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Paella cooking, Valencia

Flavours of Valencia

4-day tailor-made itinerary from £940 pp incl. flights


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Discover the rich history and unique tastes of Valencia

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  • Explore the city and enjoy a private paella cooking class
  • Discover the wines and pintxos of Valencia
  • Enjoy a peaceful boat trip in the Albufera Nature reserve
  • Sample paella served by the locally cultivated rice paddy fields


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City | Food & wine | History & culture | Short break

This three-night Valencia shortbreak introduces you first to cities social food Pintxos, before introducing the old and modern sides of this diverse city. Enjoy a Paella masterclass with a Valencian local, and sit back and compare with a locally cooked Paella served beside the rice paddies of Albufera. These gastronomic delights are all set against a backdrop of one of Valencia's most historic boutique hotels the Hospes Palau de la Mar, the perfect base to enjoy local cuisine and explore the city.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK > Valencia

After a complimentary airport lounge visit, a short flight transports you to Valencia on the South eastern tip of Spain with its Mediterranean coastline and climate, it is the third largest city in Spain. There is a wide choice of transfers or taxis for your journey to the city centre from the airport which takes just 20-30 minutes.

Your accommodation is the Hospes Palau de la Mar, a grand and glamorous boutique hotel occupying two former palace buildings, with original features of colossal wooden doors and impressive marble staircases offering hints of bygone grandeur.

Enjoy your day at leisure enjoying the hotel, or exploring the surrounding winding streets, before meeting your local guide for an evening of Tapas and wine, as you are given an in-depth understanding of local pintxos, wines and beers, walking between hand-selected Pintxos bars.

Stay: Hospes Palau de la Mar, Valencia

Meals: D

Day 2
Valencia City sights and private Paella workshop

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, before meeting your private guide in mid morning for a tour of the city sights of Valencia, discover the history and culture of the city, and enjoy getting lost in the winding streets of the Ciutat Vella - the Old City.

Unearth the secrets of the famous City of Arts and Sciences and venture through the medieval city gates to enter the bustling, pedestrian historic city centre and its ancient Roman ruins, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the Mercado Central. View La Lonja Silk Exchange, the prized UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world’s greatest examples of gothic architecture. 

You will then be transported to Malvarossa Beach where you'll absorb the vast sandy Mediterranean coastline, stroll on the boardwalk learning the history of one of Hemingway's favourite places.

You are then taken to a private beach home, where you will take part in a paella cooking workshop with a proud Valencian host, cooking over an open fire on his outdoor terrace, accompanied by "entrantes", wine and olive tasting, you will sample a true Valencian lunchtime treat, and be dropped back to your hotel in the late afternoon, you will learn why dinner is the lightest meal of the day.

Stay: Hospes Palau de la Mar, Valencia

Meals: B L

Day 3
Albufera Nature Reserve

After breakfast, you will be picked up for the short drive to L'Albufera National Park, home to Spain's largest lake, it's primarily used for fishing and the cultivation of rice fields, but is also popular due to excellent bird watching and boat tours.

Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing tour of the different landscape and ecosystem, exploring the lagoon, rice paddies and wild bird park, before enjoying lunch at one of the lakeside paella restaurants, where a choice of Valencian paella of chicken and rabbit or lobster paella awaits you.

The rest of the day is at leisure to relax but tonight why not enjoy dinner at the Ampar restaurant in your hotel, chef Carlos Julian creates a menu ranging from octopus with citrus, yellowfin tuna with tomatoes and black olives, to Iberian Pork Terrine with apple.

Stay: Hospes Palau de la Mar, Valencia

Meals: B L

Day 4
Valencia > UK

After breakfast, depending on your flight time, either spend more time relaxing at your hotel, or explore more of Valencia before making your way to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

4-day tailor-made itinerary from £940 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £940 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,135 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Valencia
  • 3 nights accommodation in Valencia on a B&B basis
  • Private Guided evening Pintxos and wine walking tour
  • Half day Private guided Valencia city highlights tour
  • Paella cooking workshop with a Valencian local in their home
  • Tour and boat trip to Albufera National Park
  • Lunch at Albufera National Park paella restaurant served by the rice paddy fields

Weekend supplements apply for Thursday / Friday and Saturday night stays

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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