Summer University 2016


Ultimate SUrvivor: Tomato Wars

Organized by AEGEE-Valencia

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From the very beginning we will be getting ready for the final battle (La Tomatina) and what a better way for it than visiting the places where ancient knights lived and fought.
Valencia is a city that was once founded by victorious knights, will welcome participants in a legendary and epic adventure. This magnificent citiy will feel their breath, their passion and tell all its history behind. Beach, sun, sea, culture, mountain, and what it is more important, fun! That’s what this Summer University will offer you during eleven unforgettable days around Valencia. You will immediately fall in love with those places.
- Valencia is one of the biggest cities in Spain, and every year is getting more important, offering hundreds of different activities to make it even better than it already is. You will enjoy visiting the City of Arts and Sciences, playing beach games, swimming, a city tour at the historical district of the city and another on the modern one, workshops and lessons at the awesome facilities of the Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, and endless party nights. Appart from the valencian urban style you will see Roman old architecture, such as the theater and the castle in Sagunto, one of the biggest towns close to Valencia and present since glorious days of Hannibal Barca aiming to defeat an empire.
But you will not be only in the surroudings of Valencia:
- Going to a castle on a big piece of land, participating in the local festival in a small town, enjoying the beach side during the best week of the year for it are some of the loads of things we will do in the north of Castellón.
- You can add to this the famous event that it is celebrated in Bunyol, called ‘La Tomatina’. This crazy one is about people wearing white clothes and throwing tomatoes to each other until there’s no more of them, just like that. Also this city is surrounded by mountains, small rivers and lakes, so hiking and swimming is mandatory if you go there.
Now we just can hope to have you here this summer, and make you feel as comfortable as we can. Be sure about your way of spending the holidays, and if you agree with all what we have said, then this is your choice, this is your Summer University.

General Information:

From: Monday, August 22nd
To: Friday, September 2nd
Starts in: Valencia
Ends in: Valencia
Type: Summer Course info_outline
Thematic categories: History and Local Culture /
Fee: 154€ info_outline
22 Friends
Accomodation: Hostel, Gym and Student dorm
Confirmation: Pay 50% of the fee in advance
Optional fee: 40€
Used for: Tomatina, Oceanogràfic, Museum of Arts and Sciencies
Alternative: Hiking, Beach games.
Language: English
Special equipment needed:
Suited for disabled people: No


Warm up to defeat your enemies and defend the Valencian Kingdom.


Phone: +34655827246

Our ideal participant:

    Our ideal participant is open for new experiences, interested in culture and history, in order to enjoy everything from all the activities would be good to have some previous knowledge about our history. Someone who really wants to discover new cities and ready to explore the Mediterranean cuisine, traditions. And, of course, someone who loves meeting people, who can handle lack of sleep because of the parties and never hesitates to participate in any activity. Are we talking about you? Then feel welcome!


  • Icebreaking games - get to know each other games.
  • City Tour Old Valencia. Historical facts simulations
  • AEGEE Lessons & Workshops
  • City Tour Modern Valencia. Visit to City of Arts and Science, and Oceanogràfic
  • Visit to Sagunto and its roman monuments
  • Torreblanca's local festival
  • Visit to Penyíscola´s castle and its gardens
  • Visit to an exhibition of Knight Templars
  • Universitat Politecnica de Valencia campus tour.
  • European Night
  • Valencia's harbour tour. Walking + beach day + sport (volleyball)
  • Practical workshop: sangria
  • Hiking and swimming in a lake
  • Practical workshop: paella.
  • Debate about nationalism (Catalonian and Valencian)
  • Workshops about the history and traditions of Valencia
  • La Tomatina (Tomato Battle)
  • Visit to a Fallas workshop, and history of las Fallas
  • CLosing ceremony. Awards.

Course Information:

Course level: Beginner
Course given by: Julián Ródenas Cotillas (5 years experienced member, former president of AEGEE-Valencia, subcommissioner) Consuelo Ródenas Cotillas (5 years experienced member, former president of AEGEE-Valencia) Eloi Gomez Cal (Former president of AEGEE-Leon, enterpreneur)
Supported by University: Yes

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Discover Valencia and end up loving it. There are few cities like Valencia, able to harmoniously combine the remnants of its farthest past, dating to the year 138 BC, with the most innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium.
Valencia is trade and culture, cinema, theatre, museums, magic, business.
Thanks to its location, Valencia has historically been Spain’s Mediterranean port and has that special charm of cities that are also seaports. And the fine sand and clean water, the vastness of the sea and the closeness of the coastal mountains make the Valencian coast uniquely attractive.


The city is surrounded by water on every side but one and has a beach that's a byword for fashion all year round.
Peñíscola is one of the most popular tourist resorts in the province of Castellón. The castle, perched on a large ridge overlooking the sea, offers a glimpse of its past at a time when knights and battlemented fortresses occupied the lands of 'El Maestrazgo'. Pope Benedict XIII, known as 'Papa Luna', chose this as a place of seclusion and to launch the fight for the unity of the Catholic Church. The fortress stands on the highest point of the peninsula. The parade ground offers as a delightful balcony over the Mediterranean, and its keep makes the perfect place to see a panoramic view of the coastline.


Sagunto is a town which offers a two millennia history written in ancient stone, a town of contrasts and contradictions, for it is both modern and ancient, new and old, rural and urban, preterite yet future, inland yet close to the sea, having extended its tentacles to the shore of the Mediterranean.
You can find old roman constructions such as the theater and the castle in Sagunto, one of the biggest towns close to Valencia and present since glorious days of Hannibal Barca aiming to defeat an empire.


Buñol is just 39 kilometres from the city of Valencia, in a mountainous area close to the coast. In the surrounding region you will have the chance to enjoy beautiful nature areas such as Alta Cave, the Juanes River and Turche Cave, where there is a 60 metre waterfall at rainy times of year. The town also has many parks and gardens. Other points of interest are its 13th century castle, the old town around it and El Salvador Church, which also houses the town’s Archaeological Museum. Nevertheless, it is in August when thousands of people head for Buñol to take part in its famous “Tomatina”. This amusing fiesta involves everyone hurling tomatoes at each other and has the International Tourist Interest designation.


Torrenostra Beach and the El Prat Nature Reserve are the two main attractions in this village in the province of Castellón.
Torreblanca is 36 kilometres from Castellón de la Plana. It is located in the heart of the Costa del Azahar, with outstanding coastline washed by the Mediterranean. It is ideal to enjoy the sun and the sea. Torreblanca holds its local fiestas in honour of San Bartolomé in the last week of August.