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 VALENCIA - The Albufera Natural Park A wonderful day out

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If you are looking to get away from it all and being able to completely switch off and relax for a while then a visit to The Albufera is not to be missed, the largest lake area in Spain.

This is where the National dish of Spain, the Paella was invented.

The Albufera is located just 10 km from the city of Valencia with never ending rice fields as far as the eye can see and abundant rivers. Rice farming is very important and is very closely linked to the survival of the Albufera. The fields change their appearance and colour between seasons.

Take a stroll along one of the walking routes within the nature park where you will discover the water birds and plants or have a true fishing experience in the largest lake area in Spain.

Or enjoy a boat trip through its waters, visiting an ethnological museum or bird watching area, these are only a few of the activities that can be experienced.

On the edge of the lake is the small traditional village of El Palmar its streets are lined with Restaurants, one better that the next where you can try some typical dishes, such as all-i-pebre and llisa adobada. The restaurants here are fully booked at weekends throughout the year, the atmosphere is truly electric and you can savour food in a new way by learning about its origins. Try El Palmar Restaurant, one of its best restaurants, its signature dish, paella, is prepared with ingredients from the vegetable gardens that surround the wetlands. 

The Alfbufera lake, the wetlands and the coastal band are on the list of
Wetlands of International Importance
and has also been declared a  Special Bird Protection Area.
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The formation of the Albufera lake occurred due to the collapse of approximately 30 kilometres of the coastal band between Valencia and Cullera. The Albufera lake has an irregular outline and a diameter of approx. six kilometres at its widest part. It is connected to the sea by canals and waterways which can be opened or closed by means of floodgates to modify the volume of water in the lake. There are six small islands in the lake: the "Mata del Fang", the "Mateta de Baix", the "Mata de la Barra", the "Mata de L'Antina", the "Mata de San Roc" and the "Mata del Rey".

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