La Tomatina Festival In Bunol, Spain

La Tomatina Festival In Bunol, Spain (The Tomato Festival) is the world’s biggest food fight!

When: The last Wednesday of August each year

Where: The town of Bunol, 50 km outside of Valencia, Spain

Local Hotels: Places to stay in Bunol, and Valencia

Tomatino Festival In Bunol, SpainLa Tomatina Festival is a week-long event at the end of August in eastern Spain, filled with music, fireworks, parades and an enormous tomato fight! On the night before La Tomatina there is a paella cooking contest.

The festival initially began in 1944 to honor the patron saints of Bunol, Luis Bertran and the Mare de Deu dels Desemparats, although exact theories on how the tomato fight originated are unknown.

In the past up to 50,000 people participated in the tomato fight at La Tomatina Festival, where 125 tons of uber-ripe tomatoes are flung throughout the town’s quaint streets. Now, La Tomatina is limited to 20,000 people, and you must have a ticket to participate.

Participants are advised to wear protective eyewear and gloves, and are encouraging to squash the tomatoes before throwing. You are only allowed to throw tomatoes. The actual tomato fight itself lasts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then the massive cleanup operation begins rid the red of the streets.

The tomato fight lasts one hour, until the cannons are fired, signifying the end of the event.

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  1. I am very much impressed with the above picture and Want to particepate next year, let me know where to stay , whats are the economy tarrif of hotel during the tomato festival in BUNOL . somnath ghosh, kolkata. India

  2. Martina says:

    I went to the Tomatina with my friends last year, and it was amazing. I recommend live this experience at least once in your life. We went with the official sponsor http://www.tomatofestivalspain.com and they made it was a great experience. 🙂