Escape to Albufera Natural Park

Albufera is a short car drive from the city of Valencia. Perfect for a Saturday brunch escapade it is also the largest lake in Spain, one of the most important wetland areas in the Iberian Peninsula and the setting for many of the works of Blasco Ibañez.

The area looks like an intricate web of canals and rice fields, with small villages scattered around. The most authentic village must be El Palmar, a quiet place where locals sit outside their houses observing the life go by. Here you can eat some of the best classic dishes such as Paella, Arroz a Banda, or All i Pebre prepared with eel freshly caught from the lake. After the meal you may want to go for a boat trip on the lake, it makes for a perfect siesta in the middle of nature. Many locals offer boat trips, one only has to knock on the gates where there’s written Paseo en Barca.

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