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La Tomatina, Spain’s famous tomato battle, is the world’s biggest food fight. This crazy war of salad vegetables (fruit?) is waged in the streets of Buñol, just outside the city of Valencia. Discover the pleasure of throwing tomatoes at your friends and strangers, while dodging those hurled at you. And while we’re here, Stoke likes to use the opportunity to explore Valencia, Spain’s third biggest city. Parties, playas, paellas, oranges… Stoke’s La Tomatina includes massive Foreplay party with live performances, your stay in pre-erected twin share tents with mat and sleeping bag, or in a hotel, hot and hearty breakfast each morning, dinners on the 26th and 28th, transfers to and from the tomato fight, experienced guides to lead you through the mayhem, beach games and a bloody mary the morning of the tomato fight!
THE TOMATO FIGHTThe concept is quite simple – tonnes and tonnes of tomatoes are dumped in the village of Buñol, and then thousands of partiers from around the world scoop them up and hurl them at each other. It’s a war! But it’s a war of fun, a war of love. Nobody gets hurt, we all just get a little dirty. You just don’t know the pleasure of hurling tomatoes until you’ve tried it, and from the moment the canon fires signalling the start of the battle, we have about an hour to throw as many tomatoes as we can – and there are millions to choose from. Once the fight is done, we wash off in the Buñol river, and then make our way back to Valencia (where we’ll continue to find tomato on our bodies for hours afterwards, if not days).
Here’s a firsthand account of a day at La Tomatina with Stoke Travel.
STAY WITH STOKE TRAVEL AT LA TOMATINAWith Stoke Travel you’ve got two options. There’s our beachside campsite, where we have our huge “Foreplay Party” the night before the fight, cook a giant paella (Valencia’s most well-known dish) for all of us to dine on, hit the sand for some beach games and splash around in the on-site pool. At the campsite, located along the coast just north of Valencia, there is a bar, shop and restaurant. Stoke also has our bar, where you can take advantage of unlimited beer and sangria for €10 extra. The night after the tomato fight we’ll load up the buses and take you to the optional official La Tomatina after party. You’ll be staying in twin-share, pre-erected tents with mattresses and sleeping bags, eating chef prepared breakfasts and dinners and meeting hundreds of like-minded travellers from all over the world (and preparing to throw tomatoes at them).
The second option is to stay in Valencia city in a three star hotel. Here you will sleep in a real bed surrounded by real walls, enjoy a buffet breakfast and welcome drinks upon arrival. You won’t miss out on the action at the campsite, as there is an option to catch a bus to our beachside camp for the Foreplay Party, and with the hotel option your after party ticket is included.
Both accommodation options include transfers to the Tomato fight and back again, experienced guides for the tomato fight and your stay in Valencia, and a Bloody Mary on the morning of the battle. There is also the option to party in the city of Requeña for the Water and Wine fight on the night before La Tomatina.
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For La Tomatina you can either meet us in Valencia, ride with us from Barcelona, Madrid or San Sebastian, come with us to Ibiza after the festival, or if you’re pressed for time do our 24-hour trip from Barcelon
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