La Tomatina Buñol, Spain. 31 August 2022

La Tomatina Festival

la tomatina festival

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August in Bunol near Valencia in Spain.

This legendary festival is a smashing affair – literally.

The idea: thousands of people gather in the town square to hurl as many tomatoes as they can at each other!

Lasting only one hour, it’s messy fun.

If you’re interested, there is a pre-party the day before and an after-party as well.

History of Tomatina

The origin story of the festival started on the last Wednesday of  August 1945 as a few young people were in the main square watching a parade.

They wanted to join in and interrupted the parade, causing one of the participants to fall.

This angered the participant and the crowd. There was a vegetable stand nearby, and soon a tomato fight ensued.

Next year, the same boys decided to follow up but brought their own tomatoes — a tradition was born.

The tradition did have problems when officials banned tomato throwing in the 1950s.

In protest, a tomato “burial” ceremony was held in 1957, accompanied by a funeral procession and band.

It got media coverage, so officials relented and allowed La Tomatina to return.

The Rules

La Tomatina starts at 11.00 am and ends at 12.00 sharp.

  • Participants aren’t allowed to enter with bottles or hard objects.
  • You are prohibited from breaking or throwing clothing.
  • Tomatoes must be crushed before throwing.
  • No person is allowed in with a backpack, purse, camera or any object that may cause damage.
  • Officials recommend that you come with a certified photocopy of your official ID  (passport or driver’s license).


Old clothes or something you are willing to throw away after.

Shoes with good grip so you don’t slip so much (avoid flip-flops!) and goggles are great because your eyes will hurt from tomato acid.

Hotel tip

caro valencia

Caro Hotel – Valencia¨

If you want a unique experience, book a room at Caro Hotel.

A 19th-century palace situated in the centre of Valencia.

Only a short walk from the Cathedral.

Caro is an excellent mix of modern design with historical heritage, designed by Francesc Rifé.

The restaurant serves Mediterranean food with a modern twist.

Caro Hotel is in the middle of things to see in the centre.

Some parts of this unique hotel are 2000 years old.

Valencia’s main square has popular hotels with stunning views

Start choosing where to stay some period ahead if you can – the best rooms sell out fast.

There are options from budget to boundless extravagance whether you choose a hostel or a five-star hotel.

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