La Tomatina is the world's ultimate food fight in the streets of Buñol. There are many theories that speak on the origin of this event but one thing people can agree on is that the main purpose is fun. People gather turning the city red with about 40 metric tons of tomatoes. The tomato storm only commences once someone successfully climbs a greasy pole. If that wasn’t enough, the person must reach a ham waiting at the top of the pole and drop it down. It is at this point that the fight is allowed to start. There are people firing off water guns and trucks drive through the city bombing the people with tomatoes.
[ When ]August each year
[ City ]Buñol, Valencia, Spain
[ Good For ]Those will a good throwing arm and a love of tomato sauce!
[ Weather ]Generally warm but rain is always possible
[ Crowd ]50,000 +
[ Cost ]$
[ Sex Work ]
Legal, but pimping is not
[ Sexy Score ]
If you’re staying in Valencia, Buñol is a short trip with bus, train or a tour. Many people take a bus and use the journey home to sleep off the big day.
Buñol is a small town and most people choose to stay in the nearby coastal city of Valencia. Like most cities in Europe, there are a range of hotels, motels and hostels to suit your style and budget. We recommend booking something near the beach! Remember to book as early as possible!
Some people like mixing food with sex, but the main agenda of this event is to have a good time through the messy chaos of a food fight. Pulling chunks of tomatoes out of your hair may not be sexy of itself, but getting a Spanish speaking friend to help could be…
Warm up that shoulder, put on some old threads and get ready - FOOD FIGHT!
- Bring clothes that you don’t mind getting ruined
- The line for the train leaving Valencia grows long quickly. Try arrive at the station before 6:00am
- Bring only what you need or utilise the locker rentals. Otherwise, your things are likely to get ruined
- Wear goggles or safety sunglasses to protect your eyes
- Wear white. It’s almost part of the tradition to wear white!
There are a few rules involved about what people can and can't climb/throw/do. People have been arrested in the past so it’s worth finding out the local laws before risking an abrupt end to an awesome holiday. It may seem like a free for all but like a lot of European events, the authorities are keeping an eye on proceedings. This is where the term organised chaos comes from! There is also the risk of having something other than tomatoes hurled at your face (swimming goggles are highly recommended). And be aware that your clothes may be ripped or destroyed!
Hospital de La Ribera is Valencia's main public hospital.
It is located at Crta Corbera km 1 Alzira 46600, Valencia.
Tel: 962 458 100
If you can’t find somewhere to get tested for STI's, remember to book in as soon as possible when you arrival back home in Australia.
Header Image: Albert Gea, Reuters
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Sex on holiday happens. Whether planned or not, away from home we lose at least some of inhibitions and may take more risks than we would at home. This is ok, it’s what makes travelling so exciting – and just accepting it before we go is the first step to planning.
To help you get home with no more than a bruised bank account and awesome memories, here are some useful tips: