Valencia: Treats and Tastes with a Local

Valencia: Treats and Tastes with a Local

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What You'll Do
  • Discover why Valencia’s cuisine is about way more than just paella
  • Sample authentic Valencia treats such as horchata, jamón, artisan chocolates and local wines
  • Explore the diverse offerings at two lively markets and local artisan shops
  • Enjoy an olive oil tasting, along with tapas and wine at one of the city’s oldest restaurants
Valencia may be famous for its paella, but that’s just one flavour in this full-on, tastebud-tingling gastronomical heaven! Skip the rice and hop on this Valencia food tour that lets you sample a wide selection of traditional and local treats.
What to Expect
Paella may be the dish that Valencia is most famed for, but if you’re only eating rice when you’re in town, you’re seriously missing out. That’s why we’re taking you deeper into the city’s culinary traditions on this flavor-packed food tour. 

Your gastronomic adventure will kick off in the Exiample district, at Mercado de Colón, a gem largely frequented by locals, and a market unlike the others in town. Once you finish gawking at its magnificent avant-garde structure, you'll be sampling of an organic horchata — the most traditional summer drink of Valencia. Horchata’s main ingredient is tigernut. (“Tiger-whaaa?” you say? Sorry, no spoilers. You’ll just have to join us to find out!) 

After this thirst-quenching round, the next stop on your Valencia tour will be Mercado Central, where a visit is always sensory overload but well worth the adventure! We’ll guide you through the buzzing and chaotic stalls filled with fresh meats and local produce. Amid the towering bags of diverse spices, you’ll learn which ones are needed to make authentic paella. This is also where we’ll stop for a yummy jamón tasting, and crack the mystery between jamón ibérico and serrano. Once you leave the chaos behind, you next stop will bring you to a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it artisanal chocolate shop (you'll of course be getting a sample!). Handmade truffles, bombones and Cubanitos are among the treats that you’ll find only in this shop – the real dilemma is where to start! Your next stop will involve some sampling of great locally produced olive oil, washed down with a good Valencian wine. 

The last stop brings us to one of the oldest restaurants in the Ruzafa area. Housed in a 200-year-old building and passed down from generations, it’s a local favourite for authentic Valencian cuisine. This is where we’ll finish our tour over some delicious tapas and wine.  If you can still fit any more food in, you’ll have the option to stay for a leisurely lunch at this fine establishment, or your tour operator will be more than happy to provide you with another recommendation!

What's Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food and drink samples
  • Two tapas and a glass of wine at the end of the tour
What's Not Included
  • Additional food and beverages
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for your guide
Meeting Point

By the green gates at the main entrance of Mercado de Colón, Carrer de Jorge Juan, 19, 46004, València

What to Remember
• Wear causal dress and comfortable walking shoes
• There is a possibility that some of the tour stops may be closed on certain public holidays – should this happen, you’ll be taken to alternative locations of equal value
• This is a child-friendly tour

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