Private: Albufera Natural Park & Paella LunchExplore > Spain > Valencia > Private: Albufera Natural Park & Paella Lunch
A beautiful natural landscape, the tradition of eel trapping, and paella-making in its home city!
This is an outstanding experience and unlike other tours that take people to Albufera. We know, because we did it and just loved the experience. And if you are on a cruise, this will be a refreshing change to lots of sightseeing!
This fascinating and varied tour takes you first to two of Valencia’s main attractions: the Valencia Cathedral, built in the 13th century on the site of several earlier worship sites and the home of the Chapel of the Holy Grail and the 15th century Lonja de la Seda, the Silk Exchange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This building, built in 1498, has a fascinating history and is Flamboyant Gothic in style, the best example in Europe.
Then, for a dramatically contrasting view of the eastern Spanish coast, this tour takes you a short distance south of the city to the Albufera Nature Reserve, a wetland surrounded by rice fields. You will enjoy a leisurely boat ride across a freshwater lagoon rich with birds and fish. The rice grown here is integral to paella, the famous Spanish dish that originated in Albufera.
After your boat ride, you'll discover that Albufera is also the location of the few remaining original "barracas" houses, historic fishing homes, one of which you will be fortunate to visit. These homes are constructed from adobe and finished with straw roofs, lacking in electricity and running water and are great examples of sustainable architecture.
It is now time to learn how traditional paella is made during a visit to a local restaurant. Your guide will explain the recipe as you see how the paella is finished. This succulent rice and seafood (or meat) dish, thought of outside of Spain as that country’s national dish, actually originated right here in Albufera and is known inside of Spain as a Valencian specialty.
Lunch is accompanied by several types of fresh salads. We highly recommend you enjoy the wine that is offered as a beverage option. This tour always delivers beyond your expectations and by removing yourself from the congested city life, you will create a special memory forever.
- The price of this tour includes the option of a bottled water, soft drink, wine or beer.
- There is a restroom available at the site of the barraca.
- The Silk Exchange is open every day except for public holidays, events, or restoration works.
- Please alert ShoreTrips in advance of any dietary restrictions or food allergies. We will do our best to accommodate.
Days offered: 7 days a week