Culinary Vacations

Guided Tours Spain | Valencia Culinary Vacations

Experience authentic local food, interesting new wines and the unspoilt interior of Spain with

For culinary vacations the interior of Valencia and the mountains of Teruel are the perfect backdrop for experiencing great local food and wine. Paddy Waller and his Spanish wife Julia, have lived in Valencia for the last twenty-two years run a small holiday company using their ample local knowledge to organise specialised  foodie shortbreaks, and selfdrive holidays to off the beaten track  places, where few tourists get to.

Albarracin Teruel

Not only will you try some of the most interesting local recipes you will also have the chance to interact with local people and places, when you visit family run bodegas like Celler del Roure. Taste is what their trips are all about: the taste of Spain and the taste of the Mediterranean.

Maduresa by Celler del Roure

Their trip to Teruel, the Mudejar Tour includes the very Spanish city of Teruel, authentic  mountain food, tapas, tasty local ham and beautiful architecture unique to this area. 

Mudejar Architecture Teruel

And if you like paella, wine, rice dishes, discovering new food and a bit of history then the Borgias Tour is for you. You stay in two lovely independent hotels and visit Xativa, the historical hometown of the infamous Borgia popes. Winery visits, great local dishes, short walks and some interesting local restaurants are all part of this five day trip.

The Borgias hometown Xativa

Just recently, The Spanish Thyme Traveller has launched a full on food experience minibreak, The Valencia Paella Project, which revolves round paella, Valencia’s most famous dish. This four day getaway is ideal for food lovers and people who enjoy cooking and would like to learn all about the world of paella. Besides eating different recipes of this dish in different locations you get to visit the famous Mercado Central(the fresh food market) in Valencia with a chef who shows you how to buy ingredients and then you go back to the kitchen and learn(hands on) how to cook a traditional paella. 

Paella Marisco in Valenica

So if you want to have a fun experience either cooking, tasting, visiting and/or learning about Spanish cuisine all their trips revolve around Spanish food and  culture and in a part of Spain which is relatively unspoilt. The groups are always small (eight people or ten for the Valencia Paella Project). And all the trips start with a pickup in Valencia so that gives you the chance to explore this fantastically vibrant city before and after the organized trips.

Quails eggs with Spanish ham

The Spanish Thyme Traveller also do some excellent day trips from Valencia.

For more details on all their trips visit their website here or contact them by phone: 00 34 629512017 or by means of the following email form:

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