Finca located on Spain's River Ebro - Quiet and relaxing rural location
David and Angeles
- English, Spanish
About David and Angeles
My wife Angeles who is Spanish and I (David) English bought our Finca “El Figueral” in 2004, intent on moving to Spain at the earliest time possible time. Due to several factors including my business in the UK, Angeles passion for teaching psychology to 6th form students and the boy’s education (we have 5) it took us until January 2015 to finally take up permanent residence. Driven by my passion for fishing and Angeles desire to practice psychology we had to find a rural property that offered peace and quiet with unique and magnificent views and of course private access to the River Ebro. We now supplement our income by offering rural family and fishing holidays, mindfulness day and residential courses and the sale of our single estate unique extra virgin organic olive oil. We are lucky to have a second family villa some 35km outside of Valencia which we relocate too from July to September, which allows us to offer El figueral exclusively for family holidays.
David and Angeles purchased this Farmhouse in 2004
Why David and Angeles chose Benifallet
In 2003 we started looking for a unique rural property with access to the River Ebro to indulge my passion for fishing and as previously mentioned Angeles desire to run mindfulness courses in a quiet calm location. We holidayed and investigated many properties along the course of the river ebro until we stumbled across El Figueral in 2004, it took less than a minute for us to decide that this was our dream. As they say location ,location,.... The views overlooking a spectacular valley with the river ebro gloriously running through it were magic. The property consisted 80,000 sqm of farm land on the banks of the River Ebro growing mandarins and peaches with an old 90 sqm farmhouse needing some love and attention on two floors. A farm house of sorts had stood on this location for over 400 years and indeed provided front line accommodation with magnificent views for the International Brigade during the Spanish civil war! El Figueral offered us the perfect location to build our dream house and provide additional income from sharing our dream.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
We love El Figueral’s isolated location sitting high up looking down on the magnificent steep sided Ebro valley, its closeness to the friendly riverside village of Benifallet, its closeness to the many small fishing villages and beaches of the Costa Dorada and Ebro Delta, the miles of beautiful walks through unspoilt countryside or cycling the old railway track. So much to do, So relaxing. We are kept busy with the businesses, trying to catch an even bigger fish, flying up and down the Ebro on one of the motor boats and maintaining El Figueral which is a never-ending labour of love; we have changed our crop three times from mandarins to peached to Olives. There is always something to do, but at the end of the day there’s the pool, the views, a glass of wine, good music or a trip to Benifallet to relax. Benifallet has around 750 very friendly and welcoming residents, it’s very much a farming village, as is evidenced by the stream of tractors that pass by while you’re sitting outside one of the bars drinking a glass of wine or beer. Life here is easy-going, indeed slow when comparing Benifallet lifestyle with city life “the real Spain”. However, for a small village on the banks of the River Ebro, Benifallet has an extraordinary selection of very good restaurants and bars 6 in total that bring dinners from the surrounding towns and villages to sample their local dishes. Try the Xiringuito they have an excellent menu of the day, for the uninitiated, a four-course meal with wine for around €12.00, they also provide an exceptional a la carte menu. Pepo’s hotel, Brasserie Rosa Mari, Carl Miguel, Ca Treig and Cal Ferrer a small bar just off the river where we meet guests. Indeed, many of the ex-pats in the village came for a holiday and never left. To quote an ex-pat “An essential part of being here and experiencing village life is a beaming smile and an “Hola!” or “Bon dia!” to everyone you pass in the street. Just about sums it up.
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - We can supply 2 cotsWe can supply 2 cots
No parties/events - We do not allow Promotional EventsWe do not allow Promotional Events
No smoking - Smoking outside onlySmoking outside only
Max guests: 10 (sleeps up to 10 adults) - House is maxamised for 10 personsHouse is maxamised for 10 persons
Minimum age of primary renter: 25 - Min age limit of 25Min age limit of 25
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Wonderful family holiday!
