Slideshow: Snapshots from Valencia: A Tour of Mercado Central (Central Market)

Entrance
Entrance
For most of the year, Valencia has beautiful blue skies. But in this city with an average of only 44 rainy days a year, October is the rainiest month, as I found out when it rained on three days out of my four-day stay.
Interior
Interior
To get a full sense of the size of the market, you'll need a 360° view.
Dome
Dome
The market's central dome is decorated with Valencia's famous oranges.
Chufas (tiger nuts)
Chufas (tiger nuts)
Tiger nut are most commonly used in horchata. If you want locally grown tiger nuts in bulk, Mercado Central is probably the best place to get it.
Huevos Virginia
Huevos Virginia
This is one of two stands that specializes in eggs.
Supergourmet
Supergourmet
Head to Supergourmet for wine, olive oil, vinegar, jam, and more.
Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables
There are plenty of fruit and vegetable stands to choose from.
Spanish tomatoes
Spanish tomatoes
Tomato lovers should try Raf tomatoes and Valencian tomatoes, known for having great flavor (and unique appearances).
Ham, ham, and more ham
Ham, ham, and more ham
For jamón lovers, there are over 20 charcuterias in the market (Jose recommended this one).
La Boutique del Queso
La Boutique del Queso
This stall features cheese from all over Europe, along with Valencian cheese.
Beans
Beans
Garrafó beans are used in traditional Valencia paella.
Snails
Snails
Snails are also an ingredient in Valencian paella.
Spice stall
Spice stall
You'll find saffron, mild or spicy pimentón (spanish paprika), and other herbs and spices at this stall recommended by Jose.
Fresh seafood
Fresh seafood
Fresh seafood is sectioned off in its own wing of the market.
Seafood
Seafood
Eels, shrimp, mussels, and cuttlefish are just a handful of the kinds of seafood on sale.