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Tomatina - in August

Posted By Guru4Travel on Sep 15, 2017 at 6:46AM

La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, in which participants throw tomatoes at each other. It is held the last Wednesday in August, during a week of festivities. This year the festival is on the 30th August.

GoUnusual CoFounder Simon was there a couple of years ago – and from what he remembers (the party started on the lo-cost flight to Valencia), it was simply fantastic – but bring spare clothes!

Tomatina - in August

Wikipedia highlights the details as follows:

Festivities begin at 10am with the "palo jabón", greasy pole where people climb a greased pole with a ham on top. All around there is singing and dancing, while the fire brigade douse you in water. As soon as someone is able to drop the ham off the pole, the signal to start the tomato fight is given. This is around 11 and is announced by a fire cracker. Trucks throw tomatoes in abundance in the Plaza del Pueblo. The tomatoes come from Extremadura where they are less expensive as they’re not particularly tasty and are grown in quantity specifically for the festival. The tomatoes must be crushed before being thrown so as to reduce the risk of injury, but goggles and gloves are recommended.

After exactly one hour, the fight ends with the firing of the second shot. The whole town square is coloured red and rivers of tomato juice flow freely. Fire Trucks hose down the streets and participants use hoses that locals provide to remove the tomato paste from their bodies. Some participants go to the pool of “los peñones” to wash. After the cleaning, the village cobblestone streets are pristine due to the acidity of the tomato disinfecting and thoroughly cleaning the surfaces.


Finding somewhere locally is expensive – as this small town isn’t a main tourist destination. UHOTW recommend you check into Refugio Marnes and hire a car to get to the event. Details of the hotel are here:


Book your flight – and have fun!

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