Albufera Rice Trail
One of the must-do activities for any nature lover in Valencia is a visit to the L’Albufera natural park, famous for paella and diverse wildlife. The lake here is the largest in Spain, and it is surrounded by 21,000 hectares (51,892 acres) of spectacular landscape. Starting from the pretty village of El Palmar, there are hiking trails that range from 500 metres (1,640 feet) to four kilometres (2.48 miles), most running north to south. Visit the information center next to El Palmar, where you can get directions and maps of the hiking routes.
These walking trails in the Valencian district meander through vineyards and forest paths to the mountains. The tracks are from 600 to about 1,300 meters (1,960–4,265 feet) above sea level and vary in difficulty level, from an easy hike through the vineyards to a challenging trek up narrow mountain tracks. The trails vary from 10–50 kilometers (six to 31 miles) in length, meaning any hiker should be able to find the perfect route. Some of the most popular trails begin at the towns of Requena and Alpuente, around 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Valencia city center. You can get very detailed information on all routes from the Spanish Mountain Sports and Climbing Federation (Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada).
Vias Verdes, or “Green Ways,” is the name of a network of hiking and cycle trails running across Spain. And there are a few of these fantastic routes in Valencia which are flat, even and easy to walk, including a couple which are on the former site of long-disused railway lines. The rural district of L’Horta Nord is where you’ll find one such route, known as the Xurra (pronounced “churra”) Greenway, that stretche