Get ready to get messy. Since 1945, the residents of Buñol, Valencia, Spain and participants from around the world have engaged in an annual two-hour-long tomato throwing fight dubbed La Tomatina.
Participants toss roughly 125 tons of tomatoes until the entire town square (and everyone in it) is completely red. At the end, fire trucks come by to hose down the square. With roughly 20,000 participants throwing and getting hit with crushed tomatoes, one can imagine that things get wild.
(Read: La Tomatina Pro Tips)
La Tomatina Dates and Location
La Tomatina takes places August 30, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the streets of Buñol, Valencia, Spain.
La Tomatina Tickets
Tickets can be purchased online through the official page.
La Tomatina Rules
Good Tomatina festival goers know the rules.
All tomatoes must be squashed/crushed/mashed etc before being thrown.
No other objects may be thrown.
Tomato trucks have the right of way and participants must move to allow them to pass.
After the shot marking the end of the fight, no more tomatoes may be thrown.
For inside advice and tips from the ones who know La Tomatina, check out our Tomatina Pro Tips Guide.
Getting To and From La Tomatina
Air – Valencia Airport (also known as Manises Airport) is the closest airport to Buñol. Just a 40-minute ride from the festival location, bus and car options are easy to find from the airport.
Train – Trains run direct from Valencia to Buñol and will have you on site to throw tomatoes in just over an hour. Trains also run direct from Madrid and take about three and a half hours.
Car – Taxi rides from Valencia to Buñol are an option but can get pricey at $55-70.
Bus – The Ferran El Catolic 6 to Buñol will take you from Valencia to the festival in just over an hour for $7-11 depending on the departure time.
Tomato Festival Spain also offers different tours leaving from main cities in Spain.
Where to Stay for La Tomatina
Most festival goers will elect to stay in Valencia based on the relatively easy transportation between Valencia and Buñol. Plus, Buñol itself is pretty small, so Valencia offers a wider variety of accommodations.
Airbnb – This room in the heart of Buñol is perfect for a team of two travelers who want to explore the town, practice some Spanish (the owner does not speak English), and have first pick at ideal tomato throwing spots when festival day comes around. At $35 per night, it’s a winner for more practical-minded travelers.
Hostel – Feet Up Hostels has different options in Valencia. Whether you’re looking for a chill or party hostel, you will find your place. Beds start at $74 per night
Hotel – If you’re looking for a more conventional option in downtown Valencia, the Hotel Medium Valencia offers rooms starting at $96.