We spent one week at El Figueral in August 2019 and it did not disappointment! The house is beautifully situated in the mountains overlooking the Rio Ebro. The views were absolutely stunning. The location is what makes this property so unique. From almost every room in the house were amazing views. The pool was a winner for both kids and adults. The local village offered a small grocery store, bakery and butchershop. We had a delicious meal at one of the local restaurants. There were 9 of us including 4 children and we all had an amazing time. There were many activities available to us - we fished (equipment was provided by the owners), went on a river boat cruise and also kayaked along the river (a highlight!). David and Angeles were welcoming, gracious hosts and very responsive to our questions and needs. Eloi, their local property manager/helper was friendly and very, very helpful. Eloi helped book our activities. I would highly recommend this property to anybody. It is truly a special place!
Short stay in Benifallet
From arrival to departure a perfect stay. A n ace property in a
stunning scenery from a beautiful finca
Where we ate: Lunch at mas De Curto,brilliant, a real find, all reviews proved accurate. L'Estany beach, near L'Ametllja, an excellent lunch at the xiringito (beach bar). El retiro, just outside Xerta, a Michelin star restaurant. Incredible food, surroundings and experience. Be very hungry when you go, especially with the tasting menu, and helpful with any dietary changes. L'Ampolla area beach, a light lunch at a taperia called Just Alex. Only been open over a month. But very tasty food. In the village: small bar Catreig, surprisingly very good. Rosa Maria restaurant, again very tasty, The Xiringito restaurant in the village, quality was super. Hotel Pepo, probably the most adventurous of all the village eateries. Again, go hungry for a great experience. Beaches: , L'Estany, near L'Ametllja, longish, clean. One of the many beaches at L'Ampolla, very pretty, blue flag, not too busy. What we did: Eloi got us on to a private tour of Benifallet, an eye-opener, the old church, the old honey mill, tales of Moors, civil wars and river floods. Las cuevas De Benifallet, wonderfully cool inside (18C), compared to 44C outside. The guide was good.
Excellent, worth a trip. Benifallet boat trip. It is very informative, the commentary is in Catalan, everything is, but some Spanish and English meant we could understand. Beware of resin leaking wooden seating, it ruins clothes. We spent a couple of hours in Tortosa, the biggest and busiest local town. Quite old, the cathedral is worth a visit. The green way bicycle excursion, electric bikes are on offer. You go past fab scenery and tunnels, thoroughly enjoyable. Kayaking, a great half day experience, breakfast, swim and guide provided. Well worth it. The fruit and honey seller will recommend buying the kayak and boat trip tour together, from the Tourist Office, saves some money. Arriving late Saturday, we had pre ordered some provisions, worth it, as san Juan festival meant no shops were open til Tuesday! The village shops are not numerous, but there’s a butcher, gift and a corner shop, Suma, an Aladdin's cave. Had it not been for the heatwave, we might have ventured more, but 46C was overwhelming, so stayed by the beautiful pool, the scenery and the air conditioning! Every other day we BBQ’d. All facilities, suited us very well.The property, and the surrounding land was maintained by Eloi, he volunteered taking us to and from restaurants, there are no taxis. We are v grateful! Thanks to David y Angeles
This was our second time here in the previous 3 years and fishing was even better. 50 catfish during the week topped with fantastic views and pool at villa. For a relaxing stay you can’t beat this place.
Thanks for your great review, were so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and had a great weeks fishing. Look forward to seeing you all in the future.
David and Angeles
Stunning Location with excellent fishing
We stayed at El Figueral 25th August to 3rd September. Situated in a remote stunning location with panoramic views over the river Ebro it was an ideal location to enjoy the Spanish sunshine and not worry about disturbing any neighbours!!
However the highlight was the fishing from the private pegs on the river bank. We had 'unfinished business' with the cat fishing having previously had a poor visit in 2016. This time the fish were plentiful, Tom and Nick both broke the 100lb barrier with 126lb and 130lb respectively. backed up with amongst several other cats at 68, 49, 45, 39, 36 and several around the 20lb mark. Also a number of carp were caught best in at 22lb common.
Thoroughly enjoyable holiday.
Thanks to David and Angeles for their hospitality and a special thanks to the attention and support from Eloi.
