‘La Tomatina Festival’
This year a few buddies have decided to go to ‘La Tomatina Festival’ in Spain. And for those who have never heard of Tomatina, allow me to quickly explain…
‘La Tomatina‘ is a festival held in the town of Buñol, which is about 30 kms away from Valencia and the Mediterranean Sea.
The format of the festival is simple… basically participants launch tomatoes at each other in a giant food fight on the streets. It’s a festival purely for fun – well until you get hit full whack in the face by an unripe green tomato! One of my friend’s told me it was like getting hit in the face with a baseball!
It’s usually held on the last Wednesday of August during the week of festivities in Buñol. And this year it falls on the 27th August.
But as the popularity of ‘La Tomatina Festival’ has increased so too have the changes.
And the biggest change that’s come into place this year is the fact that if you want to go you are, for the first time ever, going to need to BUY A TICKET!
The reasoning, according to the official statement, goes something like this:
“Due to the success of La Tomatina Festival and the large number of attendees, it has been decided to pay a tax of 10€ to access the “Tomatoes Area” to guarantee the quality as well as the safety of the festivity while recovering the main value of this festivity, just fun. At the same time, the lorries route has been lengthened to offer more space to the participants who will be able now to have more space and more freedom to pelt others with tomatoes.”
Unfortunately as of the 23rd June 2014 all the ‘individual tickets’ are currently sold out – BUT you can still buy a ticket through an agency that will usually add a bus transfer and some other services onto it.
So no need to panic!
Once you’ve got your festival tickets booked you’re going to need to get flights, transportation and accommodation sorted. My friends are planning on flying from London to Barcelona and from there they will travel to Valencia and Bunol. As for accommodation in Valencia they’re going to try and find some cheap digs on AirBnB – which if you haven’t heard of is an amazing little website that allows you to rent someone’s entire house or flat for cheap! Personally I think it’s the best way to find and rent accommodation if you’re on holiday with a group of friends.
Also one of the good things about the increase in popularity of this festival is all the after parties that you can now go to! And after looking online it looks like the after-parties may even be better than the main event!
No matter if you only go to the main event in the day (from 11am to 12pm) you are guaranteed to have an amazing, once in a lifetime experience!
Happy Travels and Happy Fiesta!