By bicycle to La Albufera
Just a few kilometres from the city of Valencia, a unique natural paradise known as La Albufera is the frame for one of the most beautiful sunsets on the Mediterranean. One of the best ways to cross its eight kilometres is by bike. The trip may seem long but, if done on a 0% incline and good rural roads, with the comfort of the mild climate of Valencia and the promise of a swim at a semi-virgin beach at the end and one of the best paellas in the world, it becomes short.
The Albufera is a natural park that the Arabs called 'small sea', and were not misguided: it is a saltwater lake hardly one meter deep, connected to the sea at several points. The Arabs also introduced the most characteristic crop in the area, the rice so lovingly growing there (it has own Denomination of Origin). They were also the first to praise its beauty in poems like those of the medieval writer Al-Maqqari, who once said, "The sun, when it is born, looks at itself in the Abufera ".
Today, the area is a prime tourist attraction for the beauty of its landscapes, such as the Dehesa del Saler, for its moving dunes, for its pretty piers like El Palmar, for the boats that ply its waters fringed with white lilies ... Its atmosphere blends from the fragrant orange scent to the freshness of the salt grass or juniper. Its warm waters attract dozens of native and migratory birds, such as the shell duck or mallard. Nature is wise and the birds of La Albufera know that the place is so worth savouring as the paellas cooked in the typical restaurants of this picturesque place. Quite a feast for all the senses.
Pictures: Turismo de Valencia
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