18 – 21 April 2019
It’s Easter and its raining in Valencia. AEMET (Spain’s Met Office) has a strong wind and heavy rain warning for the whole Easter weekend. Glad we’re not walking.
Valencia has many beautiful old churches and civic buildings, impossible to photograph in the rain. Cobbled streets, slightly run down, incredible street art – barrio El Carmen looks so like San Telmo in Buenos Aires. Well, one of the major artists is from Argentina!
Valencia – founded by the Romans in 138 BC, occupied by the Moors in 714, conquered by the Christians in 1238 became one of the most influential cities on the Mediterranean in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Paella – the Moors introduced rice cultivation to Valencia around the 10th century. We headed south, an hours bus ride, to El Palmar on Lake Albufera where the paella originated. Of course we had to have Paella Valenciana: short-grain rice, chicken, rabbit, broad beans and green butter beans with fresh rosemary, sweet paprika and saffron. Valencians say anything else is not paella but “rice with things”!