Barcelona Events 2024

La Tomatina festival, Valencia

Event date:
Wed, Aug 28, 2024

Event location:
Buñol near Valencia, 4 hours from Barcelona 

The Tomatina Festival is an annual event held in the town of Buñol, near Valencia, Spain. La Tomatina is part of the Buñol festival - Feria and Fiestas de Buñol and is one of the most famous and unique festivals in the world, known for its massive tomato fight. It takes place on the last Wednesday of August every year between 10 am and 1 pm on the Plaza del Pueblo in Buñol near Valencia, which is about 4 hours from Barcelona by car. You need a ticket to participate. Around 30,000 people throw around 130,000 tomatoes in three hours on la Plaza del Pueblo.

Getting there:
To get to La Tomatina from Barcelona contact of the many companies that offer a Tomatina ticket, transport and accommodation at the Tomatina festival. 


The history of La Tomatina dates back to 1945 when a group of young people engaged in a spontaneous tomato fight during a traditional parade. The event was repeated in the following years and eventually became an official festival. During La Tomatina, thousands of participants gather in the streets of Buñol to engage in a massive food fight, throwing overripe tomatoes at each other. The festival usually begins with the "palo jabón," a greased pole climbing contest, where participants try to reach the top to grab a ham placed at the top. Once the ham is secured, the signal for the tomato fight is given, and truckloads of tomatoes are brought into the town center.

For a certain period, the streets become a sea of red as participants hurl tomatoes at each other, creating a festive and lively atmosphere. The event lasts for about one hour, and afterwards, fire trucks hose down the streets and participants to clean off the tomato pulp. La Tomatina has gained international fame and attracts visitors from around the world who come to experience this unique and exhilarating event.

It is important to note that while the festival is a lot of fun, participants should follow guidelines and safety measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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