Aldover is a 1,000 inhabitants town of located in the Baix Ebre (Tarragona province), bordering Tortosa at the south, Xerta at the north, Alfara de Carles at the west and Tivenys.
The village is located on two fluvial terraces: the lowest, where the town was formed by silt deposited by the river geomorphological recent times. The upper occupies most of the territory, and its composed of pebble conglomerate consists of limestone, covered with Mediterranean vegetation as rosemary, thyme, lavender, broom, asparagus, and Kermes oak.
The principal economic activity its agriculture, irrigated with water from the right channel of the Ebre River, which runs throughout the village, north to south, roughly parallel to the river.
Well connected to the C-12 road, the so-called Eix de l’Ebre.
The first indications of the population of Aldover date from preiberic period. It may be a village located in the place that we nowadays call the “Tossal” hill. In this Preiberic place have been found bronze utensils, dated around 1500 BC.
We can also find archaeological remains in the “Vall del Llop” valley, and in the “Barranc de la Conca” gorge, as lace flints.
The nowadays village known as Aldover has its origins in the Arab period. It’s suggested that the name comes from the Arabic word “al-duwàir”, meaning “little house”. The place dates, indeed, before the Christian conquest. In fact, it was in the twelfth century, specifically in 1149, when was conquered by the Christian Count Ramon Berenguer IV, who handed the land surrounding Tortosa. Aldover was divided into three parts:
- Sr. Guilabert’s part
- Catholic Churches’ part
- Jewish part
In the modern era, ranging from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, Aldover became independent from the large Tortosa, which until that time had the stranglehold on the domestic affairs of the municipality.
ATTRACTIONS OF THE TOWN
RIVER BEACH AND RIPARIAN FOREST
Aldover villa is marked by the river Ebre. Within the municipality there is a river beach, unique in the region, surrounded by the typical vegetation of the riparian forest areas for the practice of fishing (tenques, llissals and catfish, which can grow up to six meters long) and a jetty for sports such as canoeing.
It is the old railway line, ideal for cycling, walking or horse riding. Comprised of several sections, Aldover is included in the way linking Tortosa and Benifallet. You can also make the trip to Arnes o to the Ebre Delta, through Tortosa.
Located in the Barranc de la Conca gorge, is a rocky place very eroded where we find water reservoirs throughout the year.
STUDY CENTER OF THE EBRE RIPARIAN FOREST AND VISITORS CENTER
Opened in March 2012, was an initiative of the population and society Acuamed. The building presents a permanent exhibition named “Aldover and Riparian Forest”: It begins with an explanation of the water cycle and continues with a description of the Ebre basin. Visitors can also discover the biodiversity of the final stretch of the river, and an important archaeological collection.
- Swimming pool
- Football Field
- Food stores (grocery, butcher, fishmonger, baker …)
- Festes Majors: Between 5th and 11th September, in honor of the Saint of the village, Nativity. The main events are the bull racing and typical dances.
- Sant Jordi: April 23 celebrates the town’s patron, with few activities during a weekend./li>
- Bajoques (mongetes) ofegades
- Baldanes d’arròs
- Pastissets de cabell d’àngel
- Coca de maçana
- Coca en sal