The Ascó village


Ascó municipality is formed by two different geographical areas. The first corresponds to the formations to the east and towards the Ebro of the Fatarella mountain range. In this area we can discover small valleys of several gullies which discharge into the Ebro River, like la Gala gully, el Forn Teuler or la Peixera, among others. The second area corresponds to the river Ebro fluvial plain, on which a small flat sector on the left river bank called les Illes or la plana de Vinebre stands out


The old town of Ascó is at the head of the village, at 82 meters above sea level. The village sits above a hill which towers over the Ebro’s left riverbank. This is presided by the Ascó castle ruins. It also incorporates el Barri de les Illes, an extension of Vinebre inside the Ascó municipality.

Even though the economy of the municipality is based on industry they have kept, despite a set-back, the agrarian activities focused mainly on agriculture (stockbreeding is not really representative). The Cooperativa Agrícola Sant Isidre is the main distributor of the agrarian products and has its own rural bank.

The construction of the Ascó Nuclear Complex in the beginning of the 70s substantially transformed Ascó’s traditionally agricultural economy. Ascó I nuclear plant, at 400m from the town centre, was started in 1973, followed by the second in 1974. Ascó I became operational in 1983 and Asco II in 1985.

The installation of both plants, equipped with a PWR with an electrical power of 930 MW, allowed other industries to establish themselves in the vicinity, forming an industrial complex which unites several interests and has strengthened the industrial development both of the village and the neighbouring municipalities.

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