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
We do not allow Promotional Events
Smoking outside only
We can supply 2 cots
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 10 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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.