Madness. Just pure madness. An awesome opportunity to be involved in La Tomatina festival in Spain. Every year on the last wednesday in August this sleepy Spanish Pueblo goes crazy with the worlds largest food fight. We are arranging a group of tomato flingers, so sign up and get involved. Grab a cheap flight to Valencia and let the carnage commence!

 La Tomatina

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Take a sleepy Spanish pueblo…

 

White washed walls, the occasional donkey and not much going on for the 9000 or so residents. Bunol, an hour from Valencia was not the most exciting of places. Then one day, in 1945, someone had an epiphany. Lets go nuts and have a massive food fight. The Tomatina was born.

Xtreme Tomatina or How I learned To Love The Tomato

When I grew up, every weekend and school break I would head to my grandparent’s house in Italy while my mother and father left to Florida. I would stay there for many days, weeks even, sometimes up to 13 days, nearly a half moon! My nonno (grandad), every morning, used to wake me up, slapping me in the face with a cooked breakfast and say to me, “Now we learn to be the man”, before taking me out ‘to the fields’.
Over and over he would force me to eat the ripest strawberries, the longest carrots, the strongest goats. He fed me, and fed me. Until one day I could not eat a single other potato. This day he bent down to my face and he spat at me, with prideful resentment, “Now you can have the real fruit, the tomato.”

We left that day, with 6 pounds of tomatoes, and we made every meal for the next week with tomatoes. I could not eat another tomato. It was not possible. This was the day I swore never to see my family again, and fled to Spain.

I continued to not eat for 4 years.

This year, I will eat.

I discovered a festival where I can shove food into other people’s faces. Say What? Sweet revenge is what. Here, have a tomato.

La Tomatina…. my redemption.

The world convenes on a small town in August, but once a year, and the Santa Claus, the Kringle, the all mighty Krampaus of tomatoes descend on Bunol to make havoc. It is the world’s biggest foodfight, famous for it’s hedonism and Eco-friendly vegetarianism. Where as other Spanish festivals call you to run and kill with bulls, or dance with beers and meet all those near, this one facilitates you smashing fruit (vegetables?) in the faces of your travelling companions, other nationalities, and sometimes bulls. We camp down in Valencia, near to the festival and we go to a water and wine festival the night before, bloody mary’s the next morning, club pool party the next night, just like nonno would have wanted. You too can be the man (or woman) with a mitten-full of tomato pulp.

Prepare for 3 days of glorious messy adventure. La Tomatina is the stuff of legends. Pointless? Perhaps. Fun? You bet. Come get one of your 5 a day in true Xtreme Gap Style.

Once the prized jamon is reached, then all hell breaks loose. This is the signal for 1 hour of pure anarchy. La Tomatina has started!!!!

Welcome to the worlds biggest food fight, about 40 tonnes of tomatoes will be squished and hurled in every direction. There will be no escape.

 

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Barcelona and Tomatina Option

  • Barcelona and Tomatina 1 = stay in Barcelona from 23-25th Aug and then ride with us to Tomatina and back on 25-27th
  • Barcelona and Tomatina 2 = ride with us to Tomatina from Barcelona on 25-27th and then ride back with us and stay in Barcelona for two nights from 27-29th August
  • 2 nights central Barcelona hostel either before or after Tomatina (23-25 Aug or 27-29 Aug)
  • Free walking tour of Barcelona with the funniest guides on two legs
  • Free walking tour of Barcelona with the funniest guides on two legs one Barcelona activity: boat cruise, Spanish cooking class or bike tour
    “I <3 BCN wristband” which allows free nightclub entry and discounts to bars and restaurantsbus from Barcelona – Pucol and back
  • Bus from Barcelona – Pucol and back2 nights camping accommodation at our campsite just outside Valencia with tent, mattress and sleeping bag
  • 2 nights camping accommodation at our campsite just outside Valencia with tent, mattress and sleeping bag
    2 breakfasts, one dinner
  • One dinner
  • Tomatina ticket and bus to and from festival
  • Tomatina ticket and bus to and from festivalWater & wine fight the night before La Tomatina
  • Water & wine fight the night before La Tomatina
  • Awesome guide

Accommodation

We stay just north of Valencia city, in a beach town called Puzol (Puçol in the local lingo – it’s pronounced Puthol though, confusing right? Puzol is well connected to Valencia city, and we have our own private shuttles for the festivals, and for visits to town. Puzol is located on a stretch of beautiful Mediterranean beaches and every year we arrive and blow the town’s collective mind.

