Tomatina - Tomato Festival Buñol Valencia
Valencia the last Wednesday of August, a tranquil
village turns to mayhem and fun as it plays host
to La Tomatina Tomato Festival. 1000´s
of hiped up visitors from all over the world,
flock to this traditional Tomato throwing festival.
11am and 1pm lorries pass through the village
loaded with ripe tomatoes, leaving a red river
in their path and the crowds covered from head
to toe. The neighbours help to clean everyone
up by turning hose pipes on them and throwing
buckets of water from windows! but its all part
of the fun!
your accommodation early, everything fills
Search for La Tomatina accommodation here.
a mass free for all, there are some rules and
guidelines that have to respected...
Tomatina Rules and Guidelines:
Do not carry bottles or hard objects, they can
cause accidents and hurt your fellow battlers
- Do not break T-shirts or throw them around
- Please crush the tomatoes before you launch
them, the blow will be less painful
- Keep a safe distance with the trucks
- Stop throwing tomatoes when you hear the second
some tips from the Organisers to help make your
experience even more enjoyable...
running shoes you dont have mush esteem
for, and tie them to your ancles. Other types
of shoes can be easily lost
Wear old clothes you dont intend to use
again, they will most likely end up broken.
Diving goggles are quite convenient. The acid
contained in the tomatoes can sting your eyes
a lot, but leaves your skin clean and soft.
If you want to take pictures, use a waterproof
If you want to see better, never go up railings,
windows, pillars, etc., you will become a perfect
target for all the tomatoes
If you're an outsider and you want to spend the
night in Buñol, make sure you look for
accommodation in advance.
Do not miss the soap stick: a soap smeared pole
with a ham hanging on the top. Whoever gets to
the ham, keeps it.
And, of course, enjoy the most of it. Its
marvellous to do something as absurd as throwing
tomatoes to everyone for an hour.
TO GET TO THE TOMATINA in BUÑOL
to the Estación del Norte (Valencia main
train station) early and there you can
buy tickets, then just follow the crowds!
You will need to catch the metro from Xativa Station
to Sán Isidro, there you change to the
commuter train to Buñol.
Be aware the trains will be packed, so don´t
expect to get a seat!