One of Valencia’s main attractions is its
wide variety of gastronomy. Travelers
may find numerous
restaurants in Valencia
enjoy traditional dishes, tapas and
aperitifs in the city and in the area
The most obvious food to eat in
is of course Paella, which originates from
the restaurants in this city and is probably
the best known dish to come from Spain. It’s
made from short grain rice and can include a
range of seafood or meat, as well as
vegetables such as peas and peppers.
A Valencian specialty and variation on the
standard paella is the "arroz a banda"
which is served with garlic oil, while the
fish and rice are cooked separately to
prevent the flavors from mixing.
Another rice dish commonly prepared in
Valencia is made from rice, cuttlefish,
spinach, beet, cauliflower and other
vegetables and ingredients, stewed in an
oven. If you’ve had enough of rice, try the
"fideua", made from noodles and
seafood and is a specialty of Valencia.
Typical dishes in Valencia involve
plenty of rabbit, chicken, rice, potatoes,
olive oil and vegetables (especially
tomatoes), so expect these ingredients to
predominate on many restaurants’ menus.
Anyone who has been on some Tunisia holidays
will notice the remarkable similarities
between this food and that of the north
African country, as the Spanish have had a
large influence during the time of their
reign over Tunisia.
Valenicans love their bakeries, so
you will never be short of every type of
bread under the simmering Mediterranean sun,
along with endless amounts of Valencian
donuts, coconut cakes, almond rosegons,
peladillas, mazapanes, and other offshoots
from the city’s Moorish history which
include volumes of honey, almonds and sugar.
If you want a drink, there’s plenty
of beverages to choose from which have a
home in Valencia. Spain’s wine industry
would most definitely be lacking without
Valencia’s selection of white, sweet rose
and red wines, the latter which are fruity,
medium-bodied an intensely aromatic.
Horchata de Chufas is a traditional and
milky drink made from mashed up tiger nuts
(chufas). Sweet, aromatic and refreshing,
it’s perfect on a hazy summer day in
Valencia, and is yellow and full-bodied
treat, introduced by the city’s Islamic
epoch. "Agua de Valencia" is a
cava-based sangria served in a large pitcher
to be shared out, intended to start a party
(or keep it going at any time of the night).
It also includes vodka, gin and orange
juice, which various other ingredients
depending on where you are. Although always
with a kick.
Apart from Valencian food, cuisine from the
other Spanish regions can also be enjoyed in
many Basque, Galician or Andalusian
restaurants as well as international, exotic
and ethnic dishes.
In addition to
restaurants in Valencia,
Valencia also offers a wide range of
appetizing gastronomic options to be enjoyed
before and after meals that include; wine
bars, cafés, horchaterías, ice cream
parlours and cafés. From terraces with a
genuine Mediterranean feel to avant-garde
bars, every traveler will find a special
place on their Valencia holidays.
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