Segre-Cinca Confluence

This is the most important river confluence in the Iberian peninsula, and a meeting point for the rivers Segre, Ebro and Cinca.

The Segre-Cinca confluence, located in the south west of Catalonia, is the largest river confluence of the Iberian peninsula; and, as its name suggests, it is a unique converging point of three rivers (the Segre, the Cinca and the Ebro). The confluence of the Cinca and Segre rivers occurs precisely between the municipalities of Massalcoreig and La Granja d'Escarp (Lleida, region of Segrià). A few kilometres further south, within the municipality of Mequinenza (Zaragoza, the Bajo Cinca region), the influx of these waters into the Ebro River takes place.




La Granja d'Escarp Council
Telephone: (+34) 973 782 198 · Fax: (+34) 973 782 012

Seròs Council
Telephone: (+34) 973 780 009 Fax: (+34) 973 780 167

Massalcoreig Council
Telephone: (+34) 973793601


    Currently, the Segre-Cinca confluence is included in the PEIN (Plan for spaces of natural interest by the Catalan Government) and the Natura 2000 Network. And, with a total area of 495 hectares, it is one of the most important wetland areas in Catalonia.

    The Segre-Cinca confluence is one of those places that seduces all who visit it. The great diversity of environments and habitats found there makes it very interesting, both for scientists and for those looking for leisure activities. The great biodiversity of the area makes it attractive for both botanists and zoologists or simply for fans of biology of any category.

    On the other hand, the exuberance of the riparian forest also attracts the attention of the many fishermen who, although they are going there principally to fish, they can also appreciate the shade offered by magnificent poplars, silver poplars and alders. It is also a gift for the senses simply to walk around the space, either on foot or by bicycle, walking along the paths that border the river between the trees or by the water (where and whenever possible, without disturbing the fauna) with a kayak or row boat, allowing us to enjoy the colours and sounds of nature (water, vegetation, birdsong...).


    The potential vegetation adapted to the semi-arid climate of the area is a kermes oak maquis. This dryland vegetation, which is basically constituted by deciduous trees, contrasts with the vegetation of Eurosiberian tendency that follows the course of the river on both sides, and forms a green line in the middle of a rather glaucous landscape of maquis or of the undergrowth that occupy the contiguous hills.

    It must be said that human activity, based on farming, has largely caused the disappearance of the riparian forest, which has been relegated to a narrow strip that follows the rivers. In the lower area of the confluence, after the confluence of the Segre and the Cinca, the volume and extent of the forest have increased as a result of the sedimentation of the matter brought by the rivers. This has been caused by the slowing of the water current in this part of the river, as a result of it being at the end of the tail of the Riba-roja reservoir. This sedimentation has increased the surface area of the existing river islands and has led to the creation of new ones. The riparian habitats achieve maximum development on these islands, far from the hand of man.


    One of the most visible collectives is birds. More than 200 different species are to be found in the confluence at some point in the year. They are not, however, the only ones to be found. There are also interesting mammals, reptiles, fish, insects... in the area.

    It should be noted that in this area there are spices with a marked Mediterranean character and others of a continental nature, which increases biodiversity. And it is also the limit of the distribution area for many species, both animal and plant.


    In terms of birds, one of the most notable groups is the egrets and herons, with high numbers of grey herons, purple herons, little egrets, black-crowned night herons. In the reed beds of the lagoons, typical species of these spaces are hidden, such as the Eurasian reed warbler, the great reed warbler and the western marsh harrier and the water rail. On fluvial slopes breeding colonies of the smallest swallow in Europe, the sand martin can still be observed. It should be added that in the surroundings it is not difficult to see great gliding birds such as the golden eagle, the Bonelli's eagle or falcons.


    The council of La Granja d'Escarp, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism of the Segrià County Council, has been working on designing and marking out 8 routes, for hikers and MTB, which help to highlight the value of the broad and varied landscape of the area. The various options and routes offer different possibilities for practising sports, with more relaxed strolls for family or with more demanding and technical circuits for more experienced athletes.

    These 8 first routes embrace the territory between the confluence of the Segre and the Cinca and the tip of Montmaneu, passing other characteristic landmarks in the area: the Sant Jaume Chapel, the reservoirs of Cavero-Vilaseca, the Calvari mountain range, Els Corrals, La Cresta, Vall la Dona, L'Engivós, L'Arrodolador, the Retor Farmhouse.

    To visit the points of interest of the towns of the area you will find information about Seròs, Massalcoreig and La Granja d'Escarp on their websites. 


    Lo Sequer - Tourism accommodation
    C. de Tarragona, 22
    (+34) 616 548 617 - (+34) 973 795 728

    Bar Restaurant Can Ros
    Pl. de la Cultura, s/n
    La Granja d'Escarp
    (+34) 973 782 437

    Bar Marta
    Pl. de la Creu, 2
    La Granja d'Escarp
    (+34) 973 782 393

    Bar Joel
    Pl. de la Creu, 9
    La Granja d'Escarp
    (+34) 973 782 210

    Bar Petit
    C. de Mequinensa, 1
    La Granja d'Escarp
    (+34) 973 782 022

    Bar La Terrassa
    C. de Barcelona
    La Granja d'Escarp
    (+34) 973 049 314 - (+34) 662 671 917

    Bar Rasep
    Av. del Segre, 16
    La Granja d'Escarp
    (+34) 973 782 088

    For further information about the Segrià region you can download the tourist map