A taste of Valencia in one day tour with thisisvalencia.com
World-famous for its unique mix of ancient and space-age architecture, less well-known is that Valencia’s heart actually surrounds its centre and that its unique flavour comes from its ‘Huerta’(Market Gardens & orchards).
Thisisvalencia.com’s ‘A Taste of Valencia’ is a tour of the immediate outskirts of the city to this rich and fertile Huerta. You won't believe how close it all is is to the city centre.
We’ll give you a glimpse of its greatest fiesta, ‘Las Fallas’, arguably Spain's finest and most exciting fiesta. A taste of its favourite drink, ‘Horchata’ (with a farton to dunk - all will be revealed!), plus a lunch of its most famous dish, ‘Paella Valenciana’.
On our day out, we’ll first visit a famous ‘Horchateria’ where you can try Horchata in the town where the tiger nut from which this drink is made is grown. Then it’s on to The Fallas Museum in a town devoted to the building of the magnificent and often enormous papier-mâché monuments that are erected throughout Valencia in March – only to be burned on the last night of the fiesta (Las Fallas literally means the fire in Valenciano). Next, we’ll drive through the rice paddies of the Natural Park of L’Albufera to El Palmar, a village famous for rice and the invention of Paella. Here we will have a lunch of tapas and paella in a typical Albufera restaurant (if weather permits, which it usually does, we'll eat outside).
After our lazy lunch we’ll take you on a typical hand-built flat-bottomed boat through the rushes and around the lake.
Twitchers, remember to bring your binoculars, as there are over 350 species of birds on the lagoon.
Join us on an enjoyable and memorable day out in La Huerta of Valencia!
The fertile land that surrounds Valencia is known by Valencianos as La Huerta. The produce grown here supplies the city and its covered markets with fresh produce and has dictated its diet. It is the proximity of these orchards, market gardens and rice paddies that gives the city its unique flavour.
This delicious and refreshing cold drink is a favourite of Valencianos. It is made from Tiger Nuts, which are grown in the fields of Alboraya. It is served, ice-cold or granizada (semi-frozen) with warm Fartons, sausage shaped sticky buns, for dunking.
Paella Valenciana was invented in L'Albufera and is traditionally made with Chicken and Rabbit. The village of El Palmar, a village of 900-odd inhabitants, boasts nearly 30 restaurants and a choice of 150 Rice dishes, from Valenciana to seafood (Mariscos) to Black rice (with fish and squid ink) to Cauliflower and Merlosos ( soupy rice dishes).
A fresh water lagoon just south of the city surrounded by rice paddies and part of a huge Natural Park. The Park and rice paddies which spread as far Sueca and Cullera - some 62Kms. The lagoon used to spread even further, from the site of Valencia Cathedral and Ruzafa to beyond Cullera!
The month of March in Valencia is devoted to Las Fallas. This wonderful fiesta literally takes over the city. Parades, street parties, fireworks both day and night, and events take place from the 1st of the month.
Over 600 beautifully crafted and painted papier-mâché monuments, some as tall as 30ft and known as Ninots, are erected on the 15th of March in streets and squares all over the city. Stalls, bar, marquees and stages are set up in these streets and the parties step up a gear. The night of the 19th sees the culmination of the fiesta when all of the ninots are set alight and it's all over for another year.
10:00 Leave Valencia on Air-conditioned luxury coach
10:15 Arrive Alboraya for Horchata & Fartons
11:15 Arrive Las Fallas Museum and a short walk around the immediate area to look at the artists workshops
13:00 to L’Albufera and El Palmar for Tapas and Paella Valenciana lunch with wine/beer/soft drink
16:00 Typical Albufera flat-bottomed boat around the Lake.
18:00-18:30 Arrive back in Valencia
WHERE DO WE MEET?
Thisisvalencia.com’s ‘Taste of Valencia in a Day’ tour leaves from close to Torres de Serranos (C/del Muro de Santa Ana and C/Conde del Trénor) every Tuesday and Saturday at 10:00am. If you are coming to our departure point by taxi, tell the driver 'Calle de los Caramelos'. See map
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It costs only 60 Euros per person and includes;-
Horchata & fartons, entry to the Fallas museum, lunch (with wine, beer or soft drink, coffee and liqueur) and L’Albufera boat trip.
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
Book your place now with the front desk or concierge of your hotel or online here. If you are booking online send us an email here or to firstname.lastname@example.org, with TOURS and the date you wish to join us in the subject line. Don't forget to tell us number in party, All names, Number of children. Address in Valencia, and lastly, if you are vegetarian - please let us know.
Once you have booked and have confirmation/ticket -meet us at the coach at the address above 09:45am - booking is essential
Terms and conditions apply.
Please read the small print to see our rules and conditions of sale.
thisisvalencia.com hereafter to be called 'tivlc'
· Tour includes;- Horchata & fartons, entry to the Fallas museum, lunch (with wine, beer or soft drink, coffee and liqueur) and L’Albufera boat trip.
· Children are welcome on this tour. For children under 10 years, we offer a 20% discount
· If less than 10 reserved seats on the tour tivlc have the right to cancel, within 12 hours and give you a full refund.
· If you cancel we require 24 hours notice of cancellation for a full refund.
· tvlc are not responsible for cancellation due to bad weather.
· tvlc are not responsible your safety outside the coach
· The tour can continue under most weather conditions, as very little is outdoor. However tivlc have the right to cancel the boat trip part of the tour if weather is too inclement, without refund.