3 Unique Cultural Walking Tours In Valencia

From food-fueled itineraries to quiet cultural corners, Valencia is a dream culture destination. Take a unique cultural walking tour to discover the vibrant local traditions. Once Valencia gets its claws into you, there is no escaping its pull!

No doubt there are many a cultural walk that you can take in Valencia, but in this post I talk about 3 unique cultural walks that are highly recommended to do.

 

Fallas Cultural Walking Tour

Fallas is one of the things that Valencia is known for.  So if you want to understand the local traditions better, taking a Fallas cultural walking tour is pretty much a must-do!

A unique cultural walking tour in Valencia is the Fallas tour run by Valencia's tourism agency.

During Fallas colorful flowers make up the Virgin’s mantle.

 

The tour departs conveniently from the Tourist Info office in Plaza de Ayuntamiento. The guide takes guests on a walking tour around the Old Town. Followed by a quick bus ride to the unique Fallas museum.

On the day when I did the tour, there were only Spanish-speaking guests. So since the guide had to speak Spanish only, the tour lasted a little less than the usual 4 hours.

After a quick visit to the City Hall for the view from its main balcony, we took a short walk to Plaza de la Reina. That is the place where the Virgin Mary’s statue gets assembled out of colorful carnations during Fallas.

Our next stop was an amazing traditional costume tailor’s shop. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with a display representing  the authentic traditional Valencian garments throughout the centuries…

Another two stops on the tour were the Serranos Towers and the Fallas museum!

 

 

 

Insider’s Cultural Walking Tour With Tapas

No Spanish city is complete without tapeo – tapas & wine crawls – and Valencia is no exception!

On this historic culture and food tour in the Ruzafa neighborhood you will discover the precious locally loved blocks and architecture, and have some amazing traditional food.

Valencia’s cultural hub Ruzafa – a neighborhood where Hidden Gems, Wine & Tapas Tour takes place.

 

Going on a combined culture & food tour can be a most fun and informative experience for food and culture lovers. And being lead by a passionate expert guide through the city’s non-touristy hidden gems will give you a rare insight into the real locals’ lifestyle and truly local cuisine!

I take my foodie guests on a delightful and authentic food & wine journey: from traditional shareable plates to mouth-watering contemporary dishes. From surprisingly good Valencian wines to the cava, and from artisan vermouth to dessert! All, of course, accompanied by lots of fun facts on local traditions & history.

During my 3.5 hour culture & food tour you will taste over 10 delicious tapas and multiple wines, while discovering fascinating stories behind the 5 (!) vibrant and cozy family-run taverns and tapas-bars.

This unique tour takes place in the rich neighborhood of Cánovas and the precious historic district of Ruzafa – the hippest place in Valencia. Book your tour today!

 

Silk Route Cultural Walking Tour

Did you know that lauded as the paella capital of the world, Valencia is blessed with more badges of honor in other areas? One of them is silk weaving!

This cultural walking tour takes guests on a silk weaving journey - from a silk factory to the silk exchange building La Lonja de la Seda.

Traditional silk fabrics.

 

Nowadays Valencia’s traditional gowns sewn with artisan hand-made silk fabrics cost between 10.000 and 20.000 Euro!

You see, Valencia was one of the most powerful and famous silk weaving cities in Europe, between the 15th and 18th centuries.

In the middle of the 18th century there were five thousand silk looms functioning just in the small neighborhood of Velluters in the Old Town. Which gave jobs for almost 50% of Valencians!

Without giving away too much, the part I loved the most about this tour is when we visited the Old Silk Weavers Guild museum. And, of course, the unparalleled Silk Exchange is part of the route, too!

Excited to learn more? Join the unique Silk Route cultural walking tour!

 

Have you taken any of these tours? Would love to hear about your experience – leave a comment below!

Daria Gushchenkova

Spain lover living in Valencia. She runs food tours in Valencia and writes about Spanish cuisine & travel in her blog.
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Spain lover living in Valencia. She runs food tours in Valencia and writes about Spanish cuisine & travel in her blog.

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