The national dish of Spain is often considered to be the paella, but did you know it comes from Valencia?
Or more precisely, the area around the Albufera Natural Park to the south of the city, where rice is grown using water from the lake.
Traditionally, the paella would be made in a flat pan with rice, spices and any other ingredients local to the region; this could include chicken, rabbit, fish and even rats! Thankfully, rats have long since disappeared from this popular dish.
While the Albufera has some of the most authentic, and much more reasonably priced paella in the region, the city of Valencia also has plenty of other things to offer.
It has its own soft drink - the Horchata, made from tiger nuts, is sold by street vendors and cafés around the city; and its own alcoholic drink - Agua de Valencia, made from orange juice, vodka, gin and Cava, which you can try at the very popular Café de las Horas.
The City of Arts and Sciences, the most visited cultural complex in Spain last year, is home to Europe's largest aquarium. Jardí del Túria, a public park created from an old riverbed spanning the length of the city, is a great spot for cycle tours and exercising. And as the third biggest Spanish city, Valencia also has the third most important bullfighting ring.
But if you're in the city for food, here are some places worth visiting:
Askua can be best described as a restaurant by a gourmand for gourmands. Owner Ricardo Gadea had travelled the world for the best food before opening the bite-sized restaurant 20 years ago, serving up rich and traditional dishes with a focus on meat.
These days Gadea is still very much hands on - with a tiny staff of four, he oversees the menu and serves each table himself.
Go here for the best steaks in town.
Ricard Camarena is one of the most well-regarded chefs in Spain despite the relative recency of his restaurants. He is one of the few chefs in Spain to have achieved three "Soles" (sunshines) in the Spanish version of Michelin guide, the Guía Repsol.
His Michelin-starred Ricard Camarena restaurant is the go to venue for classic Spanish ingredients laced with Asian influences. Just around the corner from his main restaurant is a simpler offering, Canalla Bistro, where many of the flavour combinations at Ricard Camarena are road-tested first.
In the Cabañal, the old fishermen's neighbourhood, is an ingredients-focused tapas and wine bar with more than a century of history.
Casa Montaña started life as a shop where the locals went with their own containers to buy wines, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and the likes. Now more of a bar and restaurant, it's as popular as ever - they finish a whole leg of Iberico ham every two days.
Their menu shows you more ways with potatoes, anchovies, shellfish and Jamon than you can imagine.
There's something a bit Disney about Submarino, perhaps because it's in the middle of Oceanogràfic at the City of Arts and Sciences.
The elegantly presented food is Mediterranean influenced and very reasonably priced.
The thing that really makes it stand out is the fact that the subterranean restaurant is surrounded by an aquarium. Schools of fish, stingrays and even small sharks are swimming by as you eat.
Serious wine connoisseurs should head to Entrevins, where Guillaume Glories is the sommelier.
But he is not just any sommelier but a Frenchman who won the trophy for National Champion Sommelier at Madrid Fusion in 2010.
The enoteca serves simple tapas-style dishes, matched with expertly chosen wines. As well as boasting a large collection of local wines, the restaurant also has over 100 grower Champagnes.
The ocean-front in Valencia is lined with bustling restaurants old and new. In the summer and at the weekends, it's not only populated with tourists but also filled with locals.
There is one restaurant that stands out in the crowd, La Pepica.
The simple and rustic Valencian fare has attracted fans from around the world and the restaurant's walls are lined with photographs of the who's who of diners. The best claim to fame for literary aficionados is perhaps the fact that Ernest Hemingway had dined at the restaurant and wrote of it in his posthumous book, The Dangerous Summer.
Travel and stay:
For more ideas about where to go and what to see in Valencia, check out www.visitvalencia.com
EasyJet has regular flights from London Gatwick to Valencia. From there, the Metro system takes you directly to the centre of the city. www.easyjet.com
The Inglés Hotel, once the palace of the Duke of Cardona, is centrally located and within walking distance to many of the city's key sites. Rooms start from around 70 euros per night. www.inglesboutique.com