Nacimiento del Rio Ebro

Fontes Iberis

Useful Information

Location: Fontibre
(43.016917964121326, -4.190839385801606)
Open: Spring: no restrictions.
Visitor Center:
15-MAR to JUN Fri-Sun 10-15, 16-19. Guided tours Sat, Sun.
JUL to AUG Tue-Sun 10-15, 16-19. Guided tours Thu, Sat.
SEP to 14-DEC Fri-Sun 10-15, 16-19. Guided tours Sat, Sun.
Fee: Spring: free.
Visitor Center: free.
Classification: KarstKarst Spring
Light: n/a
Guided tours: n/a
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Nacimiento del Rio Ebro, Centro de Visitantes del Río Ebro, Barrio Fontibre, 49, 39212 Fontibre, Cantabria, Tel: +34-9006-49009. E-mail:
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The Nacimiento del Rio Ebro (spring of the river Ebro) is located at the small village Fontibre, which is named after the Latin fontes iberis (springs of the river Ebro). The karst spring is a popular tourist site with its blueish water and the many tress surrounding the springs. Abundant willows, elms, maples and ash trees grow around the springs, a result of the abundant groundwater. The water is home to mallards and trouts. There are several limestone blocks around the springs, under with the water emerges. The immediate area of the spring was most likely once a cave which then eroded and now forms a shallow valley.

Right beside the spring is a Visitor Center named Centro de Visitantes del Río Ebro. It explains the origin of its name, its navigation during the 17th and 19th century, the typical landscapes along the river, and the mills, ironworks, and fulling mills which used the river as a source of energy. They have explanations, answer questions, and help with your visits. We recommend to go to the visitor center first.