La Tomatina - Tomato festival in the town of Bunol in Valencia

Saturday 21, August 2010


La Tomatina - Tomato festival in the town of Bunol in Valencia


Every year, thousands of people gather in the town of Buñol in Valencia to spend an hour pelting each other with rotten tomatoes. The tomato fight has become famous the world over, but is actually just one event in a week of festivities that attracts visitors from around the world.


The festivities usually pass without major incident, but as with any big event, you should take some basic precautions:


  • Make a copy of your passport in case you lose the original
  • Don't keep all your valuables in one place
  • Whether you're throwing tomatoes or not, always keep an eye on your belongings when you're in a crowded place


Below you will also find some guidelines from the organisers of the Tomatina to help keep the day a fun one for everyone:


  • Do not carry bottles or hard objects, they can cause accidents and hurt others
  • Please crush tomatoes before you throw them, the blow will be less painful
  • Keep a safe distance from the trucks
  • Stop throwing tomatoes when you hear the second shot
  • Diving goggles will help protect your eyes - the acid from tomatoes may sting after a while
  • If you want to see better, don't climb up railings, windows, pillars, etc.
  • If you want to spend the night in Buñol, make sure you look for accommodation in advance




It all started on the last Wednesday of August 1945, when some young people were getting fresh air in the town square. The evening did not promise much, so they decided to form part of a parade that was taking place with musicians and carnival figures of giants and enormous headed individuals. The impetus of their entry caused the fall of a participant who full of rage, began to hit everyone in his way. By a quirk of fate, there just happened to be a stand of vegetables beside them. The angry crowd started throwing tomatoes at each other until the public law put an end to the vegetable battle.


The following year, the young people repeated the tomato fight on a voluntary basis and brought tomatoes from home. Although the celebration was dissolved by the police during the following years, the boys, without knowing it, had made history. La Tomatina was banned in the early fifties, although this fact did not dissuade participants, eventhough some were arrested. But the will of the locals was heard and the celebration returned, more people took part in it and it became increasingly wild.


Again the event was canceled until 1955, when, in protest, the Burial of the Tomato was held: an event in which residents carried a coffin with a big tomato inside. The parade was accompanied by a music band playing funeral marches, and it obtained a complete success. Finally, in 1957 official permision was granted and La Tomatina festival was formaly established. After that it has been the City Councils of the municipality themselves that have organized and promoted this curious battle, that has made Buñol world famous.


The festival became popular in the rest of Spain thanks to Javier Basilio who, showed the event in a television program Informe Semanal “Week report” on Spanish TV. Since 1980, it has been the different City Councils that have supplied the tomatoes to the participants, which year after year, increase in number and enthusiasm. The success has led to have La Tomatina, of Buñol, be considered, as of August 2002, International Fiesta of Tourist Interest by the General Secretariat of Tourism of Spain.


More advice and practical information can be found on the official Tomatina web site.



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