There are many crazy festivals in Spain, but on top of running with bulls, burning enormous sculptures and pouring wine on each other is definitely the famous La Tomatina – a festival in Buñol where millions of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.


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There are many rumors about the origins of the La Tomatina food fight. While some stories are about a tomato truck which turned over in the centre of the town, others include bad musicians who got pegged with tomatoes by angry inhabitants of Buñol. The most common legend is about friends having a food fight which escalated to a full town of tomato hurlers in 1945. The next year some of the youngsters remembered the event and did it again.
No matter how it started, the city council and local police were not amused about the idea of hundreds of people throwing tomatoes at each other in the middle of a town. Thus, La Tomatina was banned in the early 50s. While in the first years a lot of people got arrested because they did not follow the rules and still participated in a huge food fight, the festival was finally allowed again in 1957 and became an official festivity of Buñol. Ever since then, more and more people are joining the festival: while it started to become first a trend in Spain, people all over the world are crazy about La Tomatina nowadays.


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Each year on the last Wednesday of August, the population of Buñol more than doubles from 9,000 to 2,000 people. Reason for that is the epic food fight with more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes on the 30th of August.
Starting at around 11 AM, trucks haul cheap tomatoes from Extremadura into the city centre. While the official rule is to wait with the battle until somebody has climbed to the top of a high pole to reach the coveted ham at the top, everybody starts way in advanced in reality as this act takes ages. Once the water cannons are fired as a beginning signal – there are no sides anymore: everybody is fighting for himself and against everybody else. With immense plastic covers, shopkeepers try to protect themselves from the mess. Immediately after the fight ends, the cleaning process of the street starts. While the city council is very concerned about cleaning the streets, public showers are limited and a lot of people have to wash themselves at the Buñol River.


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Since 5 years, children can join their very own Mini-Tomatina designed for 4 to 14 years old kids on Saturday the 26th of August at 12:00. Contrary to the original Tomatina where you have to get your tickets well in advance, the children’s Tomatina is for free and can be watched by the parents behind the fences.

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To keep the overview despite the mess, we want to provide you with vital advices to enjoy the festival to the fullest:
wear the ugliest clothes and shoes you can find!
… because you won’t be able to wear them again. bring old clothes and closed shoes you’re not sad throwing away afterwards.
keep your eyes clean!
while googles are a good idea, it is even better to tuck your T-shirt into your shorts to make sure you always have a clean part of your T-shirt to wipe your eyes with.
be respectful with others
it’s neither cool to tear somebody’s shirt nor to throw tomatoes without squeezing them a little bit, just saying.
leave your valuable stuff at home
you won’t need your passport, laptop or mobile phone. as experience teaches, it is better to just bring a little bit of cash with you.

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Go and visit La Tomatina – you will not regret it, promise! It is totally different to everything you have ever experienced and absolutely worth the journey! If you decide to join the festival, make sure to plan your trip well in advanced – Not only hotels and hostels in Buñol and Valencia (only 38 km from Buñol and well connected to the town) are booked out very long before the festival starts, but also tickets are required and limited to 20,000 since 2013 to guarantee the sustainability of the party, better security and more fun for the attenders.


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