L’Albufera. Sistema de pesca tradicional (redolín)
L’Albufera. Puesta de sol
L’Albufera. Vista aérea de la restinga costera
L’Albufera. Vista aérea del bosque de la Devesa y de la Mata del Fang.
L’Albufera. Vista aérea del arrozal en época de cultivo
L’Albufera. Avifauna en el arrozal inundado.
L’Albufera. Barcas tradicionales de pesca (albuferencs)
L’Albufera. Imagen de los años 50 de navegación con vela latina
L’Albufera. Arrozal inundado y construcciones industriales tradicionales


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    20,956 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    39°17'N 00°20'E
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Situated on the Mediterranean coast next to the city of Valencia, L’Albufera is a large coastal lagoon fed by streams, rivers and irrigation channels. It is comprised of permanent fresh waters, a sandy shoreline belt and rice paddies. The wetland is exceptionally biodiverse, containing more than 2,000 different taxa, with a notable representation of endemic and threatened species. Up to 45 different animal species found in the area are threatened, many of them waterbirds. The overall waterbird numbers reach a mean of 80,000 annual individuals, the most abundant being Anas clypeata, Netta rufina and Plegadis falcinellus during winter and Ardeola ralloides and Gelochelidon nilotica during breeding periods. All of these species appear in internationally important numbers, reaching more than 1% of their biogeographical population. The presence of internationally threatened endemic fish such as Valencia hispanica (Valencia toothcarp, locally known as samaruc) and Aphanius Iberus (Spanish killifish or fartet) is also noteworthy. Despite an increase in water quality, the wetland has been receiving less water due to agricultural activities. Two educational centres in the wetland regularly implement conservation awareness programmes.

Administrative region: 
Comunitat Valenciana

  • National legal designation: 
    • Parque Natural
    • Microrreserva de flora
    • Microrreserva de flora
    • Reserva de Fauna
    • Humedal del Catálogo de Zonas Húmedas de la Comunitat Valenciana
    • Humedal del Inventario Español de Zonas Húmedas
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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