Buñol Travel & Holiday Guide
The charming town of Buñol ( pronounced Boonyol ), close to Valencia, is situated on the Buñol river and surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views of several mountain ranges.
The sleepy borough spans across a total area of about 112 km² and is most well known for hosting the La Tomatina Tomato Festival.
Places to Visit
Points of interest are its 13th-century castle, the quaint Old Town surrounding it, with its cobbled, meandering streets, The San Pedro Church, which also houses the town’s Archaeological Museum.
There is a range of ecclesiastical buildings and notably, there is archaeological evidence which suggests there has been civilisation in Buñol going back 50,000 years.
Buñol castle is located in the centre of the town. It’s divided into two rooms, separated by artificial moats, and is connected by a bridge. Its highest point on two rock masses was previously the site of an Islamic settlement.
The area around the castle has the most breathtaking views over the rooftops of the town and the colourful purple dome atop the church. The hazy mountains in the distance complete the scenic picture.
San Pedro Church
The charming San Pedro Church was built around the second half of the 13th-Century and the beginning of the 14th century.
Visitors are treated to a semicircular nave, lunettes plus two transverse arches.
The church also houses a very interesting Archaeological Museum.
Picture a small street, less than 500 meters long and fairly narrow, which is filled with more than 20,000 people ready to throw tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes. It may sound bizarre, but this is the Tomatina Party.
Large trucks transport the bounty of tomatoes into the centre of town. A cannon is fired, signaling the beginning of the fight. Chaos and an unforgettable hour of laughs ensue.
The battle is every man for himself. Those who take part are encouraged to wear protective safety goggles and gloves and they must squash the tomatoes before throwing, for safety precautions.
After an hour or so, the cannon is fired again to signal the end of the festival. Fire trucks spray down the streets with water provided from a Roman aqueduct and people head towards the Buñol River to wash clean.
Buñol has two symphonic bands, which are thought of more like sports teams than music organisations. If a person is asked which band they belong to, there are usually cheers or jeers, depending on which band they play in.
In August, there is a special concert held called “Mano a Mano” when both of the Buñol bands play one after the other.
Around 80% of the professional woodwind and brass musicians in Spain originate from the Valencia province and they usually return home during the holidays, to play in their town band.
Fiesta de las Fallas
A must-see is the famous “Fiesta de las Fallas” in March, when there are parades throughout the streets.
The fallas fiestas are one of Spain's most popular festivals.
Alfresco parties take place and revellers enjoy mixing with the people of the town who take on a party attitude, the like of which you will never have seen before.
The exquisite dresses that the Falleras wear are mainly handmade by the families of the Falleras. They are multi-layered, very expensive and apparently uncomfortable. However, their beauty and authenticity make the ladies quite a sight to behold.
The women's outfit is completed with handheld fans, costing up to several hundred euros, as they are made by top designers.
The men, known as Falleros, wear a black smock and a neckerchief, which was the traditional clothing for the workers in the rice fields.
Each neighbourhood creates its own huge sculpture in cartoon form, typically portraying and mocking politicians. They are a form of community-based satire, reflecting whatever the population feels most strongly about, or the people in the public eye who have had negative effects on the community or the economy.
Every year, towards the last Wednesday of August, there are many parades, fireworks and cooking competitions, including massive Paella cook-offs.
During Springtime, in even years, a film festival brings the best Valencian and European cinema to the town’s screens. In odd years, every July, an event is organised which includes sculpture and rapid-painting competitions.
Handicraft markets are held on the first Sunday of each month at Buñol Castle.
A music festival is held in July, in even years, with famous bands appearing from Spain and abroad.
Each May, a trade fair is held where nearly 100 businesses exhibit their products.
Areas of Natural Beauty
The Turche Cave is a captivating natural feature, just outside of Buñol. It is a geological site of great beauty and the intriguing landscape is formed by a lake framed in a large rock amphitheatre. It’s the perfect place to take a refreshing bathe in the summer and during heavy rainfall, you can savour the sight of the waterfall which tumbles from a height of 60 meters.
The Parque San Luís promenade is an urban park where you can enjoy a leisurely walk. You can admire the San Luís Beltrán Hermitage of Neo-Gothic style. In the rocky headland of the Cuco area, an open-air Municipal Auditorium was built during the second half of the 20th century, where the town's musical concerts are now held.
The Fluvial Park consists of a peaceful walk through the river bed. It connects San Luis Park to the emblematic building Galán Mill. There, you can appreciate a green area and enjoy natural pools to swim in.
Borrunes Park, at the feet of the Castle, is a welcoming place, where lush vegetation encourages you to slow down and relish the views, producing a feeling of peace and tranquility within.
Continuing on, you can reach the mouth of the Natural Bridge, a geological and scenic place of interest. The brave can cross it and admire the large formations of stalagmites and stalactites.
The Umbria Fountain has a tall fountain of crystal clear waters with facilities designed for the enjoyment of a delightful day in the countryside: barbeques, benches, stone tables and wooden seats have all been made available to enrich your time out.
Located between Buñol and Yátova is the Juanes River - a mountain river. A 2km walk alongside it offers a captivating variety of colourful landscapes. Its crystalline and sparkling waters will take you to enchanting places such as the Cueva de las Palomas and continue its course through pools and ponds.
You’ll get a semi arid climate where hot dry winds blow during the summer and the winters endure thunderstorms along with cold winds. The temperature in January falls to 8°C and rises to peaks of over 30°C in August. There is minimal rainfall in July and the average precipitation is 67 mm in October.
Popular Tapas Bars in Bunol
» La Taska Buñol - Calle del Dr. Garcés Vericat, 1, 46360 Buñol
Tel: (0034 ) 648 65 68
» Bar Restaurante Tomatina - Av. Rafael Ridaura, 6, 46360 Buñol
» Posada Venta Pilar - Av. Pérez Galdós, 5, 46360 Buñol
The Region of Valencia - Comunidad de Valencia
The region of Valencia, known as the Comunidad de Valencia, is located on the east coast of the Spanish mainland.
The region is divided into three separate provinces, Castellon, Valencia and Alicante.
Tours & Excursions
Recommended accommodation in Bunol - Valencia
It is a small but charming guest house located right by Buñol Castle. An ideal place to stay as a base for visiting the town and surrounding area. It offers 6 rooms, all nicely decorated with free wifi. The Casa Rural Castillo is a 25-minute drive from Valencia Airport.
La Casa de la Abuela Buñol is the perfect base for those looking to visit the town and the local wineries.
A comfortable lodging, equipped to fit the needs of any traveller at a good price.