Spring Break In Valencia


Members’ Comments:

  • “Sounds wonderful!”
  • “The Valencia trip sounds terrific!”
  • “The proposed itinerary is fine”

Friday 13th March: Arrival 

  • 09.45: JET2 flight LS271 to Alicante from Leeds/Bradford airport
  • 13.45: Arrival in  Alicante to be met by Robert Penades of Cool Food Valencia
At Alicante airport

At Alicante airport

Picnic lunch on the way to Bacairent

Picnic lunch on the way to Bacairent

  • Drive to our Casa in Bocairent
  • A relaxed afternoon, getting to know Bocairent and also our hosts: Adela, Marta and Robert.

Saturday 14th: Finca Presenci

  • 09.30: Visit Bocairent Market
  • Spend the day at Finca Presencia
  • Cooking Class – Red Peppers with rice
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon visit to Ontinyent
  • Dinner in restaurant in Ontinyent

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Sunday 15th: Local Products

  • 10.00: Visit the wine museum in Font de la Figuera
  • 11.30: Tasting at Heretat de Tavemers
  • 14.00: Lunch at Julio Restaurant in Fontanars del Alfornis
  • During the afternoon, after “siesta” time, we’ll go to Ontinyent, the main town in the area to enjoy some free time.
  • 19.00: Visit Saro, owner of one of the most ancient butchers shops in Bocairent, to taste of best local sausages and fresh cheese after Saro explains the traditional production process, kept by her family for generations.

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Monday 16th: Gandia, the Borgia city

  • 09.00: Visit Borgia city of Gandia
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Return to Bocairent
  • Dinner

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Tuesday 17th: V alencia City and Fallas

  • Early morning visit to Valencia for Fallas
  • 14.00: Mascieta in Town Hall square
  • Tapas Lunch
  • 17.00: Return to Bocairent for Buñuelos Party with Adela. Buñuelos are a kind of Valencian doughnut eaten during Fallas festival. They are normally dipped with hot chocolate. Preparing and eating Buñuelos is a valencian tradition kept during hundreds of years


Wednesday 18th: Bocairent Medieval Town

  • 09.00: Tour of Bocairent, considered one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Spain. We’ll visit some landmarks such as “Les Covetes dels Moros”, moorish caves carved in the stone that make a beautiful maze


  • 14.00:  Lunch in a local restaurant


  • 18.00: Third hands-on Cooking Class, where we’ll learn to cook with Adela some fish Spanish Tapas and a traditional dessert


Thursday 19th: St. Joseph’s Day and the Paella Experience

  • 09.00: Visit Ontinyent and its old town. We’ll have a walk and enjoy the atmosphere. St. Joseph’s Day is a bank holiday in Valencia region and the streets are full of people.
  • 13.00: We’ll be back in the Casa for  the Paella Experience. Cooking Paella is more than getting into the kitchen, it’s a Valencian ritual made by all families every week. People use to be near the Paella and while the cooking process they enjoy talking, having some beer or whine and eatting some Tapas. Let’s enjoy it!
  • After dinner, we visit Latvia for the burning of Fallas

Friday 20th: Archaeology and Wine

  • 10.30: We’ll visit “La Bastida de les Alcusses”, an Iberian settlement placed in Moixent
  • 11.30: Tasting at Celler del Roure
  • 14.00: Tapas lunch at Finca Morera
  • Fourth cooking class at the Casa


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Saturday 21st: Departure day

  • Drive to Alicante airport with sandwiches for lunch
  • 13.45: Jet2 flight LS272 to Leeds/Bradford
  • 17.00: Arrive Leeds/Bradford


  • Stephen & Ann Cameron
  • Bernard & Ramani Dias
  • Tony Lee & Renna Benson


  • “Ann & I greatly enjoyed our visit to Valencia and are grateful for the excellent arrangements for our stay in the hill side town of Bocairent with visits to the surrounding coast and countryside.  Cool Food Valencia and you have, together, produced a memorable trip.  Birding highlights were Black Wheatear and Penduline Tit near theCovetes dels moros (Moorish caves and the male Pallid Harrier gliding through the heavy rain near the Celler del Roure where we enjoyed probably the best of generally good wines.  Thanks to the four of you for putting up with Ann and I who are slowing up,  but not yet ready to give up !!!” – Dr. Stephen Cameron, Pick Hill, 23 March
  • “Just a short note to say thank you for once again organising such a wonderful trip to Valencia. Both Renna and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip with a great mix of food, wine,   company and the truly amazing Fallas. It is also worth noting the work, effort and commitment put in by Cool Food to make the trip so memorable. Now we have just a week to unpack then repack, loose the weight we put on, and then we shall be ready for the Spring Lunch next Sunday. Once again many thanks for all your efforts.” – Tony and Renna, 23 MARCH
  • “We’re all glad you arrived at home and everything is right. It has been a pleasure hosting such an interesting  and helpful group. Keep in contact, I’ll send you info of country houses here.” – Robert Penades, CoolFood Valencia, 22 March





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