Summer Festivals in the Valencian Community

A huge number of festivals and events occur in villages throughout the Valencian Community, during the hot months of August and September. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the highlights.

Buñol – La Tomatina

August 26th — Everyone knows the Tomatina; when you think of “crazy Spanish fiesta”, the images of thousands of tomato-covered youngsters are among the first which spring to mind. Make sure to wear old clothes and goggles!

Requena – Fiesta Vendimia

August 19th – 30th — “Vendimia” means grape harvest, which should tell you everything you need to know about the 11-day festival in this town known for its excellent wines. Don’t miss the Noche de la Zurra, during which everyone takes to the street and is soaked with wine!
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Paterna – Cordà

End of August — Paterna, just outside Valencia city, honors its patron saints at the end of August with a Christian & Moors procession and a crazy tradition known as la Cordà. Think fireworks and insanity — but you have to see it to believe it.

Sueca – Festival of Rice

First week of September — The rice festival and international paella competition make up the year’s biggest event in this town, about an hour south of Valencia. The week-long festivities include a little of everything, from religious processions to bullfights, but the emphasis is on eating. Mampf.

Segorbe – Bull Week

September 7th – 13th — The traditional entrance of bulls and horses into Segorbe is extremely popular with the locals, and has been declared a festival of national touristic interest. The bulls run rampant through the main city streets, guided and controlled, as well as possible, by men on horseback. Men who are far braver than I. Check out this video, before you decide if you want to attend.

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