Declared a natural park in 1986, and recognized as a ‘wetland of international importance’ since 1989, it stands out for its various species of waterfowl, as well as being a microreserve of flora.
The Albufera Natural Park is one of the six natural parks in the province of Valencia, but it is the largest of them, with 21,000 hectares.
Formed by a freshwater coastal lagoon as seen in the images, it is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by the dune tongues of El Saler. It is considered very valuable because it is the natural habitat of many native and migratory bird species.
What species can be found in the Albufera Natural Park?
Among the most notable species that can be seen during a boat trip through the wetland are mainly some plants and birds.
Among the vegetation, we can find sea bindweed, reeds, rice, bulrush, masiega, barron, sea lavender, sea juniper, sea lily, Aleppo pine, and cottonwood.
The avian richness of the Albufera Natural Park can be appreciated by spotting species such as the red-crested pochard, the common shoveler, herons, terns and gulls, or the mallard.
What other riches does the area offer besides its nature?
In addition to the ecological value of the area and its scenic beauty, there is a monument that cannot be overlooked during a visit. The “Casa de Demana” is an emblematic building that dates back more than three centuries when auctions were held inside. The Casa de Demana is dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting the values of the Albufera, from both an environmental and artistic and cultural perspective.
Not everything is landscape or history in the Albufera Natural Park, as the gastronomy of the area also deserves a stop. If you find yourself in this extraordinary spot in the Valencian Community, don’t miss the chance to taste its paella, arroz a banda, or “a l’all i pebre” (garlic and parsley), made with eels from the lagoon.
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