Valencia cuisine

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The most famous
Valencia dish


It is Valencia's best known dish - and has endless variations, changing from town to town. To compound the confusion, a dish of saffron rice, chicken, sausage, seafood, peas, and peppers, cooked in a large round pan with a flat bottom and two handles, is called Paella a la Valenciana outside Spain.

The Paella
Valencianos love most

Arroz con Pollo

This is a more austere but splendid version of the Paella - and is known locally simply as arroz con pollo ("rice with chicken").

The essence of the dish

Saffron flavored and colored rice is mixed, often with chicken but without sausages and pimientos.

My paella recipe

Valencia cuisine
tips and insights

Middle Eastern heritage

Valencia's historic Middle Eastern culinary heritage is evident in its use of rice and citrus fruits (both culinary concepts were imported by the Phoenicians and Arabs who used V alencia as a trading outpost).


This province is a land of rice eaters (most of the rest of Spain prefer long crusty bread loaves).

Best gourmet city

The city of Valencia is the top all-around food city in the Valencia region. Alicante in southern Valencia region is the runner-up.

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