From the month of May, the Ascó Tourist Office often organizes cruises along the Ebro river aboard the llaüt “Lo Roget”, a replica of the traditional boats used in the past. The trip will allow you to enjoy the Ebro river in a different way and discover its essence.
As soon as you start the trip, you will immediately have a wonderful view of the village before your eyes, with the houses piled on top of each other and the castle of Ascó at the top. Following the route down the river, you will find on your right the hermitage of the Mare de Déu del Carme, a small and white chapel located very close to the edge of the river since 1882. The Virgin is the patron saint of sailors and fishermen and the llaüters of Ascó had huge devotion to her. This is why it is situated beside the water.
Once you have passed the chapel, pay close attention and look carefully at the bottom of the river to your right and you will see the remains of the old barge of Ascó, which was used by farmers as a means of transport to cross the river and cultivate the lands of Les Illes, when the current bridge did not yet exist.
Following the river, “Lo Roget” will make its way between small islands, where the typical riparian forest grows full of tamarisks and poplars, surrounded by reeds. It’s time for birdwatching! Take out the binoculars and observe the abundant birds that live there. If you’re lucky enough, you will be able to see different types of birds, such as the kingfisher, the grey heron, the common moorhen…
As you keep sailing and listening to the whisper of the water, you will see the beginning of Pas de l’Ase and you will suddenly find yourself surrounded by a small gorge on both sides of the river. The peace and beauty of one of the most impressive landscapes of the Ribera d’Ebre will fascinate you!
If you look to your left, on top of a hill you will see the Iberian archeological site of Sant Miquel de Vinebre, which enjoys a strategic position and unique views of the surroundings. This ancient Iberian settlement is part of the Route of the Iberians and preserves remains of buildings dating from the 2nd and 1st century BC.
The boat tour lasts about one hour and a half. You can choose between a boat tour with a tasting of local products or a guided tour with experts who will tell you everything about the local fauna and flora and will lend you all the equipment to observe the different species of birds and plants.
Are you looking forward to sailing on board “Lo Roget“? Tickets must be booked in advance in the “Tickets” section of our website. If you have any questions, you can contact theTourist Office by phone +34 977 40 65 83 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.