This is Valencia's signature dish and probably the best known dish among foreign tourists. This humble recipe was created by poor farm workers, who needed a quick, easy meal they could make with ingredients they had to hand. It wasn't until the end of the 19th century that it become more widely known and began to be served in the chiringuito beach bars and inns and its fame began to spread. There are many different paella recipes, but there is only one authentic Valencian paella. If you visit Valencia, be sure to try its most famous dish.