Uncover the rural heartland of Valencia and learn how the famous local horchata drink is made, on a tour steeped in history, agriculture and tradition.
Also known as orxata in the Valencian language, this natural white drink is refreshing, nutritious and delicious. Its main ingredient, chufas, or tiger nuts in English, are considered a superfood by many, and are included in a variety of healthy diets.
Tiger nuts are the small dried tuber of a kind of sedge, a plant that looks like a type of grass. You'll walk through the chufa fields in the rural countryside, passing by a traditional thatched barraca farmhouse along the way. It's only a stone's throw to the north of Valencia city, but you'll feel like you're in a completely different world.
You'll see this fascinating crop first-hand, as the whole production cycle is explained by a local expert, from sowing and growing, to the harvest and drying in special traditionally-designed buildings.
No visit would be complete without tasting some of this wonderful drink, so you'll be treated to a freshly made horchata with the traditional accompaniment fartons, a type of sweet iced bun, all served to you at a scenic horchatería in the fields.
Fresh horchata by its nature does not store or travel very well, so at the end of this food tour you also have a fun, informative workshop, where you'll be taught how to make your very own fresh horchata back home, from dried tiger nuts. It's a recipe you're sure to repeat!
Price (per person):
Adults and children 5 years or over: €25
Private tours available for a supplement, contact us for more details.
Departure Time: 10am, but may vary depending on season
Availability: Fridays and Saturdays (private tours available any day)
Duration: approx. 1 hours 30 minutes.
Meeting Point: Next to Alboraya metro station, a 5-10 minute metro journey from the city centre. Tours finish in a different location and you'll have a 15-20 minute walk back to the metro or can take a taxi directly back to the city centre. Or contact us if you'd like to include a private return transfer from your hotel.
Languages: English, Spanish. Alternative languages available upon request.
Suitable for: Everybody
What to Bring: Hat and sunscreen, comfortable clothing and footwear.
Includes: Visit to agricultural fields, workshop and horchata and farton tasting.
Involves approximately 1.2 miles (2km) walking in total, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
E-ticket: Upon receipt of full payment, you will receive your E-ticket confirming the date, time and meeting place of your tour, along with any other necessary details.