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The gastronomy of Valencia is very varied, natural and traditional.

Fruits and vegetables of its fertile orchards, together with fresh seafood, are the basic ingredients of this exquisite Mediterranean cuisine.

The main ingredient of most dishes is rice, cooked in many different ways. The paella is the star dish, since it is internationally know. Other traditional dishes are roasted rice, rice with fish, black rice (with squid and ink), fideuá (which replaces rice with noodles) or the all i pebre (garlic and pepper) which is served with eel stew.

All these dishes can be served with the white wines of Alto Turia and Serranía, or the red wines of Requena, Utiel and Campo de Liria. All of them are excellent wines with Denomination of Origin. As for dessert, there are many options: seasonal fruit (the most popular is the orange), or a wide confectionery, with rosegons, the arrop i tallaetes or the arnadí (pumpkin cake with sweet potato and almonds), which can be served with mistela or muscatel. And of course, the buñuelos, typical of the Fallas fiestas. In summer, visitors love the horchata (a cold drink made from tiger nuts) served with fartons (long sponge cakes). And last, to drink a toast, nothing better than the typical “Valencia water”, a drink made of orange juice and cava.

At night, the city is lit up and Valencia is so beautiful it deserves a nocturnal visit. Especially for the well-lit buildings and monuments, which always reveal new attractive views of the city.

The nice temperature of Valencia encourages to go out for dinner or to enjoy one of the many leisure options that the city has to offer: cinema, theatre, dance, music… which together with the bars, coffee shops, restaurants, discos, etc. make up for a wide leisure offer with alternatives to suit all tastes and budgets. And all under the distinct charm of the Valencian moon. Without doubt, the main centre of the nights in Valencia is the Barrio del Carmen neighbourhood, located in the historical heart of the city. In its streets, bohemian tradition and modernity live together. Here we can find quiet coffee shops, which invite to enjoy the night and the debates in their terraces, and some of the most modern pubs to dance and enjoy all kinds of music. Other typical areas of the Valencian night, where to find bars, pubs and restaurants, are the Avenida de Aragón, Plaza de Canovas, University area of the Avenida Blasco Ibáñez, Plaza de Honduras, Plaza Xúquer and Juan Llorens. Without forgetting the Paseo Neptuno and the beach area, where summer nights continue “in the cool air” until dawn.

Most neighbourhoods and towns close to Valencia have a music band, and this keeps alive a musical tradition transmitted from one generation to another, due to how the people from Valencia feel the music from an early age.

If fire is an essential element of the fiestas, so is music, an inseparable companion, attached to the nature and culture of the people of Valencia. Valencia has many auditoriums and all kinds of stages, which offer a wide programme throughout the year for all styles: from big concerts to the intimate jazz club, from classical music to flamenco.

The Palau de la Música stands out among all the auditoriums, concert halls and theatres, and it has become the emblem and synonym of the musical interest of the people of Valencia. This interest increased with the new Palau de les Arts, located in the City of Arts and Sciences.

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