Most popular itinerary
Day 1 - Sunday
Day: Check-in to hotel, relax and adjust to jet lag.
Evening: Dinner in Valencia’s Old Town.
Day 2 - Monday
Day: Sightseeing including taking a break to enjoy a Horchata at Horchatería Santa Catalina.
The best place for Spanish sweet delicacies like horchata, churros, fartons, and hot chocolate in Valencia is hands down Santa Catalina. This place has been around for over 100 years. The interior is decorated with gorgeous colorful tiles.
Evening: Tapas dinner.
Day 3 - Tuesday
Morning: Cooking traditional Spanish dishes workshop.
Learn how to prepare the perfect Spanish tortilla (potato & onion omelet).
An expert will teach you how to carve an authentic Iberian ham like a professional.
A tasting of a variety of the best Spanish cheeses.
Learn the secret to preparing sangría using the best natural ingredients.
Afternoon: Lunch in Albufuera – the birthplace of the Paella followed by a boat ride through the rice paddies.
In Albufera the medium-short grained paella rice is still cultivated today.The plump grains are known for having the starch concentrated in their centers, thus allowing them to absorb more liquid without getting soggy or sticky; ideal for great paella.
Evening: Optional Spanish and Valencian language lesson.
Day 4 - Wednesday
Day: Paella cooking workshop. (choose from Valencian, Seafood or Vegetarian)
FIRST you must go shopping! There is no better place to buy the ingredients than Mercado Central, characterized by the variety, quality and freshness of its products. You will be able to participate in the fascinating guided tour in Mercado Central. During the visit, you will stroll around the Barrio del Carmen, and discover charming corners in the old town.
GET READY now the real experience begins in the kitchen. You will dress as a Chef with your own apron and chef hat. The staff will prepare all the ingredients recently bought to have it on hand during the workshop. You only have to pay attention to follow the Chef’s guidance and not to lose track of the process.
ENJOY the finished the paella. It’s surely delicious! You will eat straight from the pan, as the Valencian tradition demands, accompanied by a typical local salad and a homemade dessert.
Day 5 - Thursday
Day: Spend the day at the tranquil beach town of Javea located on the Costa Blanca between Valencia and Alicante. Explore the beautiful sand and rock beaches, the port, the historic old town, the 14th century old windmills and lighthouse (Faro de Cabo de la Nao) with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Lunch at Restaurante Casa Salvador, located on the route to Javea, is a renowned family-run restaurant that offers some of the finest, traditional Valencian cooking with fantastic views.
Evening: Free time.
Day 6 – Friday
Morning: Learn the Science of Spanish Cooking at Polytechnic University of Valencia from an expert in the field.
Afternoon: Farewell celebration in historic village of Serra. Exploring the village, enjoying the peacefulness of the countryside and eating lunch at a traditional local restaurant.
Serra is a quaint cobble stoned village nestled in the mountains with narrow roads and a single panaderia, carniceria and pescaderia. This small town is located 30 minutes outside of Valencia.
Day 7 – Saturday
Day: Flight home or optional extension.