Explore Valencia Cooking
Dear Explorers and Food Connoisseurs:
I was born and raised in Valencia, Spain and my family has lived in Valencia for many generations. I am very proud of both my Spanish and Valencian heritage and look forward to being able to introduce you to the beautiful sites and cuisine of my city. Valencia is unique and very different from other cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. Valencia is 2,000-years-old, one of Spain’s oldest cities. We have many traditions and foods that originated in Valencia such as the Las Fallas and La Tomatina festivals, and the Paella and Horchata.
I hope you will join me on our gastronomical and cultural tour of Valencia. You will have the opportunity to learn from Valencian chefs how to cook paellas, tortillas and other local dishes the way we do it and the way they were meant to be made. We will drink Horchata, a sweet almond lemonade, as well as churros, fartons, and hot chocolate at Horchatería Santa Catalina which has been serving these sweet delicacies for over a 100 years. We will have lunch in Albufuera, the birthplace of the paella, and take a boat ride through the rice paddies. We will go shopping for your cooking ingredients at the Mercado Central - one of Europe's oldest markets. At the Polytechnic University of Valencia you will learn about the science behind Spanish cooking from an expert in the field. We will visit the sites of Valencia such as Calatrava's City of Art and Science, the Old Town as well as the the beach town of Javea in Costa Blanca with stunning views of the Mediterranean. For the farewell celebration we will go to the historic town of Serra for a feast followed by a walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of the village.
Our programs are for everyone, whether young or old, we can always customize the program to your needs. Valencia is a great city for families with young children with many things to see and do for kids.