Discover the Authentic Flavor of Valencia: The Best Recipe and an Unforgettable Stay at the Hospes Palau de la Mar

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Valencia, the jewel of the Spanish Mediterranean, is a city that captivates visitors with its rich culture, fascinating history, and, of course, its delicious paella. In this article, we invite you to immerse yourself in the authentic flavor of Valencia, discovering the best paella recipe and combining it with an unforgettable stay at the elegant Hospes Palau de la Mar.

Valencian Paella: A Culinary Treasure

When it comes to Valencian gastronomy, paella is the undisputed star. This iconic dish has its roots in the Valencia region and has become one of the most famous delicacies in Spanish cuisine. Traditional Valencian paella is a masterpiece of simplicity and flavor.

Key ingredients for Valencian paella include rice, chicken, rabbit, “garrafón” (a variety of bean), tomato, bell pepper, olive oil, saffron, and chicken broth. The combination of these fresh ingredients and short-grain rice creates a unique texture and extraordinary flavor. Saffron, added for color and flavor, is a secret touch that enhances the paella.


  • In a paella pan, heat a bit of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the pieces of chicken and rabbit to the paella pan and brown them on all sides.
  • Incorporate the strips of red bell pepper and garrafón into the paella pan. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  • Grate the ripe tomato directly into the paella pan. Cook for a few minutes until the tomato has reduced and lost its water.
  • Add the rice to the paella pan and mix it with the existing ingredients. Cook the rice for a few minutes until it becomes slightly translucent.
  • In a mortar, crush the saffron threads and mix them with a small amount of hot chicken broth. This will help release the saffron’s flavor and color.
  • Pour the hot broth into the paella pan. Add the saffron infusion and the sprig of rosemary. Taste and adjust the salt as needed.
  • Cook the paella over medium-high heat for the first 10-15 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Do not stir the rice after this point.
  • Continue cooking the paella until the rice has absorbed all the broth and is tender but still al dente. If necessary, add a bit more hot broth.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high in the final minutes to create the “socarrat,” a golden, crispy layer on the bottom of the paella.
  • Remove the paella pan from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld.

The Experience at the Hospes Palau de la Mar

Now, imagine enjoying this authentic Valencian paella in an equally exceptional setting. The Hospes Palau de la Mar is a luxury boutique hotel located in a majestic 19th-century historical building in the heart of Valencia. From the moment you enter its doors, you are enveloped in an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication.

The rooms at the Hospes Palau de la Mar are an oasis of comfort and style, where historical elements blend with modern comforts. From the windows, you can enjoy views of the beautiful hotel gardens and pool, creating a serene ambiance amidst the city.

But the culinary experience at the Hospes Palau de la Mar is equally impressive. In its restaurant, you can savor Valencian paella expertly prepared by skilled chefs. Fresh ingredients and attention to detail make this paella a delight you shouldn’t miss.

Combine the Experience: Day and Night in Valencia

During the day, take advantage of the central location of the Hospes Palau de la Mar to explore Valencia. Visit the City of Arts and Sciences, stroll through the old town with its cathedral, and immerse yourself in the city’s rich history and culture.

In the evening, return to the hotel and enjoy a cocktail at the bar or relax in the inner courtyard, an oasis of tranquility amidst the city’s hustle and bustle.

In summary, Valencia is a city that captivates all the senses, and paella is a fundamental part of its culinary identity. By combining the authentic culinary experience with a stay at the Hospes Palau de la Mar, you have the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds: Valencian culinary tradition and luxury and elegance in the heart of the city. Don’t miss the chance to discover the authentic flavor of Valencia and create unforgettable memories in this corner of the Spanish Mediterranean.


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