Our camp is beachside…. you can get out of your tent, make a beeline for the beach and be splashing about within 5 minutes of opening your sangria-soaked eye sockets. The campsite is not wild in the slightest, with full-time security, a bar, restaurant and shop onsite, a great swimming pool with slide, clean amenities, great authentic Spanish atmosphere (it’s not uncommon to be invited into a family’s caravan for a meal of authentic local paella).

The campsite is not wild in the slightest, with full-time security, a bar, restaurant and shop onsite, a great swimming pool with slide, clean amenities, great authentic Spanish atmosphere (it’s not uncommon to be invited into a family’s caravan for a meal of authentic local paella).
The address of the campsite is: Camping Pucol, Camí Riu Turia, 3, 46530 Puzol Playa, Valencia

Frequently Asked Questions

The city council follows a short list of instructions for the safety of the participants and the festival:

  • The tomatoes have to be squashed before throwing to avoid injuries.
  • No other  projectiles  except tomatoes are allowed.
  • Participants have to give way to the truck and lorries.
  • The festival doesn’t allow ripping off T-shirts.
  • After the second shot indicative of ending the tomato hurl, no tomatoes should be thrown.

 

We stay in a campsite which is by the beach in a small Mediterranean town called  Puzol. This is preferable to staying in Valencia where the price of accommodation skyrockets for the weekend.  You buy your  ticket to Puzol (Pucol, pronounced ‘Puthol’) from the Main Hall of Estacion del Norte. They cost 2 bucks, which is bubblegum money. There are two ticket counters, one air-conditioned glass box that sells long distance trips and one right smack bang in the middle of the main hall that sells short journeys. Puçol is just up the road from Valencia, so make sure you sweat it out in the main hall, ok? The ticket waitress will tell you the platform.

Once you reach Pucol, give us a call wIse will be doing pickups every our from 9am-5pm on the day before Tomatina. If you arrive on other days or outside these times, you can call us between 9am & 7pm for a pickup. After that, you just jump in a 5 minute cab. Same deal for if you arrive before 9am.

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Duration Option Price
3 (Days) Meet Us There £ 169 Book Now
4 (Days) Barcelona Tomatina Combo £ 315 Book Now

Included

  • Barcelona and Tomatina 1 = stay in Barcelona from 23-25th Aug and then ride with us to Tomatina and back on 25-27th
  • Barcelona and Tomatina 2 = ride with us to Tomatina from Barcelona on 25-27th and then ride back with us and stay in Barcelona for two nights from 27-29th August
  • 2 nights central Barcelona hostel either before or after Tomatina (23-25 Aug or 27-29 Aug)
  • free walking tour of Barcelona with the funniest guides on two legs
  • one Barcelona activity: boat cruise, Spanish cooking class or bike tour
  • Bus from Barcelona – Pucol and back
  • 2 nights camping accommodation at our campsite just outside Valencia with tent, mattress and sleeping bag
  • 2 breakfasts
  • one dinner
  • Tomatina ticket and bus to and from festival
  • Water & wine fight the night before La Tomatina
  • Awesome  guide

Meet Us There Option:

Trip includes: Accommodation near the beach, hot breakfast daily & free Bloody Mary before the fight, dinner every second night, Water & Wine Festival Aug 25th (10€ Extra), La Tomatina Festival (10€ extra) & transfers.

 

Excluded

  • Meals
  • Airport transfer
  • Spending money
  • Travel insurance (EHIC will cover this)
  • Accommodation
  • Tickets for entrance to Tomatina (€15 local payment)

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