L’ALBUFERA NATURAL PARK

L’ALBUFERA NATURAL PARK

The Albufera Natural Park is one of the most representative and valuable coastal wetlands in the Valencia Region and the Mediterranean basin. Covering an area of 21.120 hectares, it is located just 10 km from Valencia. Its ease of access makes it a perfect location in which to contemplate nature. Throughout the year, the rich biodiversity of this protected natural area enables us to observe a large variety of fauna and flora. In 1986, it was declared a Natural Park. It has also received international recognition, and in 1990 it was incorporated into the Ramsar Convention’s List of Wetlands of International Importance. In 1994, it was declared an SPA (Special Protection Area). Similarly, there are a number of protected habitats that are included in Directive 92/5510/EC, on the preservation of natural habitats, wild flora and fauna.

It is possible to enjoy routes through all of its environments: the paddy fields (visitors are recommended to consult the hunting season dates beforehand); the sandbar, and particularly its central area, known as La Devesa; the beach, with its seafront dunes, transitional dunes, “malladas” (inter-dune depressions) and the internal dune system, which is colonized by a representation of Mediterranean maquis shrubland; and one of the most attractive and popular routes, in the form of a trip on the Albufera lake aboard a typical boat known as an “albuferenc”. Furthermore, the Natural Park and its catchment area have a wide range of hotels, campsites, restaurants, etc, which help facilitate our visit to or our stay in this wonderful enclave.

For more information call or visit the Albufera Natural Park Interpretation Centre (Centro de Interpretación del Parc Natural de l’Albufera) (Raco de l’Olla).

Free admission. It is important to book for groups. Visiting hours: Monday to Sunday from 09.00 to 14.00. The centre has an exhibition dedicated to the Albufera Natural Park and “Racó de l’Olla”, where the centre is located. The Centre also has a bird observatory and lookout tower.

Telephones:

  • Information and bookings 961 627 345
  • Information 961 620 101

email: raco_olla@gva.es

Cartography, routes, bus schedules and more information:

http://www.citma.gva.es/web/pn-l-albufera/

http://www.autocaresherca.com/

http://www.emtvalencia.es/