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  2. Valencia
  3. Llotja de la Seda

Valencia: Silk Road & Paella Cooking Class w/ Dinner

Product ID: 78830
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On this tour, you’ll enjoy a guided visit around the historical center to discover all about the Silk Road in Valencia. In the evening, you'll learn how to make paella at the Paella School and then you’ll savor a dinner with your paella as a main dish.
About this activity
Duration 6 hours
Printed voucher required
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn why Valencia was chosen as the Silk City 2016
  • Explore the history of the Valencia Silk Road on a guided walking tour
  • Join a Paella class with aperitif and dinner
Full description
The Silk Road is a commercial route whose origins lay in the Chinese silk business, from the 1st century BC. Later, this road was extended by Asia until it arrived to Europe. In the 9th century, sericulture arrived to the Iberian Peninsula by the Arabs and Valencia soon became the leading city in Spain. Silk trading was the most important economic activity in the city between the 16th and 18th centuries. In 2015, UNESCO included Spain as a member state of the Silk Road Program and Valencia has been considered as the Silk City 2016. On this guided visit of the Valencia Silk Road, an expert guide will reveal to you all about the silk trade and you’ll visit the places where this type of activities were carried out.

The visit begins in the College of High Silk Art, an organization that regulated the guild of the silk manufacturers since the 15th century, and nowadays houses the Museum of Silk. You’ll continue towards an old Silk Factory that still retains its original distribution. Then, you’ll walk around the neighborhood of Velluters (velvet weavers), an area where the silk factories were concentrated. Also, you'll visit the most representative Valencian clothing shops, and you’ll appreciate many products that are still made by hand with silk. The next stop will be La Lonja de la Seda, an impressive gothic building declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was once the main center of commercial transactions in the city, where the silk business played a decisive role. To end this tour, you’ll visit an old factory that manufactured ecclesiastical silk ornaments by the use of looms and traditional embroidery techniques.

In the evening, meet at the Paella School and you’ll get down to work. The paella master will teach you step by step how to cook a genuine Valencian paella. He’ll also explain to you when and how the paella was born, the history of their ingredients and many other curiosities. Fun is guaranteed. During the production of the paella, you’ll delight in Valencian wine or craft beer tasting. This will be accompanied by fresh tomato from the Valencia Garden and a delicious Spanish omelette. Taste your paella and other traditional dishes in a generous Valencian style dinner. Surely it will be delicious. After dinner, you’ll receive an “Expert Paella Chef” Diploma that proves the course you have taken. Join this fun and memorable experience that will be with you forever.

Includes
  • 2-hour Valencia Silk Road guided walking tour
  • 4-hour Paella Class with a paella master
  • Spanish tapas and Valencian wine or homemade beer tasting
  • Full menu dinner with your paella as first plate, salad, dessert, beverages and coffee
  • Pick-up from a centrally located meeting point
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
Know before you go
• Both activities should be done on the same day
• Duration: 2-Hour Guided Tour/ 4-Hour Paella School and Dinner
• You must submit a printed voucher to the Silk Road guide
• In the evening, you must go to the Paella School on your own
• Languages: Spanish and English