El-Figueral our Finca, is located at the base of the Cardo Mountains to the south and 58m above the River Ebro in a secluded valley providing spectacular scenery and the ideal location for either an active or lazy holiday. We market El-Figueral as a 3 room sleeps 8 self-catering property rental outside the peak season period that runs from end of June to mid-September. During this peak season we market El-Figueral as a 4 room sleeps 10 persons self-catering rental, see our separate Owners direct listing.
For the active holiday maker, we can offer:
• Private fishing on the River Ebro for Catfish and Carp either from our own private bank of from one of our hire boats.
• Walking within the Cardo, Els Ports and Montsia Mountain ranges.
• Cycling, the green path; a disused railway line now used only for cycling and pedestrian activities. The green path meanders through some magnificent mountainous country side.
• Kayaking; hire one of our kayaks or arrange a peaceful excursion through our partners downstream from Miravet to Benifallet.
• Horse Riding; arranged through our partners.
• Motorbike trail riding; arranged through our partners.
• Bird watching.
• We are 30-40 minutes away from the nearest beaches.
• Enjoy wine tasting? we are located close to both the Priorat and Terra Alta wine regions.
• Enjoy excellent local food from our local village of Benifallets restaurants.
• Benifallet our local village is 3 km, visit the unique caves take an excursion on the river by boat, a drink or two in one of the bars or of course use supermarkets, butchers, fishmonger, doctors, chemist or cash machine.
Guests have 3 bedrooms, 2 of which are on-suite and third with separate shower room, all rooms have air-conditioning and are centrally heated. There is a large open kitchen with living area, utility room, dining area, access to 3 patio areas and the swimming pool. The Finca is 80,000m2 of Olives and woodland on the banks of the River Ebro with private fishing.
Bedroom 1: Consists of Queen-size bed with full size wardrobe and floor length mirror. On suite bathroom includes WC, Bide, and wash basin with mirror, hair dryer and walk in shower.
Bedroom 2: This room includes 2-fold down bunk beds allowing 1 – 4 single beds, 2 full length single wardrobes and work table. There is a Shower room with WC and wash basin opposite this bedroom.
Bedroom 3: Consists of Two single beds and full-size wardrobe. The on-suite bathroom has WC, Bath with shower, washbasin, shaver socket, hairdryer and mirror.
• Air Conditioning
• Hair Dryer
• Central Heating
• Iron & Board
• Linens Provided
• Towels Provided
• Tumble Dryer
• Washing Machine
• Wood Stove
• Private Pool
• Sun loungers
• Coffee Maker
• Dishes & Utensils
• Ice maker
• Hob x 3
• Pantry Items
• Washing Machine
• Filtered drinking water
• Dining area
• Doors to outside dining
• DVD Player
• Music Library
• Television Satellite
• Video Library
• children welcome
• non-smoking only
• wheelchair inaccessible
Between 2003 and 2004 Angeles and I were looking for a unique rural property with access to the River Ebro to indulge my passion for fishing, what we found and fell in love with was El Figueral. An 80,000m2 Finca on the banks of the River Ebro growing mandarins and peaches with an old 90m2 farmhouse on two floors. Indeed, the 400-year farm house itself has history, being a front line look out post housing soldiers from the international brigade during the civil war’s bloodiest battle the “battle of the Ebro”. Any historians amongst you are in the heart of that most bloody encounter and there are several places of interest to be seen.
In 2005 we started converting the original house and cattle shed into 300m2 of modern open plan living space, while trying to ensure we retained as much of the old Finca charm as possible. Of course, we added a pool and patio space for us to enjoy the outside living that the Spanish climate affords. The mandarins and many of the peaches have been replaced by olives which produce a generally buttery, fruity, and very mild refined tasting flavoured oil. This process is continuing to provide our single estate high quality Unfiltered Organic Extra virgin olive oil branded “Ollie Oil”.
In 2017 we are still improving the house, the working farm, fishing facilities and making El Figueral an ideal holiday opportunity to those who are looking to enjoy the rural Spanish life style or enjoy the adventure of Walking, Cycling, Bird watching, Horse Riding or Motor Cycling
Fishing on the River Ebro
Most anglers who have ever thought of catching a monster of a fish in a river will know about Spain’s River Ebro and the Wells Catfish. Fisherman will know of the merits of the hotspots of Caspe and Mequensa or the less pressurised fishing on the lower Ebro or fishing from boats. Truth is the Ebro is prolific with fish, home to large cats and carp and all methods work on the day, just depends on your personal ambition, the surroundings you want, how you want to fish, and how the local authorities will let you fish.
El Figueral is situated close to the riverside village of Benifallet with currently 300m of private fishing. The river here is clear and fast flowing passing through a stunning valley that has produced many 150lb plus cats and many 30lb plus carp. The current swims sit on large eddies which provide the ideal spot for the legendry Ebro catfish and carp while providing safe and comfortable bank fishing on this very productive stretch of the river. Never underestimate a fit fast flowing river carp for an incredible fight.
We welcome novices, experienced anglers and families to El Figueral. We can provide for Cats and/or Carp rods and reels (not terminal tackle), specialised scales, licences, bait, non-guided bank fishing or guided fishing. From 2017 we can hire our 4m 15HP electric start outboard fishing boats and of course we are always available for advice and help.
Thought you may like a shot/s of Dougies 130lb cat for your photo album,
We had 15 cats loads of carp and even caught a bat flying around inside the villa, found a praying mantis, saw a lizard the size of a man’s arm? we had red squirrel for company at the swim along with more king fishers than you could shake a stick at,
A great week and to top it all Juan didn’t fire his beast up once..... now that is a result!
Thanks, Tim, Dec and Top rod Dougie “
The swims allow for up to 6 anglers to fish comfortably in a safe environment on a very productive stretch of the river. The swims are approached via steps built into the steep banks which provide shade and shelter from the sun during the Spanish summer. The pump swim has the added advantage of its own tackle store. Apart from the carp and catfish the river has Zander, Perch, Roach and Chub to be caught. Of course, for those wanting to venture onto the river for a day, Boat Fishing, from the 2017 season we will be providing boats with experienced trained guides.
Note! This is Cataluña, and current regulations prohibit the use of live or dead bait, which have been the traditional method for catching Catfish. However, cats seem to like pellet baits so this is what we use and recommend. This does mean that the more you feed the more you tend to catch.
For those wanting to travel without tackle, no worries we can provide tackle, chairs, pods, landing nets, unhooking mats, gloves, scales, bait, advice, bacon rolls and of course licenses which are mandatory.
We provide both guided and un-guided boats on a daily and weekly Basis. This option gives you the opportunity to see the river and wildlife from a different perspective and of course explore and find swims not accessible from the bank.
The boats are 4m aluminium style Jon perfectly designed for river fishing, giving space to fish from. The boats are fitted with 15hp four stroke engines. The boats are hired fully equipped for 2 persons including
Anchor and Ropes
Documentation and Insurance
The Ebro can be a powerful river with some awkward navigation. So, before the start of your hire you will be introduced the boat, safety briefing and guidance to any restricted or off limit areas.
Of course, if there are any questions or special arrangements please contact us.