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  1. Spain
  2. Valencian Community
  3. Valencia
  4. City of Arts and Sciences

Valencia: Silk Road Guided Walking Tour and Paella Lunch

Product ID: 76399
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You’ll have the opportunity to explore Valencia as a focal point of Silk Road in the world on a guided walking tour. After that, savor a great paella lunch.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience a 2-hour guided walking tour
  • Take a fully narrated tour to the Valencia Silk Road
  • Learn from an expert local guide
  • Savor typical Valencian dishes as the famous paella
Full description
The Silk Road is a route that was born from commercial exchanges with different products, particularly the silk. Its origin was in the Chinese silk business from the 1st century BC. After a hundreds of years, the road was extended by Asia and then arrived to Europe. Sericulture (silkworm rearing) arrived to the Iberian Peninsula in the 9th Century took by the Arabs and Valencia became soon the leading city in Spain in the silk industry.

In 2015, UNESCO included Spain as the 32nd member state of the Silk Road Programme. Valencia has been considered as the Silk City 2016 focal point from UNESCO Mediterranean Programme. In this visit guided across the Valencia Silk Road an expert guide will reveal the interesting details about the process of silk-making and trading in Valencia, the most important industry here between the 16th and 18th centuries, and meet its historical legacy as you visit the places and buildings where these activities were developed.

Start the visit guide in The College of the Higher Art of Silk Making, a building that treasure an important and rich heritage inside in its frescoes, murals and mosaics. It was one of the main drivers of the Valencian economy and the silk manufacturers from its founding in the 15th century. Nowadays, it’s the Silk Museum. Then, walk by the neighborhood of Velluters (the velvet artisans) as you listen about the architectural heritage, the delicate fabrics and the charming history of the silk industry.

Then you'll see the most representative Valencian clothing shops related to silk fabrics, and you’ll appreciate clothing or jewelry that are use nowadays as the traditional way. You’ll visit La Lonja de la Seda, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the past, was the trade center of the city and the silk-tradding had a central role in its commercial transactions. After the guided tour by the Valencia Silk Road, enjoy one of the best paellas in Valencia, in a renowned restaurant in the historical center. As a main course, choose between Valencian paella, Arroz a Banda (rice cooked in fish stock), grilled cod, grilled Iberian sirloin or duck confit. Then, savor a homemade dessert and a beverage by person (wine, soft drink or water).
Includes
  • Guided tour to Valencia Silk Road
  • Full meal
  • Wine, soft drink, or water
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Silk Road visit guide: Tourist Info Office, Ayuntamiento Square, 1 (at the Ayuntamiento building). Once the visit guide finishes you must go to "La pizca de sal" restaurant on your own, for lunch (dinner on July and August): Plaza Santa Úrsula, 3, 46001 Valencia (in front of the Quart Towers).

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
• Languages: Visit guide: Spanish and English
• All activities should be done the same day
• You must submit your voucher to the Silk Road guide
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• Infants under 2 years are free (meal not included)