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La Tomatina

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain. Thousands upon thousands of people make their way from all corners of the world to fight in this ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’ where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.

Anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 people come to this huge tomato fight, greatly expanding Bunol’s normal 9,000 person population. There is limited accommodation for people who come to La Tomatina, so many people take the easier option of staying in nearby Valencia just 38km to Bunol by bus or train. In preparation for the dirty mess that will ensue, shopkeepers use huge plastic covers on their storefronts in order to protect them from the carnage.

At around 10 am, the first event of the Tomatina begins. Many trucks haul the bounty of tomatoes into the center of the town, Plaza del Pueblo. The tomatoes come from Extremadura, where they are less expensive. Technically the festival does not begin until one brave soul has climbed to the top of a two-story high, greased-up wooden pole and reached the coveted ham at the top. In practice this process takes a long time and the festival starts despite no one reaching the meaty prize. The signal for the beginning of the fight is firing of water cannons, and the chaos begins. Once it begins, the battle is generally every man for himself.

Those who partake in this event are strongly encouraged to wear protective safety goggles and gloves. In addition, they must squish the tomatoes before throwing for safety precautions. Another rule is that no one is allowed to bring into this fight anything that may provoke someone into a more serious brawl, such as a glass bottle. Although it is forbidden to tear someone else’s clothing, the crowd tends to ignore this and invariably will rip the shirt of any clothed person, man or woman.

After exactly one hour, the fighting ends when the water cannons are fired once more to signal the end. At this point, no more tomatoes can be thrown. The cleaning process involves the use of fire trucks to spray down the streets, with water provided from a Roman aqueduct. The authorities seem more concerned with cleaning the town than cleaning the visitors, so some people find water at the Bunol River to wash themselves, although some kind residents will hose passers-by down. Once the tomato pulp is flushed, the ground is clean due to the acidity of the tomato.

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol, Spain. La Tomatina is the world’s craziest andlargest food fight festival. It is totally crazy. It is totally wild. It’s out of control and an unbelievably fun experience.

The aim of the day is simple…tones of tomatoes are pelted, thrown, tossed, chucked, propelled, catapulted, fired, launched, pegged & lobbed at friends, family, girlfriends, boyfriends, all the people you know plus the 39,000 others you don’t!

The best things are:
You can leave your gear on the coach, so you can slosh around in tomatoes without a care in the world, safe in the knowledge your things won’t get lost, stolen or broken.

Make sure to bring a pair of goggles so you don’t get nasty bits in your eye.

After exactly one hour, the fighting ends when the water cannons are fired once more to signal the end. At this point, no more tomatoes can be thrown. The cleaning process involves the use of fire trucks to spray down the streets, with water provided from a Roman aqueduct. The authorities seem more concerned with cleaning the town than cleaning the visitors, so some people find water at the Bunol River to wash themselves, although some kind residents will hose passers-by down. Once the tomato pulp is flushed, the ground is clean due to the acidity of the tomato.
Itinerary

Meet at Playa de Catalunya, in beautiful Barcelona at 4am on the last Wednesday of Aug. (for 2012 we will have tours from Madrid also)
Hop on one of our luxury tour buses and head to Bunol.
At around 10 am, the first event of the Tomatina begins. Many trucks haul the bounty of tomatoes into the center of the town, Plaza del Pueblo.
Things To Bring
Extra pair of cloths, towel, and friends!
Inclusions
Round trip transportation to and from La Tomatina
Exclusions
Airfare

Cancellation Policy 100% can be refunded if you cancel by Aug 21st. For each day after the 21st see below:

If you cancel by the :
25th- receive a refund of $65
26th- receive a refund of $45
27th- receive a refund of $15
28st- you will not receive a refund.

 

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