La Tomatina Fiesta in Buñol
The “tomato fight” is celebrated each year on the last Wednesday of August in Buñol, one of Valencia’s municipalities. The tomato fight goes from 11 to 12 in the morning.
The history of the tomato festival starts in 1945, were a group of young kids waited for the beginning of a local celebration near a vegetable stand and started throwing them, until the police put a stop to this first vegetable battle.
The fun that the people had on the first “Tomatina” was such that the next year, the tomatoes were already brought from home and ready for the battle. Like the previous year, the authorities intervened and for the next 5 years even though it was specifically prohibited by the authorities.
Years later, after multiple years of detention, the town still defending the tomato fight, it was established as an official celebration in the 60s. It was known around the country and in the 80s, around the world. In 2002, the Tomatina de Buñol celebration was named as an international tourist interest celebration.
Even though visiting the city is free, if you want to participate in the tomato festival, you need to pay 10euros to access the tomato throwing zone. You should prepare appropriate clothing and footwear and have fun but follow some of these basic rules for your security.
On top of the exfoliating treatment that the Tomatina gives you, other parallel activities are celebrate like, for example, the kids Tomatina that is celebrated the previous Saturday serving as a warmup for the real Tomatina.
For the ones who want to continue the celebration during the night, the Tomatina Sound festival has recently appeared. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays you will get to listen to some of the best Spanish and international groups to fully live the experience and arrive at the Tomatina without any sleep.
If you are going to spend a few days, you should take time to visit the outskirts or Buñol because its castles and views are perfect for excursion and mountain bikes for those who love the outdoors. If you prefer, you can also camping in the El Planell area.