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L’Albufera Nature Park

The birthplace of Paella

L’Albufera was declared a nature park in 1986 and is located 10km south of Valencia. The value of this park is important seeing as certain animal species are threatened such as birds and fish. L’Albufera also has one of the largest fresh water lakes in Spain and is especially renown for its rice fields of over 200m2. This rice is used to make Paella. Many tourists visit this special place to taste the traditional Paella Valenciana. You can visit l’Albufera by foot or most people choose to take a boat tour. The local guide then picks you up at the fresh water lake with a boat. A village located in the middle of the park is called ‘El Saler’. It is a charming village to visit and to grab a bite or lie on the beach. The beach in El Saler is very popular within the local community and resembles the Dutch beaches because of the dunes at the back. Tip: it is amazing to visit L’Albufera during sunset and it is ideal to enjoy a full days rest within nature.