Nick, Tom, Janice, Kelly, Grace and Lauren
From our warm welcome from David and Angeles we knew we had found a special place. The villa is stunning and the surrounding area is so beautiful. Our thanks to Eloi for his help and attention during our visit. The visit to the Marvellous Caves is exceptional. We were lucky in that we were the only group visiting on the morning we went and it is an incredible experience. Sadly we didn't get the trip on the river as the boat was only running at weekends. The kayaking on the river gave our son a lot of pleasure and trying to photograph the numerous herons and kingfishers gave us a lot of pleasure. We even got to see the hoopoes which we don't have in England. The shops and baker in Benifallet were very good - the bread was delicious. Nearby Tortosa had the bigger supermarkets if you wanted them. Quite simply, in many years of villa holidays in different countries, El Figueral is top of our list. Thank you David and Angeles.
The nearest beaches of El Perrello, L’Ametlla and L’Ampolla are around 35-45 min away by car and are much quieter than the larger beaches of Cambrils and Salou around 60 min drive. Salou is the nearest commercialised beach on the Costa Dorada with Port Adventura, Ferrari World and Water world on its doorstep.
Nearest airport, Reus 1-hour drive away, scheduled flights by Ryanair, charters by Thomson’s and First Choice at peak season. Castellon is about 1.15 hours’ drive with Ryanair flying in daily. Barcelona and Valencia airports are, about 2.15 hour’s drive and serviced by most major airlines plus EasyJet and Ryanair. Brittany Ferries operate 1- or 2-night services Portsmouth/Plymouth - Bilbao/Santander drive time from the ports is around 5-6 hrs, roads are generally very good. Alternative, Euro Tunnel or ferries to Calais, drive time is around 21hrs through France.
The nearest Village is Benifallet 2.5km away with supermarkets, butchers, fruiters, bakers, bank and a selection of restaurants and bars. 14 km away is the much larger Riverside Town of Tortosa with its train station and a good selection of stores, supermarkets, restaurants and an indoor fruit, meat and fish market that’s worth a visit. 25-30 minutes’ drive is the un-spoilt fishing village of L'Ametlla De Mar, with its seafood restaurants and local bars and the mighty river Ebro delta, which over the millennia has deposited debris to form the Ebro delta, now classified as a nature reserve (providing sanctuary to marine species and birds alike) provides access to km's of sandy beaches.
El Figueral is a remote and quiet rural property located on the River Ebro and about 2.5km from the nearest village of Benifallet. It is within easy reach of the beaches and fishing villages of the Costa Dorado, Terra Alter and Priorat wine regions and offers, private fishing for Catfish and carp. For the energetic there is cycling, golf, walking, kayaking, exploring and more. It is surrounded by history and for those who want to enjoy the sun, Mediterranean smells, food and wine of real Spain this is an ideal location. Our keyholders can advise on all things relating to your stay and even direct you to restaurants you would normally need a compass and map to find but serve amazing Spanish or international menus.
The property is positioned on the remains of an old Farm house dating back around 400 years and enduring the odd fire and being a forward look out post for the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil war. Opposing armies camped on either side of the Rio Ebro during the "Batalla del Ebro" indeed; the house suffered damage from artillery fire. Thankfully it is now repaired and with a few modern necessities like mains electricity, water and swimming pool! If you are interested in the history of the civil war visit the historical town of Amposta 40 min drive away as it was the centre of the battle.
15 min drive is Miravet, with buildings rising from the river, it is one of the most picturesque villages of the region, with a long history and art heritage: The Majestic Templar Castle, the Old Church, watermill, shipyard, pottery and one of the last fluvial ferries the "Paso de la Barca". The ferry crosses the river using only the rivers current. Enjoy wine? The Terra Alta DO and Priorat region a DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada, the highest wine classification) are on your doorstep, indeed the Priorat is the only other wine region in Spain to have the same quality standard of the more famous Rioja region. These area's picturesque and produces strong full-bodied white and full-bodied reds. Visit the beautiful "wine cathedral" of Pinell de Brai, Cèsar Martinell’s most beautiful modernist cooperative building. This is the area were Picasso started out on one of his most fruitful stages, cubism, in the village of Horta de Sant Joan.