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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Come discover this absolutely mesmerizing city and its long and profitable connection with the art of silk. You will get acquainted with the past, present and future of Valencian silk and the most relevant items of this millenary craftwork in the stunning Old Town.
Visit the old seat of the Higher Art of Silk-Making Authority -- an institution established in 1477 to set rules and standards of quality for the Valencian silk makers of the day. This 15th-century building, renovated in the 18th century, now hosts an attractive museum expounding the history of silk in Valencia and the process of hand-weaving this textile. The rich artistic heritage of the building itself is an added bonus.
Take a short walking tour through the Barri de Velluters neighborhood, where velvet-makers set up shop in 1465. Here, you'll visit a shop dealing in Valencian silk attire, run by the silk makers still active in the city. These costumes represent the richest heritage of this old art and are used during Fallas -- the most important festival held in Valencia.
Cross the Central Market -- an early 20th-century building covering over 26,000 square feet and hosting 400 stalls specializing in fresh produce. Taste a glass of horchata -- a typical sweet, quite refreshing drink made from tigernuts.
Finally, you will visit the Silk Exchange building -- the only in the city and a masterpiece of Mediterranean civil Gothic architecture. This jaw-dropping complex containing a forest of helicoidal columns, was built between 1483 to 1548 to facilitate the trade of rich silk fabrics made in Valencia. It attracted merchants from all over Europe and, today, it charms and awes you.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Tour does not operate on Mondays.