Worlds Largest Food Fight – Brunol, Spain

WORLD’S LARGEST FOOD FIGHT!

EVERY YEAR

 –   THE LAST WEDNESDAY IN AUGUST   –

If you are looking for a bucket list one of a kind experience, look no further than the sleepy little town of Brunol, Spain.

Not only is it one of the coolest things you can do, it makes for a cheap vacation option!

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Release Your Inner Crazy!

LET’S  GO,  THEN  LET  GO!

With just 9000 residents Buñol (Pronounced: Boon-Yol) is a town located in the province of Valencia, Spain.  

Nestled along side of  the Bunol River, surrounded beautiful ancient mountain ranges in an area of around 112km or  a 90 mile stretch of pure history.

it’s situated 38km or a 40 minute drive  west of the Spain’s capital city of Valencia.

THINGS TO DO IN BRUNOL, SPAIN

This predominantly agricultural town also has a small industrial economic base but despite archaeological evidence that indicates civilization in Buñol goes back over 50,000 years, the town itself has limited historical sights although it’s charm and unique structures make it worth a visit.

The Parque de San Luis is a fantastic place to spend some time in the western section of town.

The views of the river are spectacular, and it is the perfect place for a picnic lunch or an afternoon siesta. There is a decorative chapel nearby, as well as the open-air auditorium, Auditorio Municipal San Luis.

This auditorium is tucked into the trees, so that the natural setting adds to the ambiance of all the events.

The Castillo de Buñol is full of history and it can be found in the center of town on a hill between the Borrunes ravine and a moat. The castle was constructed during the 13th century and there are now two museums on the grounds. 

The walk along the Buñol River from the park will eventually see you reach Cueva Turche.

This cave is unique and interesting to explore, and many locals enjoy bathing in the water of the river pool. Get thrown back in history with the gentle splashing of of a beautiful waterfall. 

PLACES TO STAY IN BRUNOL, SPAIN

HOTELS AND PLACES TO STAY NEAR BRUNO, SPAIN

VACATION RENTAL HOMES BRUNOL, SPAIN

CLOSEST AND CHEAPEST AIRPORT TO FLY TO BRUNOL, SPAIN

Valencia, Spain (VCL) AIRPORT

The nearest airport and the cheapest airport  to Buñol is Valencia (VLC) Airport which is 28.2 km away. Other nearby airports include Alicante (ALC) (127.5 km), Ibiza (IBZ) (195.7 km), Madrid (MAD) (267 km) and Palma Mallorca (PMI) (302.5 km).

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NOW LET THE FUN BEGIN !

 La Tomatina – The town’s annual bit of craziness!

 

Bring out your inner child, La Tomatina is known as the world’s largest food fight. This is when massive crowds of people throw hundreds of thousands of pounds of tomatoes at each other.

The event draws visitors from across the globe, often quadrupling the local population of around 9,000. Held on the last Wednesday of August every year in Bunol.  It’s been a local tradition for nearly 80 years, and while it lasts for only an hour, it’s something you’ll never forget.

This popular festival began by accident on the last Wednesday in August in 1945 during a parade in People’s Square.

There was a parade taking place with musicians, giants, and large heads, and a few youngsters made one of the participants fall, hitting everything that got in his way.

The crowd became angry and began throwing tomatoes that they found on a nearby vegetable stand.

If you are still confused, La Tomatina (Spanish pronunciation: [la tomaˈtina])  is basically the most ridiculous, obnoxious, insane, activity you may ever experience.

