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Valencia: Treats and Tastes with a Local

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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.
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Duration 4 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • 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
  • Taste authentic Valencian treats like horchata and fartón pastry, artisan chocolates, and local wines
  • Hear about the area’s rich history and play a part in supporting small local businesses
Full description
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 you'll be taken 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 an organic horchata — the most traditional summer drink of Valencia. Horchata’s main ingredient is tigernut (“tiger-what?” you say? Sorry, no spoilers. You’ll just have to join the tour to find out). 

Your 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. 

The next stop on your Valencia tour will be Mercado Central, where a visit is always sensory overload but well worth the adventure. Be guided through the buzzing and chaotic stalls filled with fresh meats and local produce. Amid the towering bags of diverse spices, learn which ones are needed to make authentic paella. This is also where you’ll stop for a yummy jamón tasting and crack the mystery between jamón ibérico and serrano. An introduction to a small Valencian olive oil producer is up next, which of course will include a tasting. Two extra virgin olive oils, two tapenades and a special jam to be precise. This time with a white wine, of course.

The grand finale is a local’s favorite taberna where you’ll finish your tour over some delicious tapas and more wine. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on where and what to eat while you’re in the city.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food tastings of jamón, chorizo, local cheese, Valencian olive oil, tapenade, and chocolate
  • 1 horchata drink
  • 3 glasses of local wine
  • 2 tapas dishes
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and beverages
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for your guide

When you get there

Meeting point

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

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Know before you go
• 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