Located between the Delta and the Ports of Beseit, Tortosa embraces the Ebre River and gives off the grandeur of a legendary capital
In the historic core of the ancient Dertusa you can discover the traces of Romans, Paleo-Christians, Templars and of the illustrious men of the Renaissance. The great novelty of the season is the archaeological discovery of Cota Zero, located in the lower part of the Cathedral. Apart from places of high cultural and historical interest, Tortosa concentrates a powerful gastronomic offer based on quality and local products. For those who need movement, in the capital of Baix Ebre they can also enjoy sports activities, such as the mythical Green Way.
What to visit
Tortosa is a monumental and legendary city. Cosmopolitan and at the same time with a very marked identity of its own. To discover its history and culture, it is recommended to purchase the Tortosa Card, which gives access to the main monuments and museums of the city, and allows you to obtain discounts in various shops.
The most emblematic experience of Tortosa are the river routes with Lo Sirgador. Aboard a historic wooden boat, the lute, the route runs through the monumental Tortosa and through natural spaces such as the riverside forest of Xiquina Island. It comes out every day at noon, at the time of the vermouth, and in the afternoon during sunset.
The other cultural must-see in Tortosa is the Cathedral of Santa Maria. One of the highest expressions of Gothic and Baroque in Catalonia. It has a permanent exhibition with pieces of Visigothic, Arab and Baroque origin. In the Cathedral itself we can immerse ourselves in history thanks to the new Cota Zero Archaeological Space, where you can see the old Roman wall and the basilica of the first Christians.
A highly recommended free walk is the one that leads to the Castell de la Suda, an old Andalusian fortress restored by the Templars that crowns the city and offers bird’s-eye views of the Cathedral and the Ebro River.
In addition, with the Tortosa Card you can also visit the Royal Colleges of the Renaissance: the College of Sant Jaume and Sant Maties, the College of Sant Jordi and Sant Domènec and the Church of Sant Domènec, currently home to the permanent exhibition on the City and the Renaissance Festival, which is celebrated at the end of July.
Experiencies in Tortosa
The experiences selected in the Mapilife guide of South Catalonia:
Tortosa’s main festival
Restaurants in Tortosa
The restaurants recommended by Mapilife in the Catalan capital of the Ebro are the following:
- El Botànic Modern restaurant in the center of Tortosa with a cozy and refreshing terrace. They offer a wide variety of menus with local and creative dishes. Meat and fish specialties. The weekday menu is worth 13.90 euros and the special menus, 22 and 29 euros. Bookings at 977 445 256
- Los Banys Located in some Andalusian baths from the 13th century in the historic center of the city, the restaurant offers a proposal of quality slow cooked meats, as well as ceviches, tartars and tatakis with the prestigious bluefin tuna from Ametlla de Mar. Great selection of DO wines and homemade desserts. Bookings at 977 443 644
- Lo Racó de mig camí Restaurant located in a farmhouse on a hill on the outskirts of Tortosa. There is a terrace for cocktails with spectacular views of the city and mountains. The menu from Wednesday to Friday costs 20 euros. Bookings at 640 833 043
- Parador de Turismo de Tortosa 977 444 450
- Hotel SB Corona de Tortosa 977 580 433
- Hotel Berenguer IV 977 449 580
- Hotel Tortosa Parc 977 446 112
- Hotel-Restaurant L’Ardíaca 977 445 698
- Hostal Virgínia 977 444 186
- Casa Rural Torre del Prior 652 931 511
- Casa Rural Mas Daudén 661 219 199
- Casa Rural Lo Molí de la Jòrdia 678 493 374
- Casa Rural Maset de Castanyer 615 367 273
- Alberg Croera 977 440 200
- Alberg de Joventut Enric d’Osso 977 501 525