Everything You Need to Know About the La Tomatina Festival in Spain

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Everything You Need to Know About the La Tomatina Festival in Spain

Everything You Need to Know About the La Tomatina Festival in Spain

We all have watched the movie “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara,” based on friendships, traveling, and living life to the fullest, as we won’t get another chance to live the same life twice. Well, if you haven’t watched the movie yet, you might want to watch it after reading this article. The movie gave us plenty of beautiful road trip scenes, the fun-filled song senorita, adventurous sports, and lastly, the La Tomatina Festival of Spain in the film is what excites us the most. We play Holi, the festival of colors in India similarly, in Spain, the locals celebrate the La Tomatina Festival for prosperity and happiness. While watching the La Tomatina Festival celebration in the movie, you must have dreamt of going to Spain and enjoy this fascinating and amusing festival with your friends. Well, if you are planning to visit Spain and wish to celebrate this exciting festival then, we have something that might be of great help to you. In this article we are going to provide you with all the information about the La Tomatina Festival so, when you attend this celebration in Spain, you wouldn’t feel the odd one out. So, let’s get started on this exciting tour to the festival of tomatoes, the La Tomatina Festival of Spain.

What is exactly the La Tomatina Festival?

Spain is home to several annual celebrations out of which the La Tomatina Festival is the most fun and exciting for both locals and tourists. The festival of throwing tomatoes takes place annually on every last Wednesday of August. The first-ever La Tomatina festival was recognized in the year of 1945 and was officially announced as a festival in the year 1952 and since then, this crazy festival is becoming more and more popular throughout the world. You don't need to worry, it is not the wastage of tomatoes rather they use tons of over ripped tomatoes that are specially produced for this special festival in Spain.

The history behind this festival

Everyone has their history of behind this festival but, some of the most popular and known ones are that it started during a fight in the bar where everyone started to throw tomatoes on each other and the other one is that it started as a result of angry mob throwing tomatoes on the politicians while others believe that it started during the festival of Gigantes y cabezudos in the city of Valencia in which people started throwing tomatoes spilled on the floor on each other in the year of 1945. Well, whatever the history was, we are sure it was worth it.

Where is it celebrated?

the popular festival of La Tomatina is celebrated in the small town of Buñol in Valencia, Spain. The small town of Buñol is located near the Meditteranean sea on the south-eastern coast of Spain. If you are worried about reaching the location of the festival then you can arrange transport from the official website of the La Tomatina festival while booking the tickets.

How can you join this festival of tomatoes?

After reading a whole lot about this exciting festival you must be thinking of how you can participate in this festival of joy. Well, here is the answer to your question. You can book your tickets from the official website of the La Tomatina festival https://booking.tomatina.es/en where you can also arrange for your transport facility and choose for and add-on of accessories which includes swimming goggles to make sure your eyes are safe while swimming. You will get an e-ticket at a minimal price starting from 12 euros. You can also buy the ticket on the day of the festival offline, but for that, you would need to come early in the morning as the throwing of tomatoes starts from 11 am. 

What is the schedule for the festival in 2020?

The festival of La Tomatina will be held on the last Wednesday of August in 2020 that is the 26th of August 2020 in the small town of Buñol, Valencia, Spain. So, make sure to book your tickets in advance and enjoy the festival of happiness.


Some interesting facts about the festival

  • It is the biggest food festival in the world
  • Around 150,000 tomatoes are used in this festival
  • The festival is attended by almost 40,000 every year
  • The festival begins with a tradition known as the Palo jabón which involves hanging a slice of ham on a greasy pole and the target is to get to that slice of ham leaving behind a humungous crowd.
  • Tomatoes are good for your skin and act as a disinfectant
  • Many countries including India tried to replicate this entertaining festival of tomato-throwing.

Events before and after the throwing of tomatoes

The La Tomatina festival is not just a single festival instead many other fests are celebrated with the arrival of this carnival of joy. On the week of this festival, many other events like the marching of parade, fireworks and a paella cooking competition are held, leading to this amusing celebration of the tomato-throwing fest. Also, on the day of the festival, you can join the pre-party and the post-party that is held before and after the throwing of tomatoes. You can choose to join the parties according to your suits by booking the tickets online or offline.

Some tips to remember


  • Make sure to bring your swimming goggles to protect your eyes while swimming
  • Bring an extra pair of clothing to wear afterwards
  • Book your tickets in advance to avoid any delay as the actual throwing of tomatoes lasts for just 2 hours.


These are some of the important details about the La Tomatina festival in Spain. So, make sure to attend this amusing festival with your friends and family and enjoy your heart out.

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Aditi Bansal
Last Updated : Jan 15,2021
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