When you are planning a holiday to Valencia in Spain, make sure to combine sightseeing with a shopping experience as well. Several quality goods like traditional crafts, food and wine, jewellery and apparel await shoppers in Valencia. Even if you are stopping over in Valencia for a weekend break, it is easy to browse for bargains on locally produced items. Valencia is Spain’s third largest city and definitely warrants your time to check out everything that it has to offer. Continue reading below to find out what to buy while in the city.
1. Wicker products
Wickerwork is one of Valencia’s main craft industries with many wicker products being sold along Calle de las Cestas. Several baskets and furniture are made of wicker in the country. The wicker is cultivated and then selected before it is treated and dried. Subsequently, the wicker is braided to form the desired objects such as baskets, shoes and hats. These products make a great gift for those interested in craft work.
Address: Shops along Calle de las Cestas
If you are a wine lover, you are in for a treat. Valencia, the home of Paella, is also known for its good wine. Spain in general is famous for its Rioja wines but did you know that each region has its own range of locally produced wines? While in Valencia, do be sure to look out for D.O. Utiel-Requena as well as D.O. Valencia. The high plains surrounding the towns of Requena and Utiel are blessed with plenty of sunshine making it conducive for local bobal grapes to thrive. As such, red wines in Valencia are flavourful and also taste very refined. There are also many wineries in the region which offer tours into cellars and vineyards.
Wine Walking Tour of Valencia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
3. Serrano ham
There are a few things which are considered important in Spanish cuisine and culture. One of them is Spanish ham which is known to be one of the best in the world. Serrano ham is made from common domesticated pigs and is in almost every Spanish restaurant. Likewise, in Valencia, Serrano ham is famous. It is common to see dozens of legs dangling from the ceiling in meat shops. They also vary in price and quality.
Address: Carrer de l'Almirall Cadarso, 3, 46005 València, Spain
Website: Bodegas Gargallo
4. Decorative ceramics- socarrat tiles
Socarrat tiles are essentially red and black tiles made by hand painting tiles and then heating them. The tiles are then baked in an oven until the design is burnt into the clay. These tiles will give your home a Valencian flair when displayed as a decorative item. After all, these socarrat tiles have long been the front of Valencian buildings since medieval times. These tiles are great souvenirs to take back home as a memory of your trip to Valencia.
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Address: 26-1, Carrer de Guillem Sorolla, 46001 Valencia, Spain
Website: Socarrat Artesanía
5. Abanicos - hand-painted fans
If you have heard how Spain is famous for its Abanico or hand-painted fans, then the place to buy them is in Valencia. Abanicos are typically made of silk and come in various designs. This city of Valencia, which was once part of the Silk Route, is anyway known for its exquisite silks used in several products. There are many shops around Valencia that will sell these fans at various costs.
Address: Carrer de Castelló, 21, 46004 Valencia, Spain
Website: Abanicos Carbonell
6. Spanish tuber Chufas
Chufas, as it is known in Spanish, is also known as Tigernut. Chufas is actually not a nut but a small tuber which was first discovered 4000 years ago. These chufas are well known for their health benefits and high nutritional value. History tells that chufas were cultivated in Valencia as the Arabs entered into the Iberian peninsula. Chufas milk or horchata as it is known is highly popular and frequently consumed by the Spaniards. Chufas are also eaten as snacks or dried fruits.
Where to buy: Valencia Mercado or small snack stores
7. Hand-painted ceramics and porcelain
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Valencian ceramics are part of the beautiful heritage left behind by the Moorish culture. Throughout Spain, several ceramics are sold in various designs and costs. The tradition of hand painting these objects is still very much prevalent in places like Manises and Paterna, where there is a guild of Valencian ceramic makers and factories making these traditional ceramic items. There are several gift items that can be purchased. Azulejos is a type of ceramic tile plaque which is typically Valencian and can be used as decorative tiles. Decorative plates which have been hand painted can also be found in the region. These plates are great gifts and collectors’ items. They can be hung on walls to add a Valencian touch to the living space.
Valencian ceramics and porcelain
Address: Plaza Redonda and Bazar Market
8. Hand-made jewellery
As the craft industry in Valencia is vibrant and very much still alive, hand-made jewellery is also common in the city. The city is known for designing and making several types of jewellery like bracelets, chains, rings and so on. These products differ in cost based on their quality. If you are looking for authentically Valencian jewellery, it won’t be difficult.
Address: Carrer de Jorge Juan, 19, Valencia, Spain,
Website: Colón Market
9. Silk products
Valencia was dubbed as the Silk City in 2016 because of its heavy involvement in the production and export of silk products. Several apparels like shawls, dresses and scarves are made of silk and sold in Valencia. If you are looking to gift others something authentically Spanish, then some silk product would be ideal.
Address: Plaza del Mercado, 46001 Valencia, Spain
10. Local embroidery, lace and fabrics
While you are roaming around the streets of Valencia, pop into some textile stores and look out for the quintessential Valencian lace. In these shops, you will be able to find several types of beautiful, handmade Valencian lace, embroidery and fabrics. These will help give any sewing project a Spanish touch.
Valencian lace, embroidery and fabrics
Address: Shops at Plaza Redonda
Bring home a piece of Valencia
When in Valencia, do try to maximise your time and buy whatever the city is famous for. This way, you will have something to remember your trip to this wonderful city.
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