Tourist attraction wise, Bunol's choices are nice but limited. There is a historic castle that's free to visit, and has an archaeological museum and an ethnographic museum on its premises. The community park runs close to the river, and if you're lucky there might be an event going on while you visit. Following the river south will take you to a lovely picnic area - a waterfall, pool and cave system. And to the northeast of the city is a Masonic Cemetery. Nothing else for sightseeing!
None of these things are the reason the people visit Bunol. On the last Wednesday of August, the city's population swells from nine thousand to thirty thousand over the course of a few days. It's the day of the famous Tomatina Festival, when scores of trucks loaded up with tomatoes rolls into town. The fruit flinging begins once someone has climbed up a greased up pole to reach the ham at the top. Then for one hour, the air is thick with tomatoes and water, after which people usually head to the river to dunk in and clean off.
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Calle del Castillo, s/n, 46360 Bunol, Valencia, Spain
10:00 am - 02:00 pm
In the centre of the town, between the Borrunes ravine and the moat formed from the Bunol River, this castle towers on a hill. There has been a castle here since the 13th century. The location was strategic, being on the border between Valencia and Castilla. It used to be a Muslim stronghold, later owned by Christians. Over the centuries, it changed ownership multiple times, and was ransacked by Napoleon. It was later used as a prison. Visitors will find the old Mercador Palace, the Church of the Saviour, and a part of the old Gothic Palace. There are two museums on the grounds. The Archaeological Museum exhibits artifacts from various times in Bunol's past, from the Paleolithic to Iron Age to Roman times. The Ethnological Museum is decorated like a 19th century home, showcasing professions, tools and items prevalent in that time. These days the city of Bunol uses it as a museum of outdoor sculpture and center of cultural activities. In summer, there are musical concerts in the courtyard.
You'll find the town's tourist office right outside the castle.
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Parque de San Luis, Calle San Luis, 46360 Buñol, Valencia, Spain
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This public park is the city of Bunol's favourite hangout. It's located in the western part of the town, with lovely views of the river. Many cultural and festive events are held here throughout the year. The river walk along the Bunol River starts here and goes on for about 2km to the south east and south. During the month of august, a fair is encamped here. You'll also find a small chapel, a bar and an open air auditorium nearby.
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Cueva Turche, Charca de las Palomas, Bunol, Spain
12:01 am - 12:00 am
If you follow the river Bunol down from the city park, it eventually splits off into another river, the Charca de las Palomas. Following that river will bring to a pretty waterfall and cave and pool. There's no waterfall in the dry season unless it has recently rained though. It is one of the town's nicest natural attractions. Right next to the pool are picnic tables. You can bathe in the water if you wish; just wear rubber sandals.
This is an unusual place to find such an attraction. Over two hundred of the tombs in this cemetery are the graves of Freemasons. All their headstones are inscribed with Freemason symbol most of which are the compass and scale enclosed within a triangle. Other symbols include the Phrygian cap, the branch of acacia, the pansy flower, a book, dragons, an olive branch, owl, the pentacle, and clasped hands.