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Valencia, the third largest city in Spain

25-26,2015

Speaking of Valencia, what do you imagine? Oranges?

Wait! There’s more!

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain. It offers lots of attractions to us and there are plenty of things to see and do!
Gothic and Renaissance monuments, nice cafes, shops, and great museums – Valencia has it all!

I got to Valencia from Granada via Barcelona that day.
There are two ways to go to Valencia from Barcelona. They’re by train or bus.

If you care about time, the train is better.
It takes about 3 hours by train;
It takes about 4 and a half hours by bus.

If you care about money, the bus is better.
The train costs about 40-45 Euro;
The bus costs about 30-35 Euro.

I chose the bus this time, because it’s cheaper and I like looking at the view from the bus while riding. But either is fine! It’s up to you!

You can buy a ticket online or at the ticket counter on the day.
As there are many buses, you can take the next one even if you miss your bus.

I bought a ticket on the day and enjoyed the view until arriving.

After arriving, I met my host and went to eat Tapas.

The next day, I went to Bunyol. It’s a town in Valencia and really famous for the Tomatina festival.

The festival is held on the last Wednesday of every August; thousands of people gather in the Plaza and throw many ripe tomatoes at each other.
It’s so famous around the world that many tourists from many countries visit Bunyol for this festival every year.

I’m one of them!
I decided to go to Bunyol just to see the Tomatina festival.

Come to think of it, I might’ve not had a particular reason why I wanted to see the Tomatina festival. But if you asked me, I’d say that I just wanted to see this crazy and meaningless event.

When I said to my host that I wanted to go to the Tomatina festival, she gave a wry smile.
According to her, Spanish people aren’t interested in it, and almost all of the participants are foreigners.

Anyway, I excitedly headed to Bunyol. (You can also go to Bunyol by train. It takes about an hour.)

After I got there, many people were gathering from around the world, including Japan.

I was supposed to meet a Japanese group who’ll travel to Iceland together there. And, depending on the situation, I was going to join the Tomatina festival.

I tried to find the group. But there was no internet, and there were too many people to find just one group.

After a while, I gave up and decided to just observe the festival.

Almost all of the people wore swimsuits and some wore face paint.
They looked excited even before they started throwing tomatoes.
A while later, the whistle blew and some trucks loaded with tons of tomatoes
started dropping them one after another, and the participants started throwing them.

The ground was turning red.
Many tomatoes were flying from left to right and right to left.

The people covered with tomatoes,Valencia, Spain, Tomaitina

The people covered with tomatoes

What a crazy view!!

Although I thought so inwardly, I couldn’t look away from it…

About an hour later, it finished.
Then, the city workers came and started cleaning up the town, which was full of tomatoes. At the same time, those who had been excitedly throwing the tomatoes until a while ago stopped and started washing the tomatoes off of their bodies.

Beautiful town Bunyol after Tomatina, Tomatina, Bunyol, Valencia, Spain

Beautiful town Bunyol after Tomatina

Then, I started going back to the host’s house.
After I got there, my host showed me around the city of Valencia.

The beautiful drawing in Valencia , Nice cafe in Valencia, The place to visit in Valencia, Valencia , Spain

The beautiful drawing in Valencia

I saw a cathedral and the Plaza of the Virgin and so on.
Valencia is a very lively city. Nevertheless, it’s not touristic like Barcelona or Toledo. What’s more, it has a more historical atmosphere than Madrid.
There are many great historical buildings, such as cathedrals and churches.
So just walking around makes your stay enjoyable.

The station of Valencia, The place to visit in Valencia, Valencia, Spain

The station of Valencia

The Colosseum of Valencia, Valencia, Spain, The place to visit in Valencia

The Colosseum of Valencia

Additionally, I want to recommend that you try Horchata here in Valencia.
It’s a special drink for Spanish people and the origin is here, in Valencia.
According to my host, the Horchata in Valencia is totally different than that of other places in Spain.
You can easily find a stall which sells Horchata.
I tried it and it’s super delicious!
So apparently, it’s a must-try in Valencia.

Anyway, in writing this article, I found out information about Valencia that I didn’t know before.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t visit all of those places this time.

But I made a list for next time, and for those who got interested in Valencia after reading this article.
1.The square of Reina
It’s a main square of Valencia surrounded by many buildings, such as restaurants, cafes, bars.

The impressive church , Valencia, Spain, The place to visit in Valencia

The impressive building

The impressive church, Valencia, Spain, The place to visit in Valencia

The impressive church

So if you don’t know where to go and what to do, come here and go into cafe, restaurants, or bars wherever you want, and enjoy the atmosphere Valencia offers to you!

2. Valencia Cathedral
It’ a Gothic Mixed architecture and full of history and amazing!
What’s the more, the view of the observatory is stunning!

3. Valencia’s Central Market.
Local market with great food. If you want to know the place, it’s one of the best ways to visit a market. You can enjoy unique food and drink.
I always like visiting a local market while traveling.

4.The Turia river bed gardens
The Turia old river bed is a great garden for walk and cycle.
What’s more, it’s full of gardens and trees.

5. The City of Arts and Sciences
It’s a great museum with many architectures! And the entry fee is only 8E!
And the surrounding area is also good to go. Apparently, it’s one of must-see places in Valencia!

Valencia is rich in beauty! I liked Valencia!
It’s one of my favorite places in Spain.
I hope that article could help your travel for Valencia!

The night view of the square of Virgen, Valencia, Spain, the place to visit in Valencia

The night view of the square of Virgen

The night view of the square Virgen, Valencia, Spain, the place to visit in Valencia

The people relaxing in the square at night

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life-adventurer

Thank you! I’m really happy to hear that! Your comment encouraged me to keep on writing!

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Swati

Great post Fumiko. I am glad you were able to see the Tomatino festival. Am sure it was fun. Did you not participate in throwing tomatoes ? Loved the street art in Valencia

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life-adventurer

Thank you for nice comment! Swati! No,I didn’t. Because i went to see Tamatino alone and I couldn’t find the people I was supposed to meet. That’s why! I’m happy to hear that your like my post

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