Many of the homes and buildings in El Palmar are tiled up and down. This makes for a very colorful streets.
Off the main drag, an English couple dining there said the food was good, so I stopped for lunch. Unfortunately all of the paella type dishes were a minimum order for two people, me, as a solo biker, was basically SOL. So I did the next best thing and ordered a cold beer.
Favorite Dish: I wasn't in the mood for a heavy dish so I just ordered the roasted chicken It was cut up in ways that were a mystery to me, but it did taste like chicken and it sure wasn't frog legs.
The best way to discover the lake and its many canals are the traditional boats that have been used in the area for centuries. There are several places from where you can start a boat ride, for instance in front of the Parador.
The Albufera is rich in fish, particularly eel, with which local prepare the delicious all-i-pebre: an eel and potato stew with a spicy garlic and pepper sauce.
These sticks are used for placing the fishing nests.
Favorite thing: Canals connect the town and homes in the town directly to the Albufera Lagoon. This allows easy access for boating, wildlife viewing and fishing.
L'Albufera is among the most important and largest humid areas in Spain: a real sanctuary for water birds.
As so many humids areas around the world, it is threatened by multiple dangers, in particular intensive agriculture and speculative tourism. For this reason, it is listed under the Ramsar Convention as a humid area of international importance. It has been also classified as a natural park.
All this have provided a certain protection for the lake, but it is still highly endangered.
The coastal vegetation is very sensitive and essential for the development of fish and birds.
Favorite thing: Although intensive agriculture sets the Albufera at high risk, biological rice crops can sustain many forms of life and are compatible with the management of the natural park.