One of the benefits of being in one of the apartments in Valencia is that you will have a front row seat to the celebration of oranges that occurs every year in the area. The Valencia area is known for the oranges that it grows, with groves scattered throughout the countryside around the town. The weather in Valencia provides the perfect growing opportunity for orange trees, with just the right mixture of rain and sunshine that makes the fruit fat and sweet.
The Orange Tour is a celebration of the orange groves that make the area famous and provide income for people in the same. The Valencia orange tree is unique among oranges, producing a fruit that is not overly sweet, but not overly bitter. They have a deep orange hue that people associate with the perfect orange. All of this occurs naturally in trees in this area. The unique type of fruit produced means that in order to call an orange a Valencia orange, the tree had to come from the Valencia area in Spain.
The tour part of the Orange Tour begins at the Orange museum in Burriana. This is 35 miles north of Valencia. Spain’s national orange museum, the Museu de la Taronja, is located in the center of town. It showcases the region’s history, showing how the area and the orange trade have grown together over the years. After the museum tour, an optional part of the Valencia orange tour is a bicycle ride to, and through, the orange groves that surround the town. If you prefer, you can find other transportation to the groves to catch up with the next part of the tour.
Further tours begin in the orange groves. The process of determining mature fruit from the unripe is shown, along with methods of harvesting. The process of gathering the harvest and transporting it to the next stage is explained. Tourists then have some time to adventure through the groves. If you have one of the Valencia apartments, bringing a packed lunch with you is easy. Take this part of the tour as an opportunity to have a picnic in the scenic setting of an orange grove before you continue.
The tour resumes with the fruit arriving from the field. Tourists are shown through the storehouse, where the fruit awaits processing. Tourists are shown methods of properly storing and aging the fruit before it is sent through the nearby processing plant. Here, the tour takes people through the fruit selection process, including details on all of the different stages that an orange goes through before it is finally packaged for worldwide shipping.
All of this is designed to teach the tourist to have an appreciation for the humblest of foods found on grocery store shelves. It serves as a celebration of a region’s history, and educates people about the importance of taking care of the planet and what it gives us. The tour is available from October until April, which is when fruit can be seen on the trees, although if you want to see the orange blossoms instead, plan your visit for the April to May area.
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