11 Must-Try Dishes in Valencia, Spain

Though it doesn't get as much shine as Barcelona and Madrid, the ancient Spanish city is a mecca for local dishes steeped in history.

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Although lesser known than its glitzy big sisters, Barcelona and Madrid, Spain’s third largest city is a legitimate culinary destination in its own right. As well as ticking all the ‘prime vacation spot’ boxes—a long stretch of beach, year-round sunshine, and beautiful architecture—Valencia is home to a distinctive regional cuisine that infuses the legacy of its former Moorish occupiers (who brought over rice, almonds, and oranges) with the fruits of a particularly fertile Mediterranean climate.

If you ever find yourself roaming the tiled streets of this ancient city, then skip the patatas bravas and seek out these 11 Valencian specialties instead.

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