Sunset over Albufera National Park in Valencia

Pobles del Sud

Pobles del Sud is a large district to the southeast of Valencia, which covers about 20 km (more than 12 miles) of coastal land immediately south of the city. The district, although the largest, is the least populated. The area is in great part occupied by rural territories of the Huerta (cultivated land surrounding Valencia) and the Albufera.

The district is mostly known for the aforementioned Albufera National Park, a large lagoon area surrounded by rice fields, and local gastronomy.

The beach in El Saler, Pobles del Sud, Valencia
El Saler, pictured here, is one of the more well-known beaches outside the city.

As you might imagine, with Paella being the local Valencian dish, and rice fields surrounding the area, this is the ideal place if you want to try authentic Paella and other rice dishes, like Arroz Caldoso. Some of the most visited villages here are El Palmar and El Saler.

To reach the area, the most recommended method of public transport is the bus (EMT lines 24 and 25 will take you right up to El Palmar). If you are more of a sporty type, you might want to hike or bike in the AlbuferaNational Park.

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