7. From Valencia: Private Albufera Van Tour with Boat Ride
Leave the hustle and bustle of Valencia behind on a private van trip to the Albufera Natural Park and lagoon — the birthplace of paella. Discover the natural wonders of the Albufera and learn about the park's rich biodiversity from your local guide. Glide on the clear lagoon on a relaxing boat trip.
Meet your driver/guide in Valencia and sit back and relax on the short 10-kilometer ride to the Natural Park. Surrounded by rice fields, forests, and home to the largest lake in Spain, the Albufera displays Spain's nature in its purest form.
Experience the park's abundant birdlife and natural environment in the best way possible: on a boat ride. Hop into a traditional handmade boat called an albuferenc and glide over the calm waters of the lagoon.
Keep a look out for the 300 different species of birds that take refuge around the 2,800-hectare freshwater lagoon. In winter, you'll likely see bright flamingos here, as this is where they spend the colder months.
The Albufera is recognized as one of the wetlands of international importance, Ramsar, and as a Special Protection Area for Birds, so you will undoubtedly come across many bird species.
After your boat ride, head to the Racó de l'Olla Interpretation Center. Here, learn more about the park's birdlife and enjoy looking out for it from its observatories and lookout tower with panoramic views of the area.
Marvel at the natural landscape around you: marshes and rice fields that turn bright green in summer, blue in winter when the water floods the fields, and brown when the land is uncovered. Over in the strip that separates the park from the sea there is a unique ecosystem of natural dunes and pine forests.