La Tomatina Festival – Spain always has its own way to amuse you. Around this time of the year, massive crowds from all over the world can enjoy the tomato throwing festival in the little village of Buñol near Valencia, Spain.
You. Yes, you can be a part of the fun by joining the huge crowds hurling tomatoes to each other throughout the streets of Buñol. It is going to be a fantastic way to end the summer! Don’t you think so? 😉
Not only throwing tomatoes, festival goers can taste sangria and paella non-stop. Wanna join the epic fiesta? Before it’s too late, it’s time to book your flight ticket to Spain at tiket.com.
Take Part in Spain’s Tomato-Throwing Festival in 2019
La Tomatina is known for its fun, spontaneous and absurdity. You’ll enjoy the festival and have a lot of fun! Here are a few important things to know to make sure you are well-prepared for La Tomatina.
La Tomatina Festival
Nobody knows exactly how the tomato fight tradition started. Some people believe it began after a street fight broke out when a local started to throw everyone with tomatoes. Some other believe the fight happened because the angry mob were pelting tomatoes at politicians.
Whatever the story was, La Tomatina has become Spain’s biggest food fight that happens every year on the last Wednesday in August. During the one-hour tomato fight, about 150,000 of over-ripe tomatoes are splattered across the streets.
The festivity has brought people from all over the world to come to the small town of Buñol to partake in the yearly tradition.
Locals believe that the festival is not a complete waste of food because the tomatoes are low quality and inferior in taste – they were bought cheaply from the Extremadura region of Spain.
La Tomatina has inspired other similar celebrations in other parts of the world such as in Costa Rica at the town of San José de Trojas; in Colorado; in the Colombian town of Sutarmarchan, as well as in the town of Dongguan in the Southern Guangdong province in China.
When and Where
La Tomatina 2019 will be held at the city of Buñol on Wednesday, August 28.
What Happens at La Tomatina
Okay, so now you got a glimpse of La Tomatina. But what exactly happens on the actual day?
In the morning at around 11 a.m., many trucks that bring tomatoes will go to the center of the town, Plaza del Pueblo. Before the festival begins, a jamón is going to be placed on top of a greased wooden pole.
The goal is to find a person that can climb up the slippery pole and get the ham. In reality, the process takes a long time and La Tomatina festival starts before anyone reaches the prize.
The tomato fight starts when the firing of water cannon begins. The moment lasts for one hour and after the second shot, no more tomatoes can be thrown.
After the festival finishes, fire trucks will clean up the streets. Unexpectedly, the streets will be very clean after the event because the acidity of the tomatoes acts as a disinfectant.
You can buy the tickets of La Tomatina 2019 online. A lot of companies offer a variety of packages that include a night stay or transportation facilities. The ticket itself costs €12 each. However, if you want to buy the bundling package, the price starts from €99.
Rules of the Festival
- Squash the tomatoes before throwing them. Do not throw away a whole tomato as it may cause bruising or injury.
- Keep a safe distance from the trucks.
- Stop throwing tomatoes immediately when you hear the second shot.
- Do not bring hard objects or any other items that can hurt other people.
- It’s forbidden to tear other people’s shirts.
- Follow the directions from security staff.
- Don’t wear high heels
- Don’t carry expensive cameras or phones
- Wear shirts, pants and shoes that you can throw away after the fight
- Wear swimming goggles to protect your eyes
Buñol is a small village of 9,000 people. During the festival, the city will be very crowded.
Thus, it is advisable to look for hotels or other types of accommodations in Valencia, which is located about 40 kilometers away from the event location.
If you decided to stay in Valencia, you can take a train to Buñol in the morning. The journey takes about 50 minutes. You can also take a local bus.
Alternatively, you can rent a car. However, this might not be a good idea because you’ll be very messy after the tomato battle.
Participate in Spain’s Biggest Tomato Fight! Prepare Yourself to Get Dirty
Spanish fiestas can be bizarre, including La Tomatina. Take the chance to experience something unusual because you only live once, right? 🙂 Happy tomato throwing!
Besides La Tomatina, there is also another cool festival in Spain that should be on your bucket list called the San Fermin Festival. The event is held every year in the streets of Pamplona, Spain.