Who threw that Tomato at me???
Where is La Tomatina?
La Tomatina is the world famous tomato fight held in the small town of Buñol, near Valencia, Spain.
When is La Tomatina?
La Tomatina is held on the last Wednesday of August each year. In 2015 La Tomatina will be held on 26 August. Next year the event will be on Wednesday 31 August 2016.
What is La Tomatina?
Purely and simply, La Tomatina is essentially the world's largest food fight, with locals and tourists cramming into the small Spanish town of Buñol one morning and madly chucking tomatoes at one another.
La Tomatina Tours
One of the easiest ways to enjoy La Tomatina is to join one of the many tours on offer. We have some information on a few of the great tour operators for La Tomatina in Buñol. The following tour operators are some of the biggest and best in the business and they will be sure to provide you with an amazing experience that is sure to cure your travel FOMO.
La Tomatina is apparently one of Stoke Travel's favourites and they tell us they love this time of year in Valencia. Stoke Travel has three travel options for La Tomatina. You can meet them there at their awesome campsite, or if you need transportation then they have coaches coming from Barcelona. Included in ether option is camping accommodation in twin share tents, a mattress, sleeping bag, cooked breakfasts everyday and dinner every second night. As well as this they have a massive Stoke campsite party, transfers to and from the tomato fight, beach games, and free Bloody Mary’s on the morning of La Tomatina. Stoke will also have their unlimited beer and sangria option for 10€ a day on offer. They can also fix you up with a ticket to the La Tomatina event for only 10€ also.
The third option for you to consider is a day bus trip, which travels from Barcelona over night to get you at tomato central in Bunol in time for the craziness and then having you back in Barcelona later that evening
Once again, if you pick yourself up a Stoke Passport, you can have a 3 night all-inclusive La Tomatina package that includes the unlimited beer and sangria option.
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Busabout has a number of tour options available for La Tomatina,ranging from 1 to 4 days, as well as Hotel, Hostel and Camping Accommodation options. All accommodation is located in the vibrant sea-side Spanish city of Valencia. All tour options include a coach to and from Buñol for the La Tomatina festival, with a La Tomatina Entrance Ticket included. As well as this, the Busabout guys will throw in a Festival t-shirt and headband. There will also be an exclusive La Tomatina Party for all Busabout trips after the event, as well as party the night before La Tomatina for those going for more than the day trip. These 2 to 5 day tours also all include breakfast, no matter what accommodation option you choose, as well as an orientation walk of Valencia and afternoon sessions at the beach. Like all Busabout trips they are all about flexibility so there will be plenty of free time to do you own thing.
Topdeck have three 4 day tour options for you to experience La Tomatina. All Topdeck La Tomatina tours are essentially the same with the only different being the accommodation. You can choose from three accommodation options of a hostel, 3-star or 4-star hotels, but all accommodation options include breakfasts daily. These La Tomatina trips include return coach transfers from Valencia to Buñol, attendance at the La Tomatina tomato fight in Buñol with a La Tomatina Information Booklet. As well as this you will get a walking tour of Valencia, a commemorative trip t-shirt and the services of a trained Topdeck Trip Leader.
La Tomatina Information
On the last Wednesday of August each year thousands of revellers converge on the small Spanish town of Buñol to pick a fight. What began in 1944 as a simple tomato fight between a group of friends in the town's main square - the Plaza del Pueblo - has turned into arguably the worlds largest food fight.
The festivities begin in the week leading up to La Tomatina with a celebration of the towns' Patron Saint. Fireworks light the heavy summer sky while street parties warm up at ground level. Rose wine flows and the hefty scent of wood fired paella fills the air. Music plays and people dance. Come Wednesday and the Town Square is awash with travellers and locals alike. Seasoned veterans mix with wide eyed first timers as more rose wine is passed around and the excitement level grows. At around about noon, a number of trucks carrying the edible red grenades rumble their way into the main Town Square to the chant of "tomatos, tomatoes, tomatoes" from the now drunken crowd. Chivalry slinks out of town for a while as everyone becomes fair game. Red missiles are a dime a dozen, no-one escapes!
The aftermath looks a little like a latter scene in Carrie. The ground, a fantastic base for the worlds largest Bolognese sauce. As exhausted combatants trudge their way towards temporary showers put in place for the event, the cleanup begins in earnest. And within hours, the Plaza del Pueblo magically returns to its former glory.
La Tomatina Travel Information
To be in Buñol for La Tomatina is one of the must-do travel experiences. We have extensive information on all La Tomatina travel and tour options available. With many thousands of people attending the La Tomatina festival each year, Buñol becomes a very busy place and available accommodation and flights to nearby Valencia can become hard to come by. We advise you to book as early as you possibly can.
If you are an independent traveller and you like to book it all yourself, then we have all the tools required for you to get the best out your La Tomatina experience. Check out our Accommodation booking page, where you will find both our Hotel and Hostel Search Engines. If you need to book flights, we have a great Flight Search Engine that searches hundreds of online travel and airline websites to find you the best deal. With all our search engines all deals are located on one easy page for you to click, compare and book.
If you're already in Spain, or even anywhere in Europe for that matter, before going to the La Tomatina, or if you are planning on travelling around Spain or Europe afterwards, then it might be easier to look at train travel in and out of Valencia or Buñol. Check out our Rail Europe page, where you can purchase tickets and passes, as well as check train schedules.