WHAT TO DISCOVER

A river is something more than a stream flowing. The river is life. The river creates life. For the ancients civilisations in every river lived a god. To know a river is get into the mystery. Discover the Fluvià carries, in addition to knowing their physical particularity, also the interaction with the natural and human environment, which form a whole. On this trip along the River Fluvià we'll show the complex relationship between all of these areas, emphasising the importance that it has and has had the water, not only for the environment and the life, but also for the development of human history.

 

 

Water and the physical environment

Why it changes the course of a river? Whence they arise the sources? How they form the meanders? Along our route we'll see how the geology and the volcanos have influenced in the formation of the river, we will know how the river has structured the terrain to the time that has adapted to him. We'll discover also the underground waters and its misterious activity.

 

The vegetation

Along the pathway the landscape changes from the mountain vegetation of Central Europe to the vegetation of Mediterranean coast, passing through the Mediterranean mountain forest. We'll discover the riparian vegetation and other various ecosystems that have developed around it. In each season of the year, the colors and the lights of the landscape will provide us an amazing ever-changing show.

 

 

The Wildlife

What is your favorite animal? Birds? Butterflies? Horses? Farm animals? With some patience and stealth will be able to see them all! The variety of ecosystems that crosses the river lets see from birds of prey to seabirds, from crayfish to hares. One of the most difficult to see are the otters, reintroduced to the Fluviá in recent years. His silent presence denote the cleanliness and health of these waters. The final stretches of the River, adjacent to the Natural Park of the Empordà Wetlands, are an excellent ornithological observatory. But the presence of birds is not limited to these areas, as in many parts of the middle course, where the waters are calm and away from urban centers, birds can be observed at any time.

 

Water and human environment

From the Middle Paleolithic, humans has been settled around the Fluvià. Thus, over the centuries, it has generated a deep relationship with the river, which has left many traces in the landscape. Humans have utilized the river for pastures, for farming or for industrial use. They have altered the course of the River with dams, canals and bridges. But sometimes, the river has recovered his former domain violently and has left painful traces in the landscape, some still visible. Today, aware of the symbiosis between him and us, the human interventions are more respectful and measured.

 

The history

Font: Arxiu Aisa; Culturcat; Generalitat de Catalunya. The river has also been the background of historical events. The fact of discovering the river also involves a overview of the history of Catalonia from the roman colonization to the remences wars; from the medieval counties to the Peninsular War. It has been used as a natural barrier, has provided clearings for airfields and its waters have helped the industrial revolution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The art

Human settlements in the proximity of waterways have led a remarkable amount of artistic works, that we will find along our route. Some, such as the monumental ensemble of Besalú, are known all over Europe, others more hidden, but of equal beauty, remain forgotten in some solitary meander. The influence of the River in these works can be seen both in the utilization of stones river, such as in the use of hydraulic structures in castles, mills and, even, in Jewish ritual baths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fent camí cap all Fluvià

 

And for those who you take the full discovery route, you can also discover...

 

The gastronomy

We have selected for you the best restaurant found along the route. Always ensuring to offer the best combination of quality and local cuisine, so you enjoy discovering with all five senses.

 

The accommodations

And what could be better at the end of the walk than a good night's rest in the accommodations more comfortables. We have searched for lodgings that are just at the end of the section, with the highest quality and the maximum services. We will stay in the most central hotels in the cities, or in bungalows and in holiday cottages in remote sites.