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La Tomatina – annual tomato food fight in Valencia, Spain

“La Tomatina” is said to be Spain’s most famous and popular ‘ fiesta’. People come together from all corners of the planet to take part in the worlds biggest, craziest tomato fight. Beyond any shadow of a doubt this will be more than messy.

The Spanish Festival takes place in Valencia, which is in the east of Spain in a village called “Buñol”. This is a yearly event and happens on the last Wednesday in August and starts at 10am.

La Tomatina has become a highlight in the festivals of Spain. And once the tomato lorries arrive with their 100+ tons of tomatoes, it is almost impossible to get into the central Piazza del Pueblo.

“Bunol” is a small village with a population of 9000 people. Prior to 2013 anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 (reported to be 50,000 in 2012) people crammed into this huge tomato fight, greatly expanding Bunol’s normal population! Since 2013 official ticketing has been in place limiting the number of participants to just 20,000 lucky people…..

If you are planning to be there to fling squashed tomatoes at each other lets hope there are still tickets available! The last Wednesday this year is August 31st. It’s a week-long festival and features music, parades, dancing, and of course fireworks.

Not my kind of thing, so don’t look out for me. Lucky I don’t have to clean up the the mess. 😉

And before I forget, bring your goggles. 😉

For more information please click here – www.latomatina.org

For ticket pricing and information please click here – Official Site (as far as i can tell anyhoo)

also check out – “La Tomatina” Tours – prices actually appear to be rather reasonable and include 3* accommodation or a hostel (at time of writing hostel option sold out) and entry for 3 or 4 days from £149