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Step into the shoes of a Spanish chef and learn to make Valencia’s signature dish during a hands-on paella cooking lesson. Travel outside the city to a traditional farmhouse, where a gourmet instructor shows you the secrets behind this famous rice-and-seafood dish. Sit down to enjoy the home-cooked cuisine while surrounded by a landscape of orange trees and rice paddies for an authentic Valencian experience.

  • Hands-on Valencian paella cooking class

  • Learn how to make one of Spain's most internationally celebrated dishes

  • Classes are held in a traditional farmhouse in a scenic agricultural area

  • Escape the city to a beautiful landscape of orange trees and rice fields

  • Savor the homemade meal with new friends

Sample Menu


Paella valenciana

What's Included

  • English and Spanish translator.

  • Meeting point pickup and drop-off

  • Port pickup and drop-off

  • Private transportation

  • Air-conditioned vehicle

  • Beverages & Appetizer

  • Cooking equipment

  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

Pickup details

Meeting point to pick up: Plaza del Ayuntamiento, nº4. 46002, Valencia.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

  • Children and youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

  • Dress code is comfortable

  • A minimum of two adults required per booking

  • Not wheelchair accessible

  • Stroller accessible

  • Infant seats available

  • Minimum drinking age 18.

  • When making the reservation you have to indicate the pick-up address

  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.

  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.

  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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169 reviews

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Can't believe how good our paella was.


Nov 2019

We were picked up at a central location and taken to a beautiful country home. There were 8 of us, but they provided personal service. We cooked, we laughed and we drank wine. What could be better. The chef and interpreter were hysterical. They provided instruction and historical information of paella, in a very humorous way. Wow, wow, wow, very yummy paella! A must do activity!

Fantastic Experience!


Oct 2019

This was the highlight of our Spain trip and exceeded our expectations! It is as advertised and more! Maria, Rafa & Roberto were so much fun. We had a lovely afternoon in the country, learned all about paella and enjoyed delicious food and drink in good company! We felt it truly was an authentic experience with people that know exactly what they are doing. Not to be missed!

A delightful experience


Oct 2019

From start to finish, we had A blast. We were picked up on time from our hotel and taken to a country house where we relaxed, had a wonderful meal, and learned quite a bit. We have no reservations about recommending this class!

Best cooking class ever!


Oct 2019

Maria and Rafa were so friendly and inclusive and made the cooking experience fun and interesting. We loved their rules about Paella and the wonderful authentic location. The paella was delicious and their hospitality overwhelming. If you want to do a cooking class in Valencia you must do this one. Cannot speak too highly about the whole day, from pre-pick up arrangements to sights to and from destination and cooking it was just amazing.

Fun time and great food


Aug 2019

We went to this as a family. We were picked up on time and driven to the house with Maria. She gave us interesting details about the area on the drive. The cooking was fun and entertaining with Maria, Rafa and Roberto. They gave us yummy appetizers and wine and beer during the class. They also told us everything about paella from the history to how to eat and judge good paella. The food was great. Both kids liked it too!

Authentic Paella making at its finest


Jul 2019

Was such a wonderful day and learnt a lot about Paella making and the etiquette ;-) Rafa and Maria were professional, funny and so welcoming. This comes highly recommended, wow wow wow!

Fabulous Paella Cooking Class Experience


Jul 2019

What a fabulous experience ! From the time we were picked up at the Cruise Terminal until we were returned to the same place, our hosts were friendly, engaging, knowledgable and FUN !! We had a great day and great food !!

Great experience


May 2019

The chef picked us up at our hotel and drove us to his farm. There we learned to make Sangria and Paella. The class included a history of paella and the traditions involved in sharing and eating the dish. The chef only spoke Spanish but his interpreter Maria was great. Fantastic experience!!


William H,

Jul 2018

Excellent Both Maria & Professor Paella were knowledgeable friendly and fun. Can't wait to get home and start cooking, and as new ambassadors we have already spotted posers. Best thing we have done in Spain.

WOW! This experience with Rafa was...

JoLynn S,

Jul 2018

WOW! This experience with Rafa was Maria was truly the highlight of our entire trip to Spain. We would highly recommend. Everything was so well organized, planned, and put together. Once you are promptly picked up from your hotel/hostel by Maria, you are driven about 30 minutes outside of Valencia to a home in the middle of an orange field where you meet Rafa, aka Professor Paella. Your work stations are set up, and you're immediately offered snacks and drinks. The entire experience was filled with laughs, great food, new friends, and a new love for the art of creating paella.

Fantastic cooking class...from the...

