Valencia, the food and wine lover's paradise

Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:16am EDT
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By Nina Chestney

VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - There's something for everyone in the Spanish city of Valencia. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, there are several beaches, while the city itself is brimming with culture and beautiful architecture and not completely swamped by tourists.

It is also a food and wine lover's paradise: restaurants and bars fill the city's streets and the markets are a destination in themselves.

Central market (El Mercado central)

Located in the old town, the central market is one of the biggest markets of fresh produce in Europe and is still where a lot of the city's inhabitants buy their groceries.

It is also the place to sample some Iberico ham at one of the ham stalls or some fresh Valencian orange juice from one of the many greengrocers.

You can stop for a "horchata" here, which is a cold, sweet, milky drink made from tiger nuts. A classic breakfast drink, served with fartons (a pastry similar to "churros") which are then dunked in.


A waiter serves a traditional paella at a beachside restaurant in Valencia, Spain in this July 24, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Heino Kalis/Files