Albufera Bike Tour
Not only the city of Valencia has to offer beautiful landscapes and spots to admire, but the surrounding area of Valencia as well. So why don’t we get on our bikes and enjoy this special bike tour and head to Albufera?
What makes Albufera Bike Tour so special?
The Albufera National Park is a Mediterranean ecosystem, which is famous for its unspoilt forests, rice fields, dune beaches and a huge lake where romantic boat trips can be enjoyed on. This lake is the biggest natural lake of Spain and it is very shallow, it never reaches more than two meters deep, but with its 52,200 acres, it is quite expensive. It was even bigger in the past, but has lost more than half of its previous size to irrigation. Today, the lake is protected as a national park, but still feeding the neighboring rice fields, but in a sustainable way.
The national park is situated 20 kilometers away from the heart of Valencia, so it is suited perfectly for a relaxing bike tour in which nature shows its prettiest face. Pelican Bikes will guide your way using cycling roads to the national park and show you how recreational a holiday to Valencia can be. This national park is an important piece of Valencia’s cultural identity and we promise you, you will understand why!
Since we are not in a hurry, this Valencia bike tour will take a little bit of your time, approximately five hours. We don’t need to speed while cycling and want to enjoy the scenery on our way there and back as well as we admire the beauty of the national park of Albufera. Since it is almost always sunny in Valencia and its surroundings, a longer journey is very enjoyable and comfy!
What will you see during Albufera Bike Tour?
When arriving at the Albufera park, we will have time to recover from our workout and enjoy this unique wild natural spot. This park is a place of great ecological interest and the home of many rare species. You can watch more than 250 species of birds in their natural habitat. The red-knobbed coot, the little tern, the cull-billed tern, the audouin’s gull, the Balearic shearwater and the red-crested pochard are some of the species that can be seen in this beautiful park. But even very rare birds like the brad-billed sandpiper and the collared flycatcher have been reported to be spotted in the Albufera National Park. Apart from birds, the ecosystem presents a variety of fish and plants as well.
But our tour will not only be focused on nature, but on culinary delights as well. The waters of the park have been traditionally worked by fishermen and rice growers and thus some of the region’s most delicious dishes have found their origin in this region. It is said that the famous paella was invented here. In the village of El Palmar, a village on the lakes’ southeastern border, you can try classic dishes like Arroz a Banda, Alli I Pedre (made with freshly caught Eel from the lake) or our famous paella. Every restaurant in El Palmar serves paella, and every building in this picturesque village seems to be a restaurant, so we won’t have problems finding a nice spot to have a tasty meal and recharging our energy for our way back to the city center. Seats in restaurants are reserved in advance, lunch is paid additionally (25-30 euros per person).
So don’t hesitate to join us on this very adventure for a Valencia cycles tour unique in its share of nature, culinary delights and tradition. Enjoy the scenery while working out in an entertaining way and discover one of the main attractions of the surrounding area of Valencia.
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