Booking your flight to a new city would be a little fresh experience but a serious concern, and same goes with Valencia, Spain. This place is highly known for its “La Tomatina” festival, but here comes the foremost fact. You would never appreciate or even like someone throwing any type of foodstuff on you, although it might be in a friendly mode. It is because flinging food at any unfamiliar individual is something strictly not acceptable in most environs.
But things change unexpectedly when you visit the highly recognized and one of the most appreciable La Tomatina Festival in Spain, where the local citizens do not simply accept but encourage others to participate here. The whole determination of the event is that everyone attending this fiesta gets smeared annually on every last Wednesday in the month of August, where you can throw as many tomatoes you want on your friends and even on those whom you don’t even recognize.
This year in 2017, people of Spain will once again rejoice this renowned festival that would occur on August 30th. Over 70 anniversaries have been gladly celebrated since the unintentional beginning of what is now known as the largest food battle in the world. But no one knows the actual motive why this quiet town of Buñol in Valencia of around 10,000 residents became the location for such widespread occasion that marks that vegetable (the tomatoes) that this place even do not produce itself.
However, no one still knows the genuine reason how this famous festival came into existence, there are numerous myths believed about it. One such was that there were a few youngsters that were prohibited to join in the town-held parade. Later, they became so distressed that they instigated bombarding using tomatoes from the local vegetable seller. What happened next was that the spectators also joined in, followed by such battle that is still going on every passing year. Though, there are some who assume that it took place after some discontented citizens decided to fling tomatoes at their city officials during a festival.
Whatsoever the reason would have been, this joyful battle remained as source of tons of entertainment, and the locals returned to reform the occasion annually. This festival, even being tried to obsolete by the officials; they unfortunately surrendered and hence, La Tomatina became the official carnival in 1957. Today, it is Spain’s top-most festival, ranking next after the most predominant Pamplona’s “The Famous Bull Running.”
To enjoy this mind-boggling bustle, every participant visiting here has to pay 10 Euros to cover the cost of the event. Although, this tomato-throwing activity lasts for an hour only, you can see its aftereffects to remain in the city for as long as the whole week. Visitors enjoy the magnificent & colourful parades, dancing as well as the impressive fireworks. Not just the residents, tourists also gather around to relish the get-together that continues till late at night. Cheap Flights to Barcelona are available all year round from online websites, where you can enjoy this renowned festival in this wonderful country known as Spain.
Since the streets and also the shops can get really messy, the owners try to protect their shops by surrounding them with plastic covers on the front before the fight begins on the street where they celebrate this fiesta. Later, many truckloads of tomatoes reach the downtown region known as Plaza del Pueblo. The first exercise arises at 11 am, where the first water-canon shoot symbolizes the start of this fun-filled battle, and everyone is accountable for his/her own protection. Right after 60 minutes, you will again get a water shoot that is the signal of the conclusion of this delighted contest.
Participation in this festival may be extremely entertaining yet it would certainly turn out into the messiest experience one can experience in their lifespan. The official take this highly serious as such vast number of crowd at the same place can possibly become rowdy, therefore, they are requested to follow a few basic rules. Audiences are greatly suggested to wear eye-protecting goggles during this food battle. Above all, you must remain cautious throughout this one-hour activity as some partyers will even attempt to rip off each other’s clothing, although this act is strictly prohibited. For those considerate taking photos in such messy surrounding, bring a covered or a water-proof camera.
If you’re thinking that tomato fight is the only point of activity in this festival, you are probably wrong as one can expect of dancing, fireworks demonstrations and even a cooking contest of the popular Spanish dish called “Paella”. As I mentioned above that due to management and controlling of the crowd, the local administration has instigated a ticketing rule. So, it is highly advised to book your tickets ahead to avoid any last-minute dilemma.
Today, there are a number of reputable online companies offering cheap air tickets including accommodation to Spain. As lodging options could be limited in the middle of the town, visitors rather prefer staying in Buñol’s neighbouring city Valencia, just a few kilometres and easily accessible by driving or public transport. You can certainly make your experience remarkable and unforgettable as the memories will indeed leave behind some thrilling yet jubilant moments in your minds. Having several beaches, tourists can really enjoy the warm weather at some clear water beaches in Valencia, and get a breath of calmness.
Discussing its climate, weather in Valencian city of Spain is year-round pleasant as August is known as the hottest weather with its high of 25°C only, best for the tourists. So, you can anytime of the year easily make your arrangements of travelling there solo or with your family, and make some lifetime memories saved on your minds. So take out your bags, and get ready to explore this excellent country and above all the renowned festival of La Tomatina!
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