2017-07-21 Sant Carles Marina, Sant Carles de la Rapita, Spain

Today we decide to hire a car as we are still waiting on some parts to arrive for the fridges on the boat
We decide to get off the boat today and do some sightseeing in and around the area
Our first stop is to the Mirador La Guardiola
From the panoramic location above the town you can see for miles all around
Overlooking the town of Sant Carles de la Rapita with the marinas in the distance
We can almost see the Tangaroa on the V pontoon at the marina
The hard stand where the Tangaroa spent almost 9 months
Looking out towards the Delta De L’Ebre where acres and acres of rice is grown
The statue of Christ stands side by side with the telecommunication tower high above the town
Looking towards the old port of Rapita
We head north along the new highway
Passing rice fields which produce the local bomba rice
After passing through the town of Amposta we continue on to Tortosa
Tortosa is only 30 km north of Sant Carles de la Rapita and we were told it is a lovely town to visit
The road leading into the town is framed with rows of beech trees
Interesting artwork at  the crossroads as we enter the town
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After parking the car we visit the Municipal Market in the centre of the town
When we arrived the market it was almost at the closing stage
There were some amazing stalls serving the local produce

We next take a walk along the banks of the Ebro River
We pass the Catedral Basilica Santa Maria which was unfortunately closed today
We then head towards the Castell de la Suda
The Moorish castle dates back to their occupation from the 8th century
The Ebro River which divides the town flows to the Delta D’Ebre and out to the Mediterranean Sea
Monument Commemoratiu de la Batalla de l’Ebre, highlights the importance of the town and commemorates the fierce battle fought here during the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
Although the streets are empty this afternoon, in the evening the town becomes alive
It is Festival time in the town from the 20th to the 23rd of July
We head back to the car park and then make our way up to the castle which has a hotel built on the top called the Parador de Tortosa Hotel
The views from the castle walls over the river are quite amazing

We overlook the huge Cathedral Basilica Santa Maria which was started in 1347 and consecrated in 1597
After we depart Castell de la Sud nearby in the east we pass another fortified castle called Castell de Sant Joan
We return to Sant Carles de la Rapita via the Delta D’Ebre and its rice fields which go as far as the eye can see!!
Numerous silos service the Delta area
After returning to the boat to freshen up we decide to go into the town, have a cocktail and see some of the festivities happening in the town at the moment
Crowds of people line the streets
We decide to go back to the Taverna Dalmau for dinner and sit at a table outside to watch the parade pass by in comfort
We try another one of Ernesto’s good Spanish reds
To start we have some amazing tomatoes with olives
The delicious artichokes with pork and fried egg is a popular dish on the menu
Crowds still waiting for the parade to come in our directions
The calamari was excellent this evening
…….as was the pork with the langoustine

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