Algemesi, Lunch in El Palmar and Boat trip on Albufera Lake
Sunday 8th September 2019
Led by: Anne Cattle & Lynn Clark email Lynn
This day trip will provide the opportunity to visit the region immediately to the west and south of Valencia. The cost includes a visit to a Festival in Algemesi, Paella Lunch in El Palmar and a Boat Trip on the lake.
The first visit of the day is to The fiesta of ‘La Mare de Déu de la Salut(Our Lady of Health)’ of Algemesí which UNESCO has recognized as part of the “intangible heritage of humanity” is famous for the human towers.
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.