Do it if you can!
"La Tomatina" is a tomato fight that happens in the city of Buñol every year, on the last Wednesday of August. People from all over the world fill up the small tight main street of the village just to have fun diving in tomato sauce! Hahahahaha so much fun!
I was red from head to toe, being attacked with tomatoes and water from every side. And the coolest thing is dirtying up the clean people who just got there... attack! :D
Well, I could tell you more, but you can see better pics and get more infos googling, it's a fairly famous festival! So here's some of my personal thoughts:
- There are trains between Valencia and Buñol coming every half an hour or so. Don't worry about dirtying up the seats, you can clean yourself in Buñol, but be ready to seat on the floor of the train, 'cause it's gonna be full both ways! Don't forget to buy a return ticket, 'cause the line to buy it on the way back is very long!
- The Tomatina doesn't happen all day long, it's just a couple of hours, so be there early! (around 10 a.m.) We were there around midday and it was already going on, we missed most of the trucks that come with the tomatoes, we had to fight with tomatoes from the floor :P
- You will be tempted by street vendors to buy diving goggles, but honestly DON'T BUY IT! It's a waste of money. We bought it and wore it for 20 minutes and then threw them away. They get blurry and dirty in seconds. I was afraid the acid of the tomatoes would hurt my eyes, but I didn't feel a thing.
- After a while the street gets too full and policemen hold people back, letting them in slowly. This is the most annoying part. We waited under the sun, smashed in the crowd.
- The people from Buñol throw water at the turists from their windows and balconies, it's delicious! You can cool off and get clean. And if you still want to shower, there are public showers and a river downhill.
- After the city is clean (more or less), you can find tons of lost pairs of sneakers and boots and flip flops. If you have the patience to wash them until you get rid of the fermented tomato smell :P BTW, be carefull not to lose anything, it can get really crowded! So put your stuff in secure plastic bags and keep them iside your clothes (I didn't take mobiles, just a bit of money and the waterproof camera).
I wish there were better pics, but we only had a disposable waterproof camera and it was full of tomato sauce, so it's all a bit blury and in bad quality... I hope you like it anyway :)
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