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La via verda by bike: from Horta de Sant Joan to Xerta

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On our last visit to Ebro Delta, we found information about the via truegoing through the Tortosa tourist office. We had already heard about the one in Girona and, after informing us about this route that passes through Tarragona, we were looking forward to traveling the greenway by bicycle. Finally, last weekend we decided to do it and we moved to Horta de Sant Joan to enjoy this fantastic bike tour.

History of the greenway of the Val de Zafán

In 1863 a railway route was devised to link the stations of La Puebla de Híjar in Teruel with the mouth of the Ebro in San Carlos de la Rápita in order to transport goods from the mines of Teruel to the port. The first section, which included the stations of La Puebla de Híjar and Alcañiz, was completed in 1895. However, the rest of the route through the beautiful Val de Zafán was not completed until in 1942 the road was extended to Tortosa. And later, in 1973 Renfe closed the road and was disused for many years. Luckily, this route began to be recovered for almost twenty years for cyclists and pedestrians. At present, the road is perfectly conditioned and has become a very popular excursion.

How to organize a visit to the greenway

Perhaps the most complicated is knowing what the best route is. Not having a physical form very far, we decided that it would be better not to do more than 30 kilometers in one day. After investigating a little, we discovered that the most beautiful and affordable route was the one that goes from Horta de Sant Joan to Benifallet. It is a 25-kilometer course that does not pose any difficulty because it has a slight slope downhill almost from beginning to end, so there are times when it is not necessary or pedaling. For this reason, we decided to praise the route to Xerta and travel a total of 33 kilometers.

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