La Tomatina

La Tomatina is one of those things that has been in my peripheral vision since I was a child. I vaguely remember seeing something about the festival on the news when I was really young and thinking it looked like the best thing ever. So this summer, I finally went!

I did it on a tour with a company called Fanatics, who I absolutely don't recommend travelling with (though that's for another post) and the festival itself was AMAZING. We got to Buñol at around 7,30am on the festival day. The festival starts at 11, and you need to get into the town's tiny streets. We actually managed to lose our group and ended up fighting in some awesome spots.

The festival itself lasts an hour, and within that hour six trucks pass through the already insanely packed streets of this otherwise quiet Valencian town. How the hell they get through when we're already crushed in the street's I'll never know, but somehow each time the 20,000 of us they let into the town to play in this huge food fight manage to crush back onto the pavements to let the trucks pass so we can crush tomatoes and throw them at each other.

No one knows the exact origin of the festival, it is said that disgruntled town folk attacked the ayuntamiento with tomatoes, and this has happened every year since. Many people have issues with this festival as they see it as "food waste" and I agree, there is absolutely too much of that in the world, already. However, I have been led to believe by various sources (including other travel bloggers), that the tomatoes that are used in this festival would not be used in food consumption. The reasons they wouldn't be used are, they already started rotting, maggots started eating at them or they'd been labelled for whatever reason as Not Fit for Human Consumption. All I know is, despite being crushed into a tiny space, it was the best day ever and so exhausting. You'd never think you'd need an afternoon to sleep after throwing tomatoes at people.

Sam, myself, Anna and Jane

Clean before the festivities  

Covered in tomatoes

View down the street

Jane & I after

All photo's for this post were taken by my friend Anna, as I didn't have a waterproof camera.

Things they don't tell you:

1. Tomato's HURT, if you don't crush them and throw them, it's bloody sore.
2. Your eyes, ohmygod, my eyes! I literally had yellow gunk coming out of them for several days after, but goggles can get smashed and are therefore worse.
3. Your hair- tomato pips forever- I wore the hat we were provided with and still had pips in the nape of my neck for a couple of days after.
4. If you're a girl, wear a sports bra, because it has been known for people to rip clothing off before now!

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  1. Ahhh I really have been wanting to do this! So jealous! :)

    1. If you get the chance to go- go! Honestly, it is amazing!

  2. looks like a lot of fun... and messy!

  3. Wow, this is one of the festivals on my bucket list, I've heard it's pretty brutal! Think I'd definitely have to get myself a waterproof camera though, as I'd want photos of it all...but then I'd be too scared about the camera getting broken :/


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