés. That having been said however, there is not standardization on the designation of several of the sections in this area of Spain, particularly those that start in Barcelona or Monserrat.

Waymarking: Caminosantiago.org indicates that waymarking is complete.

Terrain: The first 30 km out of Tortosa climb almost continuously although not always steeply. Between Xerta and Gandesa there are a series of tunnels that must be walked. Some of these are long enough and curving so a light may be necessary. Except for the early section between Xerta and Caspe, the route parallels the Río Ebro or the Canal de Ebro rather closely so there are no major ascents or descents.

When to go: The spring months of April, May and June are slightly wetter than the remainder of the year but they are not remotely like, say, Galicia. And the mid-summer months have average high temperatures of about 30°C (~85°F). Climate tables for Zaragoza and Logroño.

Accommodation: MundiCamino list pilgrim albergues in Xerta, Batea, Caspe, Escatrón, Alborge, Zaragoza, Torres de Berrellén, Alagón, Gallur, Tudela, Alfaro, Calahorra, Alcanadre and Logroño, although some of these are more specifically youth hostels and some are projected (5/10/08). In addition, almost every settlement has an hostal, a hotel or some other type of commercial lodging.

Guidebooks: Perhaps the only guidebook that focuses on these two routes is the Guía práctica del Camino Jacobeo del Ebro y Camino Catalán that was issued in a new edition in 2008. Updates will be available through the website jacabeo.net. (Spanish)

Internet links: The site RutasNavarra.com has detailed information on the sections in Navarra. In the drop down menu "Tipos de Rutas", select "CS Caminos de Santiago" and then click "Mostrar rutas". Finally click to page 2. (Spanish) Juan Carlos Miguel has a site covering the western section in La Rioja. (Spanish) And as always, the MundiCamino site has a great of detailed information. Click on Routes in the menu bar and slide down to Ebro Way.

Video links: From the Camino video series produced by the Spanish television channel TVE:
     Ruta del Ebro, part 1, 0:26:29, Spanish, 2004
     Ruta del Ebro, part 2, 0:27:38, Spanish, 2010

Other remarks: Leaving Torres de Berrellén one of the two possible routes travels on an active rail line. Caution!

Rev 12/23/11

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