The Saler area of the Valencia Community is often associated with the renowned Albufera National Park. However, my recent trip to the region uncovered a different, equally captivating allure. Spanning approximately 21,120 hectares, La Albufera National Park stands as a serene sanctuary celebrated for its diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife. At its core lies the enchanting freshwater lagoon, serving as a haven for numerous bird species and aquatic creatures. Surrounding the lagoon, lush rice fields, marshes, and reed beds create a vibrant tapestry of biodiversity. Visitors can embark on tranquil boat trips, immersing themselves in the park’s natural beauty while observing the rich birdlife and scenic landscapes, a particular attraction during the mesmerising hour of sunset.

Setting out on one of the first blisteringly warm days of March, I arrived at Platja del Saler on a midweek afternoon… with the intention of taking a leisurely stroll along the beach before heading to the port for one of these boat rides. As I stumbled barefoot through the sinking sand towards the sea, I was struck by its serene emptiness, stretching out for miles. I decided to take a pause before my walk to relax into the sand, having been presented with an irresistible opportunity for some mindful moments, listening to the soothing sounds of the waves crashing against the shore.

Taking a moment to appreciate the tranquil symphony of the Mediterranean Sea is a simple activity that works wonders for enhancing well-being. Simply basking in the beach’s ambience promotes rest and relaxation away from the busy streets of the city, with the soundtrack of the sea having a naturally calming effect on the mind, helping to reduce stress levels and inducing tranquillity in all. The rhythmic cadence of the waves can also serve as a powerful focal point for mindfulness and meditation practices. By focusing on the gentle ebb and flow of the waves, individuals can deepen their awareness of the present moment, quiet the mind, and cultivate a sense of inner peace, with the ocean acting as a natural guide for breath work.

Engaging with nature in general helps to promote our understanding of the interconnectedness of the natural world, reminding us of our belonging in ecosystems, and nurturing well-being. As an artist, I find myself time and again coming away from the beach filled to the brim with inspiration for my paintings. In a similar vein, musicians have long drawn imagery for their music from the ocean, as well as using the auditory stimuli that can be gained from the sounds of the lapping waves.

Having usually taken my beach strolls and ocean meditation moments along the much busier Platja del Cabanyal back in Valencia, the currently secluded shores of Saler gave me the chance to truly focus on reconnecting with myself and nature. I highly encourage you to also carve out a moment from your busy days to take advantage of this serenity, whether simply lying in the sand letting your mind run free, or focusing in on your mindfulness journey with the help of Mother Nature.

Report by Abi Kara-Fernandes

‘Saler’ photo copyright Abi Kara-Fernandes/ ’24/7 Valencia’


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