Imagine one small street less than a quarter mile long in a tiny Spanish town, packed with over 20,000 people prepared to spend a solid hour slogging each other with tomatoes. Sounds crazy? Sounds like La Tomatina!
You can check into your hotel from 2pm where you'll find the Busabout Crew waiting for you. Mingle with your fellow fest-mates before your Guide leads you on a city orientation walk of Valencia. After taking in the sights and sounds of the city, it's time to go shopping for your La Tomatina outfit - the theme for this tour is dress ridiculous! Once you're kitted out you have the chance to head to the beach or hire bikes to get a full feel for this city, or how about a visit to the infamous cathedral where the Holy Grail is allegedly held.
Bring on the madness that is La Tomatina! An early shuttle from Valencia to Buñol where the fight takes place. Sit back and relax while your Guide explains the origins of this crazy festival. We'll arrive in Buñol in good time for the fiesta so you can immerse yourself in the party atmosphere and find the best vantage point! Watch the locals and tourists both struggle up the greasy pole, trying their best to reach the jamon serrano (ham) placed at the top of the pole, a much sought after prize. However it often lies out of reach of even the most dedicated scrambler!
Let the fight begin! Dump trucks enter the narrow streets dropping off thousands of overripe, big fat and juicy tomatoes, perfect for throwing at each other. The tomato fight lasts for an hour leaving a new shade of red to the town. Cleaning trucks roll into town to clean everyone and everything down. Use the facilities provided by the trucks or head down to the river and use the shower/water taps provided there. Locals also get on-board pulling out their hoses cleaning festival goers as they pass by. Once you are cleaned off, head on back to the coach and get changed into your fresh, clean clothes. We board the coach back to our hotel in Valencia for a well earned siesta!
On return to Valencia you have the choice to relax, shop or hit the beach. Tonight your Guide will take you out for a night on the town! It'll be a huge night at the Busabout Tomatina Festival After Party until the sun comes up!
After breakfast the day is yours to explore Valencia. If you are departing Valencia with Busabout, please meet your Guide at the Purple Nest Hostel at 1.15pm to join the coach heading to Madrid.