Albufera Natural Park (Parc Natural de l'Albufera)

#14 in Best Things To Do in Valencia
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Key Info

Carrer del Pintor Martí Girbés

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Natural Wonders, Free, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

To commune with nature – specifically 250 bird species and miles of walking and biking trails – make a visit to the Albufera Natural Park, a large freshwater lagoon. The park is surrounded by the rice fields that helped prompt the invention of paella. Indeed, there are a number of restaurants nearby in the towns of El Palmar and El Saler, and many travelers find the food alone a reason for visiting the area.

Located about 15 miles south of Valencia, the park can be reached from the city center using the No. 25 bus. Fares cost 1.50 euros (about $1.65) each way. There are organized tours (such as the Albufera Tourist Bus) that depart from the city center and include a variety of add-ons, including boat rides on the lake, but past visitors said it's just as easy to take the No. 25 bus and explore on your own. According to reviewers, it's free to access the park, though you'll have to pay if you want to take a boat ride.

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