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Albufera Natural Park (Parque Natural de la Albufera)
Albufera Natural Park (Parque Natural de la Albufera)

Albufera Natural Park (Parque Natural de la Albufera)

Open year-round
Playa de Pinedo Ctra. del riu, 486, Valencia, Spain

The Basics

Local fishermen use flat-bottomed boats to net fish and eels from the shallow waters of Albufera Lake, and such a traditional boat ride has become one of the most popular ways to enjoy the scenery in Albufera Natural Park (Parque Natural de la Albufera). Day tours from Valencia offer just such a boat trip, as well as options to cycle through the rice fields, dine on a Valencian paella lunch—a local specialty—or take a paella cooking class in one of the villages near the park to learn how to transform local ingredients into traditional Spanish dishes. You can combine park tours with a visit to Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Valencia

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Best guide and pretty sights
Ben_S, Sep 2021
Excursion to Albufera Natural Park
We got such an amazing guide, even with gloomy weather and all the covid restrictions he made sure everything was great - lots of extra info, interesting tidbits, even learned how to cook rice properly!
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Amazing evening in a beautiful park
Anna, Jun 2021
Excursion to Albufera Natural Park
We spent a beautiful evening with our tour guide. She explained everything we had to know about the park and was helpful with questions. The boat trip and the sunset were stunning, we really enjoyed the well-organized tour. Thank you for this time!
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Rafa was a sweetheart and his...
Caitlin G, Oct 2017
Paella Cooking Class and Private Tour Albufera Natural Park
Rafa was a sweetheart and his personality made the activity enjoyable and relaxed. 100 would recommend to anyone in the area.
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This experience was simply great...
acabot, Jun 2018
Paella Cooking Class and Private Tour Albufera Natural Park
This experience was simply great fun. Rafa and Maria were really nice and made the experience terrific. It was immediately like having a fun family in Spain. Learning about authentic Paella was interesting. Having a part in the preparation will never be forgotten. I was hesitant to book a cooking class, but I was so happy we did. Just do it. You will not regret it!!!!
star-4
This tour was good, though we did not...
Ian Y, May 2017
Albufera Natural Park Tour
This tour was good, though we did not see much in the way of wildlife.
star-5
The best tour we took in Spain! We...
Kbrick818, Apr 2017
Paella Cooking Class and Private Tour Albufera Natural Park
The best tour we took in Spain! We loved our two guides/chefs and the Paella dinner was amazing. They even gave us the recipe to make at home. Highly recommend. This was a highlight of our time in Spain!
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This was a great tour. We were...
William C, Oct 2016
Paella Cooking Class and Private Tour Albufera Natural Park
This was a great tour. We were picked up at our hotel in downtown Valencia and we drove out to the farm area where the orange groves and rice fields were. We arrived at a beautiful quaint house where we were greeted by Rafa, who taught the class of making paella. He is so friendly and we felt so at home being there. Learning how to cook the paella was an experience. We never knew the real ingredients and the way to cook authentic Valencian paella. It was delicious. Our tour guide Victoria translated every step and we learned of the lifestyle of the Valencians. Then we took a ride through the rice fields where they were harvesting the bomba rice, saw how the process was done. Highly recommend the tour, we had a very enjoyable day spending time in the countryside and savoring the paella.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Albufera Natural Park is a must-see for bird-watchers and nature lovers.

  • Guided tours from Valencia can last anywhere from 90 minutes to six hours, depending on the option you choose.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a sun hat, as La Albufera offers little in the way of shade.

  • Come hungry, and don’t leave without trying traditional paella in the very region where the dish was born.

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How to Get There

To get to Albufera Natural Park, take the number 25 bus from Valencia to either El Palmar or El Perellonet. The journey takes under an hour. You can also reach the park by bicycle, either independently or as part of a guided excursion.

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When to Get There

Valencia’s mild climate means it’s a great place to visit throughout the year. For bird-watchers, the best time to visit the nature reserve is during the autumn and winter months, when thousands of migratory birds return to their winter wetlands.

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The Villages of Albufera

There are two main urban areas near the natural park: El Palmar and El Saler. The former sits directly on the lagoon and is one of the best places for eating Valencian rice or taking a sunset boat trip. El Saler attracts visitors with its beach, separated from the lagoon by piney sand dunes. It’s the only beach in the Albufera Natural Park region.

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