Nov 142011

Albufera de Valencia is a Natural Park just south of the city of Valencia. The area covers over 21,000 hectares and comprises a huge fresh water lake of 3,000 hectares in surface area, rice fields, reed beds, coastal wooded areas and a series of smaller ponds and canals.

Although not an area associated with mountain biking (ie. it´s flat!) it can provide a good easy day out amongst some unique habitats. That´s exactly what Caroline, the lady who chose the route wanted – a good ride out that was comfortable yet rewarding.

We entered the southern end of the Natural Park and worked our way through the maze of agricultural tracks that spread out through the rice fields. Herons and Egrets entertained us throughout the trip and we were fortunate enough to see a Kingfisher perched beside the trail.

After a while we arrived at the old traditional rice farming and fishing village of El Palmar where we enjoyed lunch on the terrace of one of the many family run restaurants.

Our return leg took us down the western edge of the Natural Park, passing many canals and more rice fields. We finally arrived back at the van having completed a leisurely but most pleasant 38kms.

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