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Excursion to The Albufera

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You’re surrounded by pleasant companions that love Spanish, boating while observing the valencian nature, you let yourself be caught by the beautiful birds that live in it and you learn a lot about the valencian culture. Doesn’t it seem to you a perfect and unforgettable image? So sign up for this interesting activity because Hispania, escuela de español will take you to Albufera.

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The Albufera of Valencia is a coastal lagoon that is separated from the sea by a strip of land. This is such a beautiful, important and characteristic place that it was declared Natural Park in 1986. Likewise it was recognized as wetland with international importance in 1989, area of special protection for the birds in 1990 and site of Community importance in 2001.

Its name has an Arab origin; it comes from the word al-buhayra that meant “small sea”. You can find it in some poems in which they refer to it as “the Mirror of the Sun”, since it is a place that highlights for the amazing colors that the sun leaves in the sky that are in contrast with the water. It is said that the sunrises and the sunsets in Albufera are some of the most amazing things that our beautiful nature gives us.

As matter of fact the Albufera is often a meeting point of the great lovers that want to enjoy their love in a very romantic and wonderful place. Many photographers and painters choose it as raw material for their art or as source of inspiration. If you want to discover a very valuable piece of the valencian culture you should read the work Cañas y Barro of the great writer Blasco Ibáñez that is settled in the Albufera. In it you’ll find a great picture of that time, characteristic feature of the folkloric novel.

This natural park is composed by six islets: Mata del Fang, Mateta del Baix, Mata de la Barra, Mata de l’Antina, Mata de San Roc and Mata del Rey. In those islets we can find different marine animal species such as the Spanish toothcarp, the European bass, the flathead grey mullet, the European eel and the Valencia hispánica. Although what makes it most known is its great variety of beautiful bird such as the great egret, the white stork, the seagull, the common tern, the Kentish plover, the western marsh harrier, the whiskered tern and the gull- billed tern. All of this make the Albufera to be considered as a park with great ecological interest because in it hibernate unique species.

Did you know that during the time of nesting it is likely that can be formed until 4500 pairs of egrets? Equally we can observe a very amazing flora where we can find water plants such as the water hyacinth.

If all of this haven’t impressed you yet, get ready to listen to this: the valencian paella was born in the Albufera. The certain thing is that it includes 200 square meters of rice fields and its fantastic water is the livelihood of fishermen and rice farmers.

During the amazing tour with Hispania, escuela de español you could:

* Visit the interpretation centre Racó de L’Olla and the birdwatching viewpoint.

* Walk through the wood of the Devasa and enjoy the botanical species.

* Speak about the Cordón Dunar of the Playa de la Devesa and its urban planning reform of the 70s.

* Go through the Gola de Pujol to the pier of the Albufera.

* Boating with many friends enjoying the nature.

* Marvel looking rice fields, irrigation ditches, tool sheds, farmhouses, water flowers and many unique birds.

Nature, culture, friends, Spanish, incredible colors, smiles, emotions. Could you ask for more?

Don’t doubt about it for a second and come enjoying and practicing Spanish with us in Hispania, escuela de español.

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