Parque Natural de la Albufera, Valencia

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Explore the 21,000 hectares (52,000 acres) of lush flora and fauna at the Parque Natural de la Albufera. The nature reserve is home to a large freshwater lagoon and estuary on the shores of the Gulf of Valencia. Take a relaxing boat ride across the lagoon. Join a tour to learn more about the local wildlife or simply explore on your own. Bring binoculars to appreciate the variety of birds that inhabit the park. This is the main rice-producing area of Spain, so be sure to try the famous Valencian paella in one of the neighboring villages. Make Parque Natural de la Albufera a part of your Valencia vacation plans using our Valencia vacation route planner.
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  • We took the local bus from Valencia for €1.5 each way. The bus gets very crowded and we had to stand the whole way (about 40 minutes). The bus also stops at various beaches enroute. Once we arrived at...  more »
  • Bus takes about forty five minutes. You are in real countryside and can see the rice fields and lagoon. As featured on Alex Polizzi TV show. Go a bit further - ten minutes walk beyond the bus terminus...  more »
  • This is the best way to meet Valencia by the south! We loved the lake and the landscape, with infinite rice fields and a lot of birds. We took a boat trip and we ate 'paella', what a nice dish! We enj...  more »