Albufera, the birth region of Paella
In two weeks, we’ve been twice to the village of El Palmar located in the Albufera park south of Valencia. It’s a village FULL of restaurants which offer different types of paellas and oven cooked rice as well as another typical dish with eel called All i pebre.
Why so many restaurants?
Well, according to the Spansih Wikipedia, the exact origin of PAELLA comes (with almost 100% certitude) from the rice fields near the Albufera lakees where its existence is documented since the 18th century. So there are lots of restaurants to taste this famous dish which comes from there 🙂
It is then an essential visit if you come to Valencia! In addition to tasting an excellent paella, it is possible to walk around this huge park, visit typical houses (barracas) but also to do a stroll on a small boat on the rice fields canals and on the Albufera lake (a breath of fresh air and a splendid show of nature).
Our advice if you visit El Palmar
- Choose a day with almost no wind (otherwise it’s not as good on the small boat)
- Choose a week day if possible and arrive late morning around 11(less people on the water and in the village)
- Walk around the village or along the canal, see the first barraca of the village
- Choose a pier among the tens available (we go there, almost at the end of the village but at least there are less tourists) and do the stroll in the small boat for about 40 minutes (4/5€ depending on number of people, it was 30€ for 8 people)
- Eat at the previously booked restaurant (if it’s a good restaurant it might be full)
- After lunch, several options possible to digest: walk around the rice fields or take the car and go to one of the beaches nearby (we went to the Playa de la Devesa)
- The parking at the village entrance is free.
- The restaurant where we went is called El Sequer de Tonica and offers delicious paellas (of course!). They offer menus for 13,50€ with very good quality. You can find the restaurant at the end of the village.
- We did not do it but you can visit a barraca for about 4€.
- You can buy souvenirs from there (mini eel fishing nets or barracas in miniature), some oranges, some lemons, some rice and even some eels.
And after our suggestions, here are the pictures! Tell us what you think!