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La Tomatina

Wednesday 27 August: kick-off at 11.00

Go to Buñol for the Tomatina, the world’s largest tomato fight!

Every last Wednesday in August, thousands of people  from all over Spain (and  increasingly from all over the world) descend on the town of Buñol to enjoy this huge tomato  fight.

The battle commences at 11 a.m. and lasts for an hour. During this time tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the town’s streets, where shops and homes are protected by huge sheets of plastic.

The history of the Tomatina goes back to 1945, when a random fight between local festival-goers happened to involve tomatoes. Over the years this confrontation became organized and is now the main event of Buñol’s annual summer festivities.

You can travel from Valencia to the Tomatina by train, but make sure that you have a ticket to enter the Tomatina area since last year the entrance is no longer for free. If you don´t have one, Route 66 Idiomas has a limited amount of tickets available. If you want to buy one, please get in touch.

Make sure you wear disposable clothing as you’ll probably never be able to wear it again after the event. Some think that swimming goggles and earplugs are a good idea too. It also might be a good idea to wear sneakers and not flipflops.