La Tomatina is an annual tomato-throwing festival which takes place in Buñol near Valencia. It’s the perfect excuse to lob rotten tomatoes at your mates, strangers and mortal enemies (if you can coax them to Spain).
As well as being a great stress reliever, the festival is steeped in history having been going since 1945. It takes place on the last Wednesday in August every year. Before 2013, the event was a free-for-all: roughly 50,000 people packed into the narrow streets on Buñol to attack each other with squashed fruits. Today, you have to be lucky to bag one of the 20,000 tickets available.
If you’re not one to regularly part-take in a food fight (don’t pretend you haven’t hurled a nugget at someone’s head) then La Tomatina provides you with a great opportunity to get all your rage out. Whilst you might stink of rotting tomatoes, and slip and slide into a lot of strangers, you’ll leave Spain feeling calmer than you have in years.
Better yet, Buñol is right on the coast, so you can wash off the tomato slime pronto in the balmy waters. Buñol river is closer, but if you’re in a hurry, many kind residents appear armed and ready with their hosepipes to wash you down.
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The tomato battle lasts just 1 hour and all tomatoes are provided (so you don’t have to spend your baggage allowance on tomato grenades). At 11am they are brought into the town square by the lorry load and the fight begins when someone dares climb a greasy pole to fetch down a joint of ham… really.
It goes without saying: don’t wear anything you care about, but if you like the tomato-tye-dye look then go for it. Closed-toe shoes are important so you don’t get stomped on. Also, it’s recommended you tuck your t-shirt into your shorts so you have something clean to wipe your eyes with.
There are many stories of how the festival began, although no one is sure which is the truth. From playground food fights to an accidental lorry spillage, it’s fair to say no one really knows. The festival honours the town’s patron saints, but apart from that, everyone just loves throwing food.
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