August is the month of festivals and party in Spanish calendar. Unlike India, villages and towns have their own festivals and their way of celebration. Every last Wednesday of August Buñol is your one stop to Tomatina. We reached Buñol,around 8.30 in the morning, dressed up in white T-shirt and pool goggles for eyes. The chaos of thousands of people and many Indian faces around made me feel at home and we walked inside the village in the main street. This festival is kicked off with a very ‘Govinda Ala Re’ type ritual…. The task is to climb up on a greasy pole and to take off the peace of meat on the top and this ritual is strictly performed by the Buñol natives. Till the completion of this challenge, a perfect body squeezing massage and loud cheers of typical Spanish song ‘ole,ole’ can be availed.
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256 Kms from Buñuel
After enjoying the wonderful stay in city of Barcelona, we flew to the heart of the Spain- Madrid city.
290 Kms from Buñuel
ValenciaValencia, almost forgotten sister amongst the shine of Barcelona and Madrid, provides a harmoniously combine the remnants of its farthest past, with the most innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium. It is a sort of laid back city which offers a Roman past harboured in its down-town area and the advanced massive architectural project called The City of Arts and Sciences.It was easy to visit the down-town area as I had already purchased the unlimited metro and bus pass. My host helped me with the areas to visit and how to reach there. The down-town area boasted of the Gothic architectural buildings and cathedrals with a lot to discover by walking or cycling. It was easy to rent a cycle and roam around in city, but I preferred to walk. There was the famous Valencia Cathedral, The Barri del Carme neighbourhood, The Mercat Central and a labyrinth of streets all displaying Spanish-style buildings with large balconies and windows. There were a good number of restaurants where I enjoyed mouth-watering cuisines when I got a bit tired of walking. It was a good way to relax and engage in a chat with locals and other tourists while I enjoyed the beauty of Valencia.
298 Kms from Buñuel
How to reach: 1.5 hour train from Toulouse Matabiau station to Carcassonne. From Carcassonne rental cars are available to Montsegur.