Cullera, Costa Azahar, Spain

Located on the left bank of the river Xúquer, in the foothills of the‘Sierra de las Zorras’ (The Sierra of the Foxes) which run down to the sea here, Cullera's old town is tucked into a mountain, the Muntanya de L´Or, also known as the Mountain of Les Rabosses (vixen).

The town is surrounded by several freshwater lagoons and 13 km of sand and rocks along the coast. Sights to see include Cullera Castle, the chapel of Santuario de Virgen, and the Museo de Arroz (Rice Museum) which gives information on the cultivation of rice which is grown here.The mediaeval castle and the Shrine of Mare de Deu del Castell occupy the town´s highest point and in the past gave contol of the coast to the garrison.

The largest of the fresh-water lagoons is the ‘Albufera nature reserve’. And the Estany and the Sant Llorenç lagoon will give opportunity for fishing or exploring.

The prominant lighthouse and the river estuary divide the Cullera coastline into three.

To the north of the lighthouse is a 2 km long beach which is often scarcely populated. And there are aloso three inlets - Faro, Olivos and Cap Blanc which attract windsurfers.

The large Bahía de los Naranjos bay runs the south, containing the popular beaches of Racó, Santa Marta and San Antonio.

Beyond the river estuary the beaches are calmer and more unspoilt. There are many restaurants serving rice and fish specialities next to the Estany fresh water lake. Apart from paella you could try "all-i-pebre" and a variety of fish stews.

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