The perfect day trip from Valencia

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When you are visiting a city (for example Valencia) for just a few days, maybe it is not the best idea to leave it so you can explore the surroundings. Especially if there is nothing famous in the area. You might end up loosing precious time. You could just stay in the city and visit its famous beautiful sights instead. What if there is nothing to see in the area? But what if the surroundings turn out to be amazing and contribute to a unique experience?

Below you can read the story about our trip to the surroundings of Valencia in Spain. We leave it up to you to make up your mind about whether we wasted our time there or had the best time!

How about some waterfalls? The ones we visited had an extremely strong and cold stream. Even more, the ground underneath was really slippery. It was something like a skating ring and a shower against hangover in the same time. There was nobody there except for our small group of people. The bravest (who were the ones with the worst hangover, too) decided to get refreshed. Interesting idea after a bachelor party. The guy with the Apollo body type showed some good dance skills under the cold water…

traveling to the surroundings of Valencia

 

cold waterfall in the surrounding of Valencia in Spain

 

For the not-so-brave people there was the view of the amazing waterfall and the sound of the falling water.
cold waterfall in the surrounding of Valencia in Spain
cold waterfall in the surrounding of Valencia in Spain

 

Meeting the Spanish bulls

We are entering a village. What is there in it? Today there is a celebration. We are there so we can watch the bulls on the streets. Literally. Well, it is known when exactly the bulls will be freed. It is not like fighting for survival. It is not running from the bull on the streets, too. People are protected from the deadly horns by thick bars. These bars are especially made so you can slip inside, but the bulls can’t. Who said it is dangerous in prison? Seeing the full of people village square, you might feel stupid being behind the bars. However, from there you are just watching while being completely safe as 1-2 bulls are running free on the streets. It gets even more exciting when just a meter away from you a bull hits the metal construction and everything starts shaking. It is an unforgettable experience.

Let the journey take you to  Passing through the Gorge of Erma River

In the beginning everybody is walking around on the “scene”. Everybody is trying to catch a glimpse of a bull at the end of the street. It seems like everyone is so brave and a bull cannot frighten them. There are viewers even on the second floor of the metal constructions (mini-prisons) and some are watching from the windows of their houses.

The next series of photos describes most specifically what exactly happens since the last gunshot.

 

celebration with bulls in a village near Valencia in Spain
celebration with bulls in a village near Valencia in Spain
celebration with bulls in a village near Valencia in Spain
celebration with bulls in a village near Valencia in Spain
celebration with bulls in a village near Valencia in Spain
celebration with bulls in a village near Valencia in Spain

 

The number of the brave ones is now down to 0. Only some prepared boys stay outside. They are quick enough to be able to tease the bull and escape from it behind the bars. One of these boys was especially brave and people started talking about him. They said he had good chances of becoming a toreador like the ones we see on TV.

 

celebration with bulls in a village near Valencia in Spain
celebration with bulls in a village near Valencia in Spain
celebration with bulls in a village near Valencia in Spain
celebration with bulls in a village near Valencia in Spain

 

After the excitement with the bulls it was time for relaxing. Relaxing in the nature.

We found another hidden diamond in the surroundings of Valencia. This time it was a nature phenomenon – thermal springs. Actually it is argued upon weather they actually are thermal since the temperature is just 25 degrees. In the beginning there is something like a stony beach. If you swim further away from the ground you get surrounded by sharp rocks. Your tunnel is getting smaller by the minute. On your way there are two small caves. In order to get in one of them you need to get past some wild fauna and branches. Once you do this you realize it was all worth it. Inside it is really exotic. It has water dropping on the plants and a natural Jacuzzi. The ending is even greater – rock for water jumps. It is important to say now that swimming is a really essential skill there. On some places the water is so deep that the only way you can get through them is if you are swimming (or if someone carries you). So if you have no luck or skills you might not see all the amazing places.

water adventure in the surroundings of Valencia in Spain
water adventure in the surroundings of Valencia in Spain

 

Let the journey take you to  Barcelona - we are back

Dam wall with an opening for water relocation…

water adventure in the surroundings of Valencia in Spain
water adventure in the surroundings of Valencia in Spain

 

In the end – some views from above. We only needed to stop the car at a road exit.

water adventure in the surroundings of Valencia in Spain
water adventure in the surroundings of Valencia in Spain
water adventure in the surroundings of Valencia in Spain
That is why sometimes we need to leave the beaten path, or in this case the city, to explore places not so popular and blend with locals and nature!

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10 Responses

  1. Wandermust mummy
    | Reply

    I wish I’d known about this place when we went to Valencia

  2. Love seeing other sides to Spain. The waterfalls are so pretty and that boy with the bull was very brave. Yikes.

    • Bistra Yakimova
      | Reply

      He is brave, and he’s also taking well-calculated risks – the art of being “street-toreador” let’s say 🙂

  3. neha
    | Reply

    Your pictures are amazing. And I have got to agree. A trip to valencia won’t be complete without visiting the countryside. They are so gorgeous.

  4. Kaila Yu
    | Reply

    That looks like so much fun! I’m learning so much about Spain lately, how was the food?!

    • Nace Sapundjiev
      | Reply

      It was a lot of fun! And the food in Spain is an experience for itself. Paellas, seafood, bocadillos, tortilla, tapas, sangria and much more 🙂

  5. Cristina
    | Reply

    Very inspirational post…I’ve been in Valencia 2 times in the last 5 years without seeing these amazing places! Thanks to you the next time I’ll be there I perfectly know where to go ;)…

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