Famed for its cultivation of tiger nuts (the main ingredient in horchata), Alboraya is a historic farming community north-east of Valencia. It is dotted with traditional farmhouses where horchata is produced, with this refreshing beverage believed to have originated with the Egyptian pharaohs and brought to Spain by the Arabs.
Things to do in Alboraya
Stroll through Alboraya to admire its diverse architecture, which includes rural farmhouses, Art Deco-style and modern buildings. Don’t miss the 17th-century Casa Señorial del Conde de Zanoguera and the Teatro L’Agricola, which regularly hosts cultural events and performances. One of Alboraya’s most charming churches is the Ermitas de San Cristobal, which preserves a revered image of Saint Christopher.
For a day at the beach, head to Playa de la Patacona, a long stretch of golden sand fringed by towering palm trees. You can stretch your legs on the waterfront promenade, rent one of the thatched beach umbrellas or enjoy a dip in the refreshing waters of the Balearic Sea. Further north is Playa Port Saplaya, which is the departure point for fishing boats.
Occupying a century-old farmhouse in Alboraya is the Museo de la Horchata y la Chufa, which details how tiger nuts are grown for the making of horchata. Wander through the beautifully preserved living space, bedrooms and kitchen, with an audio guide helping to bring the past to life. Surrounding the farmhouse is a tranquil garden and orchard.
Getting around Alboraya
Alboraya is a 15-minute drive from the centre of Valencia and 20 minutes from Valencia Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Subway services connect to the Alboraya-Palmaret and Alboraya-Peris Arago stations and buses travel throughout the town.