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What a Smash – From Tennis to La “Tomatina” tomato battle – Upcoming Events in Valencia

Valencia is always a popular destination for the Irish tourist and if you are in any doubt, the Valencia Tourist Board has a few upcoming reasons to head to this part of Spain.

La “Tomatina”, the most famous tomato battle, returns

La Tomatina de Buñol is back- the internationally renowned tomato battle returns on 31 August to celebrate its 75th anniversary. For an hour, more than 150,000 kilos of tomatoes will be thrown left, right and centre, turning the streets of the Valencian town red. A fireworks display follows, marking the end of the battle. This year the little ones can also take part, as on 27 August Buñol is offering a free children’s Tomatina. If you would rather not get dirty, download the new ‘La Tomatina VR Experience’ to be part of the event. Book your tickets (click here for more info). The top tip from the tourist board is to pack comfy shoes, diving goggles and clothes you don’t mind getting a little gooey!

GEOVALENCIA 2022 – Discover the city through geocaching

GEOVALENCIA will be transforming València into an international geocaching venue from 30 September – 2 October. Geocaching is an activity that involves hiding “treasures” all over the world with the aim of making special places known to its users, who search for them and share their experiences through social media and dedicated websites. In the next GEOVALENCIA, there is a 3-day activity proposal for the geocacher community and for anyone who wants to experience this unique way of exploring València – and all free of charge. You can go climbing, navigate between the lakes of the City of Arts and Sciences and more. Sign up now, as places are limited – https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/events-valencia/discover-city-valencia-through-geocaching.

Warming up for World Paella Day 2022

The countdown to the next World Paella Day is on. Every year, 20 September marks International Paella Day, a day that celebrates the most universal dish of Valencian gastronomy. With the celebrations comes the World Paella Day Cup, a competition to find the international chef who cooks the best paella in the world outside Spain. While Spain will maintain its role as host, for the first year the country will be unable to compete. València will welcome the finalist chefs, who will compete in the World Paella Day Cup Stage. This training stage will see the chefs learn from the best paella experts, travel to Valencia to learn the tips and tricks of the trade from the best – Santos Ruíz, from the D.O. Arroz de València; Toni Montoliu, owner and chef of La Barraca de Toni Montoliu; Rafa Margós, chef of Les Bairetes; and Chabe Soler, winner of the WPD Cup 2020. Follow all the news of this tasty competition on Valencia’s website.

Celebrate a Century of the Davis Cup at the knockout phase in València

The world’s leading men’s team tennis championship, The Davis Cup, is celebrating 100 years and València is one of the four venues for the group stage in which sixteen countries will compete. The qualifying round that València will host will be Group B: Spain, Canada, Serbia and the Republic of Korea. The tournament will be held from 14 – 18 September at the Fuente de San Luis Pavilion, a venue with a capacity of approximately 9,000 seats. Get your ticket from 60 euros and don’t miss some of the best tennis players in the world such as Rafa Nadal or Carlos Alcaraz. Find out more here.

For more information on visiting Valencia, head to https://www.visitvalencia.com/en.

Shane Cullen
Shane Cullen
Shane Cullen has been managing director of a media production studio for nearly 20 years working on projects for a global clientele. He has worked in the travel industry for over a decade and as a travel journalist since 2015. He is passionate about travel, film & photography. He also has a keen interest in emerging technology.


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