We operate in the region of Bajo Aragón - Caspe, which belongs to the province of Zaragoza. This has six major municipalities; Chiprana, Caspe (the capital of the region), Maella (Magalia in antiquity), Fabara, Nonaspe and Fayon. It borders Matarraña (Teruel province) and Terra Alta (Tarragona). Bajo Aragón - Caspe is fertile ground because it is located between the Ebro River and the Mediterranean sea. Characteristic are the protected natural areas and the rice agriculture.
The Matarraña river, which crosses Bajo Aragón - Caspe, rises from the 1300m high city of Beceite. The flowing water passes through gorges and forests and forms a natural border between the provinces of Teruel and Tarragona, nourishing all the ground that it passes. It is one of the best preserved Mediterranean rivers on the planet, has no artificial barrier, and is of high purity.
Besides the villages that are close to Maella, where you can buy everything you need, you can find major cities outside the region within the following distances: Gandesa (34 km), Alcaniz (49 km),Tarragona (112 km), Lleida (114 km), Zaragoza (130 km), Castelló (191 km) and Barcelona (207 km). The roads are in good condition and give access to the two main highways AP7 and A2, 80 kilometres away from here. These bring you to any city in Spain.
The train and bus services are very good and communicate with all cities around. It takes for example three hours and 20 minutes by bus (Hife) to Barcelona for € 18.15. The train (Renfe) follows similar routes. For example from Caspe to Zaragoza it takes one hour and 41 minutes for € 8.65 or from Caspe to Barcelona which takes three hours and 24 minutes for € 18.65.
From London, Dublin and Glasgow it´s possible to fly to Reus (Tarragona), which is situated at 101 km from Maella, from London to Del Prat (Barcelona) at 196 km, Girona is 288 km away.
By car it takes one and a half hours (91 km) to the Mediterranean coast. On the way you can find the natural park Ebro-Delta. This is one of the most extensive wetlands in southern Europe and offers a beautiful natural setting; a landscape of biological wealth and a huge variety of flora and fauna.
The climate has, within it’s Mediterranean characteristics, a continental tone. This means relatively long winters and summers. During the winter, temperatures range between 0 º and 15 º Celsius, while in summer it hovers between 25 º and 40 º Celsius. The many hours of sunshine are occasionally broken by a small rainfall. The winters contain warm periods, and as the fog settles in the valleys, this landscape shows an extraordinary beauty.
Agricultural activity is the main source of income for the region. People grow olives, grapes, almonds, peaches, nectarines, cherries and figs. At a private level, there are many locals who have their own garden ´huerta´ where they grow all kinds of vegetables, often ecologically.
Click on this photo to see a map of Maella