Albufera de Gaianes

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Freshwater lagoon that attracts many birds. The amount of birds depends very much on the water level.

Added* by Julio
Most recent update 7 April 2021


The Albufera of Gayanes (meaning "lagoon" in Valencian), is a freshwater lagoon. It is an endorheic basin lagoon whose waters enter the Serpis river. In 2007 the site that covers a total of 11.2 hectares became a protected area of the Serpis river supporting a diversity of flora and fauna. The lagoon is frequented by many birds. The lagoon is surrounded by dry fields. Although sometimes the lagoon has barely any water, in the time that is full it is a place worth visiting and see birds like White-headed Duck (autumn and winter), Little Grebe, Water Rail, Purple Swamphen, Little Bittern, Little Owl, Common Kingfisher, European Bee-eater, Golden Oriole and Great Reed Warbler.


Espagnol: La Albufera de Gaianes es un humedal o laguna de interior, recuperada, que se nutre de las aportaciones fluviales subterráneas de la sierra de Benicadell. Aunque en ocasiones puede verse mermada o sin apenas agua, en la época que está llena es un lugar digno de visitar para disfrutar de su pasarela y observador de aves, sobre todo en la estación otoñal, época donde disfrutar de los cambios del verde a los ocres y el azul del cielo reflejado en el agua.



To get to the lagoon, you will have to go to the small town of Gaianes (Gayanes) and leave the CV-705 by a rural road that will take you to the lagoon. Click on the P in the map to get directions. Note: a sign at the entrance tells that it is a private estate. But when the gate is open you are allowed to enter. In case the gate is closed you can pass by the right side of the cypress trees (the farm is not fenced) and then head towards the walkway that takes you to the bird hide.


Espagnol: Para llegar hasta el Mas de la Albufera, donde dejaremos el coche, tendremos que ir hasta la pequeña población de Gaianes (Gayanes) y salirnos de la CV-705 por un camino rural que nos llevará hasta la misma puerta.

Terrain and Habitat



Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn migration , Spring migration , Autumn


Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform



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