L’Albufera, a natural wonder

Are you ready for your third and final day in Valencia? In our itinerary of three days in Valencia we’re going to take you to one of the region’s most beautiful natural spots: L’Albufera.

 

Valencia in three days - Day 3

This beautiful natural park is located just 10 kilometres south of the city and constitutes the most important humid area of the region. Its name comes from Arabic al-buhayra, which means ‘little sea’. It’s a freshwater lagoon of around 27 kilometres that goes from the estuary of the Turia river and the Cullera mountain. It’s the largest lagoon in Spain and is the home of one of the richest ecosystems as well. There are many species of birds (which you may be able to spot if you’re lucky enough), wild beaches full of dunes, forests and, of course, rice fields – paella was invented here! This area’s main activity is agriculture, and rice is a big part of it. This is why a trip to L’Albufera is the perfect opportunity to savour delicious paella and many other rice dishes typical from the Valencian cuisine, such as arròs a banda, or all-i-pebre, a dish where the main ingredient is another important inhabitant of L’Albufera: eels!

Valencia in three days - Day 3

So what can you do in L’Albufera, besides trying the delicious rice dishes? You can go on different bike tours and boat tours, and you can also hike along the many beautiful beaches that surround the lagoon. There are several companies that offer excursions that you can book in the town of El Palmar, where you will also find some great restaurants. In this town you will also find a stop of the Albufera Bus Turístic, a bus that will take you to the most beautiful spots of the natural park.

And how do you get there? The best option is renting a car, but don’t worry if you don’t feel like driving, because public bus number 25 will also take you there. Visiting L’Albufera is an unforgettable experience, and a wonderful opportunity to see the beautiful surroundings of the city of Valencia. You can visit the Mediterranean forest la Devesa del Saler, where you can hike routes from 500 metres to 4 kilometres. If you don’t feel like hiking, you can just spend some time in any of the beautiful beaches, like El Saler, La Devesa del Saler or la Garrofera.

Valencia in three days - Day 3

If you don’t want to go on an excursion on your third day in Valencia, there is still plenty to do in the city, so we’ve prepared other recommendations that can be equally satisfying – even though we strongly recommend this day trip to L’Albufera, especially if you like to see some nature during your travels. But here’s what you can do if you decide to stay in the city:

  • Go to the beach: In the previous article, we proposed a visit to the beaches of Valencia, Cabanyal and Malvarrosa – but you can of course do it on Day 3 as well if you don’t want to go to L’Albufera!
  • Visit the Parc de la Capçalera: In this beautiful park you’ll also be able to enjoy a natural environment. There are routes that the less experienced hikers can enjoy (from 15 to 30 minutes long), and if you’re travelling with the whole family you can take your kids to the Bioparc, Valencia’s zoo.
  • Visit the Fallas Museum: The Museo del Gremio de Artistas Falleros is a great way to get to know more about one of Valencia’s most famous and unique traditions, Les Falles. This tradition consists in several days of celebration where the locals burn their ninots and fallas, large artistic figures of paper-maché that the different groups of falleros spend all year building. In the museum you’ll be able to learn about the history of this traditions and see several sculptures and ninots, as well as drawings and sketches.

 

Valencia in three days - Day 3
  • Visit the Ceramics Museum: Ceramics are quite big in the region of Valencia, and another great option is visiting the Museo Nacional de Cerámica y Artes Suntuarias González Martí. There you will be able to see many interesting ceramic pieces, but also furniture and paintings.

What did you think of our itinerary to see Valencia in three days? As you can see, this wonderful Mediterranean city has a lot to offer, and you could easily spend more days there and still not be able to discover all its wonders. However, during your 3 days in Valencia with GowithOh you managed to see the most important attractions and to get to know the city quite well. What did you like the most? Don’t forget to tell us about it!

 

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