Valencia’s Albufera Natural Park is not far from the hustle and bustle of the city and has its own beach called El Saler. To explore it is to get up close to the natural side of Valencia and the wildlife that call it home.
Albufera Natural Park has the largest lake in Spain and one of the most important wetland areas in the Iberian Peninsula. El Saler is the beach of Albufera Natural Park – a strip of land edged in golden sand and crystal waters on one side and pine woodland on the other. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Valencia, with Malvarossa and Las Arenas the urban options. El Saler is something else entirely: the dunes and stretches of sand make it feel undiscovered. The shade of the pine trees will help you get in to that wonderful Spanish traditions – the siesta!
The village of El Palmar was the setting for many of the works of author Blasco Ibáñez. Food is the centre of attention here and it is an excellent place to try classic dishes such as Paella, Arroz a Banda, or All i Pebre made with eels freshly caught from the lake. The scenery makes it a great place to come and unwind, or to take holiday photos. Arrive early and you will see the water being worked by local fisherman. It is all just a short bus ride away from the city.
There is also a tour of Albufera Natural Park given by the tourist bus. This bus service will give you a complete explanation of the park and its ecosystems, including the rice fields that are so important to the history and economy of the area. The tour also includes a boat trip.
If you are partial to a game of golf, the park is home to Parador De El Saler – one of the best golf courses in Europe and in the top fifty golf courses worldwide.
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