Sénia (river)

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Rio Sénia, Parc Naturals Els Ports-083.JPG
Upper course of the Sénia River in the Ports de Beseit
Country Spain
Basin features
Main source Barranc del Salt, Ports de Beseit
1,200 m (3,900 ft)
River mouth Sòl de Riu, Mediterranean Sea
0 m (0 ft)
Basin size 197.7 km2 (76.3 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 49 km (30 mi)

The Sénia River (Catalan: Riu de la Sénia, Spanish: Río Cenia) is a river in the provinces of Castellón and Tarragona, Spain It begins its course at 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) in the Barranc del Salt, Ports de Beseit[1] limestone massif near La Pobla de Benifassà.

The Sénia flows from west to east marking the historical limits between Catalonia (Montsià) and the Valencian Community (Baix Maestrat). It ends its course in the Mediterranean Sea at Sòl de Riu.,[2] between Vinaròs and Alcanar municipalities. Its flow is highly irregular. Some years its riverbed remains dry during the whole stretch of its lower course.

The Ulldecona Dam is a dam built across three tributaries of the Sénia river in the Tinença de Benifassà area. With a surface of 116 hectares (290 acres) and a capacity of 11 cubic hectometres (8,900 acre·ft), its reservoir is very important for the irrigation of fields of the region.


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  1. ^ Lo Riu Sénia - Centre Excursionista Ulldecona
  2. ^ "Mapa Topogràfic de Catalunya". Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 

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Coordinates: 40°38′10″N 0°15′56″E / 40.63611°N 0.26556°E / 40.63611; 0.26556