Fancy a day trip?

If you have a car and fancy a messy day trip to remember, then La Tomatina could be for you.

Held in a town called Buñol, this festival started as a genuine tomato fight in 1945 and is now world famous with participants visiting from all over the globe.  The tomatoes are provided, and since 2013 participation in the event has been restricted to paid ticket holders.  In 2015, it was estimated that almost 145,000 kg of tomatoes were thrown.

The city council provides this short list of instructions for the safety of the participants and the festival:

  1. Do not throw bottles or hard objects
  2. Do not tear or throw tee-shirts
  3. Squash tomatoes before throwing them to avoid hurting others
  4. Keep a safe distance from trucks
  5. Stop throwing tomatoes after the second starter pistol shot
  6. Follow the directions of security staff

Usually the fight lasts for an hour, after which the town square is literally covered with tomato debris.  Fire trucks then hose down the streets and participants often use hoses that locals provide to remove the tomatoes from their bodies, or go to the Los Peñones pool to wash. The citric acid in the tomatoes leads to the washed surfaces in the town becoming very clean. 

 

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