Lo Sirgador offers since July 2016 river cruises to travel agencies with a replica of an ancient boat, a “llagut”. A ship like those that in hundreds sailed the Ebro River until the 60s of the last century. With it we discover the inland Ebro with a very attractive and different activity. We want to recover the Ebro as a sign of identity for Tortosa, which owes its historical and economic importance to its strategic location on the banks of this great river.
With capacity for 53 passengers, we offer all types of cruises along the Ebro from the mouth to Miravet, in the form of regular services and also on demand.
Regular guided 60 minutes cruises
The most frequent activity of Lo Sirgador is the guided tours of an hour of duration along the Ebro river as it passes through Tortosa and its neighborhoods. During this journey, you will enjoy the fluvial and historical facade of the city, as well as the riverbank forest near the island of the Xiquina river above. The explanations of the guide on the history of the city and its economic, cultural and gastronomic links with the river Ebro, the history of the old sailors who pierced the river helped by the Sirga path, as well as the links of all kinds originated by the fluvial communication with other riverside regions are highly valued by our users, and the 2018 Certificate of Excellence granted by the tripadvisor platform so credited. Special emphasis is also placed on the importance and ecological richness of the Ebro River, its fauna and flora and its fundamental contribution to the ecosystem of the Ebro Delta.
Special 90 minutes trips
These trips last longer, 90 minutes, and therefore a stretch of route that allows us to reach the so-called Isle of Bulls or Vinallop island downstream. Here are some examples.
Trip with typical Vermouth and Snacks
It is usually done on Sundays and/or holidays. During the trip, apart from the explanations of the guide, we serve a vermouth, beer or soft drink accompanied by something to chop, such as potatoes chips, olives, fuet and canned mussels. This makes the last part of the trip to the Ebro a bit more festive.
Sunset trip with cava and “pastisset”
With the same route as the previous one, but adapting the schedule to make it coincide with the sunset. In summer we serve a glass of very cool cava and in not so warm seasons we offer the option of a glass of mistela (sweet local wine). We also have water for the youngest ones. A typical Tortosa sweet (pastisset) serves as an accompaniment to round out the experience.
For students and groups of children and youth in general. We offer various formats adapted to the ages and needs of each case. From more participatory workshops for children to cruises with didactic dossiers related to the river, fauna, history, etc …
Whether schools, colleges, colonial houses, sports groups in the Terres de l’Ebre, the provinces of Tarragona, Castellón, Teruel or even Barcelona, Lleida or Valencia, we can organize an attractive trip on the river Ebro and other complementary activities and collective transports to enjoy a full day.
Live music cruises
Live music surfing the river has a special loudness, and its surroundings add a magical touch to any live musical performance. From the beginning we have chosen to offer cultural activities on board and step by step we are creating more activities of this type.
“Havaneras” (sailors songs) sailing along the river, singing and dancing “jota” (typical dance) , collaborations with the Tortosa Jazz Festival and the Terra de Vent festival, performances by several singers from the territory, are examples of such special outings.
For the next season we are already preparing a musical cycle that will be offered mainly on Sundays in the afternoon. However, live music trips can be arranged on demand.
Collaborating with companies such as ARTRA (art and traditions) we have carried out different workshops combined with river navigation, such as “Discover the river”, aimed at children, traditional dance and music (“jotas”), with the singer Sofia Morales, a theatrical workshop of elaboration of traditional perfumes and a workshop of elaboration of cord, these 2 last ones within the Festivities of the Renaissance of Tortosa.
Also with the singer Pili Cugat and the guitarist Carlos Lupprian we prepared a tailor-made show for the “Festa del Mercat a la Plaça” (Market Square Festival) in Amposta, “Lo Sirgador and Danielle”, set in the early-night cabaret music of the 20th century, which has been very successful in its two editions. With the library of Tortosa or the Aldover reading club we have organized tours with storytelling for children or with cultural activities on board.
During the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Ebro we have made trips from Amposta with the collaboration of its City Hall and the Terra Enllà company with a specific format for this occasion.
We offer all types of services tailored to our customers, expanding the offer according to demand or our imagination. Here are some examples.
Combined navigation with wine tasting of the territory, cavas, vermouths, or other gastronomic products such as oysters, cheeses, with the collaboration of specialized companies of the Baix Ebre, Terra Alta or Priorat, are experiences that are unforgettable if they are made during a cruise sailing on the river Ebro.
We are very pleased to have already organized some weddings on board the Sirgador. With the couple and their guests, we navigate upstream, where we stop in a very special place, protected from the environment and surrounded by nature, where the ceremony or wedding takes place. We also organize other types of celebrations, anniversaries, meetings of friends or relatives, business outings, incentives, etc …
We organize trips from Tortosa to the river mouth (40 km) passing through Amposta, Sant Jaume d’Enveja and Deltebre, as well as upstream to Aldover, Xerta, Tivenys, Benifallet or Miravet (passing the lock of the Assut de Xerta). For the moment, it is only possible for organized groups, since the tourist volume of the area does not allow us to do so on a regular basis. Other problems of a natural nature, such as the lack or eventual excess of flow in the river, sometimes makes difficult this task. We have in incubation an ambitious project of river cruises through the Ebro river in all its navigable route, by sections. If you wish to expand information about navigability, do not hesitate to contact us.
Apart from the river cruise service, we can offer additional services, such as catering, live music, photographers, personalized decoration, etc.
We commercialize for groups two packages that include navigation with Lo Sirgador, a guided tour of the Cathedral and its museum, or a cultural route through the city, and a quality lunch at a restaurant in the historic center.
We are open to all kinds of collaborations with other tourist agents and accommodations in order to improve the service and offer for tourism in Tortosa and the Terres de l’Ebre.
Bicycle and kayak hire, road transport organization, recommendations for restaurants in the area, definitely for any product related to tourism in Tortosa and nearby counties we can advise or offer the service directly.