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La Tomatina Festival 2017

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain. Thousands upon thousands of people make their way from all corners of the world to fight in this 'World's Biggest Food Fight' where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.

Prior to 2013 anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 (reported to be 50,000 in 2012) people crammed into this huge tomato fight, greatly expanding Bunol's normal 9,000 person population. Since 2013 official ticketing has been in place limiting the number of participants to just 20,000 lucky people.

There is limited accommodation for people who come to La Tomatina, so many people take the easier option of staying in nearby Valencia just 38km to Bunol by bus or train. In preparation for the dirty mess that will ensue, shopkeepers use huge plastic covers on their storefronts in order to protect them from the carnage.

What Happens at La Tomatina

At around 11am many trucks haul the bounty of tomatoes into the centre of the town, Plaza del Pueblo. The tomatoes come from Extremadura, where they are less expensive. Technically the festival does not begin until one brave soul has climbed to the top of a two-story high, greased-up wooden pole and reached the coveted ham at the top. In practice this process takes a long time and the festival starts despite no one reaching the meaty prize. The signal for the beginning of the fight is firing of water cannons, and the chaos begins. Once it begins, the battle is generally every man for himself.

After one hour the fighting ends. At this point, no more tomatoes can be thrown. The cleaning process involves the use of fire trucks to spray down the streets, with water provided from a Roman aqueduct. The authorities seem more concerned with cleaning the town than cleaning the visitors, so some people find water at the Bunol River to wash themselves, although some kind residents will hose passers-by down. Once the tomato pulp is flushed, the ground is clean due to the acidity of the tomato.

The Rules of La Tomatina

  • Do not bring bottles or hard objects as they can cause accidents and hurt other participants
  • Do not rip other people's T-shirts
  • You must squash the tomatoes before throwing them as this reduces the impact
  • Ensure you keep a safe distance from the lorries
  • As soon as you hear the second shot, you must stop throwing tomatoes

 

 

Useful Advice

  • Wear closed shoes that you do not mind throwing away afterwards. If you wear flip-flops, you may get hurt, or you could lose them easily during the battle
  • Wear old clothes, or clothes that you are not planning to wear again. They will most likely end up damaged from being ripped or incredibly dirty
  • You may find goggles useful. However, it is safer if you just ensure that you always have something clean to wipe your eyes with. The best thing is if you tuck your T-Shirt into your shorts to keep the bottom part of your T-shirt clean and dry
  • If you are planning to take pictures, bring a waterproof camera!
  • If you are not from Bunol, and you want to stay overnight, don't forget to look for and secure accommodation in advance
  • Do not miss the Palojabon - a greased pole with a Spanish ham at the top. Whoever can climb the pole and get the ham can keep it!
  • Stay safe and enjoy the festivities as much possible

Where is Bunol

Bunol is a town and municipality in the province of Valencia, Spain and is situated approximately 38 km west of Valencia.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY FOR 8 NIGHTS & 9 DAYS

26/08/2017

­          On arrival, private transfer from Barcelona airport to hotel

­          Accommodation in Barcelona at CATALONIA 505, a 4 star hotel or similar one double/twin    room with breakfast 3 nights

 

27/08/2017

­          Barcelona highlights SIC tour including Spanish Village and cable car ride.

 

28/08/2017

­          Montserrat abbey SIC tour

 

29/08/2017

­          Depart Hotel and private transfer to Barcelona Sants train station

­          Tourist class train tickets from Barcelona to Valencia

­           Transfer from Valencia train station to hotel by private transport

­          Accommodation at Expo hotel Valencia a 3 star hotel one double standard room with breakfast 2 nights

 

30/08/2017

­          Special la Tomatina package including entrance, transportation from/to Valencia, guide, t-shirt and free access to fun zone

 

31/09/2017

­          Depart from hotel and private transfer to Valencia train station

­          Tourist class train tickets from Valencia to Madrid

­          Transfer from Madrid Atocha train station to hotel by private transport

­          Accommodation in Madrid at Mayorazgo a 4 star hotel or similar one double/twin room with breakfast 3 nights

 

01/09/2017

­          Madrid panoramic sightseeing SIC tour

 

02/09/2017

­          UNESCO world heritage city of Toledo half day SIC tour

 

03/09/2017

­          Depart from hotel to Madrid airport by private transport

TOTAL RATE PER PAX IN DOUBLE SHARING ROOM = 665€

 

Flight  Details: Departure Ex: Bangalore

Lufthansa Airlines

DATE OF TRAVEL

FLIGHT NO

SECTOR

DEPARTURE

ARRIVAL

26TH  August

LH 755

Bengaluru - Frankfurt

03:00

09:00

26th  August

LH 100

Frankfurt - Munich

10:15

11:10

26th   August

LH 1816

Munich - Barcelona

19:05

21:05

03th September

LH 1807

Madrid - Munich

07:30

10:00

03th September

LH 103

Munich - Frankfurt

11:00

12:00

03th  September

LH 754

Frankfurt - Bengalure

13:00

01:15

Airfare Cost Per Person on Lufthansa Airlines  approximately Rs:65,700/- including taxes.

Schengen Visa (Spain) : Rs:7,500/- approximate.

 

 

Restrictions

Cancellation After Departure      : Non Refundable

Date Change Any time                   : 15000+Fare Difference

Maximum stay                                  : 12 Months

Time Limit                                         : No bookings had been made

 

Notes:

The above airfare and hotels are subject to availabilities.



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  • Submitted On : 17 Sep 2016
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