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This famous laguna south of Valθncia is an important wetland, and birds of passage love to feed in its surrounding rice fields. People like to eat here, too: the village of El Palmar, more or less surrounded by L’Albufera, has been transformed from a collection of reed-thatched fishermen’s huts into an agglomeration of restaurants, each trying to outdo the others with the magnificence of its paella valenciana. You come here, therefore, to watch birds through binoculars and then, when the sun has set, to study menus with equal intensity. It is sometimes very difficult to move after one of these gargantuan feasts of rice, game birds and seafood.
In the winter it fills up with freshwater from the Rνo Tϊria and the Acequia de Rey, but although it is one of the largest bodies of freshwater in Spain — 2,837 ha (7,010 acres), of which about a tenth is taken up by reed beds and interior islands called matas — it is very shallow, varying from 1 to 2.5 metres (3 to 8 feet) in depth.

Unfortunately for me the Paellya Valenciana that I had was not that very big but was very nice indeed.
When we first arrived in in El Palmer we were wondering where the actual lake was because it is shielded with long reeds, after walking about for half an hour trying to get to the lake side we came across 2 old spanish men (Pardon my Spanish, but I hardly know any) after telling them for 5 minutes that we dont dont understand I recognised the word boat, so off we went on a 45 minute ride around the lake for 18 Euro's.
After all the hassle it was well worth it!!

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