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From Valencia: Albufera Natural Park Bus, Cruise and Lunch

1. From Valencia: Albufera Natural Park Bus, Cruise and Lunch

Depart Valencia and journey by bus to Albufera Natural Park to discover one of the most important wetland areas on the Iberian peninsula. Marvel at the natural biodiversity of the area that allows a great variety of flora and fauna to thrive year-round. Travel through the nature reserve and listen to an informative commentary on the provided audio guides. Look for rare species of wading birds and a rich variety of wildlife, and learn about the rice fields and ecosystems of the lake.  Then, climb aboard for a 30-minute boat cruise along one of the biggest lakes in Spain. Sample the best of the local gastronomy over lunch in the village of El Palmar. Enjoy a typical meal from the Valencia region, including a starter of salad and squid, a main course of seafood paella and a dessert served with one drink.  

Valencia: Albufera Jeep and Boat Tour

2. Valencia: Albufera Jeep and Boat Tour

Delve into the heart of one of Spain’s most beautiful national parks: Albufera. Marvel at wind-swept sand dunes and a variety of native fauna before relaxing on the shores of El Saler beach. After pickup from your hotel, hop into an open-topped Jeep and head for Albufera. Choose to drive the Jeep yourself, or to sit back and relax while being driven by a guide. Witness the incredible views of the low-lying plateaus and cliffs overlooking the placid lagoon. Keep your eyes peeled for the myriad of majestic bird species that call the area home, like massive herons, and peculiar varieties of duck. After covering significant ground driving, hop on a traditional fishing boat for a 45-minute scenic cruise. After, head to the pristine El Saler beach for a swim, accompanied by local tapas and soft drinks.

Valencia: Bike Rental for 1 to 4 Days

3. Valencia: Bike Rental for 1 to 4 Days

Don’t miss any corner of the city with this bike rental in Valencia. Enjoy a comfortable and easy ride thanks to the city being flatter along its length, making it ideal for biking. Explore at your own pace, without traffic jams, and in a sustainable way. Grab your bike with a basket, helmet, lock, and optional child seat (all included), then set out to explore Valencia your way. Ride alone or in a group and discover picture-perfect spots and hidden corners in areas cut off from motor vehicle traffic.

From Valencia: Albufera Bike Tour

4. From Valencia: Albufera Bike Tour

Located about 13 miles south of Valencia, visit the natural lagoon of Albufera — a must for nature lovers! The excursion begins near Serranos Towers. Here you'll meet your guide, who lead will you to Albufera National Park, surrounded by wetlands and home to about 250 different bird species. Leave the old city of Valencia and descend into the Turia Gardens, where the river used to flow toward the City of Arts and Sciences. Ride a bike through the park, cross a bridge and keep going until you end up in the little town of El Palmar. Take a relaxing boat trip from here to explore the lagoon. Finish the tour with paella, a Valencian specialty.

From Valencia: Private Albufera Van Tour with Boat Ride

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Albufera

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 385 reviews

This tour was really great, I had a great day. Our group was quite international, but - also thanks to the two guides - it fit perfectly. It was very exciting to hear how the area has developed. The ride in the open jeep was cool! Dear Nicole, I was very happy to get to know you, I will remember it for a very long time. I wish you and your family all the best for the future! I would be happy to recommend you!

A huge thank you to Nicole & Rafa for sharing their beautiful city with us. The tour was run very smoothly but not in a corporate or soulless way. Their personalities and passion really shone through. They provided great insights into the wildlife and landscapes, all washed down with some nice simple tapas and drinks. Highly recommended.

An excellent experience & great escape from the bustling city. We would absolutely recommend this trip - the tour guide Rafa was extremely knowledgeable & friendly.

A very informative and friendly trip. Beautiful scenery and a lovely picnic on the beach to finish.

We had a super relaxed trip with nice impressions. to recommend