Arrive @ Madrid
La Tomatina Festival is a great excuse to plan a trip to Spain in August. If you have a few days to spare, take advantage of the opportunity to visit Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona during the week of the “World’s Largest Food Fight”. Here is my 5 day Spain itinerary, centered around La Tomatina Festival.
Spend your first day in Spain immersing in the culture – eat tapas, drink cava and admire priceless works of art. Madrid boasts interesting architecture, beautiful gardens and a number of galleries and museums to explore. Overnight at the Hotel.
Leave Madrid on the early morning AVE train and arrive in Valencia a little over an hour and a half later. Start your day at the north end of the central Jardín del Turia, a stretch of green space intersecting the city, that was once a river prone to flooding. The river was diverted around the city in 1957, so today the Jardín offers ample space for running, walking, biking and playing. Afternoon try the traditional version made with chicken and rabbit, snails and butter beans, or if you prefer to eat along the shore opt for the seafood version, brimming with fresh mussels, fish, squid and lobster. Explore the beautiful city. Overnight at the Hotel.
La Tomatina Festival – Buñol
Wake up early on the last Wednesday in August and board the C-3 train from Sant Isidre Station to the quaint Valencian village of Buñol for La Tomatina Festival. Spend a few raucous hours participating in the “World’s Largest Food Fight” before taking the afternoon train back to Valencia. Overnight at the hotel.
Hop on a Train journey to visit the happening Barcelona with a stroll down the wide pedestrian lane of Las Ramblas, one of the most visited spots in the city. It is noticeably touristy, but worth the visit for its architecture, cultural centers and street markets. Spend some time getting lost in the nearby Gothic Quarter, exploring the picturesque alleyways and squares. Make a stop at Europe’s largest food market. One of Barcelona’s most interesting features is its modern art nouveau architecture, the most exemplary created by Antoni Gaudi. The most famous of these are the Sagrada Família, Park Güell and Casa Batlló, but many others exist throughout the city. Use the map provided to create a self-guided tour, or sign up with an official Gaudi tour to explore many of his works.
Barcelona offers a variety of nightlife, so once again sign up with an organized pub crawl at a local bar or hostel to explore the many great bars and clubs.
Depart to Home
After brealfast, say goodbye to the Spain also dont forget to collect some souvenirs for the loved ones awaiting your arrival.