The Albufera Natural Park, in Valencia, is one of the most spectacular natural environments in our country. It covers almost 22,000 hectares and its breadth leads it to have a presence, in addition to Valencia, in municipalities such as Sedaví, Alfafar, Catarroja, Massanassa, Albal, Silla, Beniparrell, Sueca, Sollana, Cullera, Algemesí and Albalat de la Ribera.
Is just 10 kilometres from the city center, making it an ideal option not only to visit if you are in Valencia or surroundings but if you live there it is the perfect place to get away and spend a day in the middle of nature. It's one of the coastal wetlands most valuable in the country and in the entire Mediterranean area. Fishing is one of the activities that has been done the most in its entire history, being legal since the 13th century. There are fish such as sea bass, eels, shrimp, crabs or pexinots.
Much of the surface of this natural park is occupied by rice crops, which give many benefits to the area. Besides, the Flora and fauna Albufera are very important, with great biodiversity thanks to being a protected area. Among its vegetation, the reeds, eneas, masiegas, thyme, rosemary thickets, gorse, flavoring or Aleppo pine stand out. Among its fauna, the most notable are fish and mollusks, some of them endangered, such as the samaruc.
During the winter season you can see seagulls and herons, which arrive by the thousands, in addition to other species such as the red duck, the mallard duck, the common teal, the European porrón or the common spoon. Many species that are in the breeding season also meet here as they find the perfect conditions to do it.
In Albufera there are also different environments that represent the natural habitats of the species that live there. One of the areas is La Restinga, which has a beach and a spectacular dune system. There is also El Marjal, which is the environment that covers the largest area and is basically dedicated to growing rice. The Albufera environment is one of the most important since it has a great landscape and ecological value.
Day trip to Albufera, Spain and a visit to the Valencia CF | vlog 15 (September 2020)
- natural parks, Valencia