Guide to Visit La Albufera de Valencia Nature Park

We recommend you visit La Albufera de Valencia Nature Park, one of the most important wetlands on the Iberian Peninsula. The name Albufera is derived from the Arabic, Al-Buhayra, which means “small sea”.

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La Albufera de Valencia Nature Park

La Albufera de Valencia Nature Park is a freshwater lagoon and estuary on the Gulf of Valencia coast. Located just 10 km from the city centre, surrounded by rice fields and forest,

This coastal lake is separated from the sea by La Dehesa del Saler, a narrow strip of forested sand dunes.

Considered a Natural Park since 1986, it serves as a stopover for migratory birds and provides dreamy sunsets.

Albufera is synonymous with rice and this is the birthplace of that most famous Spanish rice dish, paella.

How to get to La Albufera de Valencia Nature Park

Bus

Line 25 takes you from Valencia to El Palmar and El Perellonet in less than an hour and for €1.50 per section. The bus also stops at the La Albufera pier. Children under 6 yrs ride free.

Albufera Tourist Bus

Round-trip journey from Valencia to Albufera, includes a 30min boat ride. Adults: €17. Kids aged 7-16 yrs: €11. Children under 6 yrs ride free.

Car

From Valencia, take El Saler Motorway for about 9km, then take the El Palmar Exit. In El Palmar, follow signs to Raco de l’Olla Interpretation Centre, where the you can begin exploring some of the walking trails.

Bicycle

If you have time and you’re keen to do some cycling, you can use the bicycle lane from Valencia to La Albufera Nature Park. It runs parallel to Saler Highway until Pinedo and continues from there to El Palmar.

What To Do in La Albufera de Valencia Nature Park

In addition to the boat ride, you can visit other parts of La Albufera de Valencia Nature Park, such as the rice fields, the viewpoints and La Trilladora del Tocaio. Also fascinating is La Devesa de El Saler,a rectangular strip of sand that separates l’Albufera from the sea, with a very old dune ecosystem and a small forest. The beaches of El Saler are the most peaceful and cleanest in Valencia and as such, do note that these beaches do not feature any services.

Racó de l’Olla Interpretation Centre

Located between La Devesa and l’Albufera, the centre features a small museum with information on the flora and fauna of Albufera and its surroundings. Open 7 days, 9AM-2PM.

  • Information Center
  • Tower-viewpoint with panoramic view (from where you can observe the lake and its feathery inhabitants)
  • Lagoon which provides nesting refuge for local birdlife.
  • Bird observatory: a space adapted for the observation of different species of birds, mainly aquatic
  • Nature trail
  • Recreational area for lunch and rest
  • Parking area

El Palmar

El Palmar is a fishing village located in the heart of Albufera and is universally regarded as one of the best culinary attractions of the Valencian Community. Here you can find excellent Valencian rice dishes and other local specialties. El Palmar is the starting point for boat trips and walks where you can discover little “secrets” of the history of a town that owes its identity to the lagoon.

The Tocaio Threshing Machine is a group of 20th century farmhouses, traditionally linked to rice cultivation. Here the rice was dried, threshed and stored. Nowadays, thanks to the effort of its owners, it has been recovered as an information centre showcasing the traditions of El Palmar. You can visit the small museum, see period vehicles, photographs and farming tools.

From the wharf of the threshing machine you can take a boat for a pleasant and relaxed trip through the Albufera.

El Palmar’s Centre for Fish Research is dedicated to the recovery of endangered native species. This centre works with animals as well as species of aquatic flora. Here you can observe native aquatic plants, fish and reptiles endemic to the Iberian Peninsula.

A visit to El Palmar is not complete without a boat trip (about €5/person), approx 30-45min. During the trip, your boatman will let you know about the history of the lake, its current situation, the art of fishing and interesting information about the native fauna.

Boats are well equipped with awnings for sun protection.

Barraca dels Arandes, a typical house built in the 19th century, the oldest in El Palmar, adobe walls of no more than 1.5 metres high, wooden roof, covered by reeds and borro, which is a material that is harvested in the devesa, original pressed clay floor. It can only be enjoyed from the outside.

Lunch at El Palmar, this small town appeals to one’s sense of taste and smell.

Besides the paella, try local dishes all-i-pebre or llisa adobada. You are likely to be served an excellent meal in El Palmar, as restaurateurs have striven to make the local gastronomy an unbeatable brand.

The Lagoon of La Albufera

This lagoon is home to unique species of birds and fish. Its waters have sustained fishermen and rice farmers for centuries.

One of the best places to see all its splendour is the viewpoint La Gola del Pujol, near El Palmar.

You absolutely must witness a sunset from one of Albufera’s many viewpoints. El Mirador El Pujol is the perfect place to watch the sunset.

La Devesa del Saler

A strip of sand which separates La Albufera from the Mediterranean Sea. There are several hiking routes along which you can learn about the abundant local flora and impressive Mediterranean forest.

La Devesa is 10km long and can be traversed on foot or by bicycle. Paths and places of interest are well sign-posted.

Muntanyeta dels Sants

A beautiful space and one of the few natural elevations in La Albufera de Valencia Natural Park.

The 27m high Mountain of the Saints is 27m high features the Hermitage of St Abdon and St Seden.

There are several routes for cycling through the rice fields, one of which leads you the natural viewpoint of the Muntanyeta dels Sants.

Recommendations for the Visitor

To enjoy your visit to the Nature Park, we recommend the following:

  • Bring comfortable shoes
  • Carry binoculars
  • Respect the marked paths
  • Bring sufficient water for the whole route
  • If you are travelling alone, inform somebody about the route you are planning to take
  • In summer, start early in the morning, to avoid being under the sun during the hottest part of the day
  • Sun protection and sun hat
  • Charge your cell phone before you leave. Emergency services phone number is 112.
  • Take care and maintain the facilities and equipment of the Park, they exist for you to enjoy them.
  • Enjoy the sounds of nature, avoid making noise.

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