La Tomatina de Buñol, enjoy the tomato fight like a pro
There are times in life when being organised is key to your enjoyment. La Tomatina de Buñol is one such occasion. Find out everything you need to know about the event to have a whole lot of fun throwing tomatoes.
When a tomato fight broke out on the last Wednesday of August 1945, La Tomatina de Buñol was nothing like the event you can enjoy today. Now listed an Event of International Tourist Interest, the festival turns the streets of Buñol into a sea of tomato juice where people from all four corners of the world congregate to take part in one of the best events of their lives.
What is La Tomatina?
La Tomatina is essentially a huge food fight in which participants throw thousands of kilos of tomatoes at each other. A great deal of organisation goes into the event.
When is La Tomatina?
La Tomatina is held on the last Wednesday of August. To make sure you have as much fun as possible, we recommend following the organisers’ instructions at all times. The event came about by chance. In the midst of the town’s yearly August festival, a tomato fight broke out. This spontaneous battle has evolved into the event you can enjoy today.
Where is La Tomatina held?
La Tomatina is held in Buñol, a pretty town in inland province of Valencia where you can visit an impressive castle and areas of natural beauty such as Cueva del Turche, a waterfall where you can take a dip in the icy waters and gaze up at the mesmerising rock formations.
How to survive La Tomatina: basic advice
La Tomatina is a well organised event and our best advice is to follow the instructions provided by the organisers. Although the tomato-throwing starts at 12am, it’s a good idea to get there about two hours early, giving you plenty of time to show your ticket (purchased in advance) and get your bracelet giving you access to the designated fight area.
Before heading in, leave your phone and other belongings in a dry and safe place. The only thing you should bring in with you are your goggles and a photocopy of your passport or identity card, which you’ve ideally laminated. You are not allowed to bring backpacks or hard objects into the fight area.
Wear comfortable (preferably old) clothing that you don’t mind throwing away afterwards. As you’ve probably imagined, you’re going to get completely covered in tomatoes. Wear comfortable shoes, put on some sunscreen and you’re ready for the battle to commence.
Once you’re inside the fight area, make sure you don’t block any of the exits or evacuation areas. You also want to make space for the trucks carrying the tomatoes: they’re bringing you ammunition, after all. When you’ve got your hands on some tomatoes, remember to squash them completely before throwing them. This makes it much more fun for everyone.
At midday, the event is over. You’ll be pointed towards the exits and showers where you can wash off the tomatoes you’ll be covered in. Follow our advice and you’ll enjoy La Tomatina like a seasoned pro. It’s time to start planning your getaway to Buñol. Remember to get your ticket in advance and get ready to enjoy a morning of a lifetime!