On the last Wednesday in August, the small Valencian city of Buñol gets covered in a maelstrom of tomatoes. Those tossing the juicy red fruit at one another become a part of La Tomatina Festival, the world’s largest food fight. This nearly 70-year-old tradition takes place on an unprecedented scale, with an estimated 150,000 tomatoes tossed around. Wearing old sneakers and goggles, thousands of participants paint Buñol’s Plaza del Pueblo red during one messy and fun-packed hour. After the second firing of the water cannons, the cleaning process begins, with fire trucks spraying down the streets with water from a Roman aqueduct.
- 25 August: Transfers from the airport to the hotel
- 26 August: At 7.30am transfer from the hotel to the bus station. Take bus for Buñol. When festival ends take same bus to Valencia and transfer to the hotel.
- 27 August: Transfers from the hotel to the airport.
- Pets are not allowed.
- The hotel will be allocated 14 days before.
Rules of La Tomatina
- Do not bring bottles or hard objects as they can cause accidents and hurt other participants.
- Do not rip other people’s T-shirts.
- Tomatoes must be crushed before throwing them as this reduces the impact.
- Ensure a safe distance is kept from the lorries.
- As soon as the second shot is heard, stop throwing tomatoes.
- Follow the security personnel.
- Bring old clothes or clothes that you don’t use anymore. Ideal outfit: white T-shirt.
- Wear closed shoes that you don’t mind throwing away afterwards. If you wear flip-flops, you may get hurt, or you could lose them easily during the battle.
- Goggles are useful. However, it is safer to have something clean to wipe your eyes with. The best thing is if you tuck your T-shirt into your shorts to keep the bottom part of your T-shirt clean and dry.
- Use a waterproof camera to take pictures, or cover your camera with a protective case.
- Do not miss the Palojabón – a soap-covered pole with a Spanish ham at the top. Whoever can climb the pole and get the ham may keep it.