The culinary offer is much more than the well-known paella, and it’s copious and for all tastes. It’s based on Mediterranean products, wisely enhanced. Here, eating means seating around a table calmness, with no hurry, sharing the delight of a good food.
The gastronomy covers an important rule in the social and cultural life of valencian people. Your palate will be surprised out of thousands of flavours and delicious wines: Valencia praises uncountable labels of Origin Denomination, like the white wines of Alto Turia region and red, rosé and sparkling wines of Utiel-Requena region. In the little town that has the same name, shaped by a brew of citizens who have been succeeded during centuries, land and sea met themselves giving us unique products.
Throughout the wine route you can directly taste wines and buy them just in the original basement.
The really famous oranges of the Valencian Community, another typical product of this region, are commonly used for healthy fresh-squeezed juices or for the famous – and this time alcoholic! – agua de Valencia – Valencia’s water.
The horchata, a beverage obtained from a tuber called chufa that grows up on the riverbank, is very sweet and refreshing; it reduces cholesterol and it’s a source of energy. You can taste it accompanied with fartons, typical Valencian sweets that you have to dip in the horchata: only after this you’ll feel really a Valencian!
There are plenty of events that are dedicated to cookery. Receipts range from meat to fish and vegetables, all local products: we could talk about this theme for hours, but we decide only to mention something, allowing you to discover the other delights.
All i pebre, one of the most traditional dishes, is a soup made of eel and vegetables in a spicy broth. Pumpkins here are very appreciated, moreover for making sweets: a typical example are the buñuelos, usually consumed during celebrations. The artichokes from Benicarló or from Alboraya, are also very famous. Fish arrives daily at the Lonja del pescado, where the auction for selling the recently captured fish is celebrated every day. You’ll be surprised by the diversity of products, while visiting the markets. Cured meats are also very good, and among them the uncontested one is the raw ham: in a Sunday hat, it’s handled like a jewel! In the morning you’ll start your day with a tostada, a fresh sauce made with fragrant tomatoes that intensifies the excellent extra virgin local oils on toasted bread.
And we continue with the tortilla de patata – a typical and thick local omelette, the red shrimps of Denia, and then nuggets, truffle, a variety of pâté and the clotxinas – mussels original from Valencia, smaller and more tasty than the classic ones.
And also gazpacho and esgarraet – a salad of salted codfish and red pepper; we can’t forget to mention that there is a variety of remarkable cheeses, and also the sobresada, the torrone sweet, and all this without considering that in Valencia you will find an impressive gastronomic melting-pot: you’ll just have to sit at the table and taste all these delicacies!