You’ll need to get up early & do some waiting around before the La Tomatina festival begins

 

As they say, all good things come to those who wait. Depending on what tour you select, you’ll likely have to get up at 5:00 am to meet your group at Plaza Tetuan in Valencia.
.You’ll notice a whole heap of people up and about early, wearing their group t-shirts and walking like half-alive zombies in the same direction. What you’ll find at Plaza Tetuan is thousands & thousands of people, some dressed in goggles, raincoats – you name it.
.It’s festival chaos. Don’t expect to jump straight into your seat on the bus – most tour groups make you wait for at least an hour before the tour leaders ferry you on – but it’s all worth it to take in the amazing atmosphere (and eat a dodgy toasted sandwich).
.And, when it comes to the bus it’s first on, best dressed so if you’re in a bigger group – best to get on first if you want to stay together. All buses are numbered, so if you want to get home after a long day of food fighting with your stuff in hand, write your number down!

RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS TO THE TOMATO FESTIVAL

 

RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS TO THE TOMATO FESTIVAL

 


If you’re nervous, don’t pass up on the pre La Tomatina sangria party

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As soon as you hop off the bus in Bunol, the combination of the thumping music and the excited hubbub will get you right in the party zone, even if it’s only 7:00 am in the morning.

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Most of the tour companies host sangria parties which we made a beeline for as soon as we were off the bus.

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If you’re feeling at all nervous like we were about getting thrown into the craziest festival you’ve ever been to with thousands of hyped up strangers – then it might be a good idea to chug back a sangria or two.

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Don’t worry about any shortage of sangria – they have a never ending supply in garbage bins.

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Use the restroom when you need to, don’t wait, the lines can get crazy.

After seeing the sheer number of people at the festival, Aaron & I quickly schemed the clever plan to drink our Sangria while in the toilet line. By the time we were busting, we were halfway there. With up to 30,000 people attending the small-town festival, there’s a huge shortage of toilets. If you see one, go, even if you don’t need to!
.(And be classy people – avoid using the local rivulet…). Once we finished in the toilet, it was back to the sangria bar and then back to the line again. Sangria… line..sangria…line.
.Not a bad  idea to buy  goggles from local vendors
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A smart festival-goer wearing goggles…

If anything’s going to cop it during the festival, it’s likely to be your eyes. You’ll be lucky if you somehow manage the miracle of avoiding a tomato directly in the eye – “googles”

Don’t settle for just any position in La Tomatina’s crazy crowd

 

You’re at the biggest food fight in the world, and a solid 30+ hours from home if you live in Australia, so it’s not the time to settle for any old spot in the crowd. If you want the maximum experience, you need to be in the heart of the action.
.This street in Buñol turns into a massive mosh pit as the fight’s about to commence, so we left our claustrophobia and anxiety at the sangria party and pushed our way through the singing, drunken, rowdy, selfie-crashing hoards right into the centre of the action.
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RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS TO THE TOMATO FESTIVAL

RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS TO THE TOMATO FESTIVAL

Leave your good stuff at home but definitely find a way to take a camera.

By the end of the festival, you’ll be soaked from head to toe. First come the locals out their windows with hoses and buckets of water as you’re walking to the sangria party, and next comes the fact that you’re about to become part of tomato soup.
.Every tour group will tell you to wrap up your personal belongings (phone etc) during the festival in plastic to stop them from being damaged. We decided to take the risk to get the photos – and we weren’t disappointed!
.There’s a security check on the way into the festival, so don’t take anything other than the absolute necessities with you. Your bus will let you leave a spare change of clothes or your towel there, so leave it there and remember your bus number if you want to see it again.

Take it all in, every moment!

This crazy food fight is insane (the biggest on the planet), highly questionable in terms of hygiene, but incredible fun. Make sure you drink it all in (not literally) and just live for the moment from the second you hop off the bus to the second you step back on it.

It’s a blur of red, and a cacophony of noise. Tomatoes are flying everywhere, you’re crushing them in your hands for safety reasons and firing at the nearest target.

Let the tomato obsessed Buñol locals rinse you off

You’ll start as clean as a whistle and by the end of the festival you’ll look like you’ve surfaced from the red lagoon – especially if you found the heart of the action like we did.

 

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When the siren sounds to signify the end of the fight, you’ll feel on a high, ready to face the world.
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Once that high takes a step to the side to make room for the reality of the moment, you’re going to feel pretty filthy. And you’re also going to smell pretty bad too.

