THE ALBUFERA NATURAL PARK (PDF)
The park is home to the largest lake in Spain and one of the most important wetland areas in the Iberian Peninsula. It is a place of great ecological interest with rare species of wading birds and a rich variety of wildlife. Its waters have been traditionally worked by fishermen and rice growers, supplying ingredients and inspiration for many of the regions most succulent dishes. To sample the best of the local gastronomy, go to the village of El Palmar, a setting for many of the works of Blasco Ibáñez. 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. After the meal, there is nothing more relaxing than a boat trip on the Albufera lake contemplating the red and amber tones of the setting sun dancing across the water.
If you would like to visit the Albufera Natural Park, the best way is to use the regular bus Herca service. From Valencia, the first bus leaves Av. Germanías 34 (on the corner with C/ Sueca), 5 minutes away from the Estación del Norte (the train station). You can also catch the bus from the stops on Plaza de Cánovas (Marqués del Turia) and at the Oceanogràfic. The stop for Albufera is the "Embarcadero del Palmar”. To return to Valencia, you can catch the same bus in the same place where you got off.
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Another way of enjoying a trip to the Albufera Natural Park is with the Albufera Bus Turístic. This bus service will give you a complete tour of the Albufera Natural Park, where you will discover the rice field ecosystems. The tour also includes a boat trip.