Michelle M,

Feb 2018

Fantastic cooking class...from the moment we were picked up by Maria, we had a great time. As we drove from where we were staying in town and made our way out to Albufera, Maria gave us loads of information about the city and it's history, the culture, the politics and more. As we got closer to the park, she explained to us a bit about why paella originated in the area you will have to take the class to know the answer! She also surprised us by telling us up-front that the real Valencian Paella does NOT contain seafood, chorizo, peas, onions, garlic or peppers. Well...we always thought we knew so much about food....we had to learn from the beginning. The farmhouse where the cooking class takes place IS the perfect place to learn about paella, from the beginning. Forget everything you thought you knew....start over. It's well worth it! The location is so beautiful, and peaceful. From the roof there are stunning views across the orange groves towards the rice fields. The sweet scent of oranges linger in the air, as the house is surrounded by them. we even climbed into the trees and took a bag home....we made the best orange juice for breakfast the next morning with these! Rafa was such a great guy to learn from - we have two teenage boys and as a former high school mathematics teacher, he had no trouble keeping them entertained and totally engaged. He spoke Spanish the entire time, and Maria translated. This was not at all awkward - it was done so smoothly that it made no difference at all. We learned so much, and enjoyed every moment! We enjoyed great wine, and of amazing paella. Honestly, it was SO good! It was one of the best days of the week....I cannot put into words the feeling this class is comfortable, engaging, entertaining, relaxing, non-competitive, and utterly delicious. Just trust me. GO....

This tour was awesome. However, the...


Feb 2018

This tour was awesome. However, the cookbook they provided afterwards was not accurate and did not tell you the exact steps to make paella at home. I recommend you video the steps to make sure you can do it again at home (or buy a real cookbook).

We had a wonderful time. Rafa and his...

Luisa D,

Jan 2018

We had a wonderful time. Rafa and his team were friendly informative and very entertaining.

This was one of the highlights of...

Sherry B,

Nov 2017

This was one of the highlights of our month in Valencia! We attended with some friends and were joined by two couples from Holland. From the beginning, Rafa communicated clearly with us about pickup from our apartment. We had a pleasant drive with Maria out to a lovely traditional farmhouse south of Valencia. The farmhouse was surrounded with orange trees and gardens. Rafa immediately made us feel at home, offering all kinds of beverages, including wine and beer. Maria did translation for Rafa and they were a delightful pair, warm, engaging and funny! Both were steeped in both the traditions of paella and the techniques for making true Valencian paella. We divided into teams of four, with each team making a pan of paella. As we worked, Rafa coached us and both he and Maria shared the traditions of cooking and eating paella. While our paella was cooking, we were served DELICIOUS and beautiful tapas and Valencian wine on the patio. Finally, after the mandatory 17-minute cooking time, we got to eat our fabulous paella. Although we weren't sure we could eat another bite, out came a plate of freshly sliced oranges and a traditional Valencian pudding. Rafa and Maria were kind enough to take pictures of us throughout the day and sent us home with recipes for the food we had cooked, including the amazing Spanish tortilla tapa prepared by their colleague. I couldn't recommend this experience more highly! It is worth every penny!

My wife and I took 4 cooking classes...

tim m,

Nov 2017

My wife and I took 4 cooking classes during our trip to Spain and this was our personal favorite. Raf and his team were such a delight and we felt like it was the most authentic experience. We were pampered, picked up, and taken to Riola to take the private class and couldn't have been happier. We loved the authenticity and intimate setting, versus the giant 15 student classes we also took in Barcelona and other parts of Valencia. We felt like we got a true paella experience and learned all about the history and culture of the dish. AMAZING!

We can't recommend this excursion...

Douglas R,

Oct 2017

We can't recommend this excursion enough. Unless you are lucky enough to have friends or relatives with a farm in the country then you will never have an opportunity to experience a Sunday paella feast like this. Maria and Rafa welcome you into their world and share much more than cooking tips. They share their passion and love for their land and culture and introduce you to new friends from around the world. DON'T settle for the intown cooking class. Invest in Maria, Rafa and Roberto and have a memorable experience to last a lifetime.

My husband and I more than enjoyed...


Oct 2017

My husband and I more than enjoyed the day with Maria, Rafa and Miguel. It was so enjoyable, entertaining and very informative. The chemistry between Maria and Rafa was amazing. We also had a great group of people in the cooking class. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

I have always wanted to learn how to...

Janna W,

Sep 2017

I have always wanted to learn how to make La Paella Valenciana. This was an AMAZING bucket list experience I will never forget! Rafa and Maria made it so fun, informative and were so creative with their presentation. The tapas were really tasty and the paella was even better! Warning: If you eat all of your paella like we did, you will need a siesta immediately following this excursion. Don't schedule anything else. Ha ha.

My friend and I were treated to a...

Orla K,

Aug 2017

My friend and I were treated to a rare class where we were the only 2 students! It was amazing, from our ride up to the farmhouse from Valencia, the tour of the house and the surrounding grounds, then the class itself. We thoroughly enjoyed the class, the history, the etiquette of making and eating authentic Paella! After learning all the details of what's included and not included in authentic Valencian Paella we started! We were involved from the beginning to the end, had a chance to ask lots of questions and learned so much about paella, Spain and Valencia. And the best part? Sitting outside on the farmhouse terrace with a lovely wine and enjoying the meal we had made was amazing! I highly recommend this class, it's a great opportunity to get out of the city and experience the countryside with a lovely chef in a beautiful location!

My family and I all 9 of us would...

Judith C,

Aug 2017

My family and I all 9 of us would rate this Paella Cooking Class the very highest! Rafa was fantastic and, not only did we have a lot of fun preparing this traditional Spanish meal, but the meal we all prepared was absolutely delicious!



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