 

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As you exit the fight, locals will be armed with their hoses ready to rid you of the tomato gunk that has stuck itself to every single crevice in your body. Even if there’s a line up, wait for them to wash you down. Just makes for a more pleasant ride back to the hotel.

RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS TO THE TOMATO FESTIVAL

RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS TO THE TOMATO FESTIVAL

– VALENCIA, SPAIN –

OUR CHOICE FOR ACCOMMODATIONS WHEN ATTENDING THE GREAT TOMATO WAR!

Just a 35 minute ride from Brunol – TOMATO CENTRAL

 

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The port city of Valencia lies on Spain’s southeastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. It’s known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum.
Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails.
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Though probably most famous for its ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences, Valenciais a treasure trove for lovers of old and new architecture. It has remains of both its Roman foundations and its Moorish history to explore.
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Yes, Valencia is worth visiting for at least 2 nights. One day you can see the City of Arts and Sciences, and the other day you can see the sights such as the Cathedral. Read Best Sights of Valencia in TA.
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Valencia is a Mediterranean city and it gets its share of petty crime. However, violence is extremely rare in Valencia. Generally, Valencia is a very safe city, surprisingly so – for its size.
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HUNGRY?

HERE ARE EIGHT OF THE MOST POPULAR DISHES

 

Paella. One of the most well-known Spanish dishes on the Iberian Peninsula and beyond, paella has its roots in Valencia. …

Fideuà Paella’s seafood-and-noodles cousin has its origins as a humble fisherman’s dish. …

 

All i pebre. …

Arròs a banda is a dish of rice cooked in fish stock, typical of the coastal area of Alicante, Spain, and distinct from the paella of Valencia. It is popular up to Garraf, Barcelona and down to Murcia.

 

 

Arròs a banda. …

Arròs a banda is a dish of rice cooked in fish stock, typical of the coastal area of Alicante, Spain, and distinct from the paella of Valencia. It is popular up to Garraf, Barcelona and down to Murcia.

 

 

Esgarraet. …

Esgarraet is a typical dish from the Valencian community in Spain. It consists of grilled red pepper salad, cured cod, garlic, olive oil and sometimes black olives. The name derives from the preparation technique that requires to rip both the peppers and the fish in fine strips. Wikipedia

 

Bunyols. …

A buñuelo is a fried dough fritter found in Southwest Europe, Latin America, and parts of Africa and Asia

 

Horchata and fartons. …

Horchata (called ‘Orxata’ in Valencian language) is a popular soft drink from Valencia and fartons is a kind of bread, together are so good. Horchata is made from ‘chufa’ (it’s a root). Note horchata from Valencia is not the same as in Mexico (made from rice). …

 

 

Turrón.

Turrón, or torrone, is a southern European nougat confection, typically made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts, and usually shaped into either a rectangular tablet or a round cake.

Castellano is Spain’s main language and the principle tongue in Valencia. It is advisable to learn what you can before you arrive as, although more Valencians speak English than English people speak Spanish, few have enough English to hold a proper conversation and you certainly cannot rely on them to get you by.
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Is Valencia Expensive
Loved Valencia and definitely found it cheaper than where we live in Dallas, Texas. Much cheaper than where we often stay in Mallorca but more expensive than other parts of Spain. It was possible to eat well for a reasonable price. Transport is affordable too.
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THE BEST OF VALENCIA, SPAIN

Valencian beaches and more

Gandia, which is located in the province of Valencia, has a coastline which is longer than 7 kilometres and 700,000m2 of beach. The little city is known for its excellent climate, wide beaches and delicious paella dishes, of which fideuà is the most typical for Gandia.
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It’s a summer destination loved by many, also by Spanish tourists. The beaches are of high quality which has been recognised by several certificates like the famous Blue Flag. Besides the big amount of space, you will also find many services and activities without any problem.
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In Gandia you have the luxury to choose among 4 beaches, and other water activities that are perfect for enjoying the sunny weather. Below you will find information about the 4 beaches and our recommendations!

