Where is L’Ampolla?

L’Ampolla is a fishing village on the North east coast of Spain. Nowadays L’Ampolla has top class restaurants, mooring for yachts and cruisers from all over the world and even its own nightclub. L’Ampolla is located on the same latitude as Majorca. On a clear day you can see the island from La Mariona. L’Ampolla is part of the Golden coast or Costa Dorada which is fast becoming one of Spain’s most popular resorts.

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What is the Costa Dorada?

The Costa Dorada – or gold coast – is one of Spain’s best kept secrets. Known for its beautiful sandy beaches. Extending southwards, from Barcelona to the marshes of the Ebro Delta, this part of Catalunya attracts thousands of visitors each year. People come to enjoy the climate and pleasant lifestyle, the hospitality of the Catalan people as well as their history and traditions. They also come to benefit from the extensive sporting facilities in the ports and marinas, leisure centres and golf courses.

All along its coastline, well-developed, sophisticated resorts alternate with little villages and ports, where the traditional life of fishermen continues almost unchanged. Miami Playa, Sitges, Calafell, Salou and Cambrils are popular holiday destinations. They are famous for their well-kept beaches and lively nightlife. On the other hand localities like Torredembarra, Altafulla and L’Ampolla offer the attraction of a calmer, more peaceful lifestyle.

Only a short drive inland will take you to medieval monasteries nestling amongst vineyards and groves or perched on solitary hilltops.

History of Costa Dorada

Beaches and biology

L’Ampolla’s beaches have very different characteristics. They include large sandy beaches, pebble beaches and small coves. There are two types of sandy beaches in l’Ampolla. Fine golden sands characteristic of the Delta region and beaches surrounded by reddish cliffs which, together with the blue sea and the green pine trees, create a landscape of great natural beauty. As for coves, along the coast you will find several, surrounded by an extraordinary landscape, which makes them ideal for those who seek nature and peace. In the centre of L’Ampolla the beach has been awarded the blue flag 3 times for its cleanliness.

The village also has a volley-beach for the more energetic. Also there are several nearby restaurants, bars and stalls selling drinks and snacks. L’Ampolla also has lagoons! Les Olles is a lagoon at one extreme of Arenal beach. It is the smallest lagoon in the delta region (54 hectares wide). However, it provides accommodation to a large colony of migratory birds. Its position near the bay of el Fangar favours the existence of a great variety of fauna and flora, difficult to find in other areas of the Delta. The lagoon is featured in a set of routes called the “Camins de la Mediterrànea”. The route is nicknamed The Birds and the Rice and can be covered either on foot or by bike. Along the route there are lookout towers and written information on the typical flora and fauna of the region.

History and geography

L’Ampolla’s name comes from the shape of the mouth of the Ebro river as it enters the sea. The name means bottle and the delta takes the shape of an old Roman bottle or amphora – many of which are still found today by local divers. The region is unique in that water from the delta is used to irrigate hundreds of acres of land. It creates miles of green “paddy” fields and a vast nature reserve attracting thousands of rare birds and other fauna.

A gastronomic delight

Cooking has always been important to the Spanish. L’Ampolla has a culinary tradition the richness of which results from a combination of products taken both from the river and the sea. As a seafaring village, L’Ampolla offers a wide variety of fish and shellfish oysters, mussels, clams, prawns etc complemented with delicious Mediterranean sauces. Specialities of the Delta include Fideuà (noodles cooked with fish stock), Arròs negre (rice blackened by calamari ink), Arròs a Banda (rice served with the fish used to prepare the stock) and several other dishes based on the most traditional product of the Delta – rice. For dessert try the pastisset (a semicircular little cake, usually filled with sweetpumpking), coca de brossat (a flat sponge cake covered with curd-cheese) and “coquetes” (almond cookies. If you’re really keen attend Oyster day when everyone is invited to taste from a staggering 2,000 kg of oysters distributed among those presents.