Zones: The Albufera

It is the largest lake in Spain and one of the most important wetlands in the Iberian Peninsula. An area of ​​great ecological interest in the unique wintering waterfowl species. The rich waters have traditionally served livelihood for fishermen and rice growers, giving rise to a succulent cuisine. To taste it, approach the village of El Palmar, a scenario that inspired many works of Blasco Ibáñez. Here you can discover typical Valencian dishes such as Paella, Arrós a Banda, or All i Pebre -done with eels from the lake. After lunch, nothing better than a peaceful boat ride on the Albufera , watching the reddish and golden hues of the sunset over the water.
albu02 Speaking of Agriculture in the Albufera is talking about rice. The history of the Albufera is also the history of this crop since even earlier times Jaime I (rice was introduced by the Arabs in the XV century). Paddy fields have been banned and rehabilitated numerous times since the fifteenth century. Banned because stagnant waters was a dangerous source of infection for the population. But recent grown by the high profitability of this grass against other cereals. Finally a suitable water treatment paddy ended his black legend and this cultivation spread quickly and virtually the entire marsh surrounding the Albufera. However, despite many paddy fields have stolen the lake surface, they are now part of the ecosystem and the Albufera, and are considered quite suitable environment for feeding birds.

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