Every visitor to Spain wants to try tapas and, while Valencia is more famous for its fantastic paella, there’s also plenty of tapas on the menu at most bars in the city. In fact, the choice can be a little overwhelming. If you fancy joining a tapas tour of Valencia to find out what’s what and where to eat it, there are plenty to choose from. Here’s our pick of the best in town.
Foodies will love the highly rated tours by Delicious Valencia, with small groups of no more than six people. Tours are available with a visit to Valencia’s incredible Central Market in the morning, or with more focus on local bars in the evening. You could try anything from Iberian ham to authentic Valencian paella, so make sure you arrive hungry.
This small group tour is especially good, as it offers the chance to try some lesser-known local Valencian tapas specialties that you might not think to order otherwise, like esgaraet (a salted cod and roasted pepper salad) and the unique sobrasada sausage. Try it early on during your trip, and you’ll know exactly where to go for dinner every night after that.
This well-known tour agency offers a tapas tour with the friendly and knowledgeable Suzie, who will steer you past the tourist traps and take you where the locals go. The tour is consistently highly rated on Tripadvisor and has a deservedly good reputation. Each tapa may be small but they are plentiful and add up to a full meal – by the end of this two and a half hour tour you definitely won’t be hungry.
This tour with Discovering Valencia, a popular tour company, emphasises how eating the local food is the very best (and most enjoyable) way to get in touch with the customs, culture, history and identity of a place, and it aims to show you what the custom “ir de tapas” (going for tapas) really means to the Spanish. Arrive hungry and wear comfortable shoes.
This very popular tour takes visitors just outside the historic centre to discover tapas bars they might miss otherwise. One tapa and one drink in each bar is included in the price, and you’re free to order more for yourself if you’re extra hungry.
Designed especially for groups of six or more, morning tours include a visit to the foodie paradise of Valencia’s Central Market, while in the evenings you’ll try sophisticated restaurants and sample the local cocktail, Agua de Valencia.