What is the longest river in Spain? The Ebro is the longest river in Spain. The large river Ebro flows through the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula. Scientists associate the origin of the name of the river Ebro with the ancient people of this region – the Iberians, who were the ancestors of the modern Basques. At that time the Romans called today’s country of Spain Iberia. According to another version the name of the river Ebro may also come from the word Ebre, which in modern Basque means literally “valley”.
The Ebro River is now considered the most full-flowing river in Spain.
How long is the longest river in Spain?
It is about 928 km long, and its water basin covers approximately 86,800 km². The Ebro River originates in the Cantabrian mountains (Cantabria) namely the Pico de los Tres Mares. At an altitude of about 1980 meters above sea level. Interestingly, on its way, the Ebro crosses the picturesque North Castile Plateau, the green Aragonese plain, and then flows into the relatively warm Mediterranean Sea.
Remarkably, navigation on the Ebro is possible only a short distance below the large Spanish city of Zaragoza, where an ancient stone bridge crosses the river. In view of this lack of navigation on the river and the difficulties encountered, two irrigation canals were built parallel to the Ebro River to bypass the many chasms and shoals: the Aragon Canal, from the city of Tudela to Saragossa, which is also an irrigation canal. Another irrigation canal is the Tauste Canal, which is located within the Aragonese plain. The right tributaries of the Ebro River are: Gallego, Aragon, Segre, and the left tributaries are: Guadalupe and Yalon. The Ebro River flows through such Spanish cities as : Miranda de Ebro, Zaragoza, Logroño, Tortosa.