The veggie brawl begins the last Wednesday of August around 11 A.M. An exciting and mysterious Spanish tradition, no one is quite sure of the festival’s origins. Many locals theorize that it was a small class war between natives, while others guess it was a prank on a poor entertainer. Yet, the most popular belief is that upset residents hurled tomatoes at town councilmen. Whichever story you choose to believe, one thing is true. The first event in 1944 was so much fun that it was transformed into an annual ritual.
Today, over 50,000 travel to the tiny village of Buñol just to get in on the action. Tourists scramble to find a place to stay as visitors expand the town’s population five times over. You’ll definitely need a somewhere to scrub down and rest after swimming in a sea of tomato sauce. Fortunately, cheaphotels.co.uk has all the deals and steals of hotel accommodations near Buñol, Valencia. The Melia Valencia and Hotel Bartos are both four-star hotels close to the train station, fit with comfortable rooms and luxury amenities. After booking your stay, all you’ll need left is a change of clothes and your sense of adventure.
More information about La Tomatina can be found at www.latomatina.org.
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