In the sleepy Spanish town of Buñol, an event takes place each and every year that truly has to be seen to be believed. While the nearby city of Valencia, situated on the Mediterranean coast, can boast of its fine, delicious tasting oranges that are of global acclaim, its smaller neighbour of Buñol has developed a wonderfully unique festival that celebrates an altogether different fruit.
The La Tomatina festival has made its name for the brilliant weirdness and other worldly quality that defines it. It is truly a unique cultural event; where else can you witness grown men and women engaging in pitched battle, not with swords and shields, or bows and arrows, or guns, but with a considerably more forgiving arsenal of weaponry – the humble tomato.
Witness the World’s Biggest Food Fight
The La Tomatina festival is the biggest and greatest food fight in the world. The thousands of visitors who flock to the La Tomatina festival each and every year do so perhaps to indulge their inner child.
Where else can you finally break the cardinal dinner time, dining table rule that we all had drummed into us as children – do not play with your food. In this way, the La Tomatina festival is a celebration that revels in breaking the rules, that delights in the absurdity of it all. The only thing to do for a fresh participant in this madcap, brilliantly insane event, is just to go with the flow. Sit back and taste the tomato juice.
On the last Wednesday of August each year, the normally rather sedate surrounds of Buñol are transformed by the onset of the La Tomatina festival. The La Tomatina festival has, without doubt, helped to propel the small village on to the world stage, and has made the name of the place known throughout the globe.
The La Tomatina event itself is just part of a week of joyous, fun filled festivities that engulf the town during the yearly period. The La Tomatina extravaganza fittingly serves as a most fitting conclusion to the enjoyable events of the week leading up to it. What better way to conclude the best week of the year than with the rambunctious, out of control craziness that is the La Tomatina festival.
Stay for a Week – Retain Memories for a Lifetime
The La Tomatina festival has made the small and previously nondescript town of Buñol into a tourist hotspot. At last count, some twenty thousand people make their way to the town to participate in the fun of the La Tomatina festival every year.
If you want to soak up some of the local flavour a bit earlier, be sure to try and book some accommodation within the town itself – this will set you apart from most of the crowd, which typically catches buses or other public transport from nearby areas, especially the close city of Valencia. In that week before you will be able to see how the locals celebrate, with parades, fireworks, delicious local delicacies, and parties long into the evening.