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Albufera Lake-El Saler Natural Park


11 kilometers south of Valencia there is the largest natural lake in Spain called Albufera and its surrounding rice fields. The Albufera is connected to the Mediterranean sea by three canals called “Golas”. Between the lake and the sea there is a stripe of sand and forest called “El Saler”.

The total of 20.000 hectareas of fresh water sand, dunes, forest and rice fields where declared Natural Park in 1995.

More than 350 species of birds live on the Natural Park, of which 250 are local species.

In 2004 the Park was declared RAMSA site due to its

But the attractions of this spot are well known since ancient times: the romans called the lake …… and the arabs name it ”   “, hence its current name.

The well known valencian writer Vicente Blasco Ibañez set one of his master pieces books, “Cañas y Barro” in the bordering village of “El Palmar”.

Nowadays this park is dearest to most valencian people and a very popular spot for spending some leisure time.

Important locations at the Natural Park:

Gola de Pujol:

Saler Beach:

El Palmar:

Catarroja port:

Montañeta dels Sants:

Things to do at the Park:

Try Paella at some local restaurant.

Boat ride




How to get to the Park:

By public bus number 25.

By hop-on hop-off bus.

By car.

By bike.

By taxi.



Visit the largest natural lake in Spain. Learn how rice grows in situ and then savour it in our internationally famous rice dish “paella”. Take a boat ride and see where migratory birds stop on their way from Europe to Africa.

The main excursion includes:

  • See one of the Albufera lake  ports and its  homemade boats made by the local fishermen and farmers

  • Visit a “Tancat”:  an ingenious contraption designed to control the water level of the rice fields

  • Enjoy a boat trip

  • A traditional Albufera PAELLA  in one of the most charismatic restaurants in the area.

  • Learn about the local lake inhabitants, their thousand-year customs and their characteristic houses “barracas”.

  • See migratory birds using the Albufera wetlands as a stopover point on their way to Africa.

As an extra, if time allows, we will usually propose you one of the following:

  • Visit to the Saler beaches

  • Visit to a nearby castle

  • Top the day off at a traditional Valencian bakery

  • A scenic sunset to remember at a popular local spot