Valencia Food and Wine Tours

Discover the fresh Mediterranean cuisine of Valencia: Birthplace of Paella

Perched on Spain’s sun-soaked Mediterranean coast, Valencia is a true foodie’s paradise with a proud gastronomical tradition. Quaint, medieval streets come to life on late summer evenings as locals and tourists gather to make the most of a wonderful setting and its fabulous food. Surrounding the city is La Huerta- a ring of protected land with a fertility that knows no bounds. Rice, vegetables and citrus fruits are amongst a seemingly endless supply of fresh produce that keeps Valencianos well fed throughout the year, while the exotic bounty of the Mediterranean Sea provides a number of more marine specialities for you to enjoy.        

As with many provinces in Spain, Valencia boasts its own unique cuisine full of what now have become world renowned dishes and ingredients. Although now so well known it is simply labelled as ‘Spanish’, Valencia proudly claims the famous Paella as its own, along with a host of other arroces made with locally grown rice. It’s not all savoury though – oranges from Valencia are widely regarded as the finest in the world, whilst there are plenty of other sweet treats to enjoy during your visit, including Horchata, a refreshing, milky drink made from tiger nuts.

Aside from traditional dishes, modern cooking has also made its name in Valencia. The city is now home to no less than five Michelin starred restaurants, including Riff from head chef and owner Bernd Knöller, which offers classic Valencian dishes with a German twist. All ingredients are sourced locally and served alongside fantastic wines, so connoisseurs and first timers alike are sure to leave with their taste buds satisfied.

The culture of food in Valencia is about much more than just eating. As well as being home to one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious markets, El Mercado Central, the locals even like to play with their food. La Tomatina, the world famous tomato throwing extravaganza, takes place just a short drive from the city in nearby Buñol, and over 100,000 visitors descend upon the little town in late August every year to take part in the world’s biggest food fight.

All in all, this is a city whose cuisine reigns supreme and is so much more than just a hobby. Food in Valencia is simply a way of life, and whether you choose to experience it by visiting one of the many fine restaurants on a sunny afternoon, its vibrant produce markets, or unique cookery classes, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time here.

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