Cuisine

Paella is eaten throughout the world, but the birthplace is considered to be Albufera and Ribera, just south of Valencia. A true Valencian paella is made with chicken, rabbit and snails, but there are so many other varieties you are spoilt for choice. The rice is grown in the rice fields of Albufera, which surrounds a freshwater lagoon in the Albufera Natural Park.

Arroz al forn is a rice dish baked in the oven and usually containing sausages, chickpeas and potato amongst other ingredients, usually made with the surplus of the local typical stew.

Fideuà is a dish based on noodles and seafood, typical of the Valencian coast and originally from Gandia.

Gazpacho is a famous Spanish dish typical throughout south and central Spain. In the Valencia region it is typical of the southern and inland areas and is the quintessential summer dish.
Arròs a banda is a humble preparation typical of the Valencian coast with rice, fish, and sweet potato.

Sobrassada a typically Majorcan meat-product which is produced in the Marina.

All i pebre is a signature dish for the area around Valencia city and immediately to the south, containing peppers, garlic and potatoes with eels.

Esgarrat or Pericana is found in the mountains of Alcoi. It is a mixture of roasted peppers and strips of salted cod. The pericana also adds garlic.

Espencat is a dish of roasted vegetables, typically peppers and aubergine but other vegetables can be added.

Chocolate and Churros. Dip the churro in a hot cup of chocolate and then drink the rest!

Orxata (Horchata) is a drink made from submerging rice or other products in water for long periods. There are at least two kinds made locally. The first is Orxata de Xufa, made with tigernuts, quintessentially Valencian and produced only in the area of Alboraya, just north of Valencia. The second is ,Orxata d'Ametlla made and consumed in the Alicante and Xixona. Pastry fingers, called Fartons, are usually dipped in the Horchata.

Muscat (known as "Moscatell" also called "Mistela") is produced in Marina Alta, near Denia. Also in Turís, Cheste, Godelleta and surroundings areas. Mistela is the perfect after dinner drink.

Agua De Valencia Cocktail is a Spanish drink and is known as “Valencian Water.” The basic ingredients of the famous Agua De Valencia Cocktail are gin, orange juice, vodka, and champagne.

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