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Parque Natural de la Albufera

Address: El Saler, Valencia, Spain
Phone Number: 34 96 3510417
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Ranked #27 of 148 Attractions in Valencia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We went over Christmas early in the morning while it was still getting warmer....it was still very crisp! But it did not spoil the beauty. We went to the village nearby the lake, El Palmar and when we got there it looked like all the boating hire companies were closed. We went into one of the local cafes for a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Drive through the rice fields outside Valencia and you'll find the Albufera - a lagoon surrounded by tall reeds that has become an important nature reserve. We hired a motorised barge for 4 euros and the captain took us on an hour long, informative journey. It's even open in December but I imagine would be hot in summer and if... More 

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Valencia, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Inside the rice fields is a small road which we took to observe wildlife. This was very rewarding and interesting. Then we took a boat trip which costa 4€ and well worth the price. The captain was very knowledgable about the history of the place and its wildlife. Later we had lunch at one of the restaurants and although it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Ride a bike to get there and enjoy the miradores or the walk near the information center. Some interesting birdlife to observe. We skipped the obligatory boatride due to weather conditions (too much wind), but still enjoyed the lake. Continue further south to El Palmar for some real paella. If you decide to bike it , bring a helmet or... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The lagoon is very nice and I imagine at sunset it could be good - it looked very inviting on a scorching day, but essentially the surrounding scenery isn't that dramatic so I wouldn't make a special journey unless your combining it with a visit to one of the beaches. The journey there by public bus was pretty chaotic so... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Sold this sunset trip on the lake at Albufera by the tourist bus company. We set off from the city centre to the same tour guide audio as the city tour. 40 minutes later we parked in a nearly deserted village and walked down a lane past a few allotments to a small boat. The bus driver left the engine... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We rode bikes to see this "impressive" lagoon. The views on the ride from Valencia itself aren't very impressive and when we finally did arrive at the lagoon we were completely underwhelmed--spent five minutes there, took some snaps and headed back to El Saler to the beach (which again isn't much to write home about). We didn't take a boat... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The lake is pretty impressive, but a boat trip in the hot day under the scorching sun did not seem attractive to us. I am sure that in a colder weather it should be more interesting and pleasant. Instead, we took some pictures and went to El Saler beach, which was fantastic! We got to Albufera using public transport ("Yellow... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We took a boat ride from El Palmar into the lagoon, and saw a few ducks, jumping fishes and some traditional houses ("barracas"). It was cheap enough (4 euros per person) to enjoy and relax (and keep our toddlers quiet), for around 40 minutes, but nothing really memorable: just another boat ride.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was my favourite place in Valencia. I cycled along the coast and stopped at a beach (much quieter than the main beach in Valencia) and then walked around the park. I didn't see any animals (someone did tell me there are flamingos?!) but it was nice to relax and it felt like I had the park to myself!

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