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Location address: España, Valencia, Valencia
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The Albufera Valencia (l’Albufera) is a very beautiful and popular nature reserve in Valencia. The popular novel ‘Canas y barros’ (Reeds and Mud, written by Valenciano author Vicente Blasco IbÓ±ez) gives an excellent account of this lovely fishing area and how people used to live.
As well as being famous for the lovely freshwater lagoon and fishing, the area is also where you’ll find the rice fields of Valencia. This is the birthplace of paella and in the surrounding restaurants you can sample and enjoy gastronomic feasts of a variety of paella dishes which always include an ample supply of seafood.
Source : Valencia Tourist Guide
The Albufera (Valencian pronunciation: [aɫβuˈfeɾa], from Arabic البحيرة al-buhayra, “small sea”) is a freshwater lagoon and estuary on the Gulf of Valencia coast of the Valencian Community in eastern Spain. It is the main portion of the Parc Natural de l’Albufera (“Albufera Natural Park”), with a surface area of 21,120 hectares (52,200 acres). The natural biodiversity of the nature reserve allows a great variety of fauna and flora to thrive and be observed year-round. While once a saltwater lagoon, dilution due to irrigation and canals draining into the estuary and the sand bars increasing in size had converted it to freshwater by the seventeenth century.