 Playa Norte

La Playa Norte is the most important beach of Gandia, since it probably has the most facilities and services. It is a lovely, big beach which is more than 3 kilometres long and 150 metres wide. Along the whole length of the beach you will also find a beautiful promenade.
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Most of the tourists stay close to this beach in Hotels, and Vacation Rentals
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The golden sand is perfect for both sun bathing and being active. The quality of this clean beach and water have been rewarded with a Blue Flag. You can find areas for, for example, beach volleyball and lots of activities like aerobic during summer.
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This is also the perfect beach for doing activities and sports in the water. For kids you can find play grounds and animation programs, while for grown-ups there are nice chiringuitos (beach bars) to have a refreshing drink on a warm summer day. Besides all this, the beach is also perfectly accessible in a wheelchair. So basically, this beach is great for everybody!

Playa de l’Ahuir – Swim Naked Here With Your Pets

This beach is the most northern one of Gandia, it’s located between the urban part and the Vaca river.
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It is very spacious and its sand is in perfect condition. The beach is more than 3 kilometres long and alongside the whole length you will find beautiful dunes. At the beginning of the beach you can find a surf school, in this school you can also rent kayaks, catamarans and more equipment for water activities.

A little bit of beach for nudists

 

On the northern side of La Playa de l’Ahuir you can find a separated part where nudists are allowed to stay. Since a couple of years there are also beach watchers on this part of the beach.

Playa Can, a beach where your dog also can have a great time

 

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Playa Can is a part of the Playa de l’Ahuir that has been adapted for your pets. This is the perfect place to enjoy the beach and the sea together with your dog!

 Playa de Venecia: small but lovely…

 

This sand beach is located on the southern side of the harbour and the Club Náutico of Gandia. It’s a quiet, little beach with a length of 330 metres and it is just 50 metres wide. Even though it is smaller, all the facilities for a nice beach day with the whole family are present.
This is the place where the Serpis River flows into the sea and the beach is surrounded by dunes with green vegetation, which gives a pleasant feeling of being outdoors and relaxation. There is also a breakwater to defend the beach against the northern wind.

Playa Rafalcaid: an Excellent Beach for Kite Surfing

 

This golden, sand beach is located on the southern side of the river mouth of the Serpis, and is also surrounded by dunes with Mediterranean vegetation.
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You can also find some old and more recently constructed fisherman houses, which make this beach more attractive and picturesque.
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The Harbor Area

In the southern part of the Playa Norte you can find the harbour, for small boats and yachts, or the “real Club Náutico”. After the harbour of Valencia this is the most important one the autonomous community Valencia, and it has room for about 400 boats.
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On warm summer nights there is great atmosphere. Besides this, it is nice to go to the promenade which leads to the lighthouse or “faro”, from where you have an amazing view over the coastline of Gandia and you can see the boats entering the harbour. Between 4:30PM and 5:30PM the fishermen enter. We also definitely recommend you to visit the “Grao de Gandia”, there you can find the authentic fisher- and beach neighbourhoods.
Playa Varadero, it might not be a real Beach, but you will Have Fun!
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Are you not a person who likes going to the beach every day? Then do not worry. The Valencian people like to be elegant and they love to enjoy the Mediterranean climate in style. Playa Varadero is called beach, but it is more like a big sun porch, and thanks to its location, facing the south, it can be used all year around.
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Both during the days and at night you can relax at this sun porch in the harbour. You can either take it easy in a sun bed, have a drink in the chiringuito (beach bar), or you can even take sailing classes!
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Great Destination To Visit!

But Lets Not Forget Why We Came

RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS TO THE TOMATO FESTIVAL

RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS TO THE TOMATO FESTIVAL

RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS TO THE TOMATO FESTIVAL

RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS TO THE TOMATO FESTIVAL

Have A Blast!

Chris

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