Friday, July 17, 2015

The Travel Bug's 3 Fascinating Facts About Valencia

While wandering through the streets of Valencia and eating delicious Spanish omelette in the sun, the Travel Bug uncovered these fascinating facts:

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  • Muslims founded Spain’s first university in Valencia in 1209.


  • La Tomatina is the world’s biggest food fight and is held just outside the city, in Bunol, each year.   Around 150,000 tomatoes are thrown!


  • Las Fallas festival (The Fire) is held in Valencia each year and is one of the most unique festivals in Spain, lasting for five days.  Massive ‘ninots’ (puppets or dolls) are constructed using cardboard and paper mache and then set fire to on ‘La Crema (the burning)’.  Some of the ninots are so huge they have to be moved into position by crane.