This region is formed by a great central depression, the Hoya de Buñol,and connects the foothills of the mountains of Chiva with the neighbouring Pla de Quart. These mountains formed the historical border between the Kingdoms of Valencia and Castille up until the 19th century, permitting travel through the Cabrillas Pass and onto Madrid, making Buñol the gateway to Valencia. As Chivaoffers a more gentle terrain,which only begins to rise closer to the mountainsto heights of up to 1000 meters at the Peak of Santa Maria (1113m), the Hoya de Buñol is characterized by a much more irregular geography, where isolated hills and slopesrise and stand alone in the interior, creating a complicated route for the River Buñol gorge. All of this creates a rugged landscape which, during the renaissance, earned the areathe deserved sobriquetSwiss Valencia. The villages which make up this area are Alborache, Buñol, Cheste, Chiva, Godelleta, Macastre, SieteAguas, Yátova and Dos Aguas.

How to arrive:

The main route into the region is the A3 highway; this road connects all of the secondary roads which link the villages of the region. One example is the CV-50, which, beginning at Godelleta in the region of Ribera Alta, passes through Chestetraveling towards Vilamarxant. From the village of Buñol two more roads begin. The CV-427 to Yatova, and the CV-425, which heads out to Alborache and Macastre. Another available route, the CV-435, leads towards Dos Aguas and the neighboring region of Canal de Navarres.

Gastronomy and events:

Without doubt the most famous and internationally-renowned festival of the region is La Tomatina, the great and bloody tomato battle which takes place on the last Wednesday of August. Later follows the Cuerda de Chiva, which attractsmanyfansto witnessor participatein this unique bullfighting event. And we mustn’t forget the International Gran Fondo de SieteAguas, a great sporting festival of amateur and professional athleticism which takes place on the third Thursday in August and unites over 2000 participants. And of course, the 5 day Las Fallas fiesta which is celebrated throughout the region, including towns such as such as Cheste.

The distinguishing culinary character of this regionderives from its gastronomy being a meeting point between the produce of the fields of both the interior and coast. Here, you can find paellas of many different styles, alongside dishes unique to the region such as el mojete de bacalao (a cod stew), gazpacho (deep, rich, game stew), embutidos (sausages) and rin ran (cod with tomato and hard boiled eggs). All are wonderful. And that is before we even mention the wines of the region, especially the Moscatel sweet wines

Tourist Info:

Calle María Carbonell 14 C.P: 46380 Cheste
Telf: 960616261
Fax: 962512007

Horario: De lunes a viernes de 9:00 a 14:00 h. Sábados y domingos de 10:00 a 14:00 h 

Casa Señorial del Castillo de Buñol
Telf: 962503886
Fax: 962503083

Miércoles, jueves y viernes de 09:00 a 14:00 h. Sábado y domingo de 11:00 a 14:00 h. y de 16:00 a 18:00 h.