Ebro Route on the Camino de Santiago: from Tortosa to Xerta

The Camino de Santiago route that runs between Tortosa and Xerta is Stage 1 of the so-called Ebro Route. It covers a distance of 14.7 kilometres, so it is not a complicated route and can be done perfectly in one day.




It is advisable for the walker to start the route at Porta Romeus , which is located in the old quarter of the town of Tortosa.

From here, you will have to follow the different yellow arrows , which run through several streets of the old town and quickly reach the first large bridge that crosses the Ebro river.




After passing the bridge, we will have to turn right to take the street that leads to a large and very popular roundabout known as Els Quatre Camins . From here we will continue straight towards Roquetas.

When we reach the Ebro Canal , we must not cross it, but continue along its left bank as indicated by the tablet that contains the legend of Camí de Sant Jaume.

Following the yellow arrows, we will find the municipality of Jesús half a kilometer away, where we can make a few stops to visit the Monastery or foundational house of the Compañía de Santa Teresa de Jesús . Leaving Jesus, you will find the canal again, which you will have to continue once more to your left.




The riverbed will follow us as a guide throughout the route until we finish the stage in Xerta. We will not finish the stage without first passing through the town of Aldover , a small town that we will see on our left. This would be a good point to stop for a break and eat.

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During this stage of the Ebro Route, we will cross four small towns. These are the towns of Tortosa, Jesús, Aldover and Xerta .

The municipality of Tortosa is known as the capital of the Ebro delta . This municipality was most likely the city of Hibera, which is the capital of the Iberian territory of Llercavonia. In addition, it is believed that the main settlement was on the hill where the Zuda Castle is located.

Tortosa was occupied in the year 714 by the Muslims and in 1035, it became a Taifa kingdom. Later it went through another stage of splendor during the Middle Ages, when it was already in the hands of the Christians, and during the Renaissance.




The town of Jesús joined Tortosa administratively in 1853. However, today it is a Decentralized Municipal Entity . Jesus is well known for the presence of its elite educational centers, its hospital, and its oil production and promotion activities.

For its part, Aldover has a series of archaeological remains dating back to prehistory . This town of approximately nine hundred inhabitants arose from a farmhouse that grew thanks to the wealth of the river.

Aldover was also conquered during the times of the Muslim occupation. Hence its name, which comes from the Arabic term aldowayra , which means “little house”. As for its tourist attractions, we must highlight the small river beach of the Ebro , which is a good place to make a stop on our way.

The last town we will pass through on this stage of the Ebro Route is Xerta. This small municipality is located in the Baix region , located in a meander to the right of the Ebro river.

One of its main attractions is the Azud , a huge engineering work of more than three hundred meters in length that belongs to the Roman or Islamic era, although it was completed in the year 1411.

Since this stage is quite short and simple, it is worth making a stop in these four towns to get to know them well, since, despite the fact that they are very small, they have a special charm .