Valdigna and Boat trip on Albufera Lake
Wednesday 6th June 2018
Led by: Carol Mantle
This day trip will provide the opportunity to explore the region immediately to the south of Valencia. The cost includes a Paella Lunch in El Palmar and Boat Trip on the lake.
The morning includes a visit to the 13th century Santa Maria de Valdigna monastery, which has been restored over the last 15 years.
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. The fishing boats which line the canals on each side of the village bear witness to the main livelihood of its inhabitants.
We will stop for lunch in El Palmar, which has a large number of restaurants that specialise in paella.
In the afternoon, we will enjoy a cruise on Albufera lake.
Once back on dry land we will have an 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 40 euros per person