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Ayora. Valencia’s secret hidden gem?

While all of the well-known wonders in Valencia are definitely worth visiting – why else would they be well-known? – it’s sometimes nice to get a bit off of the beaten path and experience the cultural and natural wonders of the Valencian Community – especially if it means fewer crowds.

Valencia isn’t limited to the same old touristic spots that have been mentioned in guidebooks for years. So for your next day trip, instead of visiting that place you’ve heard a million students talk about, strike out for one of these hidden gems and discover a unique experience all your own.

Located in the Valle de Ayora, the town lies in the inland part of the Valencian Community. Its landscape consists of numerous forest tracks crossing the valleys and bordering the mountains and has a number of attractions that visitors should not miss: The Cave of Don Juan, the Ayora Castle, Hermitages, the Iberian town of the Castellar of Meca, cave paintings and the rivers Cabriel and Júcar where you can practice kayaking. The land around the town contains a rich variety of fauna and flora and resembles a typical landscape of inland Mediterranean zones.

When visiting Ayora you cannot leave without eating its great Gazpacho Ayorino, a local variety of Gazpacho, flat bread made with wheat flour, chicken, wild rabbit, mushrooms (not always), red peppers and tomatoes. It’s a very ancient Iberian staple food preparation and traditionally women would bake their own breads at home and serve it on special occasions.

Watch this video to learn more about Ayora and how to prepare Gazpacho Ayorino:

Buen provecho!

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