In Valencia, we did go to La Abufera (where they grow rice for paella) on the Bus Turista (tourist bus).
However, they were all leaving before eating at the paella restaruants there and we were unsure if we stayed how we were to get back into town...so we headed towards the beach to a "tourist" spot recommended by the hotel, La Pepica.
The Paella takes 30+ minutes and we were straving so we ordered some garlic chicken to pass the time
Finally the Paella comes....we went with a seafood paella since we were close...to the sea. The Paella valenciana...we skipped out on in favor of having some large shrimps!
for those interested in seeing how burnt the rice is on the bottom of the pan:
there were patches of the burn rice that people seem to like...not so much so.
we liked it so much we returned...to try a different paella...
again, an appetizer. this time mussels.
this time...squid ink paella. it was interesting, a bit murky tasting, the lemon helped immensely.