Lladró Factory & Albufera Lakes
– Day trip –
Wednesday 14th June 2017
Led by: Carol Mantle & Anne Cattle
Our trip will include a visit to the Lladró Factory, we then go on to El Palmar for a Paella Lunch. We will then conclude the day with a boat trip around the lake and a visit to a Barracas (traditional fisherman’s cottage).
We will start the day with a visit to the main area for Porcelain located in Tavernes Blanques, near Valencia in a spectacular 1,000,000 square feet complex where all Llladró works of art are born.
Before our tour we will have coffee followed by the guided tour lasting an hour and a half . During this tour you will see the artisan’s workshop and see the artists at work. You will be shown every step in the entirely handmade process of creation from the design of the original model to the final piece when it is fired in the kiln.
Our next port of call will be the village of El Palmar. Once an island, it is now accessible via a narrow road and even narrower bridge and is situated close to the City of Valencia on the banks of the Albufera lake. Once Europe’s largest fresh water lake, much of the area has been turned over to the cultivation of rice, but the Albufera is still home to carp and eels and an extensive bird reserve with, among others, egrets and blue herons making their home there.
Walking into the village itself, it would be easy to think that its 28 restaurants are all it has to offer, but the fishing boats which line the canals on each side of the village bear witness to the main livelihood of its inhabitants.
We are stopping in El Palmar for lunch and going to a restaurant for a three course lunch including ½ a bottle of wine, water, soft drinks, coffee and the main course will be their speciality dish, paella.
In the afternoon, we will enjoy a cruise on Albufera lake. Once back on dry land we will have opportunity of looking inside one of the cosy little thatched cottages called Barracas which are to be seen all over the area. Though very small, inside they seemed surprisingly spacious and comfortable.
Cost 35 euros per person and includes all entrances, boat trip
all refreshments and tips as referred to